With this in mind, PC Decorating are proud to announce their sponsorship of George Greenhalgh & Jake Wright. 2 young and talented cyclists that are set to make the big time.
You can read a bit more about each of them below and see some photos of their stunning new cycling gear in the image gallery.
Good luck boys – do us proud!
I’ve always enjoyed going out on bike rides, on my mountain bike with Granddad until got first road bike for Christmas 2011. I started road riding spring 2012, occasionally and for fun and with friend jake from school. We joined track club sport city velo bonfire night 2012, after Olympic success wanted to try the velodrome.
Summer and winter were spent training couple times a week (velodrome on Wednesday and weekend road rides with jake, only really focused on the fun side) where I was introduced to racing by the club. My first two track events June and August 2013 (omnium so several races in the event) both about mid 30′s out of 50. DQ’d in first race for unclipping pedal at start of TT.
It’s not just on the track – Charity rides, Manchester to Blackpool 60miles in 2h57 , Manchester 100 in 5h27, c2c, great Manchester cycle 52 mile in 2h12 as well as training in Pyrenees for a week, riding the mountains used in the TDF, really challenging but loved it.
First road race September 2013, hilly in wales, 11/30 and solid winter training 2013/14, next year will be racing against people a year older as in next age category and hopefully more frequently so work hard. Track league every Monday in winter, progress from group 2 to group 5 (top group racing against adults in a year), road league every Tuesday summer Tameside 2014, several top 3′s and a win.
I now take part in regular road and track races, regional and national, finishing with the main group, races too short and flat for me, no real positions, usually top third (regional usually have 30 and national usually have 80 riders). This summer went to watch the our and ride in the Pyrenees again, massive improvement in times up mountains.
First national stage tour race in summer, was about middle on the general classification, happy considering I’m new to sport compared to others and it’s too flat and short for me, last stage race, me and another in a break away with about 10 seconds on the main pack feeling really strong with 3 miles to go, crashed out and broke bike, now on my Granddads.
This winter I was invited for north west RSR (regional schools of racing) by British cycling, only 20 selected from NW. I’m currently training more often and intensely, next year high expectations in more tour races, international races and road time trials.
I’ve always been on the bike, going on rides with my Dad, going mountain biking in wales but then i decided to start cycling on the road properly in summer 2012 (with George), Started at the velodrome a few months later (september)and became a member of SportCity velodrome and then Started racing april 2013 on the road. Finshed about mid pack, and at the time i was riding on my dads old road bike. Built up my first proper road bike in May ( on birthday) and stepped up my training. Did cyclo sportives ( manchester to blackpool-60 miles at over 20mph, 2 hours 57 minutes) and then did the coast to coast which was the most enjoyable time i have had on the bike and i experienced a new found love and focus of the sport, a few weeks later i did the c2c again with my dad in 2 days. also did the manchester 100 mile sportive on september 1st and then bolton bash 62 mile sportive 2 weeks later in preperation for the great orme road race; was a hilly race and my strongest amd most enjoyable part of road cycling is hill climbing so i was targeting a high placing, but i crashed out on firt ascent, lost a minute to the peleton, but chased it back to 30 seconds- realized potential of hill climbing.
Stepped up the intensity of my training again over winter 2013 and raced every monday advancing to senior group 2 (top group). 2014 has first proper racing season and i regularly finished in the top 10 despite the races being to flat and short ( prefer long hilly routes). Start of summer holidays i was looking forward to training more than ever but broke my collar bone at the start ( knocked of by a car) but still went on the turbo trainer with my arm in a sling and refocused on great orme. finshed well . Now looking forward to stage races next year and targeting stage wins, time trials, duathlons, and 2 week altitude camp in the pyrenees