Stockwell aiming for cycling stardom with Ribble switch

PUBLISHED: 07:00 17 October 2018

Oli Stockwell searches for grip on a slippy off-camber. Credit: Nathaniel Rosa

Oli Stockwell searches for grip on a slippy off-camber. Credit: Nathaniel Rosa

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Oli Stockwell sees his move to Ribble Pro Cycling as the perfect environment to continue his stunning progression in the sport.

Oli Stockwell extends his lead on the steep run after the barriers. Credit: Nathaniel RosaOli Stockwell extends his lead on the steep run after the barriers. Credit: Nathaniel Rosa

The Welwyn Wheeler has had a stellar year even by his own high standards.

He had already won the British National title at U14 and he repeated the trick at the U16 event.

That came alongside overall victory in the National Series which included the overall win at the Isle of Man Youth Tour and the North West Youth Tour.

Oli Stockwell has time to celebrate the win, after building a lead of 29 seconds. Credit: Nathaniel RosaOli Stockwell has time to celebrate the win, after building a lead of 29 seconds. Credit: Nathaniel Rosa

And if that wasn’t good enough he then went and won the Junior National 25 time-trial crown, cracking national records along the way.

It was enough to raise the attention of a number of teams for the hugely-talented London Colney youngster, who goes to Verulam School.

But the ever-modest Stockwell was simply pleased to have landed the move to one of the UK’s big teams.

Welwyn Wheelers' Oli Stockwell takes the win ahead of team-mate Joe Kiely on stage three of the North West Youth Tour. Picture: Ellen IsherwoodWelwyn Wheelers' Oli Stockwell takes the win ahead of team-mate Joe Kiely on stage three of the North West Youth Tour. Picture: Ellen Isherwood

He said: “Ribble first heard of me when I set the record as I was riding one of their bikes.

“That got their attention and they gave me an offer to join.

“It just seems like a good move for me as it will take me abroad. It should be really good.”

Oli Stockwell of Welwyn Wheelers takes the win to become U16 National Youth Circuit Champion.Oli Stockwell of Welwyn Wheelers takes the win to become U16 National Youth Circuit Champion.

The cycling season is currently having its winter break but Stockwell kept his roll of honour growing with victory at the Stanborough Park round of the Eastern Region Cyclo-cross League on Sunday.

But he is already looking forward to the challenge of the new season.

“They’ve gave me an outline of what to expect. I’ll be going to the nationals, doing some races abroad and stuff like that.

“I’d love to win some races. From youth to junior can be a really big step up.

“You go from racing 90 minutes maximum to maybe three-hour road races over 60 miles.

“It’s going to be different and a bit of a change but hopefully it will go well.”

Speaking on Ribble’s website, team owner Jack Rees said: “Oli has had an unbelievable season, but it’s not just his success on the bike that brought him to the team’s attention, he is articulate and conducts himself really well off the bike.

“It’s pivotal to me that young, developing riders take ownership of their own racing and development and it’s clear Oli does that.

“I feel that we will be able to continue to support his progression as an athlete throughout 2019 and beyond.”

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