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World Champ hails from Nethy

By Alasdair Fraser

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A young Nethy Bridge mountain biker has been crowned under 21 World Enduro champion after stunning success on Scottish soil.

Jamie Edmondson (20, below) completed the feat with a stage victory at Tweed Valley in the Borders, finishing first in 25 minutes and 3.87 seconds – 11.66 seconds ahead of Canadian Jack Menzies.

Jamie Edmondson, world enduro under 21 mountain bike champion
Jamie Edmondson, world enduro under 21 mountain bike champion

In all, Edmondson won three of five stages, finishing second in the other two. The finish would also have ranked him 17th best in the world elite men’s category.

“It was one of my best performances of the year, I think – I was really pleased with it,” the ex-Grantown Grammar School pupil said. “And it was a career best in terms of comparison to the men’s elite competitors.

“I’m thrilled and I feel like I’ve been building up to a performance like that all year. It was great to compete in Scotland for the first time in two years.”

Edmondson’s next target is the World Cup in March next year.

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