Connor Swift claimed a memorable victory in the men’s road race at the British National Championships.
Swift, from Moorends, rode to a dominant victory from 13km out in Northumberland on Sunday.
The 22-year-old Madison Genesis rider was competing against a strong field including Mark Cavendish and Ed Clancy,
“It’s a dream come true,” said an emotional Swift after the race.
“There was nothing to lose. I did a big risk and it paid off.
“To have a National Championships as a first win of the year for the team is amazing.
“I knew everyone was tired towards the end. I was riding on adrenaline. I knew I had to go as hard as I possibly could.
“I just held my power.
“To ride off and win the race was immense.
“I was crying when I crossed the line and saw all the faces in the crowd, it was such an overwhelming feeling.”
Swift has now been tipped by his cousin, elite rider Ben, to make the step up onto the world stage.
“I think that’s a given now,” said Ben, who rides for UAE Team Emirates.
“I think he’s shown up consistently well.
“He’s shown his face in the Tour of Britain and shown himself in the Tour de Yorkshire.
“He just needed that big breakthrough win and now he’s got it.
“There have got to be some world tour teams knocking on the door now.”
Adam Blythe finished second, with Owain Doull in third.
Jess Roberts, 19, from Wales, won the women’s race.