Lampier would love to stage a home win
CITY cycling star Steve Lampier hopes there will be no place like home in 2012.
Lampier will visit some of Europe’s cycling hot-spots in search of glory next season with his team, IGSigma Sport, but Peterborough is the one destination the 27 year-old is looking forward to most.
Having been awarded the sprint yellow jersey in the 2011 Halfords Tour Series, Lampier is determined to go one better by winning a stage next year.
And while the Peterborough round of the national televised event is not ideally suited to the Eye racer’s style, a win on his own patch would be a dream come true.
He said: “I was very pleased to win the sprinters’ yellow jersey and while I have a lot of goals next season, to win a round would be perfect.
“I went close in Woking and that course probably suits me but winning in Peterborough is my aim.
“I always get fantastic support here and it would be great to give the crowd a home winner, but it is tough here for me. Because of the simple oval shape of the course there are a lot of bunch sprints which I don’t enjoy too much after a nasty crash in Belgium five years ago.”
After being invited to re-sign for Ig-sigma Sport, Lampier will remain as one of only around 50 salaried cyclists in the UK who earn enough from the sport to concentrate on racing full time.
It means that even during the winter months when most amateurs put their bikes in the shed, Lampier can continue to focus full-time on training and fitness.
At the start of the month the Tour of Britain star spent a fortnight in Lanzarote while a brief foray into cyclo-cross also reaped rich rewards.
“The fortnight in Lanzarote was great,” he added. “The weather over there was fantastic and it meant that during those two weeks I was able to put in 60 hours on the bike which has a massive benefit at this time of year.
“But I have not just been road racing. When I finished the Tour of Britain, rather than ride with local amateurs I decided to give cyclo-cross a go and I found it a really good experience.
“For me it was a bit like going from being a road runner to crosscountry but I did pretty well. I was competing in Lincs League and Notts and Derby League races and managed to win four and get a few podium places so I was really pleased.
“There is a lot more skill involved in cyclo-cross hammering up muddy slopes and the corners can be pretty tricky. But I got sucked right in and absolutely loved it.
“I may give it another go again but the main thing is that it kept my fitness topped up and helped me stay in shape.”
The popularity of cycling has grown massively in recent years and Lampier expects that to peak in 2012 when London stages the Olympics.
He added: “Cycling has really grown in this country in the past decade and that has really helped everyone involved. In the past it was unheard of for a British team to have a sponsor from outside the sport but we are backed by IG Markets and I think that shows how perception has changed.
“Big businesses wants to get involved and that is great for cycling and for future generations hoping to get into the sport. Hopefully that can continue and British cycling can continue to develop through the Olympics and over the next few years.” really pleased to be able to support Nene Valley Harriers with a donation.
”They provide training and support for many people in the city, including a large number of our employees and their families, so we’re delighted to help fund this ongoing work.”
Nene Valley Harriers members are pictured receiving the cheque above.
SPRINT KING: Steve Lampier was top sprinter in the 2011 Halfords Tour Series.