Name: Struan McInnes
Primary Club: RST Racing Team
I was born in Stirling, Scotland. I spend 4 years growing up here before my dad's work would me we would move down to Penistone, a little town in the heart of Yorkshire, England. I started cycling when I was 11, riding for a local club North Midlands Youth Squad. I starting racing when I was 12, riding some local crits and just enjoying the perfect riding terrain Yorkshire provides. I did this for 3 years before I finally decided to take it up as a serious sport and start to put the effort level required to do well in the races I entered.
My first year as an Under 16 was a mixed bag really. A few very minor wins came my way but on the national scene I got my head kicked in big time. My first National Crit Series round (Blackpool) in 2011 saw me spend half of the race hanging on the back, then the other half riding round on my own wondering why I even bothered accepting the challenge of bike racing to start with. But like every enthusiastic youngster the minute the pain went a way and I was changed and packing the car, I wanted to get back on and get stronger so the next time I won't be in quite so much pain. Half way through my first year as an Under 16 I joined my current team RST Racing Team. This was the best move I could have made because with the expertise of ex-pro cyclist Chris Walker and being part of the team atmosphere I could only get better moving into my last year as an Under 16.
2012 saw great success for the team. With Gabz Cullaigh taking the Under 16 British National Championships, me taking the Under 16 Scottish National Championships, and Joey taking numerous wins all year as a first year Under 16, and the girls team taking just about every national title going the year was filled with success. The whole team performed great all year but I was most pleased with the form I had at the end of the year, taking Scottish Championships on the road and on the track.
Career Highlights to date:
1st Scottish National Road Race Championships (U16)
1st Scottish National Points Race Championships (U16)
1st Yorkshire Regional Road Race Championships (U16)
3rd Scottish National Keirin Championship (Junior)
Who Inspires you and why:
Jens Voigt. The way he digs so deep for not only himself but also for the team. Never gives up no matter how painful it gets.