North-east riders in Scottish team for top Norwegian cycle race

Norwegian cycling great Thor Hushovd with  Jordan Stronach, Zak Loney.
Norwegian cycling great Thor Hushovd with Jordan Stronach, Zak Loney.

A team of talented young cyclists, including seven from the North East Region, has been invited by the Norwegian Cycling Federation to represent Scotland in the Arctic Heroes of Tomorrow Race in Northern Norway in August.

The race uses the same circuit as the last stage of The Arctic Race of Norway, the world’s northernmost professional cycling competition. Statoil is the main sponsor for both events.

Included in Scottish Cycling’s team of 10 are Ellon’s Zak Loney and Jordan Stronach, both 18, and Danny Hedley, 17, from Blackburn.

Peter Clark, Scottish Cycling’s regional development officer, said: “Scottish Cycling is delighted that ten of our up-and-coming young cyclists have been given the opportunity to race in Norway.

“This is a fantastic opportunity not only for their cycling development but also to experience racing in another country.”

As part of the preparations for the race, Thor Hushovd, the Norwegian world champion from 2010, multiple stage winner in the Tour de France and also Arctic Race winner in 2013, will visit Aberdeen and train with the Scottish team.

He said: “Road race cycling is growing in popularity around the world and it is great that Statoil contributes to talent development within the sport.

“Through my role as ambassador for the Heroes of Tomorrow programme I look forward to meeting the Scottish talents both in Aberdeen and later this year in Norway when they compete in the Arctic Heroes of Tomorrow race.”

Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), the sporting events company that also organises Tour de France and Paris Roubaix, is managing the event.

The Scots youngsters will compete against teams from England, Finland, France, Norway and Russia.

Each team will have four girls and six boys aged 17 and 18 years. In total, 120 young cyclists will take part in the competition.