Jon was strong throughout the year but his confidence really grew in the second half of 2018 as the results started to come in. Here he is to descibre his year:
"2018 was a season full of goals for me, to name a few, I had set my sights on gaining my second category license and achieving a podium at a regional A road race. I worked hard from the off season with my coach, Tom Neale, to gain the power I would need to succeed in achieving these goals.
I would say that my highlight of the year was racing with team mate, Ryan, at the Craig Armitage Trophy Road Race. Ryan had spent the majority of the race in a strong breakaway which allowed me to monitor any promising counter attacks and sit tight ready for the final sprint. After the break was caught with three laps to go, I had placed myself in the top five wheels and sprinted my way to 3rd place. Picking up half of the points needed to achieve my second category license goal!
Another memorable day was racing the Birmingham University criterium towards the end of the season. The heavens had opened, and the riders were soaked before the race had even begun. I had spoken to my coach the previous evening and we had set a very clear plan for the race – I don’t normally stick to the plan but today I had decided to listen. With three laps to go I was in the leading bunch of eight riders, knowing that I needed 5th place to secure my second category license. I finished in 4th with a comfortable gap to the remaining riders and celebrated the finish as if I had won the race! The other riders didn’t realise that I was celebrating achieving a goal I had set from the previous season and after being knocked off the bike in training I wasn’t sure it would be possible this season.
The structured training for 2019 started in November and we have already seen some huge gains compared to this time last year, so I am very excited to see what can be achieved in the new season. I would like to say a huge thank you to Grahame, Gary, Tom and my team mates for the continued support, friendship and banter!"