Talented Scott rewarded for efforts
THE 2012 London Olympics have come and gone, but the legacy left behind is the quest for further talent to carry on the success that the Games brought.
Quality season-long performances by two local cycling youngsters has seen their inclusion on to their respective rungs of the British Cycling Olympic Cycling Programme, a sign of their identified talent.
In addition to their performances on the bike, both have had to undergo the rigorous testing phase to ensure that the talent is backed up by physical ability.
Selection for the Olympic Development Programme for 2013 is just reward for 17-year-old Bro Myrddin schoolboy Scott Davies (pictured) from Johnstown, Carmarthen.
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In a season that has seen him progress from the Towy Riders Club and on to the sponsored East Wales M&D Cycles/Kinetica team for 2012, Davies has showcased his talent in exceptional fashion.
2012 has seen him crowned, British Junior Time Trial Champion, Welsh Junior Time Trial Champion at both 10 and 25 miles, and silver medals at the National (RTTC) Junior Time Trials, again at both 10 and 25 mile distances.
His prowess against the clock was complemented by a series of wins and top-three results at road races both in Wales and further afield, results that saw him selected for the Welsh junior road race team competing at home and in Belgium and Germany.
Meanwhile, Bryngwyn, Llanelli, schoolboy Joe Holt, who has ridden the 2012 season on both the road and track for the Team Tredz Development squad, will be a part of British Cycling's Olympic Talent Team as of this Saturday, being mentored and coached by the British Cycling team of coaches and exposed to racing abroad.
This is a terrific opportunity for the 15-year-old, whose talent has seen him progress from the Bynea Cycling Club and on to the Tredz Development squad, coached by his father and mother, John and Tina Holt.
Both riders have shown their quality in what is an exceptional pool of young talent in West Wales, an area that is benefiting from the upsurge in interest created by the Beijing and then the London Olympics.