Number 21: Simon Yates and Dan McLay
Last year’s position: N/A
We’ve taken the unusual step of pairing Simon Yates and Dan McLay together in 21st place in our countdown of the year’s most outstanding British riders. Well, they are the junior world Madison champions.
The two juniors have had an excellent season. In fact, they are part of a crop of very promising young riders who are powering through the ranks.
McLay was born in New Zealand but came to Britain as a child. Aside from winning a rainbow jersey in the Madison on the track at Montichiari in Brescia, McLay also had a great season on the road. The 18-year-old Hargroves Cycles man was second to the Belgian Jasper Stuyben in the junior edition of Paris-Roubaix in April. The finish in the velodrome was so close he thought he had finished third but in fact he was second over the line, after the junior world road race champion.
In May, McLay won the National Junior Road Race Championships in the Brecon hills. He also won the Junior Tour of Wales after digging deep on the Tumble to preserve his overall lead. And he ended the season as a junior world champion.
In that Madison, McLay teamed up with Yates, who has been one of the outstanding figures on the junior road race scene.
Yates won the British Cycling Junior Road Race Series with a level of consistency no one else could match. He ended the season with a healthy lead over second-placed Tom Moses. Victory in the Somerset Junior Road Race and Tom Simpson Junior Grand Prix were the highlights but he was also fourth in the national championship road race.
Cycling Weekly’s Top British Riders of 2010 advent calendar: We will reveal one rider per day behind the virtual doors of our sparkly advent calendar from Wednesday December 1 to Christmas Eve, Friday December 24. The top eight will then be revealed in Cycling Weekly magazine’s final issue of the year, which will be in the shops on December 30 2010.