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Endura Racing Team Launch 2009

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“Hi Ed, I’ve finally heard from Cycling Weekly — they want 300 words, but also if you want to do “Minute With” interviews with some of the riders, that’d be good also.” Time for a piece about the Endura Racing Team launch…

Jeez! Work from “The Comic” and a brief too — I’m so used to rolling up at races with a camera, pencil and notebook then just doing what I want, that I’d forgotten about that word count stuff.

Maybe if I make a good job, I’ll get to do Girvan again; they haven’t forgiven me for last year, when I forsook ‘Comm One’ at Girvan for a team car at Milan-San Remo.

Saturday 09.45, The Dynamic Earth Building – what an excellent venue for the occasion, and the first time I’d been in the place; it’s a wonderful setting, with Salisbury Crags and Miralles Associates’ stunning Scottish Parliament giving your eyes almost too much to take in.

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“Our Dynamic Earth” – the venue for the launch.

As Martin and I were coming in, the boys were heading out for the photo opportunities; first of all on the grassy mound in front of the building, then among the rock garden over on the right — all good stuff.

It was a bit grey and pretty blowy but the new Endura jerseys brightened the morning up just fine; personally I’d have kept more of the tartan, but I’m the boy that said that Mark Cavendish would never make a good pro.

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The guys look ready to rock this year.
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PedalPower dominated the domestic races last year.

Inside to the warm and Greg Byron, and it was ‘PowerPoint’ time; background, programme, goals – Premier podiums + ten UCI races per season + a start in the The Tour of Britain – and then time for the riders.

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Interviewing James is never a problem, it’s getting time with the other riders that’s the trick!

James McCallum: a medallist in the Commonwealth Games and 2007 British crit champ — even more impressive was his win in the Smithfield nocturne, not long after, with the whole field watching his every move in that shiny new skinsuit.

James always has a word for the press — we like that!

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James makes VeloVeritas feel welcome! Or was he just doing star-jumps to keep warm?!

David Smith: a new face for me, but I rider that I’ve heard a lot about; you can’t survive three seasons in France if you don’t have ability and character.

Let’s hope his name appears plenty of times in the notebook this year.

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David was ready to come back to the UK after 3 years in France.

Kevin Barclay: We didn’t get to see much of Kevin’s win in the 2008 Scottish crit champs, but we didn’t miss that he’s looking much leaner today than we’ve seen him in the past.

I think he was thrown to the lions too early at Plowman Craven and too much was expected of him; but I know that Gary Hand won’t let that happen here.

It’s always good to see a Kingdom of Fife man in the limelight; it is however, quite depressing for me that I raced against his dad!

David Lines: Winner of the 2008 Scottish criterium series, the last time I saw him in action was at the ‘cross champs — he looked happier today.

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David used ‘cross to keep in trim over the winter months.

Alistair Robinson: Not a rider I know an awful lot about, but I remember him looking classy on a FELT in the Trossachs, last season.