Grimsby looks set to become a future hot bed for cycling talent in the years to come.
Craig Keyworth, main sponsor for Flex-Tech Ettridge Cycle team said “I sponsored the team with the understanding that we would promote young and up and coming riders and I am delighted with the progress of Kieran hotson and Joe Laverick” he also stated “we looked for talented young riders who we realized would move on to bigger and better things”
Kieran Hotson, now 17 years old, was first inspired by watching Bradley Wiggins in the London 2012 Olympics. He joined the Lindsey Cycling club in February 2013. In his first year, Kieran cut his teeth in the local cycling scene and made the step up to a harder racing program. In September 2014, he became a member of the Flex-Tech Ettridge Cycle Team. With many wins under his belt in his first year he has shown consistent improvement every season. Kieran then went on in November 2015 to join the London Cycling team Catford CC/Equipe Banks. Steve Ettridge of Ettridge Cycles also a sponsor of Flex-Tech Ettridge Cycle Team commented “I see Kieran Hotson and Joe Laverick as cycling stars of the future”.
Kieran now works, as a tree surgeon, for Jonathan Birtwhistle of Barrow Upon Humber, who have given him their generous support and allowed him full rein to pursue his cycling career. He is now training five days per week 16 hours in total, so he is most appreciative of their help and support.
This year Kieran has raced in England, Wales, Scotland, Isle of Man in the Great Britain National Series, also in Holland in their junior tour. Kieran has now signed for a top-rated cycling team for 2017.
Fifteen-year-old Joe Laverick, who attends Caistor grammar school, started cycling in 2014 with NEL Lindsey GO-Ride. September 2015 saw Joe join Flex-Tech Ettridge cycle team. He now trains 5 times per week,12 hours in total. In September 2016 Joe won the prestigious Schoolboys National Time Trial Championships and joins an elite list of riders such as Alex Dowsett (previous UCI world hour record holder) Steve Cummings (2016 Tour De France stage winner) who previously won the Schoolboy National championship.