Up and coming Langold cyclist Liam Hindmarsh looked right at home in his first experience of racing in Europe last week.
The teenager displayed his potential as one to watch, with impressive results in a challenging series of criterium races in Belgium.
And to cap a fine week, Hindmarsh returned to the UK to take a podium place in a youth race at Mallory Park.
The Andy Moore Autocentres team rider first took to the cobbles with races in Deinze and Veldegem.
Experiencing continental racing for the first time, Hindmarsh quickly adapted to the conditions and coped impressively with the weather, achieving successful finishes in
both events, with high placings in a field of over a hundred riders.
His adventures on foreign soil was to bring benefits later in the week, when a return to the UK to compete in the Mallory Park youth racing series produced a superb podium finish for the, when he broke away with another rider from a strong field to establish a lead which proved to be too much for the peloton.
Hindmarsh crossed the line in second place.
Boss of the Staveley racing outfit Andy Moore was full of praise for the youngster.
“The star of the show this week has to be Liam, who rode the Belgian races as if he’d been doing it for years,” he said.
“You’d never know it was a fresh experience for him.”
“He returned with a professional determination which showed at the Mallory Park Race, read the break perfectly, and took complete control.”
Moore is tipping his young rider for big things: “I’m very impressed with his racecraft, he’ll be a force to be reckoned with over the next few years.”
It was a good week all round for the men in yellow and blue, who featured at the York Sports Village, where sprinter Jono Dexter attacked the pack to finish fourth, after another fiercely competitive race.
Team mate Calum Lawson, from Retford, did the weekend shift for the team, and duly delivered the goods with a return to York on Saturday, finishing seventh and adding to the ever increasing points tally for the team.
A delighted Moore added: “It’s been another good week for us, with the lads pulling in more results once more.”
“The consistency is there now, and the aim is to now push forward with a little bit of fine tuning to ensure the guys are achieving podium positions more and more’.”
The team have a relaxing weekend ahead, with their attendance at the Sheffield Cyclefest extravaganza bringing a chance to mingle with cycling fans and chat about all things racing.
Moore said: “I think the lads deserve at least one weekend off.”