Cornish cyclist Philip Opie has signed for Rapha Condor after accepting that Team UK Youth will not be able to continue next season.

Ex-Formula 1 driver Nigel Mansell funded the group for four years
but decided to end his financial support.


Mansell as well as other members of the team set out to find a new sponsor but have got so far failed to find backers.

“Unfortunately it’s gone – it’s pretty heart wrenching to leave, inch Opie told BBC Radio Cornwall.

The team had set by themselves a deadline of the end of October before finally giving up upon continuing on from their hugely productive 2013 season.

But with Opie following Jon Mould and Joshua Search in securing rides elsewhere next season and members of staff also seeking alternative employment, the particular team is almost certainly set to disband.

“We found out a couple of weeks ago it turned out pretty unlikely to go ahead straight into 2014 and beyond, ” additional Opie.

“As each day ticked by there was less and less chance of a new group. There have been no new sponsors that have fulfilled the commitments they need to create to continue with the team.

“It’s like leaving your family or your best friends. When you spend four years speaking to people almost daily, it’s a huge thing to miss and a huge shame.

“The staff have been strike the hardest because it will be more difficult for them to find a job. In the biking world most teams have already got the particular staff in place and that makes it much more difficult. “

But for Opie there has been a happy ending, with a new contract safely secured with long-established British cycling team Rapha Condor.

“It’s fantastic news – it’s always been the big team in the UK, the group that as a young rider you think of as the most established and many prestigious team to ride for the purpose of, ” he said.

“I’m really forging my own path right now. Everything I’ve learnt I can practice and enjoy a new direction in a different team with more experienced individuals, who have done things longer than There are. It’s a really good opportunity. “

Opie enjoyed a successful 2013 season, with wins in Tour Series and Premier Calendar events, and a thin defeat by sprint superstar Mark Cavendish in the high-profile final stage of the Tour of Britain working in london.

“To finish just behind Cav, the fastest sprinter in history, assisted, ” he added.

“It had been my goal to win a stage in the Tour of Britain. I had high hopes for the first stage but sadly that finished in a say goodbye to. It took most of the week to recuperate, but just showing you’re resistant and that you can still finish with three top-10s at the end of the week is pretty special. “

Opie said this season had been something of a cutting-edge for him, not least due to improved self-belief and intensity of exercising.

“There are times when you just have to get on and do the training, ” he or she said.

“No matter how hard it really is you just dig deep and I think We learned that a lot this year. You can force yourself a lot harder than you realise. “