AN Aylesbury cycling team is supporting a group of young racers in a bid to ‘give something back to the sport’.
Spirit Racing Team, who are affiliated with the store Spirit Bikes, on Rabans Close, are sponsoring three local youngsters for the new cycling season.
The team compete in road racing, time trials and track races.
Mark Baines, 25, of Aylesbury, Will Jenkins, 21, of North Marston and Cameron Howard, 16, of Dunstable will benefit from sponsored kit, training and advice and support as they compete over the coming year.
Andy Barrett, from Spirit Racing, said: “Spirit racing was started in 2005 by four members.
“At first it was all people over 40, guys with an interest in cycling.
“Now there are 26 in the team and the three youngsters in the academy.
“We ride from March to September. We have someone riding pretty much every week.
“We’ve teamed up with Nuffield Gym to help with the fitness.
“Mark and Will are hoping to achieve elite rider status which is the top standard of racing. You work your way up by competing and placing in races.
“As a junior, Cameron is different but he is part of the Olympic Development Plan so is hopefully set for good things.”
Cameron is a national BMX champion and the move across the disciplines is a well travelled route. One cyclist who has made the same transition and a previous junior national BMX champion is current Olympic gold medalist Sir Chris Hoy.
Speaking about the new academy project, Andy said: “We thought it was time to put a little bit back into the sport and push a couple of our young local riders. We want to give them a bit of a helping hand.
“They will get the use of team bikes, which can be very expensive, and mechanical assistance.
“All us oldies will try to help them by passing on our years of experience in the sport.”