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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 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

programme.

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

further.

Contacts;

Nick Beasant N.E. - Beasant@exeter.ac.uk

01392 723595

David Walters - swbike@yahoo.com

07729 759883

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