Tests point to teen having the potential to become a titan

Road warrior: Biometric tests show Jacob Wood has what it takes to be a champion. Picture: Emma Reeves d413239
Road warrior: Biometric tests show Jacob Wood has what it takes to be a champion. Picture: Emma Reeves d413239

Northern Beaches Cycling Club president Chris Howard said the teenager was a ‘raw athletic talent’ who had already finished on the podium twice in senior D-grade competitions.

Dr Howard said the teenager was riding between 150km and 200km a week to condition for racing.

‘Biometric assessment indicates he could become an elite level cyclist,’ Dr Howard said.

‘With no track training facilities within 50km, his training ground is the public roads.

‘Watch out for a potential Australian champion on the road.’

Jacob said he had a varied training routine with Dr Howard, including rides to Yanchep and back, and cycling up and down hills.

‘It is just a mix of different things to try and build me up for different types of racing,’ he said.

‘It throws you challenges and you learn stuff about yourself and learn about your body.’

The Merriwa metal fabrication graduate said some drivers and motorcyclists accelerated when they approached cyclists, and drove too close to them.

‘Because I’m a new rider, it’s pretty daunting for me,’ he said.

‘A lot of cars tend to stay really close to the white line, so if we are in groups, it gets pretty scary.

‘They should just give us at least a metre from that line, or just put their indicator on.’