Swift Car­bon Pro Cy­cling en­ter Bri­tish Con­ti­nen­tal ranks

For­mer KTM team look­ing to thrive at Bri­tain’s big­gest races, re­ports Paul Knott

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Swift Car­bon Pro Cy­cling are the lat­est do­mes­tic team to take the step up to UCI Con­ti­nen­tal level for the 2019 sea­son, join­ing Rib­ble Pro Cy­cling in mak­ing the leap.

Paul Lamb, team man­ager for the York­shire out­fit, which is a re­con­sti­tuted ver­sion of KTM from 2018, re­vealed that step­ping up in 2019 was al­ways part of the team’s plan.

“We were look­ing for a spon­sor and we met Swift Car­bon at the Cy­cle Show in Sep­tem­ber, as they wanted to mar­ket their bikes in the UK, and we dis­cussed a col­lab­o­ra­tion — it was per­fect tim­ing,” Lamb said.

The part­ner­ship with the Por­tuguese bike firm, which pre­vi­ously spon­sored do­mes­tic team NFTO, has co­in­cided with the Bri­tish scene be­ing rocked by the clo­sure of Jlt-con­dor and One Pro

Cy­cling, leav­ing the op­por­tu­nity to snap up riders said Lamb. “There are so many riders out there look­ing for teams for next year, but not enough space to sat­isfy de­mand. I’ve spo­ken to a lot of guys who have de­cided just to call it day at age 21, 22, and 23. They are the fu­ture of the sport and there’s no place for them; it’s pretty sad.”

Lamb’s squad for 2019 isn’t com­plete just yet, with the op­por­tu­nity to fill the last few spots with riders who have rid­den at Pro Con­ti­nen­tal level and above. But he al­ready has a raft of re­spected Bri­tish riders signed up to call upon. “We’ve got Ed Lav­er­ack, who had a good ride at the Tour de York­shire last year, as well as Isaac Mundy, who I think was un­lucky to lose his place at Madis­ongen­e­sis, but their loss is our gain,” said Lamb.

Along­side sign­ing elite Bri­tish riders, Lamb is mould­ing a squad that has sev­eral young tal­ents, in­clud­ing Ju­lian Var­ley, who

SWIFT CAR­BON PRO CY­CLING 2019 SQUAD Ju­lian Var­ley Ed Lav­er­ack Isaac Mundy Tris­tan Rob­bins Stephen Brad­bury Ge­orge Wood Will Fox Jor­dan Reed Ben Hardy Andy Turner Will Bjergfelt

won the queen stage at the Ras Tail­teann for the team this year. Like all do­mes­tic teams, gain­ing an in­vite to the Tour de York­shire and qual­i­fi­ca­tion for the Tour of Bri­tain are high up the list of goals.

“I want to give these young riders who have been re­leased by teams at a young age a plat­form to get back in the spot­light and move on to full pro level. I don’t want to keep riders for years and years; I want to give them the op­por­tu­nity to step up to the next level,” Lamb said.

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