Alex Amiri on the podium at San Dimas. Photo credit: Steven Hewick

Victoria cyclist Alex Amiri has been signed by 303 Project, a US based UCI Continental Team. Amiri, who is coached by the Pacific Cycling Centre in Victoria left for Europe after riding for Cycling BC in the Tour de Beauce last week. His first race is next week, the Tour of Sibiu, in Romania from July 3-7.

Voted Cycling BC’s 2018 Elite Male Sportsperson of the Year, Amiri successfully took the KOM polka dot jersey at the San Dimas Stage Race in California in April. Early in the year he was training in Tucson with Re-Cycle Tucson, gaining valuable riding hours and competing in races such as the Redlands Classic.

“Getting on a team like 303 is pretty huge.  Being on a Continental team provides opportunities I wouldn’t have had access to otherwise.  Meeting the guys and making these new connections is really important to me. I can’t wait to get to know everyone,” Amiri said.

Amiri attributes his success to consistent training and the support of his team and coach. “I would like to thank my team Glotman Simpson for their support over the last year and a half, The Condo Group, Trevor Connor, Bridge the Gap fund and the Pacific Cycling Centre and Head Coach Houshang Amiri.”

Coach Amiri runs a successful training centre in Victoria. The Olympic coach has trained greats such as Roland Green, Ryder Hesjedal, Svein Tuft and Erinne Willock. “Victoria is one of the best places to train all year around especially in winter months. There is a rich history of world champions and pro-tour riders who developed their skills in Victoria. Our future champions need this environment to train and gain valuable race experience.”