TOM Moses can’t wait to represent his country in the Commonwealth Games next month.
The 22-year-old from Oakworth was picked for Team England alongside some of the nation’s best cyclists, including Olympic champions Sir Bradley Wiggins, Ed Clancy and Jason Kenny.
He said of his selection for the Games: “I have competed in the European Championships and World Championships but this is the biggest thing I have ever been involved in.”
The Rapha Condor JLT rider has been selected for the men’s road race in Glasgow alongside former Tour de France winner Wiggins, Stephen Cummings, Alex Dowsett, Ian Stannard and Steeton-born Scott Thwaites.
“I am looking forward to being in the athletes’ village and seeing people who I am only used to watching on television,” said Moses.
“I am very happy that I have been picked and that is on the back of my results this year.
“I won a stage on the Tour of Normandy and also won the Rutland-Melton CiCLE Classic, while last year I was third under-23 in the National Championships on the same Glasgow course.”
Moses, who returned from the Tour of Korea earlier this week, added: “England have a very good team, including a Tour winner and World Tour competitors, and as for the Commonwealth Games course, it is very technical and undulating, which suits me.
“I am looking forward to the whole experience and hope that the feel-good factor carries on from the Olympics.”
Moses, who is going for his fitting of Games gear today, finished 74th in the Tour of Korea, with his Rapha Condor JLT team seventh in their classification, and explained: “I was riding as a domestique (someone who works for the benefit of the team and their leader) but was ill – I had a sore throat - between coming back from Japan (where he was 15th) and heading out to Korea.
“I have covered a lot of air miles in the 50 days I have been racing since January, so I am over halfway through my racing season as I only have 40 days to go.”
Ahead of Moses, apart from the Commonwealth Games, are the National Championships in Monmouthshire from June 26-29, the Tour de l’Avenir from August 23-30 and the Tour of Britain from September 7-14, as well as other British events.