One Pro Cycling have applied to step up to the UCI Pro Continental level for 2016 and CEO Matt Prior insists the team have to dream big
A promotion to cycling’s second tier would allow Prior’s team to be invited to WorldTour events including the three Grand Tours, which the former England cricketer admits is the ultimate goal.
After a very successful debut season, in which they’ve notched up eight wins and finished second overall in the Pearl Izumi Tour Series, One Pro Cycling have joined fellow Brits NFTO in applying to move up to the next level.
“I’m a big believer in dreaming big. When I was eight years old I wanted to be a professional cricketer and play in the Ashes and the big events,” Prior said. “In cycling you don’t get bigger than the Grand Tours and we’ve made it clear that’s our dream.”
There are no British teams currently in the Pro Continental ranks, but should One Pro and NFTO be granted a licence it will give homegrown talent the chance to shine on the world stage.
One Pro’s squad is a mix of youth and experience, with old heads such as Yanto Barker and Marcin Bialoblocki helping to develop the younger riders such as George Harper and Jonathan Mould.
And for Prior, the dream is to give these young riders the platform to perform at a higher level and reach their potential.
“We’ve got some really talented young guys who we want to give that opportunity to see how good they can be,” Prior continued. “Every single one of them has told me they want to race in on the WorldTour. As One Pro Cycling we want to be there one day and what a story if it could be if we could take a guy who joined us at 20 years old to that event with us.”