Bravehearts of 2014
Wednesday, 26th February, 2014
Well, after a bit of deliberation, here's the list of riders and outfits who will benefit from some support from the Braveheart Fund. 13 riders and four squads. Here's the news. Unsurprisingly, Braveheart rider of the year 2013, Kate Archibald, gets the nod...Last year Archibald was an unknown talent outside of Scotland, but, backed by the fund in 2013, the 19 year old made it to the British national squad and, as we uploaded this story, she was in Cali, Colombia at the World track championships riding for GB. Archibald will be funded again in 2014, as will road and track riders Charline Joiner, Eileen Roe and Kayleigh Brogan. On the road, Louise Borthwick, Lucy Coldwell and Claire Thomas will also receive backing.
On the menís side, British national Under-23 cyclo-cross and XC mountain bike champion Grant Ferguson will be getting a fresh Braveheart T-shirt in the post, as will his off-road partner in crime, Kenta Gallagher from Inverness. On the boards, Craig Wallace, track sprinters Callum Skinner and John Paul and new endurance track rider, 18 year old Mark Stewart will again be Braveheart riders.
In addition to individuals, four regional squads, all aimed at developing young talent will also benfit from funding Ė the Glasgow Cycle Team, Spokes, the West of Scotland (WOSCA) and Edinburgh Road Club. "The plan was always to help Scottish riders race outside of Scotland and compete against tough opposition in the biggest fields possible, which is why we're happy to support the people and teams we do," explained the Fund's co-founder Brian Smith. "It's all very well being a big hitter in your own backyard, but it can be a shock to the system when you race outside of Scotland and I think the sooner young riders get an idea of what they are up against, the better. Hopefully it will inspire them to keep working hard."
Good luck to everyone and, as ever, thanks to all those who have supported the Fund over the years.