Article: Cycling Sports Group UK
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After a very strong Campaign in 2012 which saw Lee take the British Series title as well at some strong finishes on the World Cup circuit. She is upping her game again in 2013 by signing with leading bike brand Cannondale. For the coming season Lee will be focusing on qualifying for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in her home city of Glasgow.
Lee will start her season this year in Spain with some early racing and training in preparation for the British Series and selected World Cups before targeting the British Championship on the Glasgow games course on the 21st of July. After the British Championships Lee will be looking to gain selection for the World Championships in South Africa at the end of August. In only her 5th year of competing at Elite level Lee has now been selected twice for the World Championships where she finished 44th in 2012.
Lee said “With the Commonwealth Games around the corner, 2013 is going to be an exciting year and with the National Championships on my home course I want to do really well there. I feel I am still improving all the time and that the international race experience I have had over the last two seasons has now given me what I need physically and psychologically to step it up and qualify for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Racing one of the best bikes on the planet is another real advantage for me this year. I feel very proud to be representing Cannondale UK in 2013”
Russell Merry (Managing Director at CSG UK) said “ We are very excited to be supporting Lee for 2013. She has a proven ability at Elite level and is a good ambassador for the Cannondale Brand. Cycling Sports Group already have links with Scottish Cycling through other sponsored riders so it made sense to cement that relationship and support Lee in her quest for selection for Glasgow 2014. After the success of the London Olympics the Glasgow Commonwealth Games is a very exciting project to be involved in it builds on the excitement generated for XCO at London. I understand that the course for Glasgow is going to be fast and will create exciting racing so I am looking forward to CSG supported riders competing on the world stage at this event"
Paul Newnham (Scottish Cycling mountain bike coach) said: “This is very exciting for Lee as Cannondale UK can give her the equipment that she needs to compete at a world level. This will be her first year on a 29er and I think it will suit her powerful and technically strong riding style. Over the last two seasons we have done a lot of work on development and have tried to give her opportunities to gain experience at an international level. For 2013 we will switch to a performance focus and I think you will find that she will have a big jump in her results as a consequence."
Good Luck Lee!