British Junior Men’s Road Series winners – the definitive list

As well as the national junior road race championships, contested over one day, the top junior male cyclists in the UK also get to compete in a season long competition that aims to find the most consistent young riders in the UK.

Racing for the prestigious Peter Buckley trophy, named in honour of a promising Manx champion cyclist who died aged only 24, this series sees the best Juniors from around the country competing on anything from 5 to 12 events depending on logistics. In recent years the competitors also do battle over the multi day Junior Tour of Wales, allowing the calibre of the country’s future international stage race winners to shine through.

We’ve gone through our archives to build what proves to be an interesting list of the cream of the UK’s top young riders. We’ve highlighted which ones went on to ride in the Tour de France, which ones became senior world champions, which ones are in cycling families, which ones ended up riding for Team Sky and which ones set world records.

We’ve had some incredible riders break through on the world stage in recent years. We can only wonder what would have happened to more of the youngsters of the 70s and 80s had their been the support their is now.

Anyway, let’s enjoy their achievements and wonder what success the current crop of youngsters will win for GB on the world stage.

YEARWINNERSECONDTHIRD
1971Tony DaviesJeff MorrisMike Heathcock
1972Stu MorrisPeter HallSteve Fleetwood
1973Dave PenkethJohn HarrisonDave Baronowski
1974Les FleetwoodMike WilliamsAlaric Gayfer
has cycling family
1975Jon KettellGlen MltchellJim Parry
1976Glenn MitchellTony Doyle
became a world champion
John Kettell
1977Steve JoughinShaun FenwickNigel Bloor
1978Mark Bell
has cycling family
Neil Martin
has cycling family
Simon Thomas
1979Mike DoyleJohn WainwrightMalcolm Elliott
1980Darryl Webster
has cycling family
John WainwrightCraig Stevens
1981Keith ReynoldsRob KennisonKevin Davis
1982Chris WalkerKevin ByersRob Kennison
1983Chris Walker
has cycling family
Deno DavieChris Lillywhite
1984Chris LillywhiteSimon CopeWill Mansfield
1985Stuart ColesGlen SwordPaul Brown
1986Lester ClarkeDavid CookAlex Webster
has cycling family
1987Simeon HempsallSimon LillistoneDylan Williams
1988Matt StephensGareth GimsonIan Wright
1989Mark DawesIan BryantToby Pinn
1990Victor SlinnJulian RamsbottomPaul Spencer
1991Mark DolanWill WrightScott Bennett
1992Tim GriffinRichard BruceJeremy Hunt
rode Tour de France
1993Danny AxfordHugh FairgrieveAnthony Malarcyzk
1994James TaylorHuw PritchardPaul Manning
became a world champion
1995Gavin SellenDavid GeorgeRussell Downing
has cycling family
1996Charlie Wegelius
rode Tour de France
Russell Downing
has cycling family
James Griffiths & Graham Hughes
1997Bradley Wiggins
has cycling familybecame a world championwon olympic medalset world recordrode Tour de France
Martin LonieStephen Joseph
1998Richard Heath & Jamie AlbertsJoint 1st PlaceSam Collins
1999Mark BakerStephen Cummings
became a world championrode Tour de Francewon olympic medal
& Tom Southam
Joint 2nd Place
2000Andrew AllanJames BellAlex Coutts
2001Alex CouttsChris Penketh
has cycling family
Ross Adams
2002Adam IllingworthAndrew MurphyChristian Varley
2003Tim WallisRyan BonserMatt Brammeier
2004Geraint Thomas
rode Tour de Francebecame a world championwon olympic medal
Ian FieldAndrew Hill
2005Alex Dowsett
set world recordrode Tour de France
Russell HamptonAlex Atkins
2006Andrew GriffrthsMark McNallySimon Holt
2007Peter Kennaugh
rode Tour de Francehas cycling familybecame a world championwon olympic medal
Luke Rowe
rode Tour de Francewon olympic medal
Mark McNally
2008Erick Rowsell
has cycling family
Luke Rowe
rode Tour de Francewon olympic medal
David Nichols
2009Joe PerrettTim Kennaugh
has cycling family
David Nichols
2010Simon Yates
rode Tour de Francehas cycling familybecame a world championWon Olympic medals
Tom MosesJoshua Edmondson
2011Alistair SlaterLuke Grivell-MellorBrennan Townshend
2012Alex PetersHarry TanfieldTao Geoghegan Hart
2013Jake KellyScott DaviesGabriel Cullaigh
2014Matthew GibsonJames ShawAlexander Braybrooke
2015Etienne Georgi
has cycling family
Joey Walker
has cycling family
Robert Scott
2016Charlie MeredithRobert ScottPeter Kibble
2017Oscar MingayHarry HardcastleDaniel Coombe
2018Mason HollymanSamuel WatsonLewis Askey

Key:

has cycling family Strong cycling family

became a world champion Became a senior world champion

Won Olympic medals Won Olympic medals

set world record Set a UCI World Record

rode Tour de France Rode the Tour de France

You might have noticed some surprising names missing from the list. No Robert Millar, Chris Boardman, Mark Cavendish, Mark Walsham, Ed Clancy, Rob Hayles, Roger Hammond or Dean Downing.
Some developed their endurance later on, others concentrated on track or time trialling and for some travelling the length of the country as a teenager just wasn’t viable. But that’s a feature for another day.
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