British rider Jacob Scott will join ONE Pro Cycling in 2018, following a great summer campaign with An Post Chain Reaction.
For many avid cycling fans and spectators, the 22 year old from Holmfirth, Yorkshire became a household name after featuring in several breakaways during this year’s OVO Energy Tour of Britain, only narrowly missing out on the coveted ‘King of the Mountains’ title to finish in second place.
Based in Belgium over the past few seasons, Scott has had some solid results in UCI one-day races, finishing 5th in Antwerpse Havenpijl and 12th in the extremely tough Schaal Sels.
The off-season may still be in mid swing but for many cyclists including Jacob, their training regime is already underway in preparation for 2018. We catch up with the young Yorkshireman to hear more about his ambitions for the year ahead and his thoughts on the transition back to Britain.
Welcome to the team Jacob! It’s great to have you on board. Firstly, tell us what attracted you to ONE Pro Cycling?
“Thank you! Well, I’ve raced against the team on different occasions and they’ve always been so professional and very friendly. Their ambition to perform at the top of their game and their family ethos fits perfectly with how I was brought up in my junior days. I’ve always been taught the importance of respecting your team, your support crew and your teammates. So when I was offered the chance to join the team, I knew I’d fit in and my transition would be an easy one.”
A new year, a new team and a return to the British racing scene, what are you most looking forward to in the year ahead?
“I can’t wait to get stuck into some racing but I’m also looking forward to seeing how the team operates from the inside. I never find change easy, but I’ve been made to feel very welcome. It’s exciting to be working with a new team and new equipment and calendar wise, it will be interesting to see what ONE Pro have in store for me.”
Who are you looking forward to working with?
“I’m excited to work with everyone who’s part of ONE Pro Cycling, both the staff and riders! For me, a massive part of professional cycling is playing my part to ensure there is are a strong bond and a good atmosphere within the team environment. So far I’ve had a few conversations with Performance Director Steve Benton and I can already say that I love his outlook on training and coaching. It’s so easy to pick up the phone and chat with him, which is going to make the transition from An Post so much smoother.”
Finally, what are your aims and ambitions for 2018?
“My aims and ambitions haven’t really changed in the past few seasons. I still have the ambition, very much like ONE Pro Cycling to see how far I can go in the sport. I want to perform at the top of my game and deliver good UCI results for the team but rest assured, I will always be fighting for the win.
On that note, I’d like to thank AnPost Chain Reaction for the last two years. They were the first team to give me an opportunity to prove myself at UCI level, as well as putting up with an Englishman on an Irish team for the last few seasons. I’d also like to thank ONE Pro Cycling for their professionalism in my transition and for acting so early to help me start turning my passion into a career.”
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