'I'm in shock' - 16-year-old school student wins medal at British Track Championships

A-Level student Henry Hobbs rode a blistering kilometre time trial to earn a spot on the podium

Henry Hobbs at the British National Track Championships
(Image credit: Olly Hassell/SWpix)

It is rare, unheard of in fact, that riders at the British National Track Championships have maths homework due the following week. But that was the case for 16-year-old Henry Hobbs, still in his first year of A-Levels, who rode to a surprise podium on his senior debut on Saturday night. 

The teenager sealed bronze in the men’s kilometre time trial, clocking a PB of 1:02.574, and finishing just four tenths of a second off gold. 

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Tom Davidson
Senior News Writer

Tom joined Cycling Weekly as a news and features writer in the summer of 2022, having previously contributed as a freelancer. He is the host of The TT Podcast, which covers both the men's and women's pelotons and has featured a number of prominent British riders. 

An enthusiastic cyclist himself, Tom likes it most when the road goes uphill and actively seeks out double-figure gradients on his rides. 

He's also fluent in French and Spanish and holds a master's degree in International Journalism.