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!
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.
Home Town: Chilton, Oxfordshire
Previous Team: Team Vision Innovative Leisure
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.
Home Town: Bicester
Previous Team: Zappi RT
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.
Home Town: Ballymoney
Previous Team: Nicholas Roche Performance Team
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.
Shay Donley Home Town: London
Previous Team: Lee Valley Junior Team
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.
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.
Home Town: Rathmichael, Ireland
Previous Team: Nicholas Roche Performance Team, Gaursa-La Tostadora
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.