With a clutch of victories in Great Britain and Belgium under his belt in 2007, 18 year-old Jonny McEvoy has earned his place as one of the new intakes of the GB Olympic Academy scheme

CW: 2007 was a pretty big year for you. Would you agree?
JM: Yeah, I?ve had a really good year. I was out in Belgium from just after the start of the season and got three wins and when I came back to ride the nationals and the Junior Tour of Wales I felt really strong because of it. At the beginning of the year I was totally focused on getting to Belgium and doing well, and I feel I achieved that. And I learnt a lot about how to race.

What will you do with the next 12 months?
I?m looking forward to getting out to Italy with the Academy and learning some more. Obviously we?ll be based in Manchester through the winter, and then probably go out to Italy around February or March.

When did you start cycling?
I started when I was 13, when a friend of mine, Ian Pugh, asked me to come along and give it a try. I liked it and seemed to do well, so I decided to concentrate on that alone.

Do you come from a sporting family?
Not really. My mum used to do a bit of running and dad used to be a rock climber, but it was nothing serious.

What did you do before you took up cycling?
It was a big decision for me to swap to cycling. I was a pretty decent footballer before ? I was on the books at Wigan Athletic and had trials at several other clubs, but I don?t regret it.

Is there anything you?ll miss out on when you?re with the Academy?
I do quite a lot of cyclo-cross, but I?ve made a big decision about my future and I?m taking a year out of cross riding. I can always go back to it if things don?t work out, but a place on the Academy was too good an opportunity to pass up.

What has been your best moment so far in cycling?
I quite enjoyed winning races in Belgium, because they take it so seriously over there. But winning the Tour of Wales was pretty special for me as well.

And your worst?
I?ve been fairly lucky with injuries and things, so I would probably say it?s the decision to leave cyclo-cross for a while. I?m disappointed about that, because I really love my cross.

Where do you want to be in three years? time?
I?m hopefully going to be on a professional team and getting stuck into some good racing on the Continent.

If you could swap places with any other sportsman, who would it be?
I met the triathlete Jez Cox when I was over in Belgium ? he was a pretty inspirational guy.

What?s on your MP3 player at the moment?
I like my R ?n? B, I think I have 50 Cent on there at the moment.

How do you relax?
I like to go on the computer and just surf around a bit, or sometimes I like to go out with my mates and get away from cycling and just be a normal guy.

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