Oscar produces pedal power to pick up another superb national cycling crown
PUBLISHED: 07:43 18 August 2017 | UPDATED: 07:43 18 August 2017
Kentish Town teenager Oscar Nilsson-Julien produced more pedal power to win gold at the National Youth and Junior Track Championships.
Having won the under-14 omnium title last summer, following bronze at the 2014 event, the youngster moved up an age group this year, but did not let that stand in his way as he completed his golden double.
The National Youth and Junior Track Championships consist of a series of races held over the course of a week and Nilsson-Julien came out on top in the points race.
The 60-lap event covers 15k, with sprints every 10 laps seeing the first four pick up five, three, two and one points respectively.
And the 15-year-old, who races for Herne Hill-based Velo Club de Londres VCL, lapped the bunch during the race to pick up an additional 20 points to help clinch the title.
Dad Olivier explained: “The points race is highly tactical and requires a combination of endurance and sprint ability. It’s the hardest of the bunch races.”
And Nilsson-Julien, despite being a year younger than most of his rival competitors in the event, was delighted to defy the odds and add to his medal collection and earn selection as Great Britain apprentice, which is also rare for cyclists in the lower age band.
He said: “It’s incredible for someone my age to have a second national jersey already.
“It’s a real confidence-booster to know I’m just as good as everyone older than me.”
Nilsson-Julien names six-time Olympic gold medalist Sir Chris Hoy and four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome as his cycling heroes and finished fourth in a field of around 700 young cyclists at the Assen European Junior Tour, after winning the prologue.
He says he likes the speed and community of cycling, adding: “You meet new people and have something in common with them.”
And he is hoping to follow in the tyre tracks of the sport’s greats, adding: “My dream is to stay with team GB, to hopefully make it to the Olympics, probably in Paris or LA.”
The family would like to thank Oscar’s sponsors Dare2b Clothing, Handsling Bikes and GLL Sports Foundation for their continued support of his cycling career.