'No concerns' for Bike Channel Canyon boss over Joe Fry's injury-hit season
PUBLISHED: 16:50 11 September 2017 | UPDATED: 17:01 11 September 2017
Tim Elverson has no concerns surrounding Potters Bar's Joe Fry as an injury-hit cycling season heads for its conclusion.
The Bike Channel Canyon team boss told the Potters Bar Edition that the fromer Chancellor’s School pupil will remain with the UCI Continental team for 2018.
Fry burst onto the professional scene last year with victory in the Tour of the Reservoir a major highlight.
But since then injuries have taken their toll and kept him out of action for most of 2017.
“He’s young and this happens with young riders,” said Elverson. “But I’m used to it.
“I’ve had a lot of youngsters now and I’ve been fairly successful with them.
“But they almost have cycles. I had it with a couple of others where one year will be a hugely successful season and the next is not so good because they’re pressing on, they’re trying to develop and getting little injuries and illnesses.
“I’m not concerned. Joe’s with me for next year as well and I’m optimistic he’ll be the other side of the cycle and he’ll have a good year.”
Elverson was speaking in Hemel Hempstead before the penultimate stage of the OVO Tour of Britain.
And after missing out on the race as Pedal Heaven, 12 months earlier, he was delighted with the performance of his squad.
He said: “We’ve hit the breaks every day. Harry Tanfield’s seventh in that sprint stage [to Newark-on-Trent in stage four] was a highlight for me but some say his time-trial display was a highlight as there were only World Tour riders in front of him.
“We’ve enjoyed the race. The TV coverage has been good and we’ve had our share of it so from a sponsor’s point it’s all good.
“The target [at the start of the year] was to make this race as it’s the pinnacle of the British season.
“We wanted to be here, we’ve made it and made a good first of it. We’re not here to be a passenger, we’re trying to race.
“We’re enjoying it.”