Stockwell aiming for cycling stardom with Ribble switch
PUBLISHED: 07:00 17 October 2018
Oli Stockwell sees his move to Ribble Pro Cycling as the perfect environment to continue his stunning progression in the sport.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”