TWO local cyclists can look forward to enhancing their growing reputations in 2016 after signing for professional teams over the past week.
Beragh native Marc Potts, who is currently training with the Irish track team in Mallorca, has parted company with the Belgian-based Tomacc CC to join the UK team Neon Velo CC for the coming season.
The 24 year-old Tyrone man joins an ambitious squad of riders who are keen to move up to the Continental rank as soon as 2017.
While Neon’s main objective is developing U23 riders, they boast an elite squad who plan to race all the big events on the British calendar, including the hugely popular Tour Series.
They’re a very well supported unit with considerable backing from the Neon Velo brand and Oakley as well as H2, Giant and KitBrix. More sponsors are set to be announced in the weeks ahead and Potts is relishing being part of rapidly developing team.
After putting pen to paper last week, Potts who finished fifth in last year’s National Championships staged in Omagh said, “It’s a change as much as a challenge for me but I like a lot of things about Neon and that’s why I decided to join them.”
Former Omagh Wheelers colleague Angus Fyffe has meanwhile signed for the Irish-registered and Irish-sponsored An Post-Chainreaction team
Fyffe, who like Potts caught the eye at last year’s nationals, is the second rider from the home scene who is still in college that Sean Kelly’s Continental team has signed up for the coming European road season.
It is understood Fyffe will race in the colours of Omagh Wheelers in the first months of the year but when he completes his exams in the early summer he will then take up his place with An Post-Chainreaction.
The 21-year-old, who is studying civil engineering at University of Ulster, Jordanstown will combine studies and cycling this year, although it is unclear if he will seek to do the same for the next two years or if he might take a break from college to focus on his cycling.
Whatever the outcome, winning a place on the team is a fantastic development for Fyffe.
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