SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling is one of the new kids on the British Continental block this season. Built with staff and riders from the now-closed elite-level Team KTM, SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling has announced a 14-man roster for 2019, including former WorldTour rider James Shaw, ex-JLT-Condor climber Ed Laverack, Jacob Scott and Pete Williams from One Pro Cycling and Isaac Mundy from Madison Genesis. Julian Varley,
This preview provides you with key facts about the team and a comprehensive list of who is in the squad and who is out. It also features the verdict on the team from our newly signed British Conti Insider…
They could be the surprise of 2019 or they could fizzle out by mid-season, but I hope for everyone’s sake they are a successBritish Conti Insider
Key facts and figures
It will be a steep learning curve for some of the team, less so for others, but with some realistic targets I feel the team should do well, and could see selection for Yorkshire
Verdict: the British Conti Insider’s view
Our ‘British Conti insider’ is an active DS with experience in the UK and abroad. Here is their verdict on the 2019 SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling squad.
OK, I freely admit this team has me stumped! They could be the surprise of 2019 or they could fizzle out by mid-season, but I hope for everyone’s sake they are a success. From the ashes of Team KTM, Paul Lamb has been true to his word and taken the team to Continental level. A few of the original KTM riders have been retained, but it is the new signings that bolster the team’s strength and chances of success. I’m particularly pleased to see Pete Williams get a ride after it was looking like he’d have to hang up the wheels. Pete brings a wealth of experience to the team, and both riders and management alike would be wise to listen to his advice and knowledge. I see him as a very capable team captain, leading talents such as James Shaw, Jacob Scott, Isaac Mundy, and Ed Laverack around some of the hillier races, and being able to call the shots for sprinters like Will Fox, Stephen Bradbury, and the unfortunately accident-prone George Wood in the Tour S
The late signing of James Shaw should surely prick some ears up. The lad can win bike races, and frankly needs to this year to step back up to higher ranks. Expect strong performances from James all season. Julian Varley is a rider that deserves a mention with a stage win and a commendable sixth on GC at last year’s Ras. Again, rubbing shoulders with Williams and Shaw will be a good thing for his development.
SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling should have representation at the very highest level of competition with the inclusion of Will Bjergfledt. The para-cyclist will be focusing on selection, and perhaps medal contention at the 2020 Olympics, and whilst it’s a long shot one can only wish him all the best. Will’s determination has seen him compete at a decent level
The team has secured some early-season invites to UCI level races
It will be a steep learning curve for some of the team, less so for others, but with some realistic targets, I feel the team should do well, and could see
SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling is a new team, albeit based around staff and riders from the former Team KTM. Technically therefore there were no departures.
Featured photo: Ed Laverack