Prime Four welcomes Statoil cycling team
Cycling World Champion and Tour de France hero drops in with future stars
A team of ten young cycling talents from Scottish Cycling, including seven from the North East Region, has been invited by the Norwegian Cycling Federation to represent Scotland in the Statoil Arctic Heroes of Tomorrow Race in Northern Norway in August.
The race uses the same circuit as the last stage of The Arctic Race of Norway, the world’s northernmost professional cycling competition. Prime Four occupier Statoil is the main sponsor for both events.
Thor Hushovd with the Scottish Statoil Heroes of Tomorrow team.
“Scottish Cycling is delighted that ten of our up and coming young cyclists have been given the opportunity to race in Norway. This is a fantastic opportunity not only for their cycling development but also to experience racing in another country,” said Peter Clark, Scottish Cycling Regional Development Officer.
“On behalf of everyone at Scottish Cycling I would like to thank the Norwegian Cycling Federation and Statoil for this opportunity and wish all ten riders the best of luck in the competition.”
As part of the preparations for the race, Thor Hushovd, the Norwegian world champion from 2010, multiple stage winner in the Tour de France and also Arctic Race winner in 2013, visited Prime Four on Monday 11 May to meet and train with the Scottish team.
“Road race cycling is growing in popularity around the world and it is great that Statoil contributes to talent development within the sport. Through my role as ambassador for the Heroes of Tomorrow programme I enjoyed meeting the Scottish talents in Aberdeen and look forward to seeing them again later this year in Norway when they compete in the Arctic Heroes of Tomorrow race,” said Thor Hushovd.
The Scottish Heroes of Tomorrow team and Statoil employees join Thor Hushovd at Prime Four. (Photo: Statoil)
The Scottish team includes six boys and one girl from Scottish Cycling’s North East Region: Zak Loney, 18 and Jordan Stronach, 18, both from Ellon; Danny Hedley, 17, from Blackburn; Fraser Martin, 18, Grant Martin, 17 and Calum Mitchell, 18, from Perth and Ashleigh Fraser, 18, from Alford. Three girls from Central Scotland will also participate: Emma Borthwick, 18 and Lulu Bartlett, 18, both from Edinburgh, and Sara Bradford (18) from Glasgow.
This year’s competition in the area around Norwegian towns Harstad and Narvik is the third Arctic Race of Norway and Arctic Heroes of Tomorrow Race. Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), the sporting events company that also organises Tour de France and Paris Roubaix, is managing the event.
The youngsters from Scotland will compete with teams from England, Finland, France, Norway and Russia. Each team will have four girls and six boys aged 17 and 18 years. In total 120 young cyclists will take part in the competition.
Gunnar Breivik, managing director for Statoil Production UK, said:
“We are very pleased that we can draw on Statoil’s corporate sponsorship with the Arctic Race of Norway to support and motivate young talents in Scotland, where we are currently recruiting for our UK Continental Shelf operating organisation. We’ll make sure there are representatives from our Aberdeen office present at the race to cheer the Scottish team on.”14/05/2015