While the likes of Chris Froome and Mark Cavendish continue to take British cycling to new heights, the sport is busy nurturing the next young crop of cyclists coming through. People Puzzles is doing its bit by sponsoring a promising young cyclist currently showing great potential on the British national stage.
Fourteen-year-old Euan Woodliffe, the son of People Puzzles HR Director Morag Woodliffe, has won yet another big race following his success in the cyclocross season earlier in the year. He is now on a positive pathway, which if all goes well, could eventually lead to him achieving his dreams of being a pro-rider.
Euan has just won the Under 14s category Isle of Man National Series three-day road race; one that the likes of Mark Cavendish won when they were younger. He’s also been selected for the National School of Racing (NSR), which presents the opportunity to be selected for the Olympic Development Apprenticeship (ODA). ‘It will be hard for me to get on this year because I’ll be competing against people who are two years older than me,’ he says. ‘But the earlier I can get into the ODA, the better.’ It’s clear to see why he is keen to get in; after the ODA is the Olympic Development Pathway, which eventually funnels riders into the Olympic squad.
However, before that is another big race – the National Championships, in which Euan is competing in July. ‘The National Champs is what I’d really love to win – that’s what gives you the national jersey which means you are the best in the country at it,’ Euan explains.
There are many different disciplines for competitive young cyclists – all of which require a different type of bike. Sponsorship is important to cyclists as it helps them maintain their kit and keep them competitive. People Puzzles sponsorship will help Euan with the upkeep of his beloved bikes. They are certainly well-used – he spends many hours either at the Velodrome with his club, Welwyn Wheelers, or on his own for 10+ hours during the week, plus races at the weekend.
All of this hard work is helping Euan move towards his ultimate goal. ‘I want to be a professional cyclist,’ he says. ‘But it depends how far I can take it and how I do in the future.’
People Puzzles will be cheering Euan on as he takes on the National Champs in July, and wishes him the very best of luck!