The GWR Cycling Team officially began their 2008 campaign with a launch and presentation at Steam – Museum of the Great Western Railway – in Swindon last night.
The eight man squad proudly showed off their new team bikes, supplied by Giant, as they assembled for local press and supporters, including Scott Wilson Railways, Swindon Cycles Superstore and Wiltshire’s GWR FM Black Thunders, in a ceremony hosted by Eurosport commentator David Harmon.
2007 saw the team in their second year take 25 victories with a further 63 top five placings across the country, which ranked them 12th nationally from almost 500 teams at the conclusion of the season.
With the new bikes already being put through their paces, the four newcomers, Alexander "Sandy" King, Peter Dibben, Sam Redding and Llewellyn Kinch having already commenced their racing programme, with some excellent results, while Peter Kench, Dan Smith, Nic Tilling and Jon Pain will open their season in the coming weeks.
King and Dibben contest the final round of the Revolution track series at Manchester before a trip to Belgium for the prestigious Kuurne Classic Junior race in early March. Towards the end of the month they will be joined by Redding as they contest the Martyn Ashfield two day, the first in the season long National Junior Series, which will feature prominently throughout their 2008 programme. Meanwhile the senior riders will use various road race and time trial events as "competitive training" as they build up for the early season programme which includes the Castle Combe Easter Classic and the Ham Hill Road Race.
Giant representative Rob Lyne stated "Its excellent, we are very happy to be involved with the GWR Team, especially with the new direction and being able to support several very good junior riders".
Scott Wilson CEO, Keith Wallace commented "I’m very impressed with the profile of the team and we are looking forward to seeing the team in action this year".
With immense potential already being shown by newcomers this season, 2008 promises to be an exciting year for the GWR Team supported by Scott Wilson Railways, META Sports Performance & Training, Sport Beans, Continental Tyres and Wiltshire’s GWR FM, Giant UK, Swindon Cycles Superstore, CyclePowerMeters.com, Easton and Bioracer.
For more information on the GWR Team please visit: www.gwrteam.com
Photographs courtesy of Dennis Sackett (DGS Photography)