It has been a superb summer cycling season for Bedford Girls’ School (BGS) Upper Sixth student Sophie Lewis, who recently produced magnificent results on the track.
Representing the Great Britain Cycling Team, Sophie bagged gold and silver medals at the U23 and Junior European Track Championships (9th-14th July) in Ghent, Belgium and silver and bronze medals at the UCI Track Junior World Championships (14th-18th August) in Frankfurt, Germany. This was an incredible achievement as she competed against the very best riders across the globe in the team pursuit and multiple different bunch races.
Sophie, who also represents Cycle Team OnForm said: “At the start of the summer I competed in the European Track Championships in Ghent, Belgium. This was a very tiring but successful week at my first major championships representing Team GB. I was delighted to kick-start the week with a silver medal in the team pursuit. On the final day, I competed in the madison race, and after taking an early lead, we managed to carry this on and take the European title.
“Later on in the summer, I headed out to Frankfurt Oder, Germany for the UCI Track Junior World Championships. After our team pursuit qualifying went horribly wrong, we were lucky to qualify, however we managed to redeem ourselves in the first round, beating the national record to qualify for the ride off for bronze. In the final, we beat Russia, taking the bronze medal and were five seconds off the national record, we couldn’t have been more pleased.
“To finish off two weeks of hard racing, I claimed a silver medal in the World Madison Championships, which was an incredibly hard and fast race.”
Mrs Verity Mason-Mcleod, Director of Sport at BGS, said: “We couldn’t be prouder of Sophie’s success and achievements over the past few months. With each challenge Sophie has faced, she has excelled. We always encourage our students to follow their passions and to engage, wherever possible, with their sports outside of school. We are here to support them in every way we can, helping them to balance training with school work and other commitments. Sophie has shown what can be achieved if you put in hard work and dedication. She is a fantastic role model.”