Nineteen year-old Irish rider Ryan Reilly, a native of Derry, has signed his first professional contract with the Irish team Dynamo Pro Cycling Cover.
Reilly has already gained significant experience in France, having raced with the Amicale Cycliste Bisontine team this season. He will join his new team at the end of March, after his university course is completed and he will race in Ireland up until then.
“Ryan Reilly is a young rider with real potential. He is guided by a good coach in Paddy Doran,” said Team Director Yann Dejan. “He knows and loves the solitary efforts, as we have seen in the Ulster Championships in 2014. He won handily after a great solo breakaway.”
“His performances with Hennebont Cycling and AC Bisontine confirmed to me that there is great potential in Ryan. In addition, he is also a student at university, which ties in with our idea that a young rider must place studies before a pro career. ”
Ryan Reilly: “I’m really pleased that Yann Dejan and Jean Vantalon offered me this chance. I am really excited to sign with the pros. It will be difficult to study and race but I am ready to meet the challenge and am really motivated.”
“In addition, they’re letting me finish my studies before joining them, Yann pushes me in this regard. It’s an important thing for me and the confidence they give me and my family and my coach Paddy Doran who is always by my side.”
“He made me follow a suitable program and I also owe a lot to Pascal Orlandi – manager of AC Bisontine. He offered me the chance to ride in his team last season and I really learned a lot about the job.”
The team will be based in Brittany, an area that Reilly is familiar with. “I am happy to be back racing in Brittany,” he confirmed. “My experience with Hennebont Cycling in 2014 was great.”
As regards his goals with Dynamo Pro Cycling Cover, he says: “My priority, like Yann said, is to finish my studies and get my degree while maintaining a good level of competition, because I will ride in Irish races at first and then come back to Brittany to learn the job and support my teammates.”
“There are great champions in the management of this team and it’s really good that they are there for us. I am very grateful for this fantastic opportunity and I thank all those who have contributed in recent years to help me get to that level.”