Forme’s Junior RT rider obtains Cat.1 racing licence just 12 weeks into the season
Eleven days before his 17th birthday, Heanor Clarion and Forme’s first year junior James Shaw obtains his senior Category 1 racing licence. Having started the season as a Cat. 2, based on his performance as a Youth A rider, it took just 12 weeks to obtain the 200 ranking points necessary to move up to the highest category a junior can achieve and will put him amongst just a very small handful of juniors who will start next season in this bracket.
James said, “I gained some good points early in the season at the Tour of the Mendips and then had a big win and a second in Belgium, this added a lot to my total. It is nice to think I will race the rest of this season and start next season as a Cat.1 but it does create a few problems in that I will no longer be eligible to enter mid-week style Cat 2/3 races which have been part of my training schedule”.
He has certainly progressed a long way since first starting out as a seven year old riding Cyclo-Cross with Heanor Clarion.
James added, “I started riding on Shipley Park with Don Flint who was the club coach at Heanor, I then started racing in the Notts and Derby Cyclo Cross League. During the school holiday’s I used to go on the Go-Ride coaching sessions with Rob Sharman and Dean Hughes, when I got a bit older I then went on British Cycling’s Schools of Racing. Once you become a junior though everything changes rapidly, last weekend I was racing against Ed Clancy, a few weeks ago I was racing against Dean Downing. When I won in Belgium people who I had never met wanted their picture taking with me and others were asking if they could have my drinks bottle. The jump from Youth to Junior racing is massive, you sit on the start line and look around and think what am I doing here but once you start racing the nerves soon disappear as there is just too much to think about. I’m looking forward to the next couple of years as I can see where guys who are just a bit older than me are today, riders like Sam Lowe who is on BC Academy or Will Stephenson at Rapha Condor.”