“ There’s no point in having a ten grand bike if you’ve got 50 pence legs.” An insightful quote from a young man, beyond his years. Louis has been racing cyclo-cross from a very young age, taking it more seriously when he reached 14 years. Louis joined Innovation Trek racing from Black Horse Velo, Lyme Racing and Heanor Clarion. Louis sees himself on the cobbles of the Paris-Roubaix in years to come, leading home the peloton into the velodrome. Louis offered the following advice for any aspiring racers, “Work hard and take any opportunities that come your way, you never know what might happen”. Half way through the season, Louis took on the mantle of road captain, a role made for him, one which he set the tone from the off, Shrewsbury town centre races, planning tactics, warm ups and riders with perfection, it all paid off as the team performed excellently. Louis best and worst moment was at the same race, best as it was his first race back after what felt like a millenium studying for GCSE's, and worst as it was his poorest performance to date. Louis, most notable finish was 2nd at the youth Omnium scratch race, just because it all fell into place.
Jack is a 2nd year Junior, currently studying hard for his A-levels. Jack has been racing since he was 14yrs old and quotes his most memorable races as the Isle of Man tour and Tour of Scotland, where he achieved a super result, 8th in stage 2. Jack would love to test himself racing in Belgium, where the experience gained will only serve to improve this already talented racer. Jack came to Innovation Trek racing from Sportscity Velo, and Cheshire Maverick cycling club. Jacks advice to those thinking of racing is “Just do it”. Last season, Jack excelled, qualifying for the prestigious GHS finals and raced against Pro's at Clayton. There was a low point, at Pimbo, where entire field suffered the effects of an arctic blast, nearly catching hypothermia. Jack's feet are firmly grounded, quoting his best achievement of last year as passing his GCSE's with flying colours.
George is one of our stable of Junior riders, he joined us from Liverpool Century, where he started his racing education, being crowned 2016 LTTCA junior champion, podium places at the Great Orm road race and Northwest Championships. Funnily enough though George states his proudest moment is completing his first sportive. George’s role models in the pro ranks are Fabian Cancellara and Jens Voigt, quoting Jens as a great character and was an amazing domestique, where as Fabian was a true monster and is quite funny. George’s advice to others contemplating racing is “Just do it, you won’t regret it at all. It’s the best thing you will ever do.” To say George had a good season, would be a gross mis-statement. George flew from the starting gun, winning time trial after time, crowned as National 25 mile team time champions, 2nd at Thruxton National circuit race. It's not all been a bed of roses for George, we have things we need to work on for this year, and start times is top of that list. George quotes one of his best memories as racing with Innovation, we're glad to have you aboard, you have the potential to go far.
2017 - National 25 mile Junior champion
2017 - National 25 mile Junior team champions
2017 - Manchester and District 10 mile junior champion
2017 - Youth A ACT track league champion
This is Sam's first season with the team, joining us from Sportscity Velo and Cheshire Mavericks, where made great progress, racing on the track and road. Sam's a very strong rider and one to watch this season, he has the right mindset, attack and animate, dove tailing into the team nicely. Sam resides in Runcorn and is currently studying Applied Science and Sports, with a view of becoming a Sports Scientist, but only after he's ripped up the Peloton a few times on the Pro circuit. Sam started cycling for health reasons, he succeeded in shedding a massive 2½ st in the first few years, a fantastic achievement. Sam's aiming for regional wins and qualification into the Nationals, helped along the way by Neo-Pro coaching. Sam season was cut short by a bad injury, one which he is only just, now recovered from, and with a good Winters training behind him, watch out for Sam's results, we are sure he'll be a regular visitor to the podium.
Joel fondly remembers his first bike, a cool mini Haro BMX, given to him when he was only 5 years old, emulating his dad who rode BMX’s as a nipper. Joel started racing at the Manchester Velodrome, before looking further afield to Newcastle under Lyme and Knowsley track leagues, where Joel won the ACT Manchester Youth B league and the Newcastle under Lyme Youth B league. Joel’s proudest moment in the saddle is completing the Coast to Coast, over 200 miles in two days, in 2016 with his Dad. Joels advice to those contemplating racing is simple, short and straight to the point, “just do it". Joel had a hard season, last year, racing almost every week from January to November, with the most notable moments being part of the National 25 mile team time trial Champions in Cardiff, a full gas and steep learning curve race at Ilkley Town Criterium, and the GHS 10 mile time trials final, where Joel was hampered by conditions and mechanical's. All these will make Joel a stronger rider, watch out 2018, Joels out hunting wins.
2017 - National 25 mile Junior team champions
Harry, is based in Stockport, where he cut his teeth riding with his Dad at the Cheshire Mavericks. Riding bikes is a real family affair with the Paveley’s, Mum enjoys pedaling around too, but at a slightly more sedate pace. 2017 was Harry’s first season racing, one Harry will remember with pride and draw upon when he realises his dream of riding in the Giro d’Italia. Harry says his biggest challenge is going out training when it’s cold and raining, one we all share there with Harry. But despite the typical Manchester weather Harry still manages to train 5 times a week, varying it from road, circuits and turbo training. Harry’s easy to spot, he’s the one with a beaming smile. Harry's inaugural racing season went well, qualifying for the GHS 10 mile time trial, where he put in a solid performance, and the National circuit 10 mile time trial at Thruxton, finishing just off the podium. It's not all been plain sailing though, at Milton Keynes, the National Youth Circuit, Harry was extremely unlucky with a mechanical problem force his to a DNF. One of his favourite memories of last year was the team launch, it was like being famous for a day. Not too shabby for a first season, here's to an even better 2018.
Sam, is our youngest rider, joining the team from Cheshire Mavericks and Eastands Velo. In a family whom all cycle, Sam's proudest moment to date is completing 143 miles in two days, around Lancashire, as you can see endurance is not a problem for Sam. Already, Sam is keen to get the season under way, spending lots of his spare time on tough turbo sessions and chain gangs at Tameside circuit, this lad's going to hit the ground running. Sam's idol is Bradley Wiggins, managing to accost him in Tatton Park, during a stage of the Tour of Britain, snapping a selfie and grabbing an autograph. Sam's advice for fellow riders thinking of racing is "as long as you train hard, a simple bike will get you up to a decent standard". Last season, Sam enjoyed treading on the boards at Manchester velodrome, competing at the Manchester Omnium, after he quickly achieved his accreditation, but is not a fan of cold Sunday morning rides, hands that turn purple are never a good sign. Sam's is excited about what the season holds, and the prospect of making steps towards turning professional.
Will, is another of our Wilmslow based riders, currently studying for his A levels, with aspirations of a future career in Engineering. A relative late bloomer into the world of cycling, Will donned his clipless pedals in late 2016, riding with his dad at Cheshire Mavericks, and he has not soft pedaled in that short time, climbing the height of Everest 7 times last year, showing real drive and a passion for hard work. Will is a focused and driven individual, with clear goals for his cycling, short term to get into race shape and long term is to achieve the absolute maximum of his ability and not let any opportunities go amiss. Along that vein, Will quotes his cycling hero as Tom Dumoulin, because he has become the best in the World at something then pushed on and expanded his horizons. 2017, was a roller coaster of a year for Will, with the painful loss of 3 Grandparents in 8 months, passing his GCSE's with aplomb and fabulous family holidays to Northumberland and Spain, where they watched the La Vuelta from the road side. Watch this space for some great results from Will, we've a good feeling about him.