Scott Davies has an unmistakable talent, one that RCUK witnessed at first hand on the slopes of Mallorca’s mountainous interior.
The 18-year-old, who last year won the junior Tour of Wales – adding his name to an illustrious of former champions – was a new addition to the Madison-Genesis roster this season.
Scott Davies was crowned under-23 champion earlier at the British Time Trial Championships (pic: Huw Evans Picture Agency)
Team manager, Roger Hammond, had noted the young rider’s ability and snapped him up even before he rode to seventh place at the junior world championships in Florence, last September.
Hammond’s reputation as a talent spotter – not to mention Davies’ reputation as a rider – received a further boost last Thursday (June 26) when the Welsh teenager stormed to the national under-23 time trial.
His first season with the Milton Keynes-based outfit has not been entirely straightforward: a training crash, and another big fall during the Tour des Fjords having hampered his progress.
But after beating compatriot Owain Doull (An Post-Chain Reaction) to the red, white and blue-striped jersey, Davies – who remains as grounded as ever – could not hide his delight at the result.
Speaking to RCUK, he said: “On a personal note, it was pretty huge for me. It was a target of mine. When I looked at the season and sat down with the guys at Welsh Cycling I thought the national TT could be something I could go for.
“So to have that expectation in mind and then to achieve it is immensely satisfying.
“To take a title on home soil as such is great. I think that’s probably the most local course I’ll get in terms of the national champs so I’m over the moon.”
A tough, hilly course awaited at Celtic Manor for the three national time trial races – with Davies, Emma Pooley and Sir Bradley Wiggins the trio who took home the national titles.