Kaden Hopkins finishes 13th in U23 Cycling World Championships
Kaden Hopkins finished a respectable 13th in the under-23 time-trial at the Cycling World Championships in Australia today.
The 22-year-old, who is having the best season of his career, finished one minute and 33 seconds behind Norwegian Soren Waerenskjeld, over the 28.8km course in Woolongong, New South Wales.
The time-trial featured a couple of tricky climbs designed to test a mix of speed and climbing ability and Hopkins produced another solid ride to beat 31 of his opponents, a huge improvement on his results at last year’s World Championships in Flanders, Belgium, where he finished 48th.
To prepare for this year’s event, Hopkins spent three weeks at high altitude in the Pyrenees. That training trip came just a few days after he received plenty of television coverage during the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham last month when leading the first wave of riders during the Time Trial before finishing eleventh. He then went on to finish 14th of the 129 riders in the Road Race.
He was also selected to be the flag bearer for Bermuda during the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony, which he described as “a huge honour”.