Joe is a 16-year-old junior racing cyclist from Scartho, Grimsby. He has been riding for the last 3 years, and recently signed for the London based team, Catford CC/ Equipe Banks.
The team are classed as ‘elite’ in the British Cycling rankings and he is in their junior academy, who are one of the highest ranking junior teams in the country. In 2016, he became the Schoolboy National Time-Trial. He is currently in full time education at Caistor Grammar School, in his GCSE year, and will balance his revision and his racing. Going forward Joe is looking to be with a national level team as a second-year junior (2018), before trying to secure a professional contract later. He is also aiming to break the junior 10-mile time-trial record and retain and gain more national championships.
- 2016 National Schoolboy Time-Trial Champion
- 2016 Regional Junior Time-Trial Champion
- 5x1st places in Regional Races
- 17th overall and 5th first year junior at the Screentek International Junior Tour of the Mendips Stage Race (British Cycling National Series)
- 8th overall at Birmingham National Stage Race (1st in age category)
- Podium Finishes at Regional Races
- 4th – Youth Regional Circuit Championships
Last season, 2016, was his first season that he was extremely competitive on the youth circuit. He won numerous regional races, including a period where he won four in a row. He finished in the top 10 in a high majority of his races. His strongest area in cycling is his time-trialling, in 2016 he became the National Schoolboy TT champion, where he comfortably beat older opposition. This championship has previously been won by riders such as Alex Dowsett and Steve Cummings, who are both former Team Sky riders that have won stages in the Grand Tours.
For 2017, he has signed for a new race team and it is his first year in the junior ranks. His main aims for this upcoming season are to retain his national championships as well as to improve his overall positions in the junior national series, where, this season he has already shown himself to be in the top 5 in his age category and the top 20 as a junior overall. He is also going to be actively seeking results on the local circuit in the time-trial leagues and the Lincolnshire Road Race League.
So far in 2017 (as of 11th April), he has gained his 2nd category license in British Cycling rankings in just one month of racing. In regional races, he finished on the podium three times this season (since March) and have won one race. On the national scene, he has taken part in two rounds of the British Cycling Junior National Series and in the Tour of the Mendips he finished 5th in his age category and 17th overall, this is also after following team orders to work for his teammate. Joe has also taken part in the Birmingham National One-Day stage race which was against juniors and men. He finished 8th overall after the two stages and he finished as the 1st junior overall.
Clubs and Teams (to date)
2014 - 2015: NEL Lindsey Go Ride
2015 - 2016: Flex-Tech Ettridge RT
2016 - today: Catford CC/Equipe Banks Junior Academy
Coming out of the 2016 season as national TT champion Joe hoped to hit top form early on. Starting his 2017 with a string of podiums, he managed to secure his 2nd category license in just four weeks of racing. Joe's first win of the year came from a solo breakaway, riding away from the original break that had stayed clear for 3/4 of the race. His second win of the season made him one of the youngest winners ever of a Lincolnshire Road Race League Round. On the final lap Joe simply rode to the front and away from the whole group, managing yet another comfortable solo win as the group attempted to catch him. On the national stage he has proved his ability, getting 8th overall at the early season Birmingham Stage Race and then finishing 17th overall at the International Tour of the Mendips. Showing his strength on the flats and in the climbs, he's got an exciting season ahead of him.
The Junior Sports Programme was able to assist junior racing cyclist Joe Laverick who whilst competing in the Elite Criterium around Lincoln castle .Whilst cornering his front wheel got stuck in a a gully and hit a kerb at around 30mph resulting in a broken wheel and rear mesh. The JSP assisted in contributing towards the cost of repairs.