Cycling Weekly is counting down the 30 British Riders of the Year thoughout December. The top 10 will be revealed in the December 19 issue of Cycling Weekly magazine.
NUMBER 27: KENTA GALLAGHER
Mtb Eliminator World Cup winner
The eliminator race is a new discipline at the mountain bike World Cup – Britain’s Annie Last won the women’s race when it was first introduced in Houffalize, Belgium, last year.
Kenta Gallagher, a 21-year-old from Inverness, became the first British man to win a World Cup round in a complex discipline that demands a combination of sprinting power, endurance and both technical ability and tactical awareness.
Gallagher began cycling in 2005 won a thrilling final at the World Cup round in Nove Mesto in the Czech Republic in May.
With the IOC rejecting the UCI’s proposal to add the eliminator to the race programme for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, it will be interesting to see the direction Gallagher takes next.