Cycle sierra nevada Scholarship Program
From 2014 we will be providing a number of opportunities for young cyclists, both male and female, to take part in one of our training camps completely free of charge. Cycle Sierra Nevada will be offering a number of places each year on their Scholarship Program to young athletes in an attempt to assist them in their aspiring careers.
Kris Jasper - Portsmouth north end CC
Who are you?
I am 19 years old and I live near Launceston (Cornwall), England. In the past I competed at county cricket and on the national circuit for Badminton as a junior, travelling all over the country. Becoming county and south west champion in various disciplines along the way, before I retired early and now have turned all my attention to cycling.
Who do you ride for? Training partners?
During 2014 I rode for Falco racing and for the 2015 season I will ride for the Portsmouth north end CC. At home I almost always train alone as there are hardly any cyclists near where I live.
Why did you start cycling?
I first started cycling as added fitness for Badminton, as I used to compete all over the country as a junior and under 19s before I fully turned to cycling and retired from my other sports. I raced a few summer crits in that year (2013) and got hooked. Then I dropped my other sports and did my first full season in 2014, where I learned and progressed a lot in a short period.
What do you love about cycling?
I love the freedom you have, to explore and see roads and many places you would never come across without the company of the bike.
Favourite piece of cycling kit/bike etc.?
Fresh high white socks (a must)
What motivates you?
Knowing I can achieve my goals, I just have to go out and grab it through hard work and being committed.
Key goals for next season?
- Achieve 1st category status
- Win first race on two wheels and many more
- Top 5 National B road races
- Podium regional champs
Hopes/plans for the future?
- Gain full time contract (amateur?) for u 23 development team or similar for the 2016 season. Meaning I can take the next step and concentrate on getting the most out of myself and continue improving
- Keep progressing up the ladder and sign pro contract
- Continue enjoying riding and competing and then one day help promote sport/ cycling