TEENAGER Alex Jolliffe is being tipped for big things in the cycling world having just made his debut for Team Terminator at the Calshot track meeting.
The 15-year-old left Poole Wheelers to join his new team with the specific aim of being selected for the Olympic Development Programme.
Jolliffe impressed in the Bournemouth Track League last summer and was one of only a couple of riders to progress from the ‘B’ to the ‘A’ league.
The ethos of national outfit Team Terminator is to help youth and junior riders through sponsorship, coaching, mentoring and race support.
Former national track coach and world masters champion Dave Le Grys, based in the east of the country, is the team principle with Bournemouth Track League organiser Adam D’Arcy Wykes responsible for the southern region.
Wykes has been working closely with Jolliffe and is impressed by the youngster’s work ethic.
“I am pleased to be working with Alex,” he said. “He has great promise and probably more importantly works hard at his training.
“We are working on improving his strength and tactical awareness, both on the track and in the youth circuit race series, along with fitting it in around a very important school year and exams.
“He’s a pleasure to coach with a great attitude.”
Jolliffe attends Wey Valley School where he is studying for his GCSEs.
It promises to be a busy year as he tries to emulate fellow student Rebecca Raybould, who has been selected for the British Cycling talent team.
Team Terminator are sponsored by Inbuild and Dolan & Reflex Nutrition, while Jolliffe also has backing from Dorchester bike shop Mud, Sweat ’n Gears, who have supplied him with a bike and kit for the coming season.