Tom Fitzpatrick

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

This is my first year as a DRF rider.

What is your cycling history?

I was introduced to cycling when I was 14 by local cyclist and artist, John Loker. He is now in his mid-seventies but we still ride together. I joined my local club (Diss and District CC), which I am still a member. I enjoyed riding big distances on my own and with the club. I would regularly clock up 60 miles each day after school, and well over a ton on a Sunday. I started racing when I was 15, but never took it too seriously. In 2010, when I was 17, I was hit with a rare balance disorder leaving me unable to walk or move for the best part of 6 months. During this time I realised how much I missed racing and training. I decided, with the support of my family, to pursue a career in professional cycling.

What team are you joining?

I will be riding for ‘Terra Safety Shoes' in Belgium. They have a good reputation for looking after English speaking riders.

What is your race programme looking like?

It’s looking pretty good! A mix of Interclub races, selected Top Competition races, UCI 1.2 and stage races in France and Belgium. These will be supplemented with Pro and Elite Kermis racing.

Are you going on a training camp with the team?

Not with the team officially. I have organised a training camp for local riders and friends in Mallorca this winter. I will be there for a month, it gives a great quality of training.

When are you heading out to Europe/USA?

After my stint in Mallorca I will be heading to Belgium in early March.