Former Poole Wheeler, Ali Fielding has made the step up to the British Cycling Senior Academy programme for the 2018/19 season. The 18 year old Track sprinter who moves up from the junior programme began his cycling career riding the Bournemouth track league. Speaking to "LR,LR" Fielding tod us "It’s a really exciting prospect to now be part of the Great Britain Cycling Team, I’ve been aiming to be selected for it since I first joined the junior academy 2 years ago! I achieved some great results over the last year as a junior at European and world championships and produced some good times even surprisingly myself! But I knew it was never going to be easy making it on to the team so I was pretty overwhelmed to get the call to tell me I was on! Hopefully now I can keep improving and working on my sprinting to do the GBCT proud!"
It is also a satisfying reward for Fielding's family who left Dorset and moved to Derby, to better support Ali's cycling ambitions....
" I guess so it’s been great to have access to derby velodrome every week, but I’ve just enjoyed my life more in derby and it’s allowed my family to have a bit more of a life rather than driving me everywhere!"
The recently announced Senior Academy programme also includes another former Bournemouth Track League rider, Becky Raybould, who is part of the Womens Endurance squad.