The 21-year old British climber, Adam Hartley, has taken the decision to step away from cycling. Hartley, joined the Academy ahead of the 2019 season, after showing himself as one of the most promising climbing talents in the U23 scene. In the season together with the Academy, Adam showed his potential and skills with solid performances in Tour d’Alsace and Giro valle della Aosta, in which he finished in second place in the overall classification.
Always devoted to the sport and with a hard-working ethic, Hartley was one of the riders who led the idea of staying in Loutraki between both training camps, in order to get a proper training base to succeed in the 2020 season and achieve the ultimate goal of moving up to the professional ranks. However, the professional approach in which the Academy is managed, made him realize that turning professional and the life that goes attached to it, was not he wanted and that he had other passions and interests that he wanted to fulfill.
From everyone at the Academy, we want express our full support to Adam as well as we wish him all the best in his upcoming projects.
Adam Hartley: Retirement Letter
I first started riding around 10 years ago, joining my mates in local youth events, triathlon, and cyclo-cross leagues.
At some point I realized I was pretty good, and I started to train more seriously. My whole family embraced the sport and supported both me and my brother in trying to become the best cyclists we could be… Racing all over the UK and occasionally overseas.
At junior level I joined Neil & Nicky at PH-MAS and had a really great time in the junior ranks. I managed to break the National Record for 10 miles and my final race as a junior was the European Road Championships in Northern France, representing GB…I was literally living the dream.
The transition to U23 was a good one, being selected to ride for the GB U23 Academy. I stayed with GB for two seasons and had some great albeit tough moments in races such as the Tour of Yorkshire and Tour of Britain but I also faced some serious set-backs and challenges which made me realise that the sport of cycling is incredibly tough, unforgiving, and certainly not sunshine and flowers. Success is hard fought and not a regular occurrence!
After leaving the GB team I was fortunate to be offered a contract with the SEG Racing Academy and my enthusiasm and desire to turn professional continued. Since the end of last season, however, doubts about my future in cycling have developed as I simply have not been enjoying riding my bike as much. The training has become a daily grind, and the lifestyle has been dragging me down. I feel like I am living in a different world when trying to perform at the highest level and living the elite athlete lifestyle.
In recent months I’ve spent long periods away from home and I’ve been able to reconcile my thoughts and the desire to step away from cycling has increased. Basically, I’ve decided I no longer want to pursue a professional career in cycling.
At this point I want to say a few things about the SEG Racing Academy. I feel very privileged to have been part of this team in 2019, being able to travel all over Europe and participate in the best U23 calendar available. Last year we won and lost races, we experienced highs and lows, but the team always made the best of the situation. In my opinion, SEG Racing Academy is the best U23 development team in the world and has done everything it can to help me progress to the next level. I want to say a massive thanks to all the staff in the Academy family. This is a truly a special team and I wish them all the best in the coming season.
Finally, I want to recognise those that have helped me on this incredible journey and the list is long. From local friends, club riders, the Velocity Youth Race Team, to Nicky and Neil at PH-MAS, Lorraine at the Benjamin Gautrey Foundation, Peter Kay, Jody Warrington, the GB Cycling Team, The Dave Rayner Foundation, The SEG Racing Academy and of course my biggest fans Mum, Dad and family. Those who know, know…