Beeld: Dan Monaghan
They talk about him in Belgium, around sodden courses, by frites stands, and in the beer tents. Be it a criterium, time trial, ‘cross, or road race, he’s a good bet.
He’s from Yorkshire, where tough climbs and chain gangs breed hard riders. His dad represented Great Britain at the World Student Games in Moscow and was a good sprinter. Racing’s in his blood.
He pulled on the GB jersey himself in 2016 and began to rack up the wins straight away—13 out of the 15 ‘cross races he entered in 2016/17, plus Paris-Roubaix for juniors, national titles on the track, in ‘cross, and on the road, and rainbow jerseys at the world junior time trial and cyclocross championships.
He joined Sven Nys’ Telenet-Fidea Lions squad this past cyclocross season and won the British U23 title, silver at the European championships, and the overall World Cup. He’ll race with Team Wiggins this year on the road.
He’s just 18, but he’s a natural. The boy’s a bit special. Head to the bookies. Odds are, Tom Pidcock’s going to win some big bike races yet.
Images by Dan Monaghan (>click on header)