After a fantastic year racing with ERC, its with a wee bit of sadness that I am leaving ERC, I have the opportunity to now race for SPOKES junior race team. I have had many great experiences and achievements racing in the red of ERC.
I have competed in races round the country and my international race thanks to ERC. One of these experiences I would like to share is junior tour of Ireland, as you will know from previous blogs it was a really tough race with a lot of effort being put in by Me, Ciaran, Chris and Louie. But what many of you won’t know is the effort put in by team manager Jarlath, in the organising and booking hotels etc. for this race.
I have to again thank Aileen, David and Ali, because without the support of these parents I wouldn’t have been able to race. It was brilliant racing against some of the best junior bike riders alongside my fellow teammates.
Another one of my memory’s was the Motherwell, fife and Ingilston Crits where Me and teammate Zak Loney were always at the head of the field leading the charge and sometimes coming away with the win or a podium, which was great as the red of ERC was always being raced with pride.
I have raced from the north of Scotland, to local Crits and races in England and have always been grateful to the support of other ERC riders.
Eastern promise road race was fantastic, well organised and I really enjoyed it, it was hard and the weather was against the riders. I was the 1st ERC rider home that day and received the lantern trophy, I was quite proud of this.
ERC junior racing team isn’t about one rider, but it does have ONE manager and Jarlath you have been awesome. You took a chance allowing me to join the team and I hope I repaid that with my professionalism, dedication and 12 podium positions.
It was like a prober racing team, strength and conditioning classes, Saturday rides, how to train, Skype calls; discussing everything from nutrition, to tactics, race preparation. Even race days there was the motivation talks. I now know how much work you do for the junior race team and…. it’s a lot, thank you thank you thank you.
Next year I will be riding UCI ranked races, more National rounds and races abroad and I am quite excited about this.
I would like to say a huge thanks to everyone in ERC who has supported me in any way, from cheering me on, to the organisers and Marshalls at races. It really is a great club.
To all the new juniors, Train hard, listen well and believe in your abilities. I wish you all the best of luck next season and hope that you get as much out of ERC junior team as what I did.