Banned rider looking to return to racing in Devon next month Jonathan Tiernan-Locke is calling on British Cycling to give him at least a Category 1 licence as he prepares to return to racing following the expiry of his two-year ban for doping.
The former Team Sky rider, aged 31, has reportedly been given a Category 2 licence and plans to race at Mid-Devon Cycling Club’s Primavera Meeting on 28 February, reports the Torquay Herald Express (link is external) .
He told the newspaper: "I know these things can be discretionary, and I haven’t been allowed to ride for two years.
"But I held an Elite licence every year I raced since 2003, so I think BC [British Cycling] might give me at least a 1st Cat one now.
"It would be a bit petty if they make me start as a 2nd Cat, and I would be concerned if they stick to it because that might make it more difficult for me to get into National races, especially early in the season,” he added.
"Some organisers prioritise entries according to category, which might put me down the order."But BC have to discuss it at a ‘discretionary panel’ meeting first and hopefully they’ll […]