Sam pedal powers his way across the moor
YOUNG Sam Hamilton proved he had pedal power – by completing a gruelling 35-miles mountain bike challenge.
The 13-year-old blasted his way through the Tour de Moor course in just over three hours, raising £85 for St Luke's Hospice.
Cycle-mad Sam, who hopes to one day turn pro, was the youngest rider to take part in the tough charity challenge.
He said: "It was great taking part and I made some new friends along the way and saw some amazing cyclists, although I had really sore legs the next day."
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The teenager has been mountain biking for under a year and wasn't in doubt about what the toughest part of the ride had been.
"About three quarters of the way through the race there was steep downhill section and I have only ever tried riding something like that once before," Sam said.
Mum Georgina admitted she had been slightly worried when she dropped Sam off at the starting point.
"I could see that everybody else taking part were adults, so I thought he might be dropped by the pack," she added. "But when I met them a couple of places along the route, he was charging ahead of them. As an under-18 rider, he had to ride with an adult and his dad took part, but Sam was riding away from him as well."