Age: 24 (12/02/90)
Pro Since: 2010
Team: Net App-Endura
Rider Type: Puncheur
Scott Thwaites was born in Steeton, UK in 1990. He grew up in the small village of Burley in Wharfedale, surrounded by the Yorkshire Dales; a great place to experience the outdoors. Growing up he played cricket and football at a competitive level before switching his attention to triathlon. A national title quickly followed and his success in this sphere led him to the sport of cycling. Although his initial interest was in cyclo-cross where he was fortunate to ride for Great Britain in several World Cups, European and World Championships. Scott then switched to XC mountain biking where he won another National title before riding in the Junior World Championships in Australia.
Having decided to concentrate more on road cycling and after some success on the road, predominantly in criterium races, Scott was approached by Endura Racing and signed his first professional contract in 2010. It was a huge step up and also a big motivator to follow his dreams of having a career in professional cycling. He enjoyed 3 years at Endura, travelling all over the world to race with some of the biggest names in cycling. He put the experience gained to good use and his big breakthrough came in 2011 when he won the prestigious Lincoln GP. This was followed by an impressive victory in the National U23 Road Race Championships, before going on to represent Great Britain at the World Championships in Denmark.
In 2013, Scott joined Team NetApp-Endura, resulting in a step up to Pro Continental level. However he coped well with the transition and enjoyed a consistent season, the highlights coming at the Tours of Qinghai Lake (2nd Stage 10) and Britain (8th Stage 4). In 2014, Scott is determined to continue his progression as a bike rider. The recent news that NetApp-Endura have been invited to race in the upcoming Tour de France could result in Scott competing in the greatest race in the world on his own doorstep, an exciting possibility that will give him extra motivation in the months ahead.Photography provided courtesy of Graham Watson and NetApp-Endura.
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