Rapha Condor JLT

If 2012 was a year of transition for John Herety's team, this season is already looking like anything but. Ed Clancy, James McCallum, Richard Handley, Luke Grivell-Mellor and new signing Elliott Porter have all triumphed in early-season British races, which bodes well for the bigger events.

The team are continuing with the development strategy that they started last year, with the goal of helping the more talented prospects move to a top-level international squad.

By virtue of the winter's comings and goings, this is the team's youngest ever line-up, with only two riders - McCallum and Kristian House - aged over 30. Three of the five new recruits for this year are still 18.

Not that this should matter. One of them, Ed Laverack, has already impressed Herety enough to be selected for the arduous Tour of Normandy, which started on Monday. Another, Hugh Carthy, followed in the footsteps of Alex Dowsett by winning last year's Junior Tour of Wales, a prestigious race for emerging talent. His nearest challenger in the five-stage event was Will Stephenson, who completes the team's teen trio.

Herety identified that although his younger riders in 2012 had the talent, their application was not always as good as it could have been.

A two-month training and racing camp in Australia at the start of the year sought to rectify this, and since returning to Britain in mid-February, it appears to have worked. Clancy's victory at the Eddie Soens came after a particularly impressive team display. Expect the winning to continue throughout 2013.

Average team age

2011 - 28 years, eight months

2012 - 24 years, four months

2013 - 23 years, two months

Rapha mix tape

With travelling a cornerstone of the British racing season, the eclectic mix of music tastes within the team make for a nicely-balanced audio companion to help pass the time.

Aaron Buggle - Muse

Hugh Carthy - Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, Nineties hip hop

Mike Cuming - Jake Bugg

Richard Handley - LCD Soundsystem

John Herety - Caitlin Rose

Kristian House - Bruce Springsteen, U2

Luke Grivell-Mellor - "Almost all genres"

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Aaron Buggle (Irl)22Dan Morrissey Speed Spokes
Hugh Carthy18Champion System-Maxgear
Ed Clancy28Rapha Condor Sharp
Mike Cuming22Rapha Condor Sharp
Felix English20Rapha Condor Sharp
Luke Grivell-Mellor20Rapha Condor Sharp
Richard Handley22Rapha Condor Sharp
Kristian House33Rapha-Condor-Sharp
Ed Laverack18Team Tredz
James McCallum33Rapha Condor Sharp
Elliott Porter21Team Corridori
Will Stephenson18Primera-Sports.com

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