A MOUNTAIN bike trials champ from Haworth is riding high after winning backing from a historic company.
Jack Carthy, 20, is the latest young Yorkshire rider to be sponsored by All Terrain Cycles.
The retailer – founded 110 years ago and with stores at Salts Mill, Saltaire, and Wetherby – is continuing to expand its active support of the cycling fraternity.
It is a major backer of bike and charity events and even has its own race team.
“It’s great to be helping develop young local talent like Jack,” said managing director, Tony Booth.
“Jack has been invited by Welcome to Yorkshire to display his stunt riding skills at this year’s Tour de Yorkshire events and is an inspiring role model for youngsters interested in trials biking.”
Jack, a former pupil of Beckfoot Oakbank School in Keighley, shot to global attention in 2012 when – aged just 16 – he took third spot at the UCI World Cup in Belgium.
A year later, he won the fifth and final stage of the UCI World Cup in Antwerp, securing a bronze medal overall.
And last year he won both the World Cup and the World Championship – the first time a rider has taken both titles in the same year.
He is being coached and managed by Nick Hindle, a mountain bike racer himself and co-owner of NRGym in Keighley.
“I’ve known Jack for a couple of years – he’s done phenomenally well just on the strength of his natural talent,” he said.
“To have won both titles in his first season in men’s elite is amazing.
“Since September, we’ve been working together and I’ve devised a bespoke fitness regime and nutrition programme for him to make him stronger, faster and leaner.
“Being ex-military and a former body builder, I understand what high performing athletes need and believe that I can help Jack reach the next level – he’s aiming not only to defend his two titles this year, but to win by an even bigger margin.
“Getting the right sponsors behind Jack is crucial and it’s fantastic to have so much local support.
“I’m a long-time customer of All Terrain Cycles and know how committed they are to supporting young riders in Yorkshire. Not only are they providing kit and parts, the experts at All Terrain are also giving technical advice to help Jack get the best possible performance from his bike.”
Jack said he was extremely grateful for the support.
He added: “I’m passionate about trials riding and really excited about this year’s World Cup, which gets underway next month.
“Thanks to Nick and my sponsors, I feel I’m at the top of my game and hungry to win.
“I hope that my success will encourage more people to get involved in this exhilarating sport.”
Footage of Jack in action can be viewed at youtube.com/watch?v=weertlDum0Q&feature=youtu.be.
All Terrain Cycles was originally known as Riley Brother Cycles and was based at Cross Hills until its move to Saltaire in 2006.
Further expansion took place in 2014 with the opening of the new store at Wetherby.
The business remains family owned.