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University cycle Programme steps up a gear

By University of Exeter Sport  |  Posted: January 09, 2013

University of Exeter student Al Murison travelled to Morocco with the CMI team in April 2012.

University of Exeter student Al Murison travelled to Morocco with the CMI team in April 2012.

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At the start of the cycling season, a new series ofopportunities present themselves to aspiring cyclists that wish to study atdegree level. The University of Exeter has formed a partnership with CMI Procycling that will provide a pathway for talented and determined riders that isunique 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 acrossEurope and Africa. The team draws from exceptionally talented cyclists, withthe 2013 squad including multiple UCI race winners. The pedigree is there and thecurrent crop of young UK riders on the team will have access to high levels ofknowledge to draw from as we as a great international and domestic raceprogramme.

The partnership with the University of Exeter will enhanceCMI's development plans by offering exceptional undergraduate cyclists thechance to become part of the race structure. This, along with the fantasticfacilities and degree courses available at the University, provides a packagethat is second to none.

Nick Beasant, Assistant Director of Sport (performance andcompetitions) at the University commented "This partnership is an excellentopportunity for young cyclists to make the most of what we can offer, and builda real future for themselves in sport. We now have a real connection to theworld of International cycle racing and the right people in place to makeExeter the primary destination for aspiring undergraduates. The offer couldn'tbe more compelling."

CMI UK team manager David Walters added "Our whole focus inBritain has been to develop the best young riders possible and to give them thebest 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, sowe've proved it can be done with the right guidance. This partnership allows usto broaden our talent pool and create a formidable group of riders, easilydovetailing University of Exeter undergraduates with the CMI squad. There is noreason why these two strands cannot form the backbone of our young professionalsquad for years to come."

The new alliance comes following a highly successful 2012for cycling at the University of Exeter. Alumna Scholar Crystal Lane (Exerciseand Sports Science, 2011) was selected for Team GB's Paralympic cycling squadand 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 Universitywill be looking to further this success and continue help young athlete'sperform at the highest level.

So, if any young, talented and hungry cyclists areconsidering applying to University over the coming weeks the University ofExeter and CMI would be delighted to hear from you and discuss the partnershipfurther.

Contacts;

Nick Beasant N.E. - Beasant@exeter.ac.uk01392 723595

David Walters - swbike@yahoo.com07729 759883

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