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February 19, 2011

Last Saturday’s Triathlon Cycling Running Show in Esher, Surrey, saw the official launch of the Prestige Velo Club Youth Development Team on the Viner/Miche Stand. This elite team has been launched specifically for young, talented cyclists under the age of 16, and aims to help them continue to develop as they progress through junior into senior competition. This is the first time a squad has been launched specifically for younger age-group riders. One of the companies sponsoring and supporting the four rider’s are Viner – who are supplying the squad with Primus framesets (although one rider, Rory Townsend already rides a made-to-measure carbon Volata). The team have already made a great start to the season – with Rory having won 3 races already this season (including a fine win at Hillingdon against 3rd cats!) and is standing at the top of the British Cycling U16 leader-board.

The team is aiming for success at some prestigious Youth races, including the Assen Youth Tour in the Netherlands, the National Youth Circuit Series and Championships, as well as taking to the boards at the National Track Championships. With the pedigree of rider’s the Prestige VC Youth squad have, I’m pretty sure themselves and their Viner’s will be crossing many finishing line’s in first place.

Below: Rory Townsed on the attack at Hillingdon.

Prestige VC Youth Development Squad:

Dan Maslin
Age 15
A former under 14 National Champion on both road and track.  A fierce competitor, he has been accepted on to British Cycling’s Talent Programme two years in a row.

Rory Townsend
Age 15
Won the Inter-Area Cyclocross Championship with the London & SE Team and was 6th in the national road racing points standings with 14 wins in both adult and youth races before switching to cross.

Louis Magnani
Age 14
Was the 2010 under 14 Champion National Circuit Champion and is a talented sprinter with 23 race wins in 2010.

Ben Chapman
Age 14
Winner of the prestigious Isle of Man Youth Tour, North-West Youth Tour and Tour of Blackpool.  He is a precocious talent with a huge future in stage racing.

A winning combination – Rory Townsend and his made-to-measure carbon Volata.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 19, 2011 5:13 pm

    Great initiative for the future on super bikes….nice kit too, don’t suppose it comes in Big tho!

  2. February 20, 2011 8:03 am

    Sean – I agree, even without the Viner logo it would be a very nice kit!

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