Katie steps out of her big sis­ter’s shadow

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT -

SHE is nor­mally used to watch­ing her older sis­ter take to the podium, so it was an ex­tra spe­cial mo­ment when Katie All­sop bagged her first top three fin­ish in the Bri­tish Cy­cling South­ern XC Se­ries.

The five-year-old, from Hyde Heath, beat many of her regular ri­vals to take to the podium for the first time at Sun­day’s meet in Hamp­shire, fin­ish­ing third in the U9 girls race be­hind Tulsi Bakra­nia (Team Dar­enth) and Gra­cie Fox (Frog Bikes).

There was also, not sur­pris­ingly, a place too for tal­ented older sib­ling Lucy All­sop, who is not only a regular on the podium in the U11 girls age group, but nor­mally stands proud at the top of it.

This time was no dif­fer­ent, with the nine-year-old again win­ning in the fourth round of the se­ries, tak­ing the lead early on and fin­ish­ing an im­pe­ri­ous two min­utes 14 sec­onds ahead of clos­est ri­val Ellen Phillips (Cotswold Velori­j­den).

Their mother, and adult mem­ber of the club, Zoe All­sop, fought hard too but could not match her fourth spot of last time out, and fin­ished an even­tual sixth in the sport’s fe­male cat­e­gory.

All three were rid­ing for Sum­mit MTB. Any­one in­ter­ested in join­ing should email Tim Pie at sum­mit­goride@gmail.com.

STEP­PING UP: Kate All­sop on the podium (right) and (above left) in ac­tion

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