Lauren and Connor shine on their home track

South Wales Argus: TALENT: Newport Velo Youth Cycling Club's Lauren Booth, centre, and Connor Brock, right TALENT: Newport Velo Youth Cycling Club's Lauren Booth, centre, and Connor Brock, right

NEWPORT Velo Youth Cycling Club's Lauren Booth smashed a world record on her home track in the Para Youth Omnium Challenge last weekend.

The 12-year-old from Chippenham, produced stunning rides in the C4 flying 200m and the standing start 500m time trial.

Her time in the former is the fastest in the world – for all ages – and both efforts are new British bests.

"Lauren was just hoping to get on the podium and never gave records a thought," said her mum Lisajayne. "For a 12-year-old to beat a time that has stood for 10 years is amazing.

"She is so passionate about her cycling and just gives it her all. Her dream is to go to Tokyo in 2020 (she is too young to compete in the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio)."

Booth won the omnium – which also included a 2km pursuit – and was joined in impressing on the track by her club and Welsh academy colleague Connor Brock.

The 15-year-old from Caerleon, who has recently been mentored by Tredegar's London 2012 hero Mark Colbourne, won bronze.

"They are both very talented riders," said academy coach Neil Smith.

"To be at Lauren's standard at the age of 12 is incredible – she's not even finished growing. Lauren wins on the road and on the track, she is already a phenomenal athlete and can go on to become a world class athlete.

"And there is plenty more to come from Connor as well; this is a talented generation of cyclists and they are getting more and more experienced."


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