Megan Hopper Signs with The Development/FTW Racing
“When we found ourselves in a position to offer some FTW support to Megan we jumped at the opportunity. She had a good idea of what she was looking for regarding the geometry and although we build with several materials, I felt that due to her power and ability to move through the pack that our job was to turn that power into speed as quickly as possible through the use of hand selected aluminum alloy tubes and optimized for her size, weight and power. Megan made a seamless transition to the road frame we supplied, achieving instant results and when the effort turned to cyclocross she was patient while we felt our own teething pains in the early events and has been a gem to work with. She seems to know the way to the podium and we just need to follow”. – Frank Wadelton
Megan Hopper, a 17 year-old female rider from Durham in the United Kingdom, has been making waves on the cyclocross scene while progressing through the regional ranks. After getting to grips with the lay of the land between 2013/14 in her first year competing, she knuckled down with both Frank’s and The Development Racing Team’s assistance this season.
“Despite being the team’s sole road rider I’ve had a lot of support and advice from Frank, Lee, the team’s manager, and the team’s sponsors which I’m incredibly grateful for, it has all helped me to push harder. Being a female rider in such a male dominated sport where the (female) participation is rapidly increasing it feels good to be part of something that is growing fast.
Most girls say their role models include Lizzie Armistead and Marianne Vos, don’t get me wrong here, I too look up to those amazing athletes however my main role model is my father. He was the one who taught me to ride and then threw me on a mountain bike where we hit the forest trails, he was the one who put me on a road bike and got me going. He competes as well and has a huge passion for cycling, without my dad’s influence, none of what I have done would have happened.
The current cyclocross season is going really well, it has taught me new skills and continues to build my confidence further. Next year I will be moving upwards to the bigger national races, for the time being I am really happy with how this year has panned out” – Megan
Megan came to The Development Racing Team’s attention through her father’s social media platforms, he too races cyclocross and crit. I got in touch with him to see whether she would be interested in racing under the team’s colours on Frank’s frames with further assistance from the team’s current sponsors. Megan jumped straight onboard and is a pleasure to work along side, she’s becoming a powerful athlete and I am looking forward to continuing the team’s support for her.
As a few of you already know my cycling team has been mountain bike based since its inception so taking on a road-related discipline rider has been a challenge especially where the team’s current sponsors don’t manufacture anything for the road side of things. On top of that it has been a steep learning curve especially with the restrictive rules and regulations that are thrown down on the sport from British Cycling. We got there in the end though and Megan’s results speak for themselves as she was the force to be reckoned with. Although her 2014/15 cyclocross season has now concluded she is not resting on her laurels, training for the summer’s criterium racing campaign has begun, bring it on!
The Development Racing Team is dedicated to supporting cyclists coming up through the ranks predominantly from the North-East of the UK where the team manager was born and bred. 2015 has seen The Development expand, taking on riders from further afield in downhill, enduro, cyclocross and criterium disciplines.
If you would like to follow Megan and The Development Racing Team’s progress, they can be found on Facebook which contains all of their social media, news and updates: The Development Racing Team.
Frank The Welder can also be followed on Facebook: Frank The Welder