Record-breaker Jon Mould has called on JLT Condor (presented by Mavic) to ‘go out with a bang’ in Portsmouth tonight and clinch the 2016 Pearl Izumi Tour Series title in style.
The 25-year-old has been the talk of the series after claiming an unprecedented six individual race victories to become the most decorated cyclist in the event’s history with 10 career wins.
In-form Mould added to his personal tally with another remarkable success in Croydon on Tuesday night and has now challenged his team-mates to complete a clean sweep of individual race wins on his first Portsmouth outing.
JLT Condor lead second-placed Madison Genesis by seven points heading into tonight’s 10th and final round of racing and barring a major upset, they will be crowned deserved champions.
Perhaps most remarkable of all, though, is the fact JLT have claimed victory in all nine individual races, with Mould accounting for six of those and team-mates Chris Lawless (two) and Graham Briggs the others.
For Mould, another Condor conquest would signal the perfect end to an unforgettable campaign.
He said: ‘We want to go out with a bang tonight.
‘I’d love to win a seventh race, of course, but if any of us wins individually that will be great because we will have then won all 10 individual events this year, which is a bit of a record.
‘That would be a great achievement, especially considering the way we are riding for team glory.
‘It is always hard to ride on two fronts, going both for the team and individually.’
Reflecting on his own achievements this series, modest Mould admitted he had been left lost for words.
He said: ‘The series has been incredible.
‘I am a bit lost for words after Tuesday night – I definitely didn’t think I would win again!
‘Everything has just fallen into place – when you put yourself into the right positions somehow things just come off.
‘It’s just about racing smart.
‘To win three individual races in a year is enough but to do six is beyond all expectations.
‘Before this series, I had only won five so I have doubled it and now gone past doubling it – it is pretty amazing really.’
All that remains is to close out the series with one last win in Portsmouth, with Mould hopeful he can thrive in new surroundings.
He added: ‘Its our first time down here in Portsmouth, although we came down last year for the first round in the Isle of Wight
‘I am looking forward to it – it is a new course and hopefully the weather is nice as well and we can finish it in style.’
– JEFF MARSHMAN