A 13-year-old’s dream of reaching the podiums

Max Hinds is a 13-year-old cyclist who is dedicating his life to the sport he loves. In the hopes that one day he will realise his dream of reaching the podiums amongst the pro peloton.

Is this the youngest Ribble rider in the UK?

Meet Max Hinds. He’s a 13-year-old cycling obsessed teen from Worcestershire. He has big goals of turning pro one day. We had a chat with him about racing, and his hopes for the future.

The bike.

Hi Max, thanks for chatting with us. We can tell you love riding bikes, so tell us about your bike?

My bike is a Ribble Eliminator AL. I needed a new track bike and saw this at the Cycle Show last year. I love the design and the custom colours and was lucky enough to get it for Christmas. The bike not only looks cool but it’s very smooth to ride.

Starting out.

How did you get into cycling?

My dad got me into cycling by doing Sunday rides. Once I got a road bike, I then joined a racing club (Wyre Forest CRC) which has a closed-circuit track. After that, I wanted to have a go in the Velodrome so completed my beginners course at Newport, South Wales.

Training wise, I have various coached sessions in a week, both on the circuit and in the Velodrome. I usually have one long road ride with my dad which involves a café stop. I ride 5-6 days per week.

Where are your favourite places to ride?

My favourite velodrome is Newport and my favourite road ride was down in the New Forest. The roads and lanes just have a bit of everything.

Max with his beloved Eliminator AL.

Who do you ride with?

I ride with my mate Dylan Sage in the Velodrome, and my dad on the roads.

Goals.

What are your plans for 2021?

Hopefully, racing will return next year and I plan to do the Youth National Closed Circuit Series and The Youth National. On the track, I plan to compete in the National Omniums.

My cycling goals for next year will be to hopefully compete and do well in the National Series with a top 10 placing.

Training on the boards.

Are there any riders you really look up to?

My favourite riders are Dan Bigham for the pure smoothness of his time trialling. Then there’s Elia Viviani, I love his style of track racing and sprinting on the road. I went to see Elia on the final day of the 6Days of London and he was awesome.

Aiming for podium success.

What does cycling mean to you?

Cycling means everything to me, whether racing, training, or social riding.

My two proudest moments in cycling are winning Stage 3 of the North West Youth Tour and also securing the points classification. The race took place over 3 days.

My second was in the velodrome winning the Icebreaker round 1. Standing on the podium in the velodrome was very special.

Have a look at Max’s bike, the Eliminator AL HERE.


Also, have a read about Ribble Cycles sponsored athlete; George Goodwin finishing 3rd at the first-ever PTO championships HERE.


Having just become a father Sam was struck down by Crohn’s, seeking a way to aid his recovery he designed his very own CustomColour Ribble R872- Meet Rhubarbara.

1 Comment
  1. All the very best, Max. Keep cycling and never set boundaries with what you believe you are capable of. I can and i will!

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