Cycling: County girl aims high with new team
Charlotte Broughton has donned new colours this winter.
The 14-year-old multi-national champion from Countesthorpe has switched from Leicestershire Road Club to the MG Decor Team Carbon Bikes set-up.
Broughton made her debut for the Moira-based squad in the opening round of the National Trophy in South Wales at the weekend and, although it was, by her own standards, not a particularly successful outing, there is much more to come from the Countesthorpe College student.
She finished sixth at Abergavenny, her first event in the under-16 category having dominated the under-14s last season.
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She also won the under-14 national road race during the summer, then added under-16 points and scratch race gold medals on the track.
All of that has helped earn the county girl a place on British Cycling's Talent Team – while at the same time catching the eye of the MG Decor squad.
"Charlotte is a 14-year-old with a bit of a gift," said co-sponsor Darren Bancroft.
"It is nice to get somebody like her on board at this stage of her career. We have the riders on this team who will be able to give her advice and encouragement."
Broughton is relishing riding for the squad.
"It is a really good team with a lot of strong riders, and that is going to help me a lot," she said.
"During the last two years, cyclo-cross has been my priority but road and track are so much more important to me now, and I feel I have progressed massively there."
Broughton will not be able to tackle a full cross season this winter as Talent Team commitments will prevent her racing on some weekends.
She will attend her first coaching camp next week, where she is joined by Cosby's Grace Garner, the national under-16 pursuit and madison champion. Broughton is well aware that it will be a case of knuckling down straight away.
"I'm going into it with a positive mind," she said. "It will be hard, but you cannot get the results you want if you don't put the work in."
Dave Collins (Hope Factory) was the best placed county rider in the senior Trophy race as he came in 13th. Club-mate Dan Booth took 20th.