Staveley’s progressive cycling team has unveiled one of the sport’s hottest talents, Damien ‘El Dynamo’ Clayton’, as their new signing for 2019.
After a stellar season last year, in which they won many trophies, the Andy Moore Autocentres/J.E. James Racing team could be forgiven for resting on their laurels.
But team principal Andy Moore has decided to raise the bar again and added Clayton to a multi-talented ‘squad that already includes the North Midlands Road Racing League champion, Dean Watson, and the junior champion, Aaron Chambers-Smith.
The 26-year-old from Barnsley has been hotly pursued by some of the leading professional teams on the circuit, but has opted instead to join the home-grown amateurs from Chesterfield.
He said: “The family atmosphere and relaxed vibe of the team are what attracted me. It is definitely the team for me to progress with.”
An elated Moore said: “I can’t over-emphasise the status of this signing. It’s a bit like the local pub side signing David Beckham!”
Moore threw Clayton in at the deep end for his debut, a rain-soaked road race on the outskirts of Portsmouth against top-quality opposition. But he produced a ride of premier standard to take a stunning second place that his boss described as breathtaking.
The Moore team have also signed Sheffield’s highly-promising Marc Lay, a multi-purpose rider who will offer solid suppoert to the main strike force.