Alex Bray­brooke, 20

AVC Aix-en-provence, Aix-en-provence, France

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How was the south of France? It’s a good place to live. Com­pared to Bel­gium where I was in 2016, I was able to specif­i­cally tar­get races more. I wasn’t far from Mont Ven­toux so I had a few small train­ing camps.

Good sea­son? I found that I pro­gressed a lot and to­wards the end of the sea­son I started to get a few re­sults that maybe go un­der the radar out­side of France but def­i­nitely get you no­ticed within France.

What was the team like? I found the team more re­laxed than Lotto-soudal U23 where it was quite an in­tense en­vi­ron­ment at times, with it just be­ing U23 rid­ers. This year there were older rid­ers and ex-pros who I learned a lot from.

How was the rac­ing? Most races I got a chance to do what I wanted, un­less it was a sprint and we had a des­ig­nated sprinter, or one of my team-mates had a leader’s jer­sey. We em­ployed a lais­sez faire at­ti­tude of go­ing out there to race and as­sess the sit­u­a­tion as the race de­vel­oped.

Plans for next sea­son? I’ve re-signed for the same team and I am look­ing for­ward to step­ping up again next year. I haven’t won a race as an U23 rider so it’d be nice to do so. The ob­jec­tive is to become a pro bike rider so re­sults — wins, top fives or top 10s — can help me to achieve that. Off-sea­son sched­ule? I’ve been back in the UK for a month now and have had a well-needed rest. Now that the Dave Rayner Fund din­ner has been and gone, I’ve re­sumed my train­ing. I’ll be hav­ing a train­ing camp in Girona with James Shaw.

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