17 year-old Scottish cyclist Oscar Onley showed his professional cycling potential at the 2020 Tour de Savoie Mont-Blanc Cyclosportive in France on Sunday, where amateurs and professionals raced the same time trial route up Mont Revard.
Onley finished the 22.4 uphill kilometre ride with 1268m vertical between Aix-les-Bains and Mont Revard in 57:54, a time that beat 80+ professional riders and would have earned him 11th place in the final stage of Tour de Savoie Mont-Blanc professional race.
Pro cyclist Gavin Mannion (Rally Cycling) had the fastest time up the climb, winning in 54:48, only 3:06 faster than Onley.
The young Scotsman who’s part of the Van Rysel – AG2R La Mondiale youth team started cycling when he was 10 years-old in time trials and eventually moved up to cyclosportives, gran fondos and youth racing.
He hopes to continue his cycling career and move from the youth team to the AG2R U23 team and then, with a little luck and hard work, to the UCI AG2R World Tour team.
He is certainly off to a good start.