Junior Men's Team

 

Zappi Junior Racing Team for 2019 is announced

The dust has just settled on a great 2018 season, and we are pleased to announce the Zappi Junior Racing Team for 2019:

• Tom Couzens graduating as a 2nd year Zappi Junior
• Jamieson Blaine graduating as a 2nd year Zappi Junior
• Shay Donley joining from Nicholas Roche Performance Team
• Jamie Crump joining from Success Cycling
• Angus Hawkins Joining from Team Innovative Leisure
• Louis Bilyard joining from Lea Valley cc
• Archie Ryan joining from Nicholas Roche Performance Team

We have a challenging European and UK calendar planned for 2019, with UCI and national level races in UK, Belgium, France, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Italy and Spain.  With this calendar in mind we’ve blended experience and potential, and include all-rounders and climbers.  Most of all, we’ve selected riders with a deep passion for road racing, dedication, and the ambition to build strong foundations for a cycling career.  Thanks goes out to the teams that have brought them this far!

The 2019 Zappi Racing Team is headed by Flavio Zappi, Paul Quarterman with continuing support from Jerrod Hartley.   Looking forward to new racing adventures and success!

Angus Hawkins

Angus Hawkins


Home Town: Chilton, Oxfordshire

Previous Team: Team Vision Innovative Leisure

Born: 2001

Type of Rider: All rounder

Best Results 2018: 21st in Tour des Portes du Pays d’Othe UCI 2.1. stage 3, 1st place at Castle Combe Easter classic, 18th place at Junior National champs, 7th place on stage 6 of European tour of Assen, 11th place in GC at European Tour of Assen.

Shay Donley

Shay Donley


Home Town: Ballymoney

Previous Team: Nicholas Roche Performance Team

Born: 2001

Type of Rider: Puncheur

Best Road Results 2018:  6 x time Irish National Champion. 8th European Youth Olympics (2017). 1st place Stage 2 Junior Tour Of Ireland. 1st stage 3 Rás Mhaigheo (plus best young rider). 11th stage 3 Tour of the North. 1st Stage 3 Kanturk 3 Day.

2018 was a year of learning which I have had a good bit of, 2019 is a year to put all that on the line and hopefully bring home some top results for the team.

Louis Bilyard

Louis Bilyard


Shay Donley Home Town: London

Previous Team: Lee Valley Junior Team

Born: 2001

Type of Rider: All-rounder

Best Road Results 2018:        Lierde (Juniors) – 9thplace, ECCA Junior Circuit Race – 1stplace, ECCA Championship Men’s Road Race – 1stplace, Ster Der Vlaamse Ardennen UCI 2.1 – Juniors, Stage 1b – 10thplace, Ster Der Vlaamse Ardennen UCI 2.1 – Overall (J) 5thplace, Junior Cicle Classic – 18thplace, Monmouthshire Junior Grand Prix – 19thplace.

Jamie Crump

Jamie Crump


Home Town: Stourport on Severn

Previous club: Success Cycling

Year of Birth: 2001

Type of Rider: Completo

Best Results 2018:      5thMonmouthshire Grand Prix, 1stWelsh Junior Criterium Championships,  21stOverall Junior Tour of Wales, 3rdHalesowen Road race,4thSouth East Junior Road Race,10thLochristi, Belgium, Winner of the Woolley Mamil Series E123,

I consider myself to be an endurance rider and good all-rounder.  Overall I’ve had a good 2018, and was able to show my strengths in Scotland’s Spokes Kingdom Classic and then carried good form into the Monmouthshire GP where I finished in 5thplace. I’m looking forward to gaining international experience at UCI level with Zappi Juniors.

Jamieson Blain

Jamieson Blain


Home Town: Belbroughton 

Previous Team: Halesowen Cycling Club

Year of Birth: 2001

Type of Rider: Completo

Best Road Results 2018:        2nd stage 2, 2nd first year and 8th overall Bizkaiko XXIV Itzulia. 11th overall, 4th first year Tour des Portes du Pays d’Othe. 8th British National Champs. 3rd stage 2 Junior Cycling Tour of Assen.

I rode for Zappi as a first year junior, after picking up experience as a youth rider racing nationally with Halesowen Cycling Club. I’m  happy with my results in my first junior year and excited to build on what  I’ve learned as I move into his second year with Zappi.

Tom Couzens

Tom Couzens


Home Town: Bicester

Previous Team: Zappi RT

Born: 2001

Type of rider: Classic and stage racer 

Best Results 2018:      9th on GC at the Junior tour of Mendips (plus 3rd young rider), 11th on the tt at Bizkaiko Itzulai (3rd young rider), 14th at Johan Museeuw, 22nd Omloop Van Borsele.

I rode for the Zappi RT as a first year junior after moving up from the Zappi youth ranks. I gained valuable experiences and lessons as a first year junior, learned how to race at this level, and got some decent results along the way.  I’m looking forward to push forward next year and pick up results in UCI races. I’m particularly looking forward to the classic races in the first half of the 2019 season.

Archie Ryan

Archie Ryan


Home Town: Rathmichael, Ireland 

Previous Team: Nicholas Roche Performance Team, Gaursa-La Tostadora 

Born: 2001

Type of Rider: Climber/GC

Best Road Results 2018:        1st stage 5 Junior Tour of Wales (Tumble), 3rd Overall GC Junior Tour of Wales, 3rd LV Zumy Saria Memorial, 4th Torneo Euskal Herria – IX Jokin Ormaetxea Jubenilen Lasterketa.

Archie rode for Gaursa-La Tostadora in Spain and Nicholas Roche Performance Team in Ireland as a first year junior. Despite a knee injury ruining the first half of his season, he recovered to have several strong rides in Spain, Junior Tour of Wales and represent his country at the 2018 Junior Road Race World Champs.