Cyclist Jake Tanner has been chosen to represent UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) Continental cycling team, Team3M, in the Velothon Wales this weekend.
The 23-year-old from Doncaster will join his fellow Team3M UK and Ireland riders, Connor McConvey, Dave Montgomery and Elliott Porter as they tackle the brand new addition to the UCI Continental circuit.
“I’m looking forward to a great opportunity to race a new course that no one has ever done before,” he said.
The Velothon Wales is one of only two 1.1 UCI category races in the UK, but Jake is used to this level of racing having already done two 1.1 category races this season.
“The 1.1 UCI category races are normally harder towards the end of the race. The last 50 kilometres – that’s when you really notice the difference.”
The pro race will see around 100 riders battle through the South Wales countryside on completely closed roads.
The route, which begins and ends in Cardiff, will be 34km longer than the mass sportive, amateur race, taking place earlier in the day.
Unlike the amateur riders, Team3M will have to take on two laps of the notorious Tumble climb, which proved a real test for this year’s Tour of Britain cyclists, and three of the stunning Caerphilly mountain.
These added laps will challenge the best of riders and will take the total distance to 174km, with roughly 2284m of climbing,
Jake is aware that the Tumble climb, in particular, is no mean feat and knows that they will have to work hard as a team to tackle the climbs more than once and keep a strong position.
“I have done the Tumble climb many years ago and I think that it’s a great climb.
“It is very steep and long compared to other climbs I have done this season, so will make the race a lot more difficult.”
Despite the hard climbs and the level of experience expected at the race, Jake is not intimidated. He sees the high standards set as more of a reason to perform well.
“It’s hard to say what my goals are for the Velothon as it’s a new race.
“The overall aim, as usual, is to get a result for the team.”
Jake will be competing for Team3M in the Velothon Wales on Sunday 14 June.