Manx cyclist Owen Dudley has been rewarded for his impressive performances in the recent Isle of Man Cyclefest by securing sponsorship with Nedbank Private Wealth.
The 17-year-old, who is currently riding for Team Isle of Man and lying second in British Cycling’s Junior Road Series, claimed a brilliant double success at Cyclefest, winning the gruelling 82-mile (130 kilometres) Gran Fondo road race and the Storm the Tower Hill Climb.
This was after the Port Erin teenager competed in the first of the year’s Pearl Izumi Tour Series races (a British senior team series) held in Ramsey, with a great ride for the Isle of Man Cyclefest team.
Having gone with the first breakaway group, he remained there for the whole race and finished in a very impressive overall sixth position.
The Tour Series is the UK’s premier domestic cycling series featuring nine professional teams and the UK’s leading elite riders.
Greg Horton, managing director of Nedbank Private Wealth, said: ‘We are thrilled to announce our sponsorship agreement with Owen. It provides a unique local opportunity to help him forge ahead in his chosen sport, both in the island and in the UK.
‘Having met him personally, I know Owen has overcome many challenges and I am very proud of his achievements to date.
‘Owen embodies many of our business’s principal values, including integrity, humility and a commitment to quality and development.
‘We are therefore delighted to have the opportunity to assist in his own personal development and desire to progress within his sport.
‘Cycling is a high profile sport in which the island has already achieved considerable acclaim, having produced a number of world-class cyclists.
‘Our Nedbank Private Wealth team wish Owen every success and we will all be closely following his progress through ongoing personal contact, social media posts and his blogs throughout the year.’