A 15-year-old has overcome a serious injury to win the top mountain bike
tournament in the north-west of England.
Ben Mossman from Ormskirk triumphed in the 15 to 17-year-olds cross-country category in the Brownbacks series at Lea Quarry in Bacup, Lancashire, the Ormskirk and Skelmersdale Advertiser reports.
His moment of glory came after eight months out of the saddle, of which five were spent in a brace after suffering a crushed vertebrae in a fall.
Ben told the paper: "It felt great when I was allowed back on my bike and I'm really pleased to have won these races", adding that he hoped to compete on the national stage next year.
The youngster's fightback may inspire others to buy children's bikes and take up the sport.
Meanwhile, Olympic indoor cyclist Rebecca Romero has taken part in her first mountain bike
The women's pursuit gold medallist came sixth in the first round of the Merida Brass Monkeys winter enduro series at the Rushmoor Arena in Hampshire, after being hampered by a mechanical problem, Bike Radar reports.
Posted by Brandon Egley