Abingdon School sixth former Charlie Quarterman has been signed by the well-known Luxembourg-based team Leopard Pro Cycling for 2017. The team has a great reputation for developing U23 riders that go on to World Tour level. Speaking about his success Charlie, aged 18, said,
“I am very excited about joining Leopard Pro Cycling. It’s a team with a great reputation and a diverse calendar that will test me in a whole range of racing environments. There is a very good support team and a good atmosphere with the mix of older and younger riders. I’m really looking forward to being in a solid team. In 2017 I want to learn how to ride in the U23 races, but I also will try to finish with a podium place.”
Charlie only started cycling four years ago, having been inspired by the road race of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Since then, he has progressed rapidly with Oxford’s Zappi Racing Team, resulting in a promising 2016 season with amongst others a third place in the Giro di Basilicata, and strong placings in two of Belgium’s top Junior races: Omloop der Vlaamse Gewesten (5th) and the Grand Prix Bati-Metallo (6th).
Pictured: Junior Tour of Wales, Stage 4. August 2016. Charlie breaking away from the peloton to take 4th place.