HMT Academy and JLT Condor are delighted to announce our 2015 international race programme, which will see six youngsters test their limits both home and abroad from March to October, as they are set to take part in a fantastic series of international racing.

The supporting director of HMT Academy, Mark Barry, devised the programme, which is expected to offer a unique British feel, and will start in early March with a time trial, and will finish with a Monsal hill climb in October.

We also plan to incorporate an amazing calendar of events, which will incorporate the British Cycling National Junior and UCI World Junior races, who will compete in single day classes, and multi-day stage races in the UK and 5 other European countries.

The 2015 international racing programme will provide our riders with an opportunity to really make an international mark, as they’ll be able to take their first steps towards an exciting professional career.

Mark Barry recently commented: “our race programme is designed to provide tough competition so our riders can test themselves at the highest levels of junior competition, whilst experiencing the various challenges they will have to face competing and travelling within a professional environment.”

Tony Barrett, Chief Exec of HMT explained “as well as developing their ability as cyclists, the race programme will require each individual rider to take individual responsibility for being organised, professional and demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively with the team. Developing key skills like this is important for both elite sport and for life, we take the responsibility for developing these skills as seriously for these young riders as we do every member of staff here at HMT. Our Academy riders will employ these skills as ambassadors in our community health promotion initiatives.”

The Director of Trainsharp and Head of Performance, Jon Sharples, also commented: “the guys at the Academy will be put through significant challenges throughout the season. Over the winter period, we have been ensuring the riders will be in the best physical condition in order to cope with the challenges ahead. By working closely with the team, Trainsharp will ensure the riders receive the best support available to them through structured coaching, SRM power analysis and helping them forge a pathway toward their future careers.”

Sean Years, Director Sportif of Tinkoff-Saxo Pro-cycling and Senior Coach at Trainsharp, said: “The HMT Academy programme is incredibly well supported. Any Junior Cyclist aiming to progress in the sport should aspire to be part of the programme. The riders will be able to appreciate the benefits of coaching, and the impact it has on performance management and athlete preparation. I only wish that this sort of support was around when I was a junior.”

HMT Academy’s goal is to maximise riders’ health whilst offering professional guidance and support so they can successfully progress to the next stage of their career as athletes. It is very important to HMT Academy that the riders finish the programme feeling as though they have learnt as much as they possibly can, in order to help them experience what it takes to be a bike rider.

Learn more about HMT Academy and the 2015 international race programme here: