At the start of the cycling season, a new series of
opportunities present themselves to aspiring cyclists that wish to study at
degree level. The University of Exeter has formed a partnership with CMI Pro
cycling that will provide a pathway for talented and determined riders that is
unique amongst universities in the UK.
The CMI team have raced at Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI)
National Tour level over the past few seasons, competing regularly across
Europe and Africa. The team draws from exceptionally talented cyclists, with
the 2013 squad including multiple UCI race winners. The pedigree is there and the
current crop of young UK riders on the team will have access to high levels of
knowledge to draw from as we as a great international and domestic race
The partnership with the University of Exeter will enhance
CMI's development plans by offering exceptional undergraduate cyclists the
chance to become part of the race structure. This, along with the fantastic
facilities and degree courses available at the University, provides a package
that is second to none.
Nick Beasant, Assistant Director of Sport (performance and
competitions) at the University commented "This partnership is an excellent
opportunity for young cyclists to make the most of what we can offer, and build
a real future for themselves in sport. We now have a real connection to the
world of International cycle racing and the right people in place to make
Exeter the primary destination for aspiring undergraduates. The offer couldn't
be more compelling."
CMI UK team manager David Walters added "Our whole focus in
Britain has been to develop the best young riders possible and to give them the
best opportunity to express themselves and to develop into excellent riders.
We've had top 20's in the UCI races and National Road Race Championships, so
we've proved it can be done with the right guidance. This partnership allows us
to broaden our talent pool and create a formidable group of riders, easily
dovetailing University of Exeter undergraduates with the CMI squad. There is no
reason why these two strands cannot form the backbone of our young professional
squad for years to come."
The new alliance comes following a highly successful 2012
for cycling at the University of Exeter. Alumna Scholar Crystal Lane (Exercise
and Sports Science, 2011) was selected for Team GB's Paralympic cycling squad
and competed in a number of C5 cycling events at the London 2012 games,
finishing a fantastic forth in the individual pursuit. By linking with CMI the University
will be looking to further this success and continue help young athlete's
perform at the highest level.
So, if any young, talented and hungry cyclists are
considering applying to University over the coming weeks the University of
Exeter and CMI would be delighted to hear from you and discuss the partnership
Nick Beasant N.E. - Beasant@exeter.ac.uk
David Walters - firstname.lastname@example.org