Capital cyclist Sean Flynn admits he will be pedalling into the unknown when he lines up for tomorrow’s opening stage of the four-day Trofeo Karlsberg in Germany.
The versatile teenager, who competes for Edinburgh Road Club, is at home in both mountain biking and road racing and currently holds British titles in both disciplines. It is on the tarmac that he faces his next big challenge.
The race, which is a round of the UCI Junior Nations Cup series, gets under way with a 99-kilometre stage starting in Neunkirchen in the Saar region.
Flynn is included in a Great Britain squad that will face a field comprising teams from 22 countries. While relishing the opportunity to test himself against some of the world’s emerging talent, he admits that he is unsure of how the coming days will unfold.
“This will be a great experience for me and it is safe to say that I will be slightly out of my comfort zone having done no road races this year or any junior road races at all”, he said. “I don’t know what to expect but I am really looking forward to this new challenge.”