An eight-year-old girl from Northamptonshire who posted a film to Twitter showing herself eating some Haribo after a long ride received a reply from the rider who inspired it, Peter Sagan - who told her, "One day you could even become world champion in a few years."
Ruby Isaac's tribute to the back-to-back men's road world champion was made after he was filmed hoovering up some Haribo, dropped into his cupped hands by a soigneur, immediately after the Bora-Hansgrohe star won the Belgian one-day race Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne the weekend before last.
She was filmed in a homage to that footage after finishing a bike ride yesterday evening.
Her tweet has been 'liked' more than 2,000 times and has been retweeted by nearly 400 people.
— Ruby Isaac (@RubyWIsaac) 6 March 2017
Here's the reply from Sagan.
You could even become a world champion in a few years... So, remember never give up! https://t.co/Tc7tB9ZuNL
— Peter Sagan (@petosagan) 6 March 2017
The world champion has almost 600,000 followers on Twitter, but only follows 66 people himself - and now, Ruby is among them, joining the likes of Alberto Contador and Vincenzo Nibali, the only current riders to have won all three of cycling's Grand Tours, as well as figures from outside cycling including Arnold Scharzenneger and Jenson Button.
Ruby has only been on Twitter since January but already has almost 500 followers and even the briefest of glances at her timeline reveals she is not only a huge fan of pro cycling and women's racing in particular, but also gets in the saddle herself whenever she can.
It's early days in her own fledgling cycling career, and sensibly she's taking a cross-disciplinary approach.
Last month, she finished third in a mountain bike race at Lea Valley VeloPark, and other posts to Twitter show her receiving cyclo-cross coaching in Milton Keynes from multiple British champion Helen Wymen, taking to the boards of the Street Velodrome at the recent London Bike Show, winning a race at the Calshot Winter Series, and riding on the rollers in preparation for the coming road season.
Clearly a passion for cycling is essential for any youngster eyeing a future career in the sport and Ruby has that in spades - we wish her all the best with it.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.