Cornwall’s teenage cycling sensation dreams of Tour de France


A teenage cyclist from Cornwall proves he is on the road to success by racking up a series of impressive results on the national circuit.Harry Jukes, 16, was the tenth 16-year-old and 18th overall at the National Youth Cycling Championships on September 12.

From Praze-an-Beeble, the youngster was one of 85 competitors from across the country to fight on the Wickham course in Hampshire.

Describing his performance in the race Harry, a student from Camborne Science and International Academy (CSIA), said: “I finished in just under 23 minutes for the 10 mile time trial, with a averaged just under 27 mph – even with two full stops in the middle of the race, due to traffic on the course. On the way to the finish I hit a top speed of 43 mph ”.

Harry Jukes from Prague

The National Youth Championship is organized by Cycling Time Trials – the national governing body for time trials in England, Scotland and Wales.

The GHS 10 Mile Time Trial Championship is named after George Herbert Stancer OBE, a British racing cyclist who held numerous cycling records and titles.

After his death, a trust fund was established with the aim of promoting and encouraging the participation of young people.

Harry is an avid competitor and has trained and competed in weekend races throughout the pandemic. At Okehampton the weekend before the GHS time trial he completed another 10 mile course in 21.17 minutes, falling 70 seconds behind the previous record, making him the 16-18 player. years the fastest to have participated in this course.

The young cyclist travels across the UK to compete, which means he has to work hard to balance his demanding training schedule – which can be up to 25 hours a week – with his schoolwork.

Harry Jukes is a six-year-old student at Camborne Science and International Academy
Harry Jukes is a six-year-old student at Camborne Science and International Academy

Harry said: “Camborne Science and International Academy have helped me a lot to maintain a high volume of training and take advantage of opportunities, while balancing my academic work.

“My school schedule has been changed so that my free classes are towards the end of the day, which will be extremely beneficial when the lights start to fade. I will be able to come home and finish my long 4-5 hour workout with minimal time spent in the dark. CSIA supports me while allowing me to train to my full potential.

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Harry added: “The school has also been very supportive of my opportunity to attend a training and race camp in Spain next year, as a full-time professional cyclist would. It will be an incredible experience for me, and will be extremely beneficial for the volume of races I should be able to participate in next year.

Harry has high hopes for the future, with international junior stage races in Europe next year in his sights, and he hopes to represent GB at the world championships at the junior level or in the under-23 ranks.

He ultimately aims to compete in the world road time trial championships – and even harbors a dream of winning the Tour de France. An active person with a great interest in the outdoors, other goals include climbing Mount Everest.

He added: “After that I will have a break out of season, before training gradually continues towards all of my scheduled races; I hope all over the UK and Europe in 2021. ”

Emma Haase, Deputy Director of CSIA, added, “We believe passionately in motivating our young people to stay active and healthy, and we are very proud of everything Harry has accomplished so far. Continuous investment in our students and each of their ambitions is essential, always striving to create an environment that allows them to be inspired and motivated to achieve their dreams.


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