Madison-Genesis’ high hopes

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The Bradwell Abbey based Madison-Genesis outfit confirmed their plans and 13-man team line-up for the coming racing season last week.

Lead by former National road race champion and podium finisher in arguably cycling’s hardest race, Paris-Roubaix, Roger Hammond was present with eleven of this year’s riders, the New Zealand pair of star signings of Tom Scully and Mike Northey were away on international.

After their debut season in 2013 when a slightly smaller team still finished second overall in domestic racing’s top competition, the team based Tour Series, and won a round of road racing’s prestigious Premier Calendar, Madison have agreed to an increase in the number of riders which will help them be competitive for the whole of the long season ahead.

Team manager Hammond said: “I feel more relax than I was this time last year.

“I’ve come through a year of learning, learning about Madison, learning about managing a team.

“For years I’d been a pro bike rider and all those things I’d taken for granted I’m now responsible for.

“Now I can start refining the process. We’ve learned a lot of lessons and, as a team, we’ve made a lot of changes.

“To start with we have the goal of the Tour Series. Those races and the circuits they use” – the closest round to Milton Keynes is in Peterborough – “are all new to me but I get nervous and stressed just thinking about them and I know the riders are feeling the same.

“Then there’s the Tour of Britain if we get selected and the National road race championships where I’d like our local guys to do well.”