Katie steps out of her big sister’s shadow
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
STEPPING UP: Kate Allsop on the podium (right) and (above left) in action