White hoping to reach pro ranks
Connor White secured successive podium finishes as he continues working towards fulfilling his ultimate ambition of joining a professional cycling team.
The 20-year-old followed up his third-place finish in the White Swan Time-Trial in Hamilton, Ontario, last week by clinching second-place in the Hamilton Cycling Club's Time-Trial at the weekend.
His performances, particularly the third-place finish, take on greater significance when the level of competition is taking into account, with White finishing behind Derek Gee and Micheal Foley, both of whom have been selected to Team Canada's Olympic Track Team for next year's 2020 Games in Tokyo, which were postponed because of Covid-19.
“I'm really pleased with my recent form,” White said. “The first of the two races race was against some really strong competition including Derek Gee and Michael Foley, who will be representing Canada at the Olympics next year.
“That just shows the level of competition I was up against, I'm by no means considered that quality, so I was really happy to finish behind those guys.
“It's great to race against guys like that because it forces you to raise your level and push harder.
“The other positive is that you get to meet these guys and have a chance to learn from them.
“It's good to be able to prove yourself against riders of that quality and hopefully it can lead to bigger things in the future.”
White's recent success builds on his rapid progression in the sport having only started riding seriously as a 15-year-old, first through mountain biking, before turning his attention to road racing a year later, to now honing his strengths into time-trial.
While the Brock University student concedes his dream may be some way off just yet, he is not giving up his aspirations of joining the professional ranks in the future.
“Ultimately I'm hoping to one day break onto one of the professional teams in the United States,” White added. “I've got a long way to go but that's my ambition. It's a shame because this year my team were supposed to travel and compete in a Criterium Series, which would have seen us compete in a number of crit races against domestic teams in the United States.
“Criterium is huge out in the United States and the quality is super tough with really aggressive racing. It would have been a great opportunity but unfortunately the Covid-19 pandemic massively changed everything. Hopefully we can be part of it next year.”