Ulster Cycling News

XMTB Continue Development Plans

aFollowing on from the success of last year, the XMTB McConvey Cycles team has now been able to step up a level. A newly formed development team will act as a feeder for the established race team. The development team will provide support to U14 and U16 riders, these riders will then be able to progress to the race team when they enter the junior ranks.

The race team will be targeting British MTB series, commonwealth games selection, Irish NPS along with the Ulster league. Team manager, Lance McCarthy expressed his delight at the team’s performance, “I was pleased with the team’s performance last year, we achieved medals in the Irish and Ulster championships along with several high quality performances which we hope to build on in 2014. With the help of our sponsors we have been able to double the size of the project in 2014 to include a youth development team and a separate race team for the senior riders.”


All of the riders in the race team have received new Specialized Stumpjumpers from McConvey Cycles along with clothing and supplies from sponsors Bioracer, Signature works, Tifosi, Torq, Fenwicks and the Davy McCall Foundation.
The riders in the race team receive regular coaching and sports testing from Darren McWilliams.


Darren had seen a noted improvement in the riders over the course of 2013 and was happy to bring in some new riders for 2014, “The idea with the development team is to guide them with race preparation and lifestyle management. At that age group I am providing them with glimpses of how to train properly, the requirements of a healthy nutritious diet and how to lead a healthy lifestyle. As these riders step up to the racing squad their training and preparation becomes more structures and it is hoped they can take a professional approach to competition.”

Coming on board again for 2014 are Mark Harvey as Youth Development Coach and Robbie Lamont as Technical Coach.


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