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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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‘Hometown’ racing would be magical for Barrow rider Jack

A CYCLING prodigy will be part of one of the top squads to compete in the major event coming to Barrow – and he is desperate to race in his big local race.

Barrow is the only venue in the North West to host a Pearl Izumi Tour Series event this year. A stretch of the town centre will form a track for some of the world’s top cyclists to compete on the evening of May 15.

South Lakes-based rider Jack Sadler will be part of what is expected to be a six or seven-man squad with pro team Rapha Condor JLT, which will enter five cyclists in the race.

Due to the sheer strength of the squad, the up-and-coming 19-year-old is not a certainty for inclusion. But he does specialise in the cut and thrust of the town centre tracks and would like nothing more than to make team manager John Herrity’s team on the night.

Rapha Condor only missed out on winning the whole series last year on count-back and naturally they want to go one better in 2014.

Jack’s dad, Gary Sadler, himself a former British junior cyclist and his son’s former coach, said: “Rapha have got Ed Clancy, who is Olympic champion, Kristian House and Chris Opie, who is possibly the fastest GB sprinter, who rode for Team UK Youth last year when they won it and won two of the rounds.

“And they’ve got Graham Briggs, and he has so far won five races this season. They’ve got an incredibly strong team so it’s very, very difficult to break into it, especially as Jack is classed as a development rider.

“He is your apprentice boot boy if you use a football analogy. He is learning the ropes but if he excels in some of the races leading up to it, he will have a good chance of getting a ride.”

Jack is part of a 14-man squad, but with other commitments around the globe, that is likely to be a six or seven-man squad for the 10-round Tour Series circuit.

Mr Sadler said: “It would be absolutely magical for him to race in what is ostensibly his home town, but it’s very much down to the manager.

“The schedule they have is absolutely unremitting. At the time of the Tour Series, they’ve also got the Tour d’Azerbaidjan and the Tour of Japan, so they split the team. There’s 14 riders and he has to juggle between the Tour Series, and after that they go to Korea, plus the other domestic races they have to ride as well.

“Jack would love to ride in Barrow; absolutely love it. It would be a dream come true for him to ride.

“ The Tour Series is huge kudos for the team when they get a win. It’s televised (on ITV 4) and they will want to put out the best team available to them at that time and Jack might jump into it.”

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