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ŠKODA DSI Cycling Academy graduate triumphs in the Team Time Trial alongside Dame Sarah Storey at the National Closed Circuit Championships

ŠKODA DSI Cycling Academy graduate triumphs in the Team Time Trial alongside Dame Sarah Storey at the National Closed Circuit Championships

21. 10. 2019

Megan Dickerson triumphed in the Team Time Trial alongside her ŠKODA DSI Cycling Academy mentor, Paralympic champion Dame Sarah Storey, at the National Closed Circuit Championships on Sunday 20 October.

Milton Keynes, 21 October 2019 – Megan started the day with an impressive third place finish in the individual time trial, three seconds ahead of Dame Sarah, and just a few hours later was back on the bike to help the Storey Racing Gold Team to the top of the podium.

Megan completed the 11.8 mile course alongside Dame Sarah Storey, Yorkshire World Championship Junior team rider Caitlin Peters, and National Champion, Zoe Backstedt.

The RTTC (Road Time Trial Council) Closed Circuit Championships took place at the Thruxton Motor Racing Circuit in Hampshire. Each race was a battle against the clock around the 11.8-mile course that covers five laps of the circuit.

The former Bristol University student has now settled in the city, works full time in cycling as a social media executive at Shift Active Media and rides for Bristol South Cycling Club.

Dickerson said: “'Riding with the Storey Team in the Team Time Trial was great fun. It was hard work, especially after the individual trials in the morning, but we all worked really well together and ended up winning, so it was a really great day. Time trialling is the thing I love so today's been a great day out, and it's just been incredible to have everyone here today, both the Storey Team and the other Skoda Academy girls. Fingers crossed we can come back and do it again next season!

“I joined the Bristol University Cycling Club in fresher’s week four years ago and my passion for cycling has grown from there. I’ve had some amazing opportunities in cycling, and have learnt so much from Sarah, Barney [Team Storey manager] and the ŠKODA Academy already.”

Dickerson (23), from Bristol, is one of just five riders selected to be part of the inaugural all-female ŠKODA DSI Cycling Academy.

The Academy was established in May this year and is open to female cyclists aged between 17-25. Its aim is to provide young, amateur cyclists with a pathway to the elite level by giving them the experience of being a professional rider, covering the performance, nutrition and media profile required to be a modern-day professional athlete. Over 400 riders applied to join the Academy and a final five were selected following a trials day at the Lee Valley Velo Park in June.

Dame Sarah Storey, who collected her 36th World gold medal at the UCI Para-Cycling World Championships in the Netherlands, last month, was chosen by ŠKODA UK as Academy Principal.

Dame Sarah said: “I’m really proud of Megan’s performances today. We only started the Academy programme in June but the strides and improvements she’s made have been so impressive, and to see it all come together on a circuit like this is really impressive. The event today put everyone outside of their comfort zone, with lengths of races that perhaps people haven’t done before in situations where there was a fair amount of traffic on the course in some places, so it was great to see Megan put into practice everything we’ve been talking about over the last few months at our training rides and other events.”

Since joining the Academy, Megan has undertaken a training ride with Storey Racing ahead of a British National Road Race Championship event, ridden Stage 4 of the Tour de France with the Internationelles and Donnons des Elles au Velo Jour-1 cycling team, and completed L’Etape du Tour and Prudential Ride London 100 with Dame Sarah’s race team.

ŠKODA started life as a bicycle company in 1895. Cycling has remained important to ŠKODA since that day and the brand has honoured its heritage ever since. In tandem with its headline sponsorship of key events in the cycling calendar, ŠKODA is championing gender equality in the professional tour series.

Discover the ŠKODA cycling academy story here.

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