A 16-YEAR-OLD from Barnsley who is hoping to compete in the Olympics in the future won a national title this week.

Imogen Wolff, of Silkstone Common, was crowned National Junior Women’s Cyclo Cross champion.

She finished two minutes clear of the rest on a muddy course in Westmorland in the Lake District.

Cyclocross is a winter event in which riders can dismount and run with their bikes up hills or on difficult terrain.

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Imogen will now hope to be selected for the World Championships which take place in the Netherlands over the weekend of February 4 and 5.

She said: “It was quite muddy but I was really excited to get going.

“I had a slow start but I worked my way to the front and managed to stay there.

“I was really chuffed to win. It’s the highlight of my career so far and a really cool feeling.

“Hopefully I get selected for the worlds and put in a good ride.”

Imogen – who studies at Greenhead College in Huddersfield – is also on the Great Britain team for track and road cycling.

She represented her country at the Summer European Youth Olympic Festival in Slovakia last year.

She said: “My mum used to do triathlon and took us along. Eventually I realised I enjoyed the cycling part the best and it’s gone from there.

“I will be looking to get a professional contract and make a living out of it.

“In the road cycling, I would love to get to the Olympics in the future.”

Meanwhile, Jenson Young, from Hemingfield, was leading the men’s race at the same event before finishing sixth.