Since when was cycling an upper-class sport? Quick check on the GB entries in the Tour De France
1) Mark Cavendish - Isle of Man, worked in a Bank to fund his early career
2) Bradley Wiggins - Born in Belgium and his Dad was a cyclist - no blue blood the last I checked
3) David Miller - Born in Malta and his dad flew with the RAF
And I've known plenty of cyclists, sailors and rowers. A few of the rowers were public school but most of those in sailing were from the fishing community and the cyclists are as down to earth as you can get. Certainly more so than those oh-so-working-class footballers.
And good luck to this bloke. He's clearly willing to risk the ridicule he knew was coming his way in order to pursue his dream.