About Zappi Racing Team
Zappi Racing Team was founded by Flavio Zappi in 2009 as a development team (along with the Zappi Club and Youth teams). The Zappi team gives young riders the coaching support and race calendar to discover their potential. On a shoestring budget, the Zappi teams punch well above their weight against the best in Europe.
Flavio Zappi is the driving force behind the Racing Teams. He is an Italian ex-professional cyclist and former wearer of the maglia verde (Giro d’Italia 1984),. His vision is to give young riders – often talented, but overlooked by the British cycling establishment – the opportunity and ability to prove themselves. These promising riders learn how to train, how to race, and ….. pick up a few life skills along the way.
The Zappi project continues to grow and evolve, and for 2017 we have:
- U-23 team racing across Europe in the high-level U-23 and Senior races in Italy, France, Spain, Belgium, as well as Central Europe. Several riders have gone on to professional racing careers.
- Junior team that races the UK National Series, as well as top international races in Belgium, France, Spain and Italy.
- A new Junior/U23 Womens team that in 2017 will race UK national races along with selected races in Belgium and Netherlands.
- A Youth group covering all ages. Organising race training, rides and races across the UK. Feeding riders into the Junior and U-23 ranks.
Flavio believes in hard work, determination, clever racing. Above all he teaches his riders to be healthy, based on completely natural nutrition. He also believes that riders need to develop their love of racing and have fun along the way. It is this that will sustain them through the highs and lows of training and a racing career. This philosophy forms the foundation to the Zappi Racing Team.The Zappi Philosophy