Matt Nowell is relishing his maiden season in the professional ranks after signing for BIKE Channel Canyon.
The 20-year-old, who hails from Northwich and studies at Sheffield Hallam University, is thrilled at the prospect of competing in some of the biggest races on the domestic scene, such as the Tour de Yorkshire.
But he is under no illusions of the challenge he faces as he attempts to prove himself in the professional peloton after a promising spell with Wheelbase Altura.
“The move to BIKE Channel Canyon is a big step for me but it is 100 per cent in the direction I want to be going and I’m ready for the challenge.
“When I initially spoke to Tim (Elverson, sports director) and he told me about this project he was building, I was instantly hooked and really excited for what was to come.
“When the team met for the first time and I met all the lads and staff, I just had that feeling deep down this was something special.
“Just chatting to the guys while we were there and how everyone got on you could tell everyone was feeling the same.
“There are so many opportunities ahead with this team but, in particular, I’m looking to improve on previous performances at the Tour Series and Elite Circuit Series.
“Then I would like to look towards the bigger under-23 road races abroad and Premier Calendars with the team – when I hope to assist in overall results and earn some of my own.
“Maybe, just maybe, if the form is good I’d like to have a crack at the Ras and the Tour of Yorkshire. But there is a lot of work to be done between now and then!”
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