News: Teenager Fred Meredith smashes British record

A Welshpool teenager, Fred Meredith, has rewritten the record books after shattering the Hour Record (Junior) which was set at 48.5 km.

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News: Teenager Fred Meredith smashes British record

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A Welshpool teenager, Fred Meredith, has rewritten the record books after shattering the Hour Record (Junior) which was set at 48.5 km.

Fred Meredith, 17, from Welshpool, took to the saddle at the Geraint Thomas National Velodrome in Newport, Wales on Monday 14th March, to compete for the Junior British title of longest distance cycled in one hour on a bicycle from a standing start. He covered an impressive 49.184km in an hour. British Cycling sent two representatives to officiate the attempt, setting up the timing and confirming that the bike itself passed regulations.

Elite cyclist Dan Bigham, who himself took the senior title from Sir Bradley Wiggins last year, gave his support to young Fred and also lent him his track bike which had helped him claim his own record.

Fred, who is already the Welsh Junior Time Trial Champion, and member of the Shrewsbury-based Holohan Coaching Race Team, spent months preparing for the challenge with tailor-made training. Despite suffering an early puncture in lap 2 and having to restart his attempt, he went on to claim the title.

The title challenge nicknamed ‘Project 50 in 60’ is one of the most prestigious titles in cycling. Fred is now hoping his achievement will inspire others.

“I’m so glad to have achieved this record, and after such a fantastic build-up I couldn’t be happier. I hope my efforts have inspired others to get on a bike and get involved in the sport,” said Fred. “I must say a huge thank you to everyone who got behind me and lent me their skills, knowledge, experience, and also their gear.” he added.

Dan, who whilst racing also works as an aerodynamics consultant for Team Ineos, said: “Very well done to Fred, it’s been a pleasure to support and advise his ambition to set a new junior hour record. He put a solid and ambitious plan in place and has worked hard to put himself in the best position to achieve his goal. Congratulations!”

‘I am very happy to see Fred achieve his goal. We had a process in place which he very diligently followed despite also studying for his A-Levels at the same time. His attention to detail is excellent and his enthusiasm and love for the sport makes him a pleasure to coach. Many congratulations to him.’ Liam Holohan

Fred had support from local businesses Beaumont Lawrence, Cooper Green Pooks,, Holohan Coaching, Brooks Cycles, Unvented Components Europe, and specialist cycling companies further afield WATTSHOP and

Fred is going to focus next on his upcoming road season and maybe another national record…..

You can see the full live stream of Fred’s attempt here:



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