Olympic star joins local cycling team

Olympic gold medallist Steven Burke.
Olympic gold medallist Steven Burke.
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Olympic gold medallist Steven Burke has signed with Knottingley-based Haribo Beacon cycling team for 2014.

Haribo Beacon, formerly Team Sportscover, are recognised as the UK’s leading cycling development squad with a junior academy running alongside its senior squad that will compete in the UK Spring Cup, Elite Crit Series, selected Tour Series rounds and the Grand Prix Series during 2014 alongside key international events.

The 25-year-old will join as the tenth squad rider, joining Pete Williams and James Sampson who will each share their experience with the team’s three first year seniors, Jake Scott, Jake Womersley and James King.

Burke said: “It is great to be joining a team with such enthusiasm and talent who have worked hard to create an environment that can develop some of the best young riders in the country.

“My role is to share my experience with the young lads in the team, but I am already motivated by the enthusiasm of my new team mates and the support from the back office staff will only help us all win races throughout the year.”

Haribo Beacon’s David Brown said: “Signing riders to act as ‘mentors’ into a dedicated development squad is a real challenge.

“Riders must tick three boxes. They have to be a team player willing to share their experience, they still need to have development potential themselves and of course be in able to win events.

“Steven’s race programme will combine road and track as he prepares for the Commonwealth Games in July and we will work hard with the national squad coaches to ensure he rides at his potential whilst he helps our younger team members.”