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Sophie Wright amongst prestigious company on shortlist for British Cycling Rider of the Year award

PUBLISHED: 17:18 13 December 2016 | UPDATED: 17:18 13 December 2016

Sophie Wright on the podium after becoming European junior women's champion at the 2016 UEC Mountain Bike European Championships in Huskvarna, Sweden. Picture: EuroMTB

Sophie Wright on the podium after becoming European junior women's champion at the 2016 UEC Mountain Bike European Championships in Huskvarna, Sweden. Picture: EuroMTB

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Sophie Wright has been shortlisted for the 2016 British Cycling Rider of the Year award.

The 17-year-old, from Horsford, is among 12 nominations after her success at the UEC MTB European Championships, with the winner receiving the Cycle Industry’s Golden Jubilee Trophy, presented at the annual British Cycling Gala Dinner.

She will be up against the likes of Jason Kenny and the women’s team pursuit team that took gold in Rio at the Olympic Games.

Wright is nominated after becoming the first-ever British junior female European mountain bike champion in Sweden in May.

The Hellesdon High School sixth-form student made her move on the first lap, building up a lead of more than three minutes over the four laps and 17.3km, to claim the European title on Huskvarna Mountain.

Wright, who is part of British Cycling’s Olympic Junior Academy and targeting a place as part of Team GB at Tokyo 2020, crossed the line in one hour, eight minutes and 14 seconds to secure the gold medal.

Voting will close at 5pm on Sunday, December 18 with the winner announced the following day. If you wish to vote go to britishcycling.org.uk.


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