Louise Borthwick pedals to pro ranks

Louise Borthwick. Picture: Complimentary
Louise Borthwick. Picture: Complimentary
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Capital cyclist Louise Borthwick will make the step up to the professional ranks next season after signing for the Matrix Fitness Racing Academy, although the team will compete under a different name which will not be revealed until a new sponsorship deal is concluded.

The contract is just reward for an outstanding season that saw the teenager earn a reputation for an aggressive racing style as she focused on her sport after leaving school.

Riding for Edinburgh Road Club, Borthwick made spectacular progress in criterium events over the summer and rounded off a series of excellent performances with second place behind British champion Hannah Barnes at the Westminster Grand Prix.

The news caps an excellent week for the rider, who won the Scottish junior women’s pursuit title on Sunday and was named in the Scottish Performance Programme which comprises riders likely to challenge for a place at next summer’s Commonwealth Games.

She is currently training with the women’s squad in Perthshire but will escape the Scottish winter to prepare in New Zealand for the forthcoming road season.

Borthwick is already looking forward to the new challenge and building on her recent successes, saying, “The 2013 season has been a real breakthrough for me as it was my first full year of UK domestic racing. I’m very pleased to be joining Matrix Fitness as the team has a proven reputation for developing talent and I’m looking forward to working with the rest of the team to achieve great things in 2014.”