Potters Bar cyclist set for professional debut
PUBLISHED: 15:37 11 February 2016 | UPDATED: 15:37 11 February 2016
A cyclist from Potters Bar is set for his professional debut - after signing a deal with a top-British team.
Joe Fry from Potters Bar has joined Pedal Heaven RT, a UCI Continental outfit, and will make his debut this Sunday at the Perfs Pedal Race in Portsmouth.
It is the first professional contract for the 19-year-old, former Chancellors School pupil, but he could barely contain his excitement at the prospect of the season ahead.
Speaking from the team’s winter training base in Malaga, he told the WHT: “It is something I really wanted to do as a career.
“I feel so comfortable. Everyone is great here and we’re bouncing off each other.
“We’re training hard and at the end of the day, that’s what it is all about.”
Alongside Fry in the team are a number of familiar names around the British scene, including Ian Wilkinson, a man who has racked up numerous wins in the past.
And Fry is happy to tap into their experience.
He said: “It’s brilliant having someone with that knowledge to learn off, along with all the other riders.
“I want to be mixing it with the best and I’m confident I can go deep when I need to.”
Fry’s route to the pro-ranks took him via Welwyn Wheelers.
He said: “I was there from the ages of seven to 14.
“I was doing a lot of tennis at Gosling and while I was doing that, my dad and brother used to watch the guys on the velodrome.
“They decided to give it a go and I said I wanted to try. From then I just focused on cycling.”
After leaving the Wheelers, Fry moved onto the U16 RST Racing Team and it was through his manager there - former professional, Chris Walker - that he was introduced to Pedal Heaven.
His results last year were impressive, with a 10th place in the Paris-Roubaix Juniors race, known as the Hell of the North, the standout performance.
He is now looking to make his mark as a professional – and has set his sights on one race in particular.
“It will be tough for anyone to get into the team but the Tour of Britain is the one everyone wants to ride,” he said.
“I feel I am probably suited to the one day races as I can go on my own when needed.
“I’m looking to next year to get some results and am looking forward to helping my team-mates this year.
“I’ve got lots of motivation since getting on the team.”