With all the recent transfer news about who is going where in the ProTour, or UCI World Tour as it will soon be known, certain 2011 signings of interest seem to have slipped under the radar. One which caught the attention of VeloVeritas was with Team Radioshack’s U23 feeder team, Trek-Livestrong. After another stellar season for Trek with at least five riders moving up to top UCI World Tour teams; including Britain’s Alex Dowsett who’s making the step up to Team Sky. These moves leave spaces to be filled and one of the riders moving into the top American U23 line-up is New Zealand’s up-and-coming star George Bennett.
George, or GB as he’s known back home, has spent the last two years racing in France – this year riding successfully for top French amateur team C.R.4.C Roanne, with a: stage win Tour de Vineyards, NZ and second on GC,: 9th on GC at the Tour of Wellington, NZ, a: stage win in the Tour of Tasmania, plus: 4th and 5th on stages, together with 6th on GC, at the Ronde de l’Ariege, France.
George made the bold move away from home at 18 years old and has never looked back since. This is what he had to say to us…
What was your racing background before moving to Europe?
“I started cycling as a casual mountain biker keeping fit for rugby which I’d played since I was five.
“I started doing the odd event here and after getting a roadie for training, boom that was me!
“I chucked in the rugby and started focusing on riding. I did a World MTB champs but the road was where I was headed.
“On finishing school I took a gamble and decided Uni. could wait and gave riding 100%.”
Tell us about your move to