Tyler Hannay ended his 2021 season with a formidable race in a UCI 1.1 time trial at Les Herbiers en Vendée, in north-west France.
Now 18, Ramsey’s rising star took full advantage of the opportunity to finally roll in mainland Europe after being thwarted by Covid restrictions earlier in the year.
There was a good endowment for the elite riders with like Remco Evenepoel (a teammate of Mark Cavendish at Deceuninck-QuickStep), Stefan Köng of Groupama-FDJ who is the reigning continental European champion of the time trial. , and Filippo Ganna who rides for INEOS Grenadiers alongside Onchan resident Ben Swift on the starting list.
Hannay took part in the Chronos Des Nations Junior event on a difficult 26 kilometer course on smooth and hilly roads with a lot of road furniture (roundabouts, etc.) similar to a Tour de France time trial, and a great support in the villages from the inhabitants.
The city organized a festival for the weekend with around 5,000 spectators in attendance. It is a well-known event on the continent for time trial specialists with around ten World Tour teams.
It is also an opportunity for the teams to spot promising riders like the young Manxman, who rode in the colors of Team Utmost Isle of Man.
Entry was by selection / invitation with most of the national champions competing, but Hannay was the only rider from the UK and Crown Dependencies.
The winner was the European junior continental champion of the men’s individual time trial Alec Segaert from Belgium (team Gaverzicht-BE Okay U19) in 31min 14sec.
He was followed by Irish junior road racing and time trial champion Darren Rafferty (Team 31 Jolly Cycles U19) at four seconds, with French junior TT 2020 champion Eddy Le Huitouze (Club Bretagne Juniors) at 34 seconds and Hannay at 1m 02s.
Segaert finished second in the UCI Junior Men World Championship, Le Huitouze was fifth and Rafferty 11th, but surprisingly Tyler managed to take the scalp from UCI Junior Men World Champion Gustav Wang of Denmark (Team ABC Junior team) who had 10 seconds behind in sixth place at Chronos.
Hannay recently agreed to the conditions to join CC Etupes near Montbéliard near the French border with the Swiss city of Basel on January 1st. He’s already looking forward to attending the team’s first training camp in January.