CLUB NEWS: Heard crowned British Champion
Birmingham Monarchs rider Paul Heard was crowned senior British champion last week in Great Blakenham after a 3 day weekend of racing to crown all age ranges and groups. The British Cycling British Individual
Championships was the icing on the cake for Heard who took the biggest title of them all.
It has been 10 years since Heard made his debut in the competition. The Birmingham based rider started his career with Sandwell before joining his home club. A spell with Wednesfield followed before he returned to his
parent club this year.
Heard is certainly enjoying life back at Birmingham and said “I came back because I know the club and the hunger of the riders. They want to win and I aim to make that happen.If we can get through the regional play offs we
have a good chance of winning the title”.
On his title victory he added “the feeling was incredible, there was a mixture of emotions and it’s a moment I won’t forget!”. He also shared he had a good feeling about the day of the final. “I woke up the morning of the final and I thought it’s going to happen today.”
He also revealed he changed nothing with his preparation. “I think if everything is routine and habit it gives you the best chance”.
He also rates this victory as his “number one achievement” whilst also acknowledging his Under 19 British title in 2009, captaining team GB to the Ashes series in 2015 plus the European team cup in 2012.
Paul was asked by Birmingham CSC Press Officer Steve Hodgkinson what other achievements he is looking to add. “More British titles, an international one and silverware with Birmingham”.
Birmingham also had Bekah Humphries on the rostrum as she was runner up in the Girls U14s. She also took part in the Girls U16s and came a credible 5th.
On Sunday Birmingham travel to Wednesfield for the Regional Play Off Final. The winners will join 3 other region winners to be crowned Play Off Champions. Birmingham finished 2nd in the Midland League.