The Isle of Man’s junior cyclists will be sponsored by Royal London 360° for a 19th consecutive year.
The Royal London 360° Isle of Man youth cycling League, which is where ‘Manx Missile’ and British Olympic hopeful Mark Cavendish began his career, provides a foundation for junior cyclists of all ages to develop their skills. As well as weekly practice sessions at the NSC in Douglas between April and August for three to 16 year olds and spinning sessions at the Braaid Hall, a number of youngsters compete successfully off-Island at UK and Irish National events.
During the 2011 season, Royal London 360° riders won the prestigious team title at the British national juvenile ten-mile time trial championships for an unprecedented fifth time, and were victorious in three of the classes at the North West circuit race championships in Southport. There was further success in the Mayo International Youth Tour in Ireland where the Royal London 360° team scored a brace of top three placings in the individual standings and won the team competition in the under 12 age group.
As a result of these impressive performances, several team members were invited by British Cycling’s Talent Development coaches to take part in their ‘Regional School of Racing’ sessions.
Royal London 360° is donating £5,700 to the youth cycling league which will help it to provide weekly training sessions and necessary equipment for junior members, as well as support off-Island trips training and competitions.
Organiser of the Royal London 360° Isle of Man youth cycling league, Dot Tilbury, commented: “The support of Royal London 360° over the last 18 years has been vital in helping some of the Island’s flagship sports stars, including Mark Cavendish, to realise their potential, as well as helping those youngsters who cycle regularly for fun to develop their social skills and fitness levels. I know our 19th year of working together will be just as productive!
“Last year we achieved yet more phenomenal successes and helped some of our juniors move a step closer to achieving their personal goals of a professional cycling career. I am so very grateful for the support of Royal London 360°, without whom we could not continue to fly the flag for cycling in the Isle of Man.”
Royal London 360°’s Director of Marketing, Natalie Hall, said: “It is a real honour for us to have been associated with such a fantastic organisation as the Royal London 360° Youth Cycling League for so long now. The victories the junior cyclists keep achieving, whether it be personal ones or as part of a team, demonstrate what a fantastic job the league organisers do on behalf of the Isle of Man, and make us a very proud sponsor. I would like to wish all of the junior members the best of luck for another successful year in 2012.”