Everybody loves an underdog. You root for them. Cheer on their success; are thrilled when they actually make it. One Life Cycle captured numerous fans on their ride, but following the success of our inaugural racing season, with a Win in the Minet Crit, a top 5 at Thundercrit and a top 10 in the Italian Fixed Gear Cup, we are underdogs no more. We have leaped our way from newcomers to a top scoring British Fixed Gear Team.
Even with a significant lack of funding we continue on the high, proving the team is a force to be reckoned with. Races of the 2019 season so far brought us several wins; we are the only team in the UK to have all four full time riders selected to represent National Teams: three riders for Team GB and one for Team Australia at the Fixed Nations Cup (World Championship) in France. Flying Britain’s national Flag, we took 6th place in the Super Final and 5th place in the Hill Climb solidifying our standing on the Global Racing Scene.
But those successes are only a part of our journey. While building on strength after strength in racing, we are simultaneously evolving One Life Cycle Artisan Werks into a socially responsible youth development and events organisation.
These elements are integrated into and work alongside the team with inclusion and diversity remaining at the forefront of what we’re doing; an organisation where the aims are not driven only by success in races, but heavily focused on mental and physical health, and all-round well-being of young people.
One Life Cycle Race Team was founded by former GB and Track World Cup Champion Germain Burton and Fixed Gear Racer Mathew Watson in 2016, primarily to race Fixed Gear Criteriums and to build a Cycling Community in and beyond London. Their visionary approach is rapidly growing on a global scale.
At the start of the 2019 season, the team merged with Artisan Werks, which has laid the strongest foundation yet for this and future seasons to come. Artisan Werks provides essential technical expertise, and most importantly – management skills with a structured long-term vision and the tools to bring our team to World Class Level.
This is Sam’s third season with fixed gear racing as a focus, and his first working with a team. Sam is really looking forward to using the experience he’s gained as a solo rider and working with the team to create a strong unit of riders. He has a couple of personal targets that he wants to hit, mainly Fixed42 in Berlin in June. Last year saw Sam getting some strong results with a top 20 in ThunderCrit & the London Nocturne, 6th Minet Crit and 42nd Red Hook Crit in Milan. In 2019 he wants to continue improving off the back of a solid 2018 and push himself to get the best results for the team.
2019 will be James’ twelfth season of racing. Having had experience in racing on road and track for over 10 years, 2018 marked his first foray into fixed gear criteriums in which he has achieved some excellent results including finishing 5th in ThunderCrit, 11th at the London Nocturne and winning Minet Crit. James is excited to be racing a second year with One Life Cycle and is certain there are more results to come in his next season of fixed gear crits.
Georg is the team captain for 2019. He brings experience of racing on both the road and track, where he has achieved some fantastic results, including a top 5 at the U23 London Six Day in 2017. Georg is looking forward to progressing in the fixed gear racing scene. Having achieved top tens in his first season racing fixed at Thunder Crit, Minet Crit and the Italian National champs he is looking forward to seeing what the year brings.
Mat comes from a street racing background, where he has established himself as one of the fastest riders in the world. Mat started racing fixed gear criteriums in 2015 and has achieved some solid results with the highlight being his selection to represent Australia this year in the Fixed Nations Cup in Dijon. The goal has always been to create a team that would provide the youths from the community work with inspiration and to act as an example of what they can achieve with focus and dedication.