Euan rides high onto podium

The Oban Times - - Districts -

A YOUNG Taynuilt boy is rid­ing high hav­ing re­cently won the 2017 ACU Ack­lams Bri­tish Youth Solo Tri­als D Route Cham­pi­onship.

Ac­com­pa­ny­ing Euan Sim, 8, on the podium was tri­als leg­end Dougie Lamp­kin who has won five con­sec­u­tive World In­door Cham­pi­onships and seven con­sec­u­tive World Out­door Cham­pi­onships.

In round one of the Bri­tish Cham­pi­onship at El­ton in Derby, Euan achieved an ex­cel­lent third place. In round two at Skip­ton, York­shire, he went one bet­ter and fin­ished sec­ond and in round three at Brimham Rocks, York­shire, he achieved an­other sec­ond place. In an ex­cit­ing fi­nal round at Bracken Rocks in Derby, he hit top form and fin­ished first.

Up un­til the fi­nal round, Euan was sit­ting in sec­ond place, three points be­hind cham­pi­onship leader El­liot Smith, the son of Oset Bike pres­i­dent Iain Smith, and only one point ahead of third-placed Will Sa­gar.

It was clearly all go­ing to be down to the fi­nal round and, thanks to some bril­liant rid­ing, Euan won de­ci­sively to take the cov­eted cham­pi­onship.

He fin­ished on 69 points with Will Sa­gar sec­ond on 65 points and El­liot Smith third on 65 points. The young Taynuilt rider also com­peted in the Oset Trial at the GB round of the World Tri­als Cham­pi­onship in Brad­ford and won the D Hard route.

What gave him more plea­sure than any­thing, how­ever, was get­ting to watch the world’s top tri­als rid­ers who in­spire him.

Talk­ing about his win, Euan said: ‘I’m so happy to be Bri­tish cham­pion and bring the ti­tle back to Scot­land, but most of all I like rid­ing with my mates and hav­ing fun.’

Si­mon Arm­strong from OSET Bikes said: ‘ We’re all de­lighted for Euan. He’s prac­tised a lot and it’s been a plea­sure to watch his abil­ity in­crease and his rid­ing ma­ture, which has re­sulted in him achiev­ing the high­est award pos­si­ble in the UK.’

Euan on the podium.

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