Magnus Backstedt to return to racing with help of Nigel Mansell and sons

Big Swede and F1 champs' sons target Tour Series in support of charity UK Youth

by Simon_MacMichael   November 15, 2010  

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Former motor racing Formula 1 star Nigel Mansell and 2004 Paris-Roubaix winner Magnus Backstedt have teamed up for an assault on next year’s Halfords Tour Series, with the big Swede getting back in the saddle to lead a new squad, named Team UK Youth after the charity with which both sportsmen are closely involved.

The 1992 Formula 1 world champion and his sons Leo, aged 25 and Greg, 23, rode alongside Backstedt on a 1,200-mile ride around Britain in support of the charity, of which Nigel Mansell is president, as it celebrated its centenary earlier this year.

During that ride, Backstedt “spotted some immense talent in the two boys,” and after talking with the Mansell family agreed to come out of retirement to lead the team, which aims “to inspire the young people of Britain that anyone can achieve their dreams with a lot of determination and support from those around them” next season.

The brothers, who competed with their father in the 2010 Le Mans series, will be joined in the squad by two other riders from Jersey, where the Mansell family lives and Backstedt, himself based in South Wales, owns a cafe and bike shop, as well as the young Swedish rider Freddy Johanssen.

Speaking at the UK Youth centenary gala dinner, Backstedt said: "I am delighted to come back on to the pro-cycling circuit with such talented people around me. The pro-cycling world needs to watch out for the talents of these guys - they are champions of the future.

“To lead the UK Youth team is something that is very important to me,” continued the Swede, who is vice president of the organisation. “It is a charity that supports over 750,000 young people in Britain, and everyone of them is such an inspiration to me" said Magnus on his announcement at the UK youth centenary gala dinner.”

Charlotte Hill, CEO of UK Youth said: "I cannot say thank you enough to Magnus for leading the UK Youth Team in 2011. He truly is an amazing guy, and I am sure the talents of the guys will ensure that the UK Youth Team will inspire a whole new generation of young people to reach for their dreams in life. “

She added: “I don't think there has ever been any team in any sport who has aligned with a charity the way Magnus has aligned his team to UK Youth. We are so honoured by his action."
 

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Seems a bit farcical to me that a team which hopes to, "inspire the young people of Britain that anyone can achieve their dreams with a lot of determination and support from those around them” has two members who have got there because their dad knows the right people.

posted by John Whittington [73 posts]
16th November 2010 - 8:46

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I must confess, thanks to his comments on Eurosport, I have become a bit of a fan of Magnus so hope he has good success.

posted by Super Domestique [1600 posts]
16th November 2010 - 10:24

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Super Domestique wrote:
I must confess, thanks to his comments on Eurosport, I have become a bit of a fan of Magnus so hope he has good success.

You're not the only one, it appears a lot of people asked Magnus via Twitter whether this meant he'd be giving up his commentary commitments and he was happy to confirm that he'd continue to be on air.

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [8098 posts]
16th November 2010 - 12:08

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John Whittington wrote:
Seems a bit farcical to me that a team which hopes to, "inspire the young people of Britain that anyone can achieve their dreams with a lot of determination and support from those around them” has two members who have got there because their dad knows the right people.

I've got to admit, the quote in brackets is the exact slogan being used by me in my campaign for cycling the world and the charity i'm on starting and has been since dec 2009. And i find that to be true, they wouldn't be anywhere without that link.

David Clark- Competing in the 1st ever Global race, covering 18,000miles in over 20 Countries. 18th February 2012.
While trying to break the following world records at the same time;
- Fastest person to cycle the world
-Youngest person to cycle the wor

posted by David cycling t... [66 posts]
16th November 2010 - 14:13

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I know where to find shelter next year Big Grin

posted by JJ the Flying D... [65 posts]
16th November 2010 - 19:29

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