Olympic cyclist Bryan Steel launches East Midlands race team

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The Godfrey Bikewear Race Team, led by captain Ross Lamb, from Mansfield, and made up of Nottingham racer Corey Ashley, 20, Beeston cycling duo David Ogg, 22, and Pierre Vernie, 20, were unveiled at Derby Arena this afternoon (March 1). They will be backed by a whole range of sponsors, including Vision Express, who Steel has been in negotiations with for nearly three years, as all parties began to develop an idea to help create a pathway for local riders to compete at the top. It is something Steel has wanted to do since retiring and is thought to be the first operation of its kind in the East Midlands. “It’s been a long time coming,” said Steel who competed in four Olympic Games, winning bronze at Sydney 2000 and silver at Athens 2004, along with five World Championship medals – among a glittering cycling career. “You feel like it’s the end of the journey but in reality it’s just the start. The guys will start racing soon and I’m sure that will provide a whole glut of headaches as well.” He wants to give promising riders from across the region the chance to fulfill their potential. “I was supported by people wanting to help talented riders in the area and I would not have achieved my success without those people, so initially I wanted to give back in my own little way,” said the rider turned coach.

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