Team Round-up 2009

Wednesday 30th December 2009

by Dan Smith

The Velo29 Cycling Team has had a fantastic first year in the peloton.  The team has been represented at all level of racing from local to international with success at all levels.  The success of some riders has meant that they can now move on to semi-professional teams on the continent, where they will get the opportunity to find new limits and to hopefully one day ride the biggest races like the Tour De France.  This means that there will be a few changes to the team roster for 2010, and it will give new local riders the opportunity to push through the ranks and hopefully onto a professional career.

The Youths

The Velo29 youth contingent has raced with considerable success this year thanks to brothers Charlie and Harry Tanfield.  Wins and podiums in their respective age groups on both track and road around the country culminated in selection for the UK School Games, which is a multi-sport event styled on the Olympics.  The event was an excellent learning experience, and one in which they can both return in future years thanks to being among the younger competitors to be selected!  Harry has also been competing in the prestigious Revolution Track Series (stars of the future category) in Manchester, where if he carries on progressing can expect to compete against the world’s best professional cyclists.  Harry also retains his place on the National Talent Squad which aims to pull riders through to represent Great Britain at the Olympics… fingers crossed that everything goes to plan!

The National Team

It was an up and down year with some excellent results and also some important lessons learnt.  Simon Thomas had a slow start to the year having spent most of the winter with Tonsillitis, before finally having a tonsillectomy at the beginning of the season.  By the end of the year he was back on form with good places in road races during a trip to Belgium and also some good wins in his local Time Trials in England. 

Richard Meadows has also had a mixed year with some less than perfect winter training out in Spain before joining Velo29 for the 2009 season.  He had some excellent results by mid-season in local races, so Richard decided to try his luck with a couple of months racing in Belgium where he progressed quickly to take several top tens before returning to the UK.  Thanks to his success with Velo29 Richard has managed to secure a place with a semi-pro outfit in Brittany (North West France) for next season!

Regular guest rider Shane Leadley has also been signed up to race in Brittany next year.  Shane represented Velo29 in all the biggest UK races this year.  His best ride was at the Girvan Premier Calendar race in April when he finished alongside some well established British professional riders.

Finally, Dan Smith finished the season the way he started it; with a win.  He won the Neil White Memorial Road Race near Stokesley in March and finished with a stage win at the International Tour of Senegal in November.  In the middle he had some consistent performances in the National Premier Calendar Series along with many top 3 positions in local races. 

Regional Development Team

The development team have come on in leaps and bounds.  Despite the occasional mishap such as following the sat-nav to the wrong location for a race, Chris Wood is determined to go up another level for next season. 

Mike Coward has decided to concentrate his efforts on the National MTB series for next season.  He won’t be quitting the road completely though and will continue to represent Velo29 in local road races.  He certainly has the talent to get results in the local 2/3/4 cat races if he can get the best out of himself next year.

Mike Guymer is the most senior team member, but has never been so motivated or dedicated to his racing.  With an excellent attitude to his training he sets a great example for his younger counter-parts.  Mike will next year be aiming to get some podium positions in Veteran and regional races.

And finally a word of thanks to the team backers www.velo29.com online bike shop and Subway in Guisborough without whom the season would have been less successful!

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