Sports Scholar scores first cycle race win in Europe

23 September 2021 | News

Jack Drage is thriving on the cycling circuit in Europe and recently claimed his first win.

The Elite Sports Scholar, who won the 2021 U23 National Road Cycling Championships and was also awarded the NZ Junior Road Cyclist of the Year for 2020 title, left New Zealand in February to train in France with amateur cycling club Amicale Cycliste Bisontine.

In August he won his first race with the club, the Critérium du Ballon d’Alsace.

Since then he has signed a stagiaire contract (an internship for an elite or U23 rider who has not ridden for a World Tour or Pro Conti team before) with the Groupama–FDJ Continental Team for the rest of the 2021 season.

The riders need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and have a negative test before racing.

He will be racing Ronde de l'Isard, an U23 event in France, with the team on 29 September to 3 October.

Jack will fly home at the start of November to begin two weeks at a managed isolation facility.

Despite being away, Jack is still studying, liaising with lecturers and viewing lectures online.

He is the latest in a long line of high performing athletes who have been Sports Scholars at Lincoln.