Age: 28 (12/02/90)
Pro Since: 2010
Team: Vitus Pro Cycling
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). Scott began his 2014 season brightly with a number of good rides in early Spring, including a couple of podium finishes. Although he narrowly missed out on selection for the Tour de France, he made up for it with a great ride at the Commonwealth Games in August, winning a bronze medal for England in the mens road race.
Scott began riding for the newly branded “Bora-Argon 18” team in 2015 and once again enjoyed a solid Spring campaign, the highlight being a podium finish in Nokere. He carried this momentum into the summer, finishing 5th in the National Championship road race before earning selection for Team GB at the end of season UCI Road World Championships in Richmond.
In 2016, Scott began the season in strong form with a top 10 finish in Trofeo Pollenca before finishing runner-up in Le Samyn. He continued his impressive form with a top 20 finish at the Tour of Flanders and closed out his Spring Classics campaign with a good ride at Paris-Roubaix. In September, Scott finished his first Grand Tour at the Vuelta a Espana. Shortly after, it was announced that he would be joining Team Dimension Data in 2017.
In his debut season with Dimension Data, Scott quickly became one of the team’s most consistent performers with a number of impressive rides in the Spring classics, most notably his top 10 finish at Strade Bianche. He also started and finished his first Tour de France and capped his season with selection for Team GB at the road World Championships in Bergen, Norway. Over the coming season, Scott’s main focus will once again be on the early season classics as he goes in pursuit of his maiden professional victory in Team Dimension Data colours.Photography provided courtesy of Team Dimension Data.
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