And Lewis, who finished 39th for the West Midlands boys’ team, admitted his outing in London had been an experience to savour despite the stiff competition.

“It was a really good experience for me and it was pretty great to have cycled down The Mall,” said Lewis, who attends Stratford School.

“It’s a shame I couldn’t take it in more but when you come around that last corner and there is just a sea of people around you it’s great.

“It was a really hard race and was relentless really; there was constant attacks off the front which made it very difficult.

“I’m not too happy with it because I went early on the last lap and committed and gave it everything and when my break didn’t work out I had nothing for the sprint at the end.

“I’m glad I did it though because I committed and it was one of those tactical decision that sometimes works and sometimes doesn’t.

“I put in one too many attacks and my legs were pretty battered by the last lap so I just couldn’t pull away.”

In the end it was the Yorkshire boys’ team who would come out with top honours ahead of Lewis, with their four riders picking up the best combined results for a £500 bonus.

And, despite missing out on the overall prize, Lewis believes the experience is one that can only serve to further his cycling ambitions.

“It was a big learning curve for me and something that is going to make me a better rider,” he added. “It was pretty surreal actually to have some of the best riders in the world going before us.

“There were just great views everywhere although I didn’t really get the chance to enjoy it that much because I had my head down the whole time.

“It was my last race as a youth rider so it was incredible to finish with a huge crowd instead of at a small race with one man and his dog watching.

“It’s something I will always remember because it is the first big race I’ve done of this type. I’ve learned a lot. I’ve never had to deal with crowd noise like that and it distracts you a bit.”

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