The Horizon Fitness RT kicks off their 2011 campaign in Belgium in the GP Stad Roeselare; a UCI 1.1 registered road race. This comes just one week after the team returns from Italy, where they’ll be training with ex-pro Jamie Burrow at the Mpire Training Centre.
“What a fantastic start to the year. I know the GP Roeselare course really well, having taken teams there before. It’s tough, but you’d expect that from a top ranked UCI event. With the riders we have on board for 2011, there is a need to challenge ourselves in the bigger events. We can’t ride World Cups (as a non-continental registered team), but if we are going to make the leap in the future, these kind of events are just what we need this year”, commented DS Stefan Wyman.
GP Stad Roeselare was won in 2010 by Kirsten Wild, while Horizon Fitness RT rider Dani King finished 23rd while riding for the Great Britain team.
“With the squad we’ve got, and a 2 week camp in Italy together, we’ll certainly be looking for a strong start. Roeselare will be about performance rather than a result on the day, but you never know with road racing. If we go into it well prepared, we might be able to pull something out of the bag.”
The team will then return to the UK to take part in the Bedford 2 day, where they’ll be defending the win secured last year by Sarah Storey.
“We were good last year at Bedford, but I think the 2011 edition will be harder and more competitive. We’ll then be staying in the UK to take on a block of racing including National Series Road Races plus some criteriums. It also looks like we’ll be going to more European races during the first half of the season. We’re just finishing the calendar now, but I’m sure it’s going to be a great season for all of our riders to progress.”