Tour of Britain: Jon Mould Makes his Debut


One of the riders making their Tour of Britain debut this September is Team UK Youth’s Jon Mould who has had a great season including a win in the Tour Series.

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Look closely at the photo above and you will see the 22-year-old in red (left of pic) is one of many Welsh supporters for Luke Rowe on Caerphilly Mountain. Others are new NFTO Pro Cycling team signing for 2014 Matt Rowe (with boxing gloves) and one of the country’s leading female riders, Hannah Walker (holding the sign for Rowe).

A year on though and the Newport resident is set to make his Tour of Britain debut and in return would be the local hero on the Caerphilly leg of The Tour, so the Tour of Britain team caught up with him in Caerphilly at the end of August.

“I’m really looking forward to it” he told the Tour of Britain’s Peter Hodges. “There are eight guys for six places and you know what it’s like with UK Youth it’s harder to get into the team than anything else at the moment. But no, I’m really looking forward to it”.


A big win for Jon was the Tour of Jamtlands in Sweden.

Mould won a round of The Pearl Izumi Tour Series in Colchester as UK Youth dominated the Series and recently took part in the Prudential RideLondon – Surrey Classic. After saying that he watched last year on Caerphilly Mountain, all Mould will say when asked if he was in fancy dress is “I might have been!”

He admits the experience this year will be far removed. “I think it’ll be a bit different now and I’ll definitely go a bit faster up it when they’re chasing me! It’ll be really good and I am looking forward to it.”

Mould could be one of a trio of Welsh riders in the UK Youth line-up with the others also having local links to the race. Rob Partridge is from Wrexham, on the route of Stage Four, originally while Yanto Barker grew up in Machynlleth, the venue for the Stage Five Start.


With over 300-kilometres of racing (almost one third of The Tour of Britain 2013) in Wales, is Mould looking forward to potentially racing on home roads? “I think so, it’s the best part of Britain Wales!”

And with two compatriots as team mates plus further Welsh influence in the Great Britain line-up, will there be a rivalry as to who can be the highest placed rider from the Principality?
“They do it in the Junior Tour of Wales so I think they should in The Tour of Britain. The GB lads might have a few Welsh riders in as well, so there should be some good infighting to be the first Welshman overall.”

Good luck to Jon as he makes his Tour of Britain debut, beginning on Sunday 15 September in Peebles, Scottish Borders.

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