Applications have just opened for amateur cyclists to compete for a chance to become a pro! The BIKE Channel is offering the opportunity for one talented rider to join a professional racing team in their forthcoming production ‘The Coach PRO’. The pro team, Bike Channel Canyon, will pick the rider who performs the best in a gruelling 24 relay race around Brands Hatch.
The new show, The Coach PRO, will see two aspiring road cyclists put through their paces by former World Tour professionals Rob Hayles and Brian Smith. The pair will guide both competitors through a tough 10 week training programme, which will include everything from hill climbs to rigorous fitness tests, detailed nutrition plans and insight into race tactics.
The Coach PRO will air this summer, with the series finale taking place at the prestigious Revolve 24, held at Brands Hatch on 16th – 17th September, which will see both riders go head to head alongside three Bike Channel Canyon members in teams of four.
The team relay challenge, lasting 24 hours covering the famous 2.4 mile Grand Prix circuit, will see one of the two Coach PRO finalists crowned champion alongside their teammates. The finale event is one that will push the mental and physical capabilities of the finalists, and their UCI Continental racing partners, to the limit.
The series winner will become BIKE Channel’s UK ambassador, receive full kit sponsorship and a Grand Tour-winning, custom-painted, Aeroad CF SLX bike. Added to that, they will have further opportunity to become part of Bike Channel Canyon, the brand-new professional UK-based cycling team. With an average age of just 24, this dynamic, young, all-British team, with world-class sponsors, has the ambition to become the most dominant UCI Continental team in the UK, Europe and beyond.
Tim Elverson, Team Manager, BIKE Channel Canyon: “This is an incredible opportunity for aspiring cyclists to learn about what it takes to be a professional in the sport.
“A huge amount of preparation and sacrifice is required to race professionally. Both contestants are in for a real shock with an exhausting training programme that will push them to their absolute limits, mentally and physically. The opportunity will be extremely rewarding experience for everyone involved, and I’m excited to see how it all unfolds.”
BIKE Channel is available on Sky channel 464, Virgin Media channel 552 and FreeSat channel 251.
Applications for The Coach Pro open on Thursday 13 April. For more details and to apply, visit http://bikechannel.co.uk/the-coach-pro-apply/