I am delighted to announce that I will be riding for Saint Piran Pro Cycling in 2019!
I will have the opportunity to compete in national and international races, such as:
- HSBC UK Spring Cup Series – Chorley Grand Prix, East Cleveland Klondike Grand Prix and Lincoln Grand Prix
- HSBC UK Grand Prix Series – Tour of the Reservoir, Bristol Grand Prix, Stockton Grand Prix, Leicester Castle Classic and Ryedale Grand Prix
- HSBC UK National Circuit Series – Otley Grand Prix, The Wales Open Criterium, Skipton Grand Prix, Sheffield Grand Prix, Barnsley Town Centre Races and Colne Grand Prix
- Tour of Ulster (Tour of Northern Ireland)
Plus a selection of European races! Many of these races will be televised on Eurosport and ITV4.
Getting up to speed alongside Steve Lampier during the 2018 HSBC UK National Circuit Race Championships.
How This Opportunity Came About
I am really delighted that my hard work in 2018 has paid off with such a great team offer for 2019. As a second-year junior, I chose not to ride the National Junior Series, instead stepping up to race the Senior National A events (such as rounds of the HSBC UK National Circuit Series, HSBC UK National Grand Prix Series and the HSBC UK National Circuit Race Championships). Whilst I didn’t trouble the podium in these events, I consistently finished ahead of riders from much larger teams. This experience has also helped me learn more about my strengths and has informed my training for this winter.
Saint Piran is Cornwall’s first elite cycling team, giving talented riders an opportunity to perform on a national and international stage. By 2023, Saint Piran aims to achieve UCI Continental status, allowing the team to compete in the biggest races all over the world.
The team has got a great ethos, established by excellent characters. Here’s a brief introduction to the riders that have been announced so far:
Steve Lampier, team manager/DS/rider, heads the team for 2019. 3rd overall in the 2018 HSBC UK | Spring Cup Series and a bunch of wins in New Zealand, Belgium and the UK, is impressive – but Steve’s skills don’t end there. Steve guided Joe Evans to clinch the overall title in the 2018 Tour of Ulster (Tour of Northern Ireland). Like myself, Joe Evans will be balancing racing alongside university commitments.
Cameron Jeffers, like Evans and Lampier, has also re-signed with Saint Piran for the 2019 season. Cameron’s YouTube vlogs are popular amongst the cycling community and are always a pleasure to watch; check them out here.
Will Harper, a Cornish-based rider, is looking to build upon his 2018 successes (such as taking the overall victory at the Totnes-Vire stage race) with Saint Piran. Finally, Jake Alderman, another Cornish-based rider, will be flying the Saint Piran kit next season. Proving to be a key support in stage races, Jake is one-to-watch on hilly terrain and in bunch sprints.
In addition to the riders, Saint Piran has a solid community of supporters. Equipment sponsors, organisations and individuals that share values with Saint Piran have provided invaluable support and are continuing to do so. Check out some of the wonderful sponsors assisting Saint Piran by clicking the link here.
Saint Piran are a team as formidable as any on today’s national racing scene. Yet, Saint Piran is different to many other teams.
With regards to team dynamics, riders collectively make key strategic and tactical decisions, thus are directly responsible for the outcome of performances. Team-cooperation and coordination is not only limited to bike races, however: developing grassroots cycling and partnering with local charities is paramount to Saint Piran.
I am really looking forward to my future with Saint Piran Pro Cycling. I believe the team’s values, passion and drive to succeed will help catapult me onward and upward, towards a professional career in the sport!
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Thanks for reading 🙂