Jon Tiernan-Locke, whose back-to-back wins this month in the Tour Méditerranéen and the Tour du Haut Var have brought him to the attention of some of the biggest teams in pro cycling, has pledged himself to his Endura Racing team for the 2012 season.
The 27-year-old from Devon joined the Scotland-based UCI Professional Continental outfit from Rapha Condor Sharp following a 2011 season in which he won the mountains classification at the Tour of Britain.
However, despite his exploits in the two French races earlier this month attracting approaches from top-flight UCI WorldTour teams, he insists he is staying where he is this year and see out his 12-month contract.
“I have had concrete offers to sign for ProTour teams now, and to ride at that level is, and always has been, my dream,” he told This Is South Devon.
“But this is my first year with Endura, they have been looking after me and they have taken some steps to make sure I stay with the team.
“Their race programme is a really good one, and I’m grateful to Endura for this opportunity this year.
“Hopefully, if I can keep the results coming, it will be enough to sustain the interest of bigger teams.”
In some quarters, eyebrows might be raised at a cyclist aged in his late twenties bursting onto the scene in the way the Endura Racing rider has done.
However, Tiernan-Locke’s comparatively late flowering is explained by the fact that his career was put on hold for three years as he battled against a virus, and cycling also took a back seat as he completed his degree at Bristol University.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.