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Getting to the top of your chosen sport takes grit, commitment and a determination to succeed.  But at the end of the day, success or failure also comes down to securing crucial financial support. For talented track cyclist Georgia Mansfield, sponsorship from Central Investment Services has enabled her to hone her skills and compete on the national and international cycling stage.

Moray based Georgia, a protegee of amateur cycling group the Moray Wheelers, benefitted from their fundraising efforts to purchase equipment and cover her travel costs to competitions but crunch time came in the winter of 2016 when she was invited to join Scottish Cycling’s development programme and complete a winter’s training and guidance in road and track skills at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow. The prospect of continuing to use a borrowed bike was less than ideal.

A chance conversation between Central Investment adviser Wayne Baber and a client and Moray Wheeler member, eventually led to the company coming on board as Georgia’s sponsor in February 2017, enabling her to purchase a Moda Arco, aluminium framed track bike with carbon forks.  Subsequently, Central Investment Services bought Georgia one of two specialist race wheels for the bike – and these helped her increase her skills, strategies and speed on the track to become one of the Scottish Madison Champions in December 2017. The Madison is an event in which two riders race together, taking turns to maintain the pace, then pulling the other in front to raise the pace round and round the Velodrome. 

Central Investment has continued to support Georgia through meeting the ongoing costs of servicing, upgrading and insuring her bikes as well as other maintenance costs.
Knowing that there is financial backing, enables Georgia to focus her energies on getting to the peak of her sport.

“I am absolutely delighted to have such amazing support from Central Investment Services,” Georgia said, “When we first met I was just starting to get involved in track racing, and I was having to rely on a standard shared club track bike which was no match for my rivals and I wasn’t always guaranteed to be able to use it when I needed it for my races. 

“Central Investment has enabled me to have my own equipment that matches the quality of my rivals’ bikes and wheels. This has helped me improve massively on the track and has helped me to some big results to date. Winning gold at the 2017 Scottish Madison Championships is one of my biggest results ever and I have featured on several championship podiums.

“Having central Investment believing in me, through all the highs and lows that this sport has, has helped keep me working towards my long-term goals.”

And amongst those goals has been notching up more podium appearances at competitions in this country and abroad. In March 2018, Georgia finished 6th overall in a road stage race in Malta against riders from all over the world. Georgia powered her way to 8th on the first stage, 5th on the 2nd stage and 4th on the final stage.

In May last year, Georgia completed a series of city circuit races all over the UK against professional and Olympic riders. In January this year, Georgia was chosen to captain a Scottish team at an international race night at the National Velodrome in Manchester.

In the early part of 2019, Georgia’s primary focus will be on a big block of training throughout the rest of the winter months involving a training camp in Portugal in March with the team. There will be two races over there as part of the training camp which will help the riders build fitness and prepare for the upcoming race season.

As Georgia explained: “I will hopefully do a couple of rounds of the UK Tour series again for the experience and I will use several local Scottish road races throughout the year to build fitness for my main goal of the season which is the Scottish National Road Race Championships in late July. After that I hope to go to Ireland with my team to race the infamous five day Irish stage race the ‘Ras Na Mban’ in September.

Ultimately, Georgia has her eyes fixed on the prize of Olympic selection, but she recognises that a lot stands in the way of achieving this.

“If I get some good results under my belt, the winter of 2019/2020 will be spent on the track. Once I come back from the Irish stage race in September, I will likely take a couple of weeks’ rest to recover from the rigours of a hard road season before picking up the training again and focusing on the track.

“My aim for 2020 is to ride the British National Track Championships – and for that, the Moda bike and the very expensive race wheels on it, will be critical. I will spend next winter training immensely hard to qualify for the British Track Championships which will be in late January. I will need to post a very fast time which meets the qualifying time or get enough points in UCI classified events throughout the winter to get to race.

“If I am able to race the British Track Championships it would also put me in the eyes of British Cycling which would mean I could potentially be on the four year Olympic cycle to get selected for the 2024 Olympic Games. It will mean lots of hard work, but I’m determined to make this happen and I will keep striving for it. “

Georgia recognises that Central Investment’s sponsorship has been invaluable in helping her this far.

“I wouldn’t be in the position I am now - able to keep racing hard, learning, progressing and getting the results I need, without Central Investment’s support.”
 
 
 
Getting to the top of your chosen sport takes grit, commitment and a determination to succeed.  But at the end of the day, success or failure also comes down to securing crucial financial support. For talented track cyclist Georgia Mansfield, sponsorship from Central Investment Services has enabled her to hone her skills and compete on the national and international cycling stage.
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