From online to the start line: people power will enable former British Cycling Academy rider Russell Hampton to compete in the domestic calendar's top events this year.

Instead of joining a team for 2014 after his contract with Raleigh ended, Hampton has raised over £16,000 in donations via the Crowdfunder website. Chelmsford-based cycling and triathlon shop Athlon Sport will support the 25-year-old rider by providing equipment, while his backers will receive a range of benefits from signed photographs to having their name printed on Hampton's jersey depending on how much they donate.

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Nick Bull is an NCTJ qualified journalist who has written for a range of titles, as well as being a freelance writer at Beat Media Group, which provides reports for the PA Media wire which is circulated to the likes of the BBC and Eurosport. His work at Cycling Weekly predominantly dealt with professional cycling, and he now holds a role as PR & Digital Manager at SweetSpot Group, which organises the Tour of Britain.