Sophie Wright shines on world stage in Czech Republic

Sophie Wright finished fourth in the junior womens race at the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships

Sophie Wright finished fourth in the junior womens race at the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Horsford cyclist Sophie Wright had added to her European junior title by securing fourth place at the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships.

Wright, who is part of British Cycling's Olympic Junior Academy, was competing in the junior women's cross-country category at Nove Mesto na Morave in the Czech Republic.

The 17-year-old Hellesdon High School sixth-form student finished the three laps of the 4.1km course in one hour, five minutes and six seconds, 46 seconds behind Italy's Martina Berta and 2.36mins behind the winner, Sweden's Ida Jansson, yesterday.

'It was a pretty tough race. From the start it was a high pace but I knew I had to keep calm at the start because I knew it was kind of long, wide roads and hills, so I knew I could make up places,' Wright said, speaking to British Cycling.

'I think I was positioned about 10th after the first lap but then every time I got up to the hill I kept working my way up and catching riders.

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'Unfortunately I did lose lots of time on the technical, I just saw them getting away. My goal was to win it, after winning the Europeans I was feeling pretty confident coming into this but I'm pretty pleased with fourth as a first year junior.

'I've got next year to look forward to and aim for that as my main goal.'

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