Ribble Valley cyclist (16) competes in London

Rosa Martin
Rosa Martin

Ribble Valley cyclist Rosa Martin admitted being roared down the home straight on The Mall by hordes of fans at the Prudential RideLondon Youth Grand Prix would live long in the memory.

The 16-year-old was one of 43 young cyclists picked to contest the Youth Grand Prix - a 45-minute race followed a 1.3-mile loop around St James’s Park and Buckingham Palace.

It was the same route followed by some of the world’s best minutes earlier, including world champion Marianne Vos and double Olympic champion Laura Trott in the Women’s Grand Prix.

Martin, a member of Ribble Valley Juniors Cycling Club, finished eighth for the North West girls’ team and admitted it had been an experience to savour: “It was a really good race. We knew we had a really strong team so I just wanted to stay in the bunch to make sure the team could get the main prize.”

The North West girls’ team finished top of the pile to take home £500.

Prudential RideLondon took place on August 9th and 10th. To find out more, visit www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk