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Ready for launch!

| Blog, Cycling Plus | 29/01/2013 15:43pm

In 2013 we’ll be following the progress of brand new British team Madison Genesis. Launched at the London Bike Show on January 19, the team blends a mix of experience – team manager Roger Hammond and senior pro Dean Downing – and youth – the likes of Alex Peters and Brennan Townshend. And in a break from the norm they’ll be racing on steel Genesis Volare bikes! In the first blog from the team first year pro Chris Snook relives an eventful first day…

Well, it’s just over a week since the Madison Genesis team launch at the London Bike Show, but it seems like five minutes. The 19th of January was a date that had been earmarked in my diary since signing for the team at the end of the summer. I couldn’t wait to launch the team, and get to ride in my nice new kit! The launch didn’t disappoint, and all involved agreed it was a huge success.

Nice bike mister!

Being unveiled on stage as a ‘first year pro’ was a dream come true for me. Public speaking is not something that comes naturally, but I managed to suppress my nerves and got on the mic to answer a few questions from cycling commentator Anthony McCrossan.

Does Chris look nervous?

Of course, I can’t mention the launch without mentioning the IG Nocturne race immediately afterwards. What a result! The team couldn’t have wished for better with Ian Bibby taking the win, and launching the Genesis Volare in true style. Myself? It was great to be able to perform in front of a crowd, if a little surreal racing indoors. The course was slippery in parts, and you certainly had to be careful, but the organisers did a good job with the corners, and the event went without serious incident.

Chris and the Genesis Volare in action

The last week has been very much ‘back to business’, preparing for Challenge Mallorca on February 3rd, where we will be lining up with the likes of Team Sky’s Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome. What an opportunity! This has meant getting some quality mile under my belt, in and around my job as Press Officer for Madison. Fortunately Elite have provided us with some turbo trainers, so we’ve had no excuses for missing training sessions despite the snow! Now keeping fingers and toes crossed, that Mallorca should deliver a bit of sun!

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