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Callum has given us an update for his year to date and his preperations for the Commonwealth Games, Glasgow 2014 and RIO 2016!
The Junior European Championships saw Callum picked for the Team Sprint, Kerin and Sprint - the only GB rider selected for all three events.
First up was the Team sprint, Callum was 3rd man in the relay setting a P.B, but unfortunately the rest of the team didn't have the best of days and as a whole the team finished 4th overall, just out of the medals.
Next up was the sprint, Callum qualified with a 10.29 another P.B. and much faster than last years 10.45. Progressing through to the 1/4's having knocked out his GB team mate. Up against the feisty Frenchman Callum won the first heat but was subsequently beaten and knocked out of the competition. Another P.B but not quite enough to match last years bronze.
On to the Kerin where Callum made the final, unfortunately being jumped with one lap to go meant he just didn't have the race pace to come around everyone else, finishing 4th. Poor old Callum another just missed medal.
I think we can safely say the Callum was a little down after the Euro's but two P.B.'s can't be bad and I know his coaches at British Cycling were very happy with his performance.
Next on the agenda are the British Championships in Manchester, the basis for selection for World Cup's and a possible first senior European for Callum.
Here at Magicshine UK we continue to support Callum Skinner and wish him every success for his future.
The Background - Callum Skinner 2011 - Sponsored by Magicshine UK
Callum Skinner is an 18 year old professional cyclist on the British Academy Track sprint residential programme. He has competed in the Commmonwealth games in Dehli representing Scotland and finished 4th in the Team Sprint!
Callum contacted us earlier this year to ask for our help by providing some Magicshine UK bikelights to help with his winter training and to help him suceed with his goal of reaching the 2012 Olympic games. How could we refuse?
Training is going well and on Good Friday 2011 he competed at the Manchester Velodrome gaining a personal best in the flying 200m of 10.4 knocking an amazing 0.5 secs off his previous PB. More encouraging results came from the Kerin event, where Callum was up against the Olympic Silver medalist Ross Edgar, and also Dave Daniel and Peate Mitchell two of his team mates from the acedemy. Callum won, another excellent result as he won't mind me saying that he started the final as the underdog!
In Callum's last update he told us that he has now been selected to ride at the under 23 European Championships in Portugal in late July, as part of the three man sprint team, and hopefully the Kerin and the Individual Sprint. Another amazing result, bearing in mind he is still only 18 and he has been selected over two other 23 year old professional riders, in what was another hotly contested selection process.
Watch this space for information on the event in the last week of July. Good Luck Callum!
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