James Louter Interview

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12/11/2004| 0 comments
by Ian Melvin

James Louter Interview

Ian talks to the Director Sportif of Team DFL - Britain's new pro cycling team.

expose themselves to the professional scene.  ?Next year we will be on the bottom rung of the professional ladder.  Just like the riders we are going to have to prove ourselves to be a solid and reliable set-up.?   The 12-rider team will comprise of riders from five different countries ­
UK
,
Australia
,
South Africa
,
USA
and
Ireland
?We were first looking at ten riders but saw that with the program of races we wanted to do would put riders, especially the young riders, under too much pressure.  It will give us more options across the board.?

 

?The first season is about establishing ourselves so that we can build on the foundations we set in place this year.  That means restraint from a budget point of view and hard work out on the bike. We want to expose riders to the next level, helping them to grow, supporting the team as it progresses as a whole. As a British registered team, we hope to earn an invite to the Tour of
Britain
as this will represent the pinnacle of our home program that we do including the Premier Calendars and expanding Elite Circuit Series.?

 

?In the long term, the future of the team lies in
Europe. We will progress one-step at a time. For our first year, we will aim to do a selection of the U23 World Cup races with other UCI ranked events, both one day and tours; helping to build our reputation to secure rides in bigger events. I have spoken with the riders about qualifying for the Tour de l?Avenir and should our results merit an invite we will go for sure. I have been in dialogue with the ASO about the possibilities, so it is an aim for us. The tour will give our young riders a fantastic opportunity to show the world what they can do. This event clashes with the Tour of
Britain
, so we will need to be realistic as we go. As for the future, Nick and I want GB Procycling Ltd to be a profitable sports marketing company that can sell cycling as an ideal vehicle for industry and businesses to communicate its message to its target market. We would like to see our team develop over the next five years into an outfit ready to take its place in the UCI ProTour. I hope some of the riders we have signed will still be with us, having made a career from it. I have said to all the riders that if  they get snapped up by a bigger teams before we are ready to go up a level then I know we have done a good job for a talented rider. People will respect us as an organization where riders can get the tools needed to succeed. We will create our own destiny.?

 

Many former British teams ultimately fell apart due to financial constraints; this is something DFL are very keen to avoid.  ?We looked at those teams as case studies against

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