Cycling Weekly is revealing the top 50 2012 British Riders of the Year, counting down every day until December 19.
The top 10 will be revealed in Cycling Weekly’s Christmas issue, on sale from Thursday December 20.
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44th SAM LOWE
National junior champion
Like Jon Dibben (see below), Samuel Lowe is a member of the Hargroves Cycles squad that seems able to keep cranking out some really high-quality young racers.
Lowe, 18 from Derby, demonstrated a cool head as well as strong legs when he won the national road race in Brynmawr in south Wales in May.
He felt other riders, perhaps Tao Geohegan Hart and Alex Peters, might be stronger on the hills but he was able to match them and chose his moments with perfection to ensure that when the final nine-man selection was made, he was there. Lowe then played his cards perfectly to beat the rest by a couple of seconds at the end.
Lowe and Dibben also won the national junior Madison title and formed half of the Great Britain team pursuit squad that took a silver medal at the under-23 European Championships.
43rd JON DIBBEN
Great Britain is becoming adept at developing riders who are strong on a bike whether on the cobbles or in the velodrome.
In his last year before turning senior, Jon Dibben was third in junior Paris-Roubaix – and yes, we know that event finishes in a velodrome – following Geraint Thomas, Ian Stannard and Andy Fenn as British riders who have done well in that event before going on to greater things.
Dibben appears to be the next on the conveyor belt and will step up to the under-23 ranks next year full of confidence after a fine debut at the senior track World Cup in Glasgow.
Having made the podium in the junior edition of the Hell of the North, he won a Nations Cup race in Germany, took silver in the omnium at the junior World Championships in New Zealand and broke the national kilometre record. Is there anything he can’t do?
In Glasgow, against an omnium field containing many more experienced riders, Dibben plotted his way to a very solid fifth overall. The highlight of his campaign was topping the standings in the four-kilometre pursuit.
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