L-R: James Holland Leader, Boyd Roberts, Stuart Cook, Joel Stewart, Lewis Atkins, Lee Smith, John McClelland, Adrian Goatley, Darrell Pembroke, Adam Roberts. Not present Tom Burke, Chris Richardson, Adam Duggleby
The www.agiskoviner.com senior track and road squad was launched at the TCR show, Sandown Park recently. The squad will be aiming for victories in road races at both National and Regional level as well as races across the south-east of England. With a number of experienced track riders, the squad are also looking to build on recent World and National Championship victories.
Stuart Cook, manager of the squad added, ‘This is a squad which has grown in maturity since the launch of agiskoviner. This year we are fortunate to add Lewis Atkins, Lee Smith as well as Boyd and Adam Roberts to the squad. We are also fortunate in retaining the excellent support of Agisko Sports Nutrition, Viner bikes, For Goodness Shakes and Bottlesport as our sponsors.’
The squad for this year comprises the following riders:
Elite road and track rider Joel will be aiming to build on his extensive palmares in 2008. In 2007, Joel place 1st in the National Master Pursuit, 2nd in the National Team Pursuit, 2nd in the National Madison Champs, 2nd in the National Master Points Race and 2nd in the National Masters 20KM. This was in addition to 6 criterium wins and multiple top road race placings.
In 2006, Joel achieved a first place in the World Masters Pursuit, a 1st in the National Master Pursuit, a 1st in the National Master Points Race, a 1st in the National Masters 20KM, 6th in the National Madison Champs, 7th in the World Masters Points Race and 3rd in the Central Division RR Champs.
Lewis has suffered with injury on and off since 2006 but has still managed 2 Elite Road Race wins. His injuries seem to be behind him now and we look forward to a good input in to the team in 2008. In 2005 as a 2nd year junior, Lewis won 10 Elite road races and 34 other crit/road races ranking number one in the Junior UK rankings.
In 2000, competing as an under 14, he won the Twickenham Winter Series. He trumped this in 2001, 2002 and 2003 by winning both the summer and winter series, averaging around 50 wins per season and adding placing in Belgian road races. To date, Lewis has won 5 Winter Series at Hillingdon.
2004 saw more wins, including more races in Belgium and a 4th in the 4th place in the National Junior RR champs. Track racing also featured with Lewis only being beaten by Tony Gibb in the Welwyn Track league.
John brings many years experience to the club, as he is a former Commonwealth Games rider for Northern Ireland (1994, 100km TTT and track events!). In 2006 he achieved great things on the track with gold in the National Masters Points (35-39), bronze in the National Masters Scratch (35-39), bronze in the National Masters Sprint (35-39) and 1st place in the Welwyn Track League. New PBs at both 10 miles – 19-55 and at 25 miles- 51-36 demonstrated that John can convert his form across disciplines.
In 2007 more track success came with silver in the National Madison, silver in the National Team Pursuit, gold in the National Masters Points (35-39) and gold in the National Masters Scratch (35-39). John also achieved 1st in the Leon Meredith Shield, 1st in the Cardiff International Scratch, 1st in the Scunthorpe Trophy Scratch, 2nd in the SCCU Roadman’s’ 25m Scratch and 2nd place in the Billy Jones Scratch (Dudley GP). Once again John took overall in the Welwyn Track League.
Tom achieved some excellent results last year and aims to continue this trend in 2008. The highlight of his 2007 season was an absolutely awesome ride in the BTTC champs, just missing out on a medal placing, and surprising many a household name in the process.
In 2007 Adam placed 5th in the 2007 National Madison Championship, won the 8km grass series and placed 2nd in the 400m grass series. He also beat Russell and Dean Downing in the 8km grass at Mildenhall and placed 3rd in the Scunthorpe Track League overall. This was in addition to 1st place in the Yorkshire Div Pursuit and Scratch, 1st place in the Herne Hill 20km, a personal best of 19:48 in a 10 mile TT, 1st place in the 20km Easter GP and 8th place in the Savannah RR T&T.
Adrian is a dedicated team support rider who can easily cut it in a break and comes into 2008 with renewed motivation. Adrian will be instrumental in supporting the squad in road races.
James Holland Leader
James brings a wealth of talent and consistency across road and track disciplines to the team. He has represented GB at junior and schools level. James was crowned SE Road Race Champion in 2005. James also finished 2nd in the British National Derny Paced Championship, on the track in 2005 & 2006. After a quiet 2007, James is looking forward to getting back to winning ways.
Darrell is another dedicated team rider who is committed to riding in support of a Team Leader. This aside, he is also very capable of placing himself, and mixing it up with the best riders in the South East. He is super motivated to succeed in 2008 and brings energy and enthusiasm to the set up, as well as a considerable riding talent.
Chris boasts a National Team Pursuit Gold Medal from the 2000 track championships, and a Silver in 2007, plus 5th in the 2007 National Madison Championship. Chris also gained a silver medal in the National Masters Pursuit in 2007, as well securing Gold in the Scratch race. Chris is a talented track and road all rounder.
Lee proved to be consistently on an equal footing with some of the best riders in the South East in 2007,and this, combined with strong motivation has resulted in Lee’s selection to the squad. Lee aims to build on his form for 2008 and will continue to provide strong support in road races and criteriums.
Adam comes in to the squad for 2008 full of ambition after a strong showing in 2007 and motivated after winning the Calshot Winter Track league outright.
Boyd joins his brother Adam in the squad for 2008 after an impressive 2007.
Directeur Sportif of the squad, Stuart will continue to provide support and assistance in road races during the season.