An Olympic cyclist with strong links to Bradford has been described as a ‘once in a generation’ rider after he stormed to gold at the 2020 Tokyo games.
Tom Pidcock won the men’s mountain bike race by 20 seconds to capture Britain’s first ever medal of any colour in the event. The 21-year-old Yorkshireman started on the fourth row but quickly got himself into the leading group and powered his way past the Swiss pair of Mathias Flueckiger and Nino Schurter to take control on the fourth of seven laps.
Flueckiger was the only man who could even remotely keep up as Pidcock kept the power down and even had time to snatch a Union Flag and hold it aloft as he crossed the line. Pidcock adds the Olympic mountain bike title to his already long and diverse list of accolades, having won world titles in cyclo-cross, road and mountain bike events at under-23 level.
Matty Lee competed at his second Commonwealth Games representing Team England in diving. At the 2017 European Diving Championships in Kiev, Matty won a bronze in the men’s 10m platform, and a gold in the mixed 10m platform synchro with diving partner Lois Toulson. The pair then won a silver at the 2017 World Aquatics Championships in the 10m mixed synchro. The diver is coached by Marc Holdsworth at City of Leeds Diving Club.
Matty Lee, 23, and Tom Pidcock, 21, both from Leeds, took gold in the synchronised diving and cross-country mountain biking respectively. Another Otley cyclist Lizzie Deignan could not follow in Pidcock’s footsteps as she finished 11th in the Women’s Road Race.
The leader of Leeds City Council Councillor James Lewis has congratulated Leeds athletes Matty Lee and Tom Pidcock on their gold medal success. Councillor James Lewis said:
“On behalf of the city of Leeds, I would like to congratulate diver Matty Lee and mountain biker Tom Pidcock on their fantastic gold medal success at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
“This is a truly wonderful achievement and a fitting reward for their hard work and dedication over many, many years to now reach the pinnacle of their respectful sports. To see athletes from our city on the Olympic podium is always a very special moment, and I know the people of Leeds will be feeling very proud of both Matty and Tom.”