Kirkintilloch teenager Jack Cruden delighted to be British keirin champion

Jack Cruden from Milton of Campsie is the national junior keirin champion
Jack Cruden from Milton of Campsie is the national junior keirin champion

A Kirkintilloch schoolboy has proved himself the best of British by lifting a nation title on the cycling track.

And Jack Cruden is now hoping that success can be a launching pad to help him fulfil his dream of one day competing in the Commonwealth or Olympic Games.

The 17-year-old from Milton of Campsie - a sixth-year pupil at St Ninian’s High School - won the keirin title at the British Junior Championships in Newport.

The keirin sees riders paced around the track by a motorbike before they are allowed to sprint for the line.

Jack said: “We had three rounds and in the first round I was second and the winner went straight through to the final.

“But they had a repechage where you needed to win to get into the final and I won that.

“Going into the final I knew I could medal but didn’t think I could win (six in final).”

He did just that, getting the better of first round winner Alistair Fielding - only to have an agonising wait before his triumph was confirmed.

He explained: “The fastest person drew one and I was two so I was behind him. When the bike came off people started to come over the top so I was down at the bottom, boxed in.

“He accelerated with a lap to go and everybody started going backwards and I managed to come round him and win it. I won by eight millimetres.

“I knew I had won, you can tell. I lunged and then looked to the side and could see.”

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