Yanto Barker,
British Cycling’s top-ranked rider for 2013, says he is “very motivated” to repeat last season’s success after joining Team Raleigh.

The particular 33-year-old had been without a contract for 2014 after the demise of former employers Team UK Youth.

“I’m grateful and satisfied, that’s the best way to describe it, ” he told BBC South West Sport.

“I’m very motivated to achieve some proper success and contribute something similar to this year. “

This individual added: “I enjoy that and We relish the opportunity to do it again. “

Barker has joined the British clothing together with his former Team UK Youngsters team-mate Ian Wilkinson, Joseph Perrett, Liam Stones and George Atkins.

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I think we can obtain more than people would expect which is similar to 2013


Yanto Barker on Team Raleigh


He had been left in an awkward position with the information of Team UK Youth’s challenges – following
the decision of owner Nigel Mansell to withdraw funding after four years – emerging at a time in the biking calendar when most teams experienced already made many of their rider recruitment decisions.

“I wasn’t really talking to that many teams, ” said Barker, who won two levels of the 2013 Tour Series as part of a consistently successful season.

“There wasn’t a lot of teams by the time I was talking to people who still had placements left on the roster.

“I’m actually grateful and we’ve managed to get the deal together that works for everybody and I’m excited about it. “

Barker will now be competing against many of his former team-mates, but he said he was looking forward to the chance.

“I don’t think there’ll ever become a year like next year when I’ll have so many good friends in other groups, ” he said.

“But we are going to competitive cyclists and there’s a good autopilot that kicks in that you would like to beat everybody, there’s a huge sense of competitive spirit, determination and drive that won’t get hindered in the slightest just because you know the guys.

“We’ve been joking that all hell’s going to break loose and I believe we’ll get a lot of each other at the front of competition and it’ll be a lot of fun.

“I’m enthusiastic about the prospect of working with the guys within Raleigh. I’ve seen the full roster and I think we can achieve more than individuals would expect which is similar to 2013. “

Team Raleigh 2014 squad:

Evan Oliphant, Mark Christian, Alexandre Blain, George Atkins, Morgan Kneisky, Ian Wilkinson, Liam Stones, Matthieu Boulo, Joseph Perrett, Yanto Barker.