Sam Walsham

Club Cycliste de Villeneuve Saint Germain Soissons Aisne
Dave Rayner Funded Since: 2019

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

Yes, I’m extremely grateful for the support.

What team are you joining?

Club Cycliste de Villeneuve Saint Germain Soissons Aisne or CCVSA for short

Tell us a bit about your team.

It’s a DN1 team which is the top division of amateur racing in France, so competes in the Coupe de France series and also UCI 1.2 races. In total there are 19 riders including 9 U23.

What is your race programme looking like?

As I’m a first year U23 the calendar is mostly regional races at 1/2/3 level with chances if riding well to compete in the 1.2 events. For example if I win one of the first 3 races I would be in the squad for Paris-Troyes. There are also some U23 specific races like Leige-Bastogne-Leige and Paris-Tours depending on invites.

Where are you going to live?

I’m living in an apartment in Villeneuve Saint Germain, with fellow Dave Rayner Fund rider George Bazley and also Morgan Bown. Russ Bazley did an awesome job with the apartment, putting up bike hooks and shelves for storage, which makes life a lot easier.

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

I’ll be riding my Giant TCR advanced. The kit is made by Diffu Sport.