A Birmingham student is celebrating after being named one of the fastest downhill mountain bikers in the country.
Will Weston, a a second year studying architecture at Birmingham City University, finished fourth in the English Championship finals held at Hopton Woods earlier this month.
The 20-year-old, who is from Wolverhampton, said he was delighted with his achievement.
“I’m happy with my achievement at the English Championship,” he said. “The UK leads the way in my sport and has a depth of talent unrivalled by any other nation, and to prove myself capable of competing at this level while studying full time is something I am very proud of.
“Balancing university life and competing against full time athletes is a difficult challenge, but nothing worth doing comes easily.
“I’m passionate about architecture – I would say that my priorities are firmly planted in the course and my future career – but rubbing shoulders with some of the world’s fastest mountain bike racers in my down time is something that I enjoy immensely.”
Will competes as one of only 40 elite level downhill riders in the UK.