The young British climber destined for big things, following the well- trodden Herne Hill pathway


Another young British talent in road racing?

Exactly. Thomas Gloag might be the next big thing, if we have already moved on from the last big thing. The 20-year-old from south London has impressed at under-23 level in the last couple of years, despite the impact of the pandemic. When Procycling caught up with the Trinity Racing rider at the Tour of Britain, Tom was clearly delighted to be taking part in his home race.

What’s Trinity like?

Pretty successful. The team only started a few years ago, as a cyclocross outfit, and morphed into a road developmen­t team in 2020 too. It was originally focused around Tom Pidcock, but has changed into a team where a number of young talents can flourish.

Good results though, right?

Tom finished in the top 10 on two stages of last year’s Baby Giro, while helping Pidcock to overall victory. In this year’s race, he finished fourth overall. He then went on to finish in the top five three times at the Tour de l’Avenir, before he was forced to abandon on the final stage. The strong showing at these important under-23 races shows a bright future ahead of him.

How did he get into cycling?

Like a lot of south London luminaries before him, Tom got into cycling through the Herne Hill Velodrome and its associated holiday camps aged six, before he joined VC Londres at 11. VCL, based at Herne Hill, also provided the pathway to competitiv­e cycling for Ethan Hayter and Fred Wright, among others. His idol, Bradley Wiggins, was also involved at Herne Hill early on in his life as a cyclist, so that may just prove to be a good omen for Tom.

What’s next?

Tom was invited along to a training camp with Ineos Grenadiers this year, and with the British team signing up a whole host of young talent, it might not be long before he joins them there. Fellow Trinity riders Ben Healy and Christophe­r Blevins are rumoured to be stepping up to the WorldTour next year. Therefore it is not beyond the realms of possibilit­y that Tom will be doing something similar, and impressing on the world stage before we know it.

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