By Steven M Jones
Former Triathlon Captain (10-11) Josh Lawless demonstrated his passion and self-belief to gaining a 1st cat licence back in September 2011 when he opted to put an offer from Swansea University to study a Law Conversion Course on hold.
Since September Josh has returned home to Bexley, London to focus on competing and establishing a reputation; having joined VC Elan Cycle Club, successfully attaining a position on the Aprire Bicycles Team, and taking 3 wins so far.
His first success came at a Surrey League race on the 17th of March, followed by a win at the eighth round of the South East Road Race League (SERRL) on the 29th of April.
Josh attained his third win of the season at a Thursday night Crit Race at Gravesend’s new Cyclopark, discussing his performance he stated that:
“After a good few recent performances there and in other races I thought that tonight I could have a chance.”
“People went from the gun and after 3 laps of the 2mile circuit a split in the peloton gradually occurred. At the end of lap 4 I put in another dig to split the field further and instead my breakaway mates let me go. “
“I soloed for the next hour and ten minutes by myself gradually extending my lead to well over a minute with quite a bit of ease. What a way to get to halfway towards 1st cat.”
With his success at Gravesend Lawless has now accumulated 100 points this season, positioning him at the halfway mark for a 1st Category race licence.
Talking on his likelihood of gaining a 1st Cat licence, Josh said:
“My chances to get to first cat are pretty good after joining Aprire Bicycles with their great set-up and how I’ve accumulated 100 points in the space of 6 weeks.”
“Anything can happen in cycling and so I might not be 1st cat by the end of July, but I hope to have reached it at some point in the summer at the latest.”