Rutland’s fastest delivering paper-boy has just been sponsored to help take his cycling career to the next level.
Marcus Partridge, 19, from Oakham, still rides Round 21 from the Mercury News Shop in Oakham.
Most of Partridge’s earnings from his morning paper-round over the last five years have gone towards supporting his cycling hobby.
With the money, he has bought bikes and equipment, while entering races has also paid off. But this year he has been sponsored to ride by Wymondham-based Windmill Wheels.
Marcus is also a student at Loughborough College, studying for a Btec in Sport and Exercise Science. His commute to Loughborough from Oakham is often done by bike in a quick 75 minutes or less.
As a keen cyclist and a member of the Rutland Velo Club, he has had numerous successes with his endeavours in the velodrome, at mountain bike tracks and in road races.
Windmill Wheels have also sponsored Partridge’s training partner and school friend Ollie Maxwell, also from Oakham.
Last season Maxwell competed across Europe in cycling cycle races, winning the GP voor - Juniores - Ro - Dadizele race in Belgium.
The two young riders have been recognised for their performances on two wheels and have been given the backing by bike shop owners Jack Frisby and Ali Dickson.
The sponsorship, which includes brand new bikes, equipment and clothing costing about £3,500, has been provided so they can race for Windmill Wheels Race Team.
To get this season’s preparations off to a good start, both of the elite cyclists are off to Portugal this week to take part in a two-week training camp - run by ex-pro cyclist James Cambridge from Oakham.
Both riders are due to compete locally in the Melton International CiCLE Classic later this year.