Racing as a Junior rider in Brittany
My story of living, training and racing as a young British rider in France…
And this is me…
I moved to France with my family in 2009 and started cycling straight away on a BTWIN bike which my dad bought secondhand for €60. My older brother, Charlie, had one too. I am one of five children, and we all race bikes.
As well as the track and road, I also loved cyclo cross. The season in France starts at the end of September. As our bikes got older and scruffier though, and other riders’ bikes got better (with discs and gears that worked!), I decided to focus on the road instead.
This is me in 2020 competing in the Trophée Madiot series. It’s a series of 6 or so races, including an individual time trial, solely for Cadet riders (16-17 year olds). It attracts the best level riders in France and I finished 2nd overall…
My 2020 season in numbers
Top 10 finishes
Van Rysel AG2R La Mondiale
In 2020 I was selected to join one of the most respected under 19 development teams in Europe – Van Rysel AG2R La Mondiale U19. The team consists of 16 Juniors, and I am one of three other British riders. Other members of the team come from Belgium, Spain and France of course. We’ve got a full season of events planned for 2021 and I can’t wait to kick start the new season!
My ‘local’ cycling club in France
I’ve stayed in the same cycling club, Veloce Vannetais, for most of my cycling career…
- Based in Vannes, Morbihan, Brittany
- Ecole de Velo, Minimes, Cadets and Juniors
- Training on the road in group rides of 60-80km on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons
- Cyclo cross, track and road disciplines
- Find out more at http://veloce vannetais