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Spokes Racing Team Launch 2018

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So it’s that time of year again, festive excesses are the subject of new year’s resolutions that melt away quicker than the recent snow. For some though the resolve is stronger and none more so than the young men of Spokes Racing Team.

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The boys enjoy there heartland. Photo©Spokes Racing Team
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The team lineup. Photo©Callum MacGregor

Those that made the cut for 2018 following the October training camp appreciate the set up and support which is unparalleled in Scottish Junior cycling.

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Training camp. Photo©Spokes Racing Team

We’ve been following the team over the past few seasons and whilst the names and faces change the level of support and commitment from owner Craig Grieve and DS Blair Whiteside seems to grow each year.

With riders of the calibre of Grant and Fraser Martin graduating with honours to the senior ranks, to say nothing of a certain Mark Stewart, there’s no doubt the formula has successfully cultivated Scottish talent, offering opportunities to taste the life and progress to the next level.

Mark remains a keen supporter of the team, donating items each year for the fund-raising auction.

It’s time for the 2017 report card and to look forward to the 2018 season and the dreams of riders old and new.

We managed to catch up with the guys at the team launch and fundraising dinner on Saturday night in deepest Fife.

The Class of ’17

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Stephen Dent winning in Kontich. Photo©Bram Van Lent
  • Stephen Dent completed his second season with team in ’17. This year Stephen is off to Belgium to ride with Baguet MIBA Poorten Cycling Team with support from The David Raynor Fund. His most impressive results at the Kontich UCI 2.1 with a 1st and 2nd on stages which generated some interest and resulted in the ride with Baguet being offered. As the reigning Scottish Junior Criterium Champion Stephen will be looking forward to the kermis scene (the team had an impressive 1-2-3 with Joe Reilly silver and Finn Crocket Bronze in the Junior Criterium championships at Ingliston).

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1-2-3 at the Scottish Criterium Championships. Photo©The Press Room
  • Alex Ridehalgh. First year with the team in ’17 and back for 2018. Alex had a mixed season. Glandular fever disrupting his plans but a win in the Gorey Three Day and strong performances in Belgian Interclubs and kermesses bode well for a strong and hopefully healthy year ahead.