And finally, our 10th rider, and second guest rider, for the 2017 Scott Junior Tour, hails all the way from the Caribbean Island of Aruba. Introducing Jair Kelly. I’m sure our own crew will give Jair the best Irish reception they can and make him feel most welcome for the coming week.
Rider name: Jair Kelly
Discipline: Road – All Rounder
From: Oranjestad, Aruba
Team: Al Performance Cycling Team (APCT)
Jair was born on the beautiful and tiny Caribbean Island of Aruba. At a young age he started practicing different sports, including baseball, swimming, karate, bowling and karting on a high level. That allowed him to participate in many international competitions and to see the world. At the age of 12 he started cycling and ever since cycling has been his favorite sport and his passion.
Multiple stage international Race experience (last 12 months):
Georgia Cycling Grand Prix (USA), European Junior Cycling Tour Assen (Netherlands), Real Campione d’Clermont (USA), UCI World Championships (Qatar), Le Tour de Schottegat (Curacao), Red Eye Velo Stage Race (USA).
Aruba Individual Time Trial Road National Champion Junior Men 2017
Aruba Road Race National Champion Junior Men 2017
It was my father that inspired me to start cycling at the age of 12, because he was really into the sport. So from a young age I always watched the Tour de France and I got motivated to start cycling. I first started mountain biking and did I few mountain bike races, but then I went over to road biking and from then on I always kept on doing it. It is an honour to be here in Ireland to compete in the 2017 Junior Tour of Ireland. As I have Irish ancestors, I feel very much at home here in Ireland and I look forward to give my utmost for the Comeragh Cycling Club Club and I am also looking forward to a great week of competition.