In the 70’s, very few British riders graced the Euro peloton; this year there are four just with Cervélo alone.
VeloVeritas caught up with the latest young Briton to cross the channel, Southend’s Daniel Patten, who has signed with Martin McCrossan and Magnus Backsted’s Team Cyclesport.se -MagnusMaximusCoffee.com for season 2009.
Tell us a little about yourself, Daniel.
“This will only be my third full season as a cyclist; I was a distance runner originally but picked up a niggling injury.
“I rode the bike for fitness when I was at Loughborough University and in the summer of 2006, I took out a licence and thought I’d see what I could do.”
How the Swedish connection?
“I had a good season in ’08 and I started to look around to see where I could go to develop.
“I saw an interview with Martin McCrossan and as a result, I emailed him with my resumé. Things just carried on from there.”
What are your best results so far?
“I have had a few local wins and a fourth place in the Tour of Pendle – that’s my best result in a Premier Calendar.
“I raced in Belgium and got some top ten placings in kermis’s that helped a lot with getting my contract, I think.”