A YOUNG award-winning cyclist from Wem has turned his hand to mountain-biking after many of his cross-country events were cancelled because of Covid-19.

Isaac Vickery competed in his first and last event of the year back in March, before the pandemic led to a lockdown across the UK.

But that did not stop Isaac from practicing throughout lockdown, on the road and up mountains, as he prepared for competitive events post-lockdown.

The youngster event ventured to the French Alps for a cycling holiday this summer, spending three weeks in the mountains where he loved tackling the long descents on his mountain bike.

It was good preparation for what turned out to be his first event back in action last Sunday, when he took part in the GoRide Downhill race held at FlyUp417 in Golucester.

In what was his first ever downhill race, he took first place on the day, winning by a comfortable margin of nine seconds.

The track consisted of plenty of large drops and berms, and was dry to make for a faster race.

Although he had never biked on the track before, Isaac looked experienced enough as he claimed the comfortable victory.

He will be up for the next downhill race which is on the October 25, again at FlyUp417, Gloucester.