It was hardly a closely guarded secret that we had set up the Holdsworth Pro Racing team with the ambition of getting accepted into the Tour of Yorkshire. What had started last September with a few bullet points on an A4 piece of paper after a frenetic flurry of activity we announced it all in mid-October only to realise we had no bikes, no designs, no vehicles, no staff, no UCI frame, no riders, no sponsors, in fact all we actually did have was an A4 piece of paper and a mission.
We did receive a few comments that it was too late, couldn’t be done in such a short period of time and the elder guard of the cycling world advising caution if not outright laughing at us. Six months later I am pretty proud to say, after a stupendous amount of work and huge amount of support from a lot of people we are ready to roll and putting rubber to road.
So, a big thanks to all those that have helped to date. Still, despite have on paper a decent looking team and with only a few races under our belts I have to confess we were more hopeful than expectant about getting a ride in the Tour of Yorkshire. Anyway, out of the blue, boom our Corporal got the fateful phone call. Luckily, he has got guts, I don’t know what we would do without him.
I have to say, it took a couple of days to sink in, and after the initial meeting with staff.
We got our race face on and buckled down to the task at hand and are going to give it our best. We are going to have to box clever, we have a lot of disadvantages that are pointed out to us almost daily against the more established UK teams and the big well funded and highly drilled foreign teams.
As Tyne Tees TV succinctly summed it with their introduction “The Holdsworth team racing the Tour De Yorkshire with the entire budget that costs half as much as the Team Sky Bus”. But we do have some unique cards to play that sets us apart and you ARE one of our biggest cards.
Let’s Turn it Orange and Blue.