Saturday, June 25, 2022

Tim James

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Back in 2019 we noticed an English rider producing some solid results in what is arguably the toughest u23 race school in the world – Italy. Tim James was the man’s name.

Here at VeloVeritas we like nothing better than to talk to young men who are, ‘doing it’ on the continent; we caught up with Tim and interviewed him.

Over the weekend we were shocked and saddened to receive the following from his Swift Carbon Pro Cycling team management:

“It is with immense sadness that we share the passing of our friend and team member Tim James who died on 14 May, aged just 23 years of age. 

“Tim had been taken ill with an extremely rare and unknown cancer last year. 

“We are devastated at this terrible news and would ask everyone to respect the family’s privacy at this difficult time.”

Tim started cycling at the age of 10, when a local coach, Mark Botteley, set up some after-school Go-Ride sessions. 

From there he joined his local club, Bourne Wheelers CC, and started his competitive career in cyclo-cross events, rising through the youth ranks and enjoying success along the way.

As a junior Tim turned to the road, and joined the Catford CC Equipe/Banks Team in 2016, racing across the UK in the National Junior Series with the likes of Jake Stewart, Ethan Hayter and Tom Pidcock. 

Joining the Under 23 team 365 4 Bikes Academy in 2017 provided the platform to race in National senior events and helped shape Tim’s development. 

Nurtured by coach Bryan McKinney, in his first year as an under-23, Tim produced a handful of top ten events in Nat B’s and top 20s and 30s in Nat A’s and it was clear that Tim had an abundance of talent.