Max Williamson

Eiser Hirumet
Dave Rayner Funded Since: 2017

Is the first time you have had support from the Dave Rayner Fund?

This is my second year being supported by the Dave Rayner Fund. I'm incredibly grateful to be supported again as it enables me to live and race in the Basque Country without having to worry about money, and focus all my attention on being the best athlete I can be.

What is your cycling history?

I got into racing at Scunthorpe Track league on a Friday night as an under twelve. I remember watching the races for a couple of weeks and being utterly terrified of having a go but my dad talked me into it, I didn't do particularly well in the races but I enjoyed it MASSIVELY. I went on to a bit of cyclo-cross racing and then eventually road racing as an under fourteen.

What team are you joining?

For 2018 I will be continuing with Eiser Hirumet.

Tell us a bit about your team.

Eiser Hirumet is not like your typical development team, it's more like a family than a team with the focus being on improvement and being the best rider we can be, the best drilled team we can be, which will steer us to success. The focus is more on the process than the outcome.

What is your race programme looking like?

The calendar for 2018 is huge with 57 individual races which are all tough with quality fields. Even the 'lowest' level of racing on the calendar will have the likes of Caja Rural and Lizarte, the Movistar development team. My aim is to race as often as I can and build on my knowledge and legs from last season. I intend to ride the National Championships at the end of June but that will be the only time I'll be racing in the UK.

Where are you going to live?

I will be living in the picturesque town of Durango in the Basque Country, in northern Spain. It's roughly half an hour from Bilbao, in a large valley so mountain roads are easily accessible for training, with flat roads along the valley for easier days. Beaches and harbours within half and hour, sunshine and 20+ degrees from the end of May onwards, and a real culture and love of cycling.

What bike will you be riding and who supplies the team kit?

We will be riding the Ridley Noah SL with an Ultegra groupset and Rotor cranks. A Belgian thoroughbred racing frame weighing less than a kilogramme, perfect for sharp climbs of the Basque Country. Bio-racer supply the kit, faultless quality and fit. Topped off with continuing support from Catlike for the helmets. We will be using the Whisper model during the warmer races, and have access to the Cloud aero helmet for days we need an extra aero advantage, or its raining and we want a dry head.

Do you have any other interests outside of cycling?

I am quite interested in cars and motorbikes, particularly modified cars and often visit car shows with friends when I am at home in the UK. Being a cyclist and the lifestyle that comes with it don't really support this interest though!