I saw an article on British Cycling’s website this week about a new development team backed by Endura and the Pedal Power shop in West Calder.
Gary Hand (2nd from right) and Jordan Stokes (far right).
Picture by @iancoupar
This is great news for 18-23 year old Scottish road racers, who have the chance to get a spot on a well-supported team with a professional set-up, with Look bikes, Endura Equipe kit and a race programme that will include some national and international events.
Former Endura Racing riders Gary Hand and Davie Lines will mentor the young riders- these two guys having left the main Endura team as it steps up another level for a continental campaign in 2011.
The team is as follows:
Manager: Jonathan McBain
Assistant Managers/Riders: David Lines (32) Gary Hand (29)
Scott Macrossan (18)
Jordan Stokes (18)
Robert Hassan (19)
Dougie Young (21)
Dougie Young and Robert Hassan are strong riders who come from Glasgow Wheelers, and Hassan especially made a big impact on the Scottish race scene last year. The Wheelers might be the losers in this equation but the fact is- there are plenty of good club cyclists but not so many stepping stones for talented riders to make the leam from the amateur ranks to UK domestic teams or Continental teams. It’s great that we have this now, and that clubs like Glasgow Wheelers can send their best young riders up to the next level. Something I hope a clubmate of mine, Jack Barrett can manage to do in the future.
Endura/PedalPower team in new Equipe kit
Pic: Davie Lines