Racer William looks back on a season to treasure

William Brodie tackles some tough terrain
William Brodie tackles some tough terrain

Ambitious and aspiring downhill mountain bike racer William Brodie has finished the current season on a high by securing a British title.

The Denholm school pupil has his sights set on a career on the professional circuit – and he’s still only 12.

William topped off the racing term last Saturday by being crowned British Mountainbike Downhill Champion in his category, after completing a series of six victories out of six at venues including Innerleithen, Dumfries and Bowhill.

This year, he also became Borders Schools Cross-Country Champion for S1, while another career highlight came in June when he won the UCI World Cup Mountain Bike 2016 at Fort William, after finishing in top place in his category.

Another local rider and team mate, Rory Morrison took third position.

William, a pupil at Jedburgh Grammar School, has also scored heavily in endurance racing in Forfar and Glentress.

When the new season begins in March, he’s likely to be competing in the juvenile sections of a variety of events staged by the Scottish and UK associations.

Supported by glad parents, Georgina and Gary, William practises with the Borders Advanced School of Racing and KIDS Innerleithen Cycle Club, where he is coached by Jamie Birks and Stuart Laidlaw.

He plays rugby for his school but two-wheeled motorsport is his main interest – as Georgina says: “He is constantly on a bike.”

She added: “It’s been an absolutely fantastic year, with all he has done.”

William has been riding bikes since he was about two and started competing around the age of nine or 10. In his own words, according to mum, he was “fast but kind of unsafe”.

He would practise regulalry with friends from the village, as well as seeing how high he could jump.

He liked to compete in all aspects of biking, said Georgina, and was interested in advance styles of racing, as well as the nutritional side and the history of the sport.