Procycling

ETHAN VERNON

The British Olympian with a glittering road career ahead of him

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Another Ethan?

An Ethan from the GB Olympic pursuit team, but not Hayter. No, this is Ethan Vernon, two years younger than his namesake, but also a very promising young British rider.

What’s the story?

He currently lives in Manchester, where he has been with the British Cycling setup since he was 15. Ethan benefited from the Tokyo Olympics being delayed, which allowed him to join the team pursuit squad. GB only finished seventh in Tokyo in the team pursuit, but it was still impressive for a 19-year-old to be there at all.

He’s not just a trackie is he?

The young Briton has a bright future on the road ahead of him. He might not have a road team at the moment, but he won a sprint stage at the Tour de l’Avenir, a good portent for any young rider, just weeks after the Olympics.

How is he finding it?

He enjoyed the Olympics despite the disappoint­ing result: “Going to the Olympics was special. It didn’t go the way we wanted it to, and so we left on a bit of a downer, but then again, just to be there at my age is a big achievemen­t. The experience of going through pressure like that is very valuable, and even with road races now my nerves are settled, because they’re all smaller than that.”

What kind of rider is he?

That’s still the big unknown. Ethan has never had a period fully focusing on the road, because of all his track work. He is a good time triallist, but has a good sprint too. “I want to keep every option open,” he says.

What comes next?

He might be in the profession­al peloton very soon, but does not want to give up on the track either. He wants to be at Paris in 2024. He tells Procycling, “I’m starting to get interest from WorldTour teams for the coming season, so that will be my next step hopefully, and seeing how I go in the bigger races. I’m fairly excited to see what can happen when I fully commit. I will have a whole winter of endurance now.”

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