Created: Jan 19, 2022 04:00
Extended stay: Nicholas Narraway has signed his first cycling contract after agreeing a deal for the 2022 season with elite US national team CS Velo Racing
Nicholas Narraway has signed his first cycling contract after agreeing a deal for the 2022 season with elite US national team CS Velo Racing.
After a successful stint as a guest for the team in the second half of last season, in which the Bermudian cyclist sealed a road stage victory, Narraway has impressed the hierarchy enough. team to be awarded a deal allowing them to remain on the roster for the next campaign.
“I was asked to ride as a guest for the CS Velo team for the second half of last season, which proved successful for me with multiple top ten finishes and a win. step,” said Narraway, who is determined to restore his confidence. and prove a valuable team member.
“My coach Justin Bowes first introduced me to CS Velo while I was still at Miller School in Albemarle. He introduced me to CS Velo, giving their team manager time to look at me in as a junior to determine if I was fit for their team.
“For 2022 it will be about riding for the team to ensure that our best driver of any given day is supported.”
The decision to stay with CS Velo will also see Narraway link up with fellow Bermuda native Conor White, who signed a one-year contract with the Philadelphia-based team earlier this month.
“Conor and I have been riding together for several years,” added Narraway, who believes their familiarity with each other will be an advantage for the team.
“We know each other’s abilities very well, and that should be a strength as we work together for the team’s goals.”
Focusing on the season ahead, Narraway, who is a freshman at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., is determined to build on the foundation of an encouraging season last year, both nationally than international, after having participated in the UCI World Under-23 Road Racing. Belgian Championships, Pan American Championships and Caribbean Championships, where he won a silver medal in the time trial.
“We have to start our racing schedule with the CS Velo training camp in Arizona in March, finishing with the three-day Tucson Bicycle Classic,” he said. “The team is very competitive in the United States and I feel like I can learn from these guys on and off the bike.
“I look forward to the year and hope for a more normal racing schedule if the Covid-19 issues don’t get in the way.
“Racing for CS Velo will give me experience of working as a team, and at the same time, I hope I can continue to develop my strengths.”
In addition to a rigorous domestic race schedule in the United States, Narraway is also determined to continue to play a pivotal role for the National Cycling Team and hopefully represent the island at both the Vuelta Independencia in the Dominican Republic and at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England. July.
“We are fortunate in Bermuda to have the Bermuda Bicycle Association who work hard to provide us with many international opportunities over the years,” he added.
“As a result, Bermuda now has several runners at or near elite level. With the support of the BBA and the backing of the Bermuda Olympic Association, I hope to be part of a strong Bermuda team representing the island over the next few years.