• Gene Carter

Development League Restructure.

Reading Racers are delighted to be part of a new redesigned development league for 2019, after the AGM of the Southern and Midland leagues last weekend.

With only 3 teams able to confirm their entry into each of the divisions, it was decided to combine the 2 leagues, giving each club a minimum of 10 competitive matches this season, with 2 more of last year's teams possibly confirming their entry soon.

The Racers are joined by 2018 opponents Exeter Falcons - who will now race under the Plymouth banner - and Isle of Wight Wizards, with Weymouth Wildcats hopeful of also entering. From the Midlands section, Birmingham Bulls, Milton Keynes Knights and Carmarthen Dragons will race on while Peterborough Thundercats may still join the fray. Both leagues had definitely lost one club with both Belle Vue Colts and 2018 SDL victors Kent Kings electing not to run this time around.

Teams will once again name 6 man squads, with the race format also unchanged, as the attending managers agreed there was no need to change the basics of the competition. The work begins in earnest now with the Reading management team looking to complete their own squad, while they are ready to start naming those that have already agreed to wear the Winged Wheel for this season.

They will be keen to ensure they have a title challenging team again, to follow up the SDL win and runners up position of the last 2 years. They are also keen to work with the league ethos of helping young riders to expand their knowledge and experience, as they look to push their careers forward and movement into the higher leagues. In the last 2 seasons the Racers teams have included 6 riders who have gone on to gain National League places, with 3 of them, Luke Harris, Dan Gilkes and Jamie Bursill all starting 2019 in NL line ups.

Reading first rider will be announced soon, with the club website and facebook page the first places to get the news....

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