Pershore High School student Tom Charles (13) of Pinvin will be pulling on his Stratford CC club jersey to race in the European Junior Cycling Tour Assen 2017 in the Netherlands from 31st July to August 5th competing with over 60 U14 riders from 10 different countries. The tour will be 5 days of racing including a Time Trial (TT), three different distanced based criterium races and a closed road race. It’s Tom’s first multi-day event and first experience of racing outside the UK. Ahead of Assen he will be racing in the West Midlands Circuit Race series and starting in April he will be track racing at the velodrome in Newport and Derby for the National Youth Omnium series. Tom races in the West Midlands Cycle Cross league during the winter months coming 13th out of 50 riders in the 2016/17 season U14 category.