Conor White relishing new opportunity at CS Velo Racing
Conor White is looking forward to the next chapter in his burgeoning career as a new member of CS Velo Racing.
The 22-year-old Bermudian is buzzing with excitement after joining the Philadelphia based amateur team on a one-year deal.
“I’m excited, it’s going to be great,” White told The Royal Gazette. “I’ve already met most of the guys and they are a great group.
“I think I will definitely be competitive with the guys on the team. It’s my first season with them so I definitely won’t be a team leader. But I know I will be more than capable of supporting them and getting good results so looking forward to that.”
White made a good impression on his new team competing against them at the Joe Martin Stage Race Series in the United States in Fayetteville, Arkansas last August. On that occasion he won the final criterium and finished fifth and sixth in the road races and ninth in the time-trial respectively.
“I managed to win the fourth stage of that race and I think that got me good exposure to the team that I’m joining this year because they were also there,” he added.
“The day that I won, the team owner [Luke Bunting] was there and he saw the race, so it gave me a good thing to convince him to let me join the team.”
White’s compatriot Nicholas Narraway, who also competes with CS Velo Racing, also played an integral role in the former joining the ranks.
“He definitely put a foot in the door because when I was in the United States with Nick he was already on the team,” White said. “I was there with Nick and met the team and director so I got my foot in the door that way and he was kind of my way on the team.
“He was my contact with the team basically and then I started talking to them from there. Nick has helped me a lot with the team.”
White is looking forward to competing together with Narraway.
“It’s definitely nice to have Nick on the team as well because we have been racing each other for years,” he added. “It will be nice to race with each other instead of against each other.
“He’s been riding with them for a little bit but he’s still in school so he will be going in and out of school to races.”
The team was founded by Bunting in 2016 in honour of his late dad who was battling cancer and is built on the premise of strength as a group rather than individuals – both in the sport and in life in general.
“The team’s owner and director [Kurt Dodds] are super nice and so I m excited to go race with them,“ White said.
The professional hopeful joins CS Velo Racing from Canada-based X-Speed United, whom he competed for in Europe last year.
“Europe really didn’t work out; the team didn’t really work out that well and I just found that this team would be a much better fit with what I want to do,” said White, explaining reasons for severing ties with his former team. “It will definitely be a good fit with everyone involved.
“It was a good move and looking forward to the next few years as to my development and all of that. So that’s kind of what prompted it.”
White underlined his potential with a string of impressive wins last year, including the VT Construction Individual Time-Trial, Gnosis Criterium and President’s Cup road race.
He also won the gold medal in the time-trial competing for Bermuda at the combined Pan American and Caribbean Championships in the Dominican Republic.