Rider Profiles | Vitus Pro Cycling Team
Julio Amores | The recruitment of Spanish track star Julio Amores continues a recruitment trend for Cherie Pridham, who in recent years has introduced to British roads riders as accomplished as former world scratch race champion Sebastian Mora. Amores, who began his season against UCI WorldTour opposition at Challenge Mallorca, looks set to continue this fine tradition. His talent is beyond question and he must only learn the British way of racing.
Liam Davies | Professional cycling has become increasingly scientific, but there is room, even in 2018, for a hunch. When the person trusting their instinct is Cherie Pridham, the hunch becomes less a gamble and more a calculated risk. Liam Davies is 18 and unproven. Handed the opportunity of a lifetime, he must seize his chance. With Pridham in his corner, he will not lack for advice or opportunity.
Leon Gledhill | The 21-year-old's career already encompasses more interesting twists than most. He joined British Cycling's vaunted Olympic Development Programme as a track sprinter, but as he matured, turned his focus to the road; a new direction that led him to California and to some of the biggest races in America, including the Redlands Classic. Back on home soil, he will race with pride in 2018 as a member of Vitus Pro Cycling Team.
Josh Hunt | Josh Hunt's pedigree and experience are vital assets to Vitus Pro Cycling Team. His calm reading of a race, and the talent to ride with the best when the going gets tough, made him an early signing for Cherie Pridham. Still only 26, he has ridden for a host of Britain's best teams and is well placed to share the lessons of hard campaigns and unforgiving races with his young team-mates.
Harrison Jones | Harrison Jones has such natural ability that last season Alberto Contador recruited him for his development squad. Back in the UK, and ready to prove that, at 21, his future remains a dazzling prospect, he is the Vitus Pro Cycling Team rider most seasoned observers will watch with the closest interest. Like Contador, Cherie Pridham understands the uncompromising demands of professional cycling. Jones again has a vastly experienced guide to show the way.
Denis Kanepejs | Deins Kanepejs might prove to be the jewel that slipped through the fingers of other teams. A late signing by Cherie Pridham, she has little doubt that the Latvian powerhouse will win races in 2018. Still only 22, and with the power to play the sprinter’s role, but with the intelligence and physicality also to serve as lead out man, Kanepejs could become one his new team's principal assets.
Adam Kenway | As a former British hill climb champion, it is clear that Adam Kenway knows how to suffer. With his focus trained on the longer and perhaps equally demanding engagements of the road season, his maturity will be of significant value to Cherie Pridham, owner and manager of Vitus Pro Cycling Team. At 30, Kenway is a wise head, and the oldest member of a 12-man squad with nine riders aged under 23, including five teenagers.
Grant Martin | Few 19-year-olds can boast of two seasons with a UCI Continental team, but Grant Martin's services have been retained by Cherie Pridham for the new Vitus Pro Cycling Team. Pridham first recruited Martin in 2017, for Team Raleigh's farewell campaign. A level-headed young man, the Scot will build on last year's tough but successful transition from the junior to senior ranks, and seek again to impress such a vastly experienced manager.
Joe Reilly | Joe Reilly is unafraid to seize the opportunity of riding for a UCI Continental team. The 18-year-old Scot has much to learn, but in Cherie Pridham, he could hope for no better guide. Still only 18, Reilly has already shown a maturity beyond his years by entering senior events while still eligible to compete as a junior, recognising the value of experience. His future is bright.
Andy Shackel | Andy Shackel faces arguably the greatest challenge of any of his team-mates. Not only must he train to compete in the biggest races of the domestic calendar, he must also maintain a full-time job with Wiggle, his employer and the parent company of Vitus Pro Cycling Team's title sponsor. Cherie Pridham has placed her faith in Shackel's ability to replicate the form that has already made him Southern Crit Series champion.
Tim Torrie | Eighteen-year-old Tim Torrie arrives at Vitus Pro Cycling Team already familiar with the professionalism now demanded of a talented young cyclist. As a member of the HMT junior team, he impressed with strong performances against Europe's brightest prospects, and will seek to build on these formative experiences as he moves into the senior ranks. Cherie Pridham has a sharp eye for talent and expects much from Torrie, a rider of obvious potential.
Ben Walsh | At just 18, Ben Walsh has ridden in the most prestigious junior races, including the World Championships, where he represented Ireland. Now ready to take the step into senior racing, he embodies the focus of Vitus Pro Cycling Team in developing young riders. Walsh will seek to impress Cherie Pridham in races against the most experienced opposition. With the team's programme comprised of domestic and European fixtures, he will have every opportunity to do so.