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08.02.21 - Ben Marsh Joins Great Britain Cycling Apprentice Programme

A big congratulations to Ben Marsh who has successfully been selected to join the Great Britain Cycling Team Apprentice Programme as a guest.

Fifteen-year-old Ben has been passionate about the sport from a young age and dedicates more than 20 hours a week to a gruelling training regime, as well as competing in races and time trials all over the UK. 

Great Britain Cycling has identified him as a hardworking, skillful bike racer who has potential to develop into a successful world-class athlete in the future. The programme will offer support and development opportunities to take his skills to the next level through increased training. 

Ben says: “It is a real privilege to be invited as a guest onto the Great Britain Cycling Team Apprentice Programme. It recognises my enthusiasm for track and road cycling and commitment to training extremely hard to achieve my dreams. I would love to one day race professionally and participate in events such as Paris Roubaix and Tour of Flanders.”

Headmaster, Jeff Shipway says: “We are delighted for Ben. He’s a hardworking pupil and it’s inspiring to see how passionate he is about cycling for Great Britain. Ockbrook School has had many students over the years succeed in professional careers within acting, screenwriting, sport and more; we’re here to support him every step of the way.”  

Ben started racing with Heanor Clarion when he was nine-years-old, before joining Matlock Cycling Club. In 2018, he became a member of Worx Factory Racing Youth Team, which is made up of riders from across the UK. The cycling enthusiast is the current under 14 boys champion of the Derby Youth Track League and successfully earned fourth place at the 2019 British Cycling National Omnium Final, a competitive event with Britain’s brightest young track cycling talents.

Guy Marsh is Ben’s Dad. He adds: “Ben’s passion for cycling is infectious. Lockdown hasn’t stopped him from training hard. He’s engaged with British Cycling activities and has taken part in Covid-safe races and time trials where possible. We’re both looking forward to being able to race again in the near future.”

The Apprentice Programme is one of the pathways part of the British Cycling’s Rider Route, which helps the most promising riders become the stars of world and Olympic cycling with the Great Britain Cycling Team.

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