Reed takes next step towards turning pro

ASPIRING professional Jack Reed has climbed a few more steps on France’s national cycling ladder.

Velo Sport Valletais have announced Jack Reed on their roster for next year. (31283903)
Velo Sport Valletais have announced Jack Reed on their roster for next year. (31283903)

After finally breaking the Covid shackles and enjoying a solid stint of racing for regional team CC Plancoet, the 18-year-old has captured the attention of National Two outfit Velo Sport Valletais.

Reed has made the 2023 roster for the high-level amateur team – based in west France – and aims to continue his progression, seeking a pro contract in the future.

The teenager runs his own YouTube channel and has posted a video where he discussed how the move could boost his budding career.

‘Firstly, I would like to say a massive thank you to CC Plancoet for the past three seasons,’ he said.

‘They’ve really, really helped me out, and I can’t thank them enough.

‘I will be quite sad to be leaving, but also looking forward to what’s best for me for the future.

‘I feel like for my progression and for my dream of becoming a professional rider that this move up is good for that and I’m looking forward to getting stuck into some big races next year.’

Following two seasons of Covid disruption, Reed finally got to represent CC Plancoet regularly on the Continent this summer and is near the end of a 90-day stint, which is his maximum allowance due to Brexit rules and regulations.

He quickly got to grips with the French racing scene and recently finished a close second at the Tour du Morbihan Junior National, which he highlighted as a standout result.

‘In my eyes I see it as a win, just because it was such a high level,’ he told the Guernsey Press.

Reflecting on his season, he added: I’ve loved every minute of it – it’s been great, it’s been living the dream.’

Reed also thanked his Guernsey-based supporters after admitting that his racing trip has not been without its challenges.

‘Living on my own, this is something that I’ve never done, so it’s really something new to learn – so all the support back home has really encouraged me to keep up what I’m doing and keep enjoying living this life.’

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