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Amber Joseph – A girl on…

 

NEWS: Feb '20 After a hard season of World Cups and the World Championships in Berlin, Amber finishes the year ranked 20th in the UCI rankings for the Omnium (the Olympic event) and in the World top 12 for the Scratch Race and Points Race. A good season and hopefully good opportunities ahead.

Feb '19: Amber qualifies for the World Championships in Poland and takes 7th in the Scratch Race and 11th in the Points (see Video), projecting her upto 3rd in the UCI end-of-season rankings for the Scratch and 10th for the Points Race.

Jan '19:  Amber Finishes 2018 ranked 12th in the World for the Scratch & 19th for Points Race, in her first year as a senior. Then hits 2019 with a 4th in the Scratch at Roubaix and 3rd in IP despite having a backful of splinters from a crash in the Omnium.  Oct '18:  UCI Track World Cups: Amber takes 13th in the Paris Scratch race and in Canada she rides her 1st World Cup Omnium. She moves up to 14th In the world for the Scratch Race and 25th in UCI world rankings for the Points race. Sept '18: Amber wins U23 Scratch at Dudenhofen and takes 5th in Senior Pan-Am Champs taking her to 18th in the UCI World Rankings. June'18: Competing in the USA at Texler Town, Amber takes 4th in the UCI Omnium, 1st with Christina Birch in the UCI Madison and hoovers up  podium places in T-Town's Pro-Am races. April'18: Amber represents Barbados at the Commonwealth Games. Jan '18: Amber completes her first 6-Day at Copenhagen, qualifying for the 6-day final, unfortunately the date clashed with Commonwealth Games. 

As a coach you expect to see your athletes progress, but sometimes their progress surprises you. Amber’s progress astounds me. She came to UK in Nov 2013, from Barbados, with very little experience of track cycling and originally found the level of competition in the UK pretty difficult. Amber had a lot of work to do, but in 36months, Amber's hard work and focus had taken her from bunch race novice to a rider ranked as one of the top-5 Junior in UCI rankings. In 2016 Amber had focussed on the sprint route but she also retained her endurance base and after the BC National Champs 2016, where she placed 4th in Sprint she made the jump to track-endurance and went to the 2016 Junior Pan-American Track Champs, where she rode for Barbados, taking 4th in the Scratch Final and a SILVER medal in the Omnium. She then competed as the youngest rider (at 16yrs) in the Revolution Series for the VoxWomen Team in a field peppered with World and Olympic Champions. Amber returned to the Junior Pan-American Track Champs in 2017 repeating her silver in the Omnium, but taking GOLD in the Points Race Championship with an impressive 46pts. In 2018 she  turned Senior and competed in the Elite Pan-American Track Champs, placing 5th, 6th & 7th in a field with world class riders such as Valente (USA), Beveridge (Can), Salazar (Mex). Alongside her on-bike tenacity and toughness is a lively and enthusiastic personality that has led to her being the Junior Ambassador for PedalSure , with senior international riders Alex Dowsett and Andy Tennant. Amber also assisted with promotion of the WATTBIKE ATOM

 

Amber is now based at the UCI Centre in Aigle Switzerland under the experienced eye of Craig Maclean and riding internationally for Barbados. I think Amber will go far, or go fast, or probably both  © John Wann, CyclingCoach

Amber is being supported by PowerhouseFitnessAffinityCycles USAWattbike, Pedalsure and Bunn Leisure. We are grateful to all these sponsors, who have provided support for Ambers development, alongside support from Barbados Cycling, Barbados Olympic Assoc and ODA & RSR coaches at British Cycling.  Finally all the wonderful race organisers, commissaires, UCI officials and other riders who have helped Amber - you know who you are!

2019 Results Update (Yellow=track; Blue = Road/Circuits)

UCI World Championships Scratch Race:  7th 

UCI World Championships Points Race:  11th  

UCI CL1 France; Pursuit 3rd; Scratch 4th; Omnium 8th

2018 Results Update (Yellow=track; Blue = Road/Circuits)

UCI CL1 Gretchen, Dec, Scratch 7th; Omnium 10th

UCI CL1 Portugal, Dec, U23 Points 4th; Omnium 14th

UCI CL1 Geneva, Nov, Scratch 3rd; Omnium 11th; Points 13th.

UCI World Cup, Canada Scratch 20th; Omnium 23rd

UCI World Cup, Paris. Scratch 13th, Points 23rd.

Elite Pan-Am Track Championship, Aguacalientes

Scratch Race: 5th:  Silver medal in Caribbean Championship

Omnium: 6th:  Gold medal in Caribbean Championship

Points Race: 7th: Silver medal in Caribbean Championship

UCI CL1: U23 Scratch Race GER:  1st

Pro-Am Omnium 19/6 Elim 1st;  Points 1st; Overall 2nd

UCI Madison, T-Town USA 15/6/18: 1st (with Christina Birch)

UCI Scratch Race T-Town USA: 9th

Pro-Am 12/6 Scratch 1st; Pro-Am Points 1st; Pro-Am 'Snowball' 2nd 

Pro-Am Tempo: 2nd; Pro-Am Win-out 2nd 

UCI Women's Omnium USA Sprint GP, T-Town:8/6/18: 4th

BC National Women's Omnium 5/5/18 R1      1st

Commonwealth Games Points Race 6/4/18    15th

Commonwealth Games Scratch Race 5/4/18  16th

Copenhagen 6-Day 1-4/2/18: 

General-Classification 3rd (with Anita Stenberg)

Madison (with Anita):  4th

Scratch  4k: 3rd

Scratch 3k : 4th

UCI International Meeting Belgium 27-28/1/18:

Scratch 11th; Omnium 13th; 

Revolution UCI Elite 6/1/18:  Scratch Race 7th.

2017 Results Update

Revolution UCI Elite 2/12/17  Scratch Race:  4th

Caribbean RR Champs 5/11/17: GOLD

Caribbean TT Champs 4/11/17: Silver

GP Vienna UCI Elite 12/10/17

Scratch 14th; Omnium  6th; Points 10th

National Women's Omnium R5 23/9/17    1st

Dave Creasy 2-Day Omnium    9-1/9/17  1st

Scratch 1st; FlyingLap 1st; Elim 1st; Pursuit 1st;

500 1st;  Points 1st; Madison (with Gaby Homer) 1st

Junior World Track Championships

Omnium: 9th;  Points Champ 11th

National Women's Omnium R4 12/8/17 1st

Junior Pan-American Track Championships

JW Scratch 4th : Omnium - Silver : Points Race - GOLD

Bournemouth Arrowfest  8/7/17               1st

Thruxton Crit 9 (E/1/2/3) 4/7/17:       1st

UCI Grand Prix Poland  30/6/17

 Omnium: 6th; Points: 6th

National Women's Omnium R2 3/6/17    1st

National Women's Omnium R1 28/5/17   1st

Thruxton Crit 5 (E/1/2/3) 30/5/17:      1st

Thruxton Crit 4  (E/1/2/3) 23/5/17:     2nd

Full Gas Crit 2 (E/1/2/3) 19/4/17:        3rd

Thruxton Crit 1  (E/1/2/3) 18/4/17:     1st

Herne Hill Women's TL 15/4/17

                                   Points Race:          1st

                                   Scratch Race:        1st

SSCU Good Friday Track Meet 14/4/17

                                   Elimination Race:   1st

                                   Points Race:          1st

                                   Scratch Race:        3rd

Overall Series Winner Icebreaker Series

Icebreaker 3 Junior Omnium 26/2/17:   1st

                                   Junior Scratch Race   1st

                                   Elimination               1st

                                    Points                     1st

Overall Series Winner Milton Keynes Series

Milton Keynes Crit 4 (E/1/2/3) 25/3/17: 2nd

Milton Keynes Crit 3 (E/1/2/3) 18/3/17: 1st

Milton Keynes Crit 2 (E/1/2/3) 11/3/17: 1st

Milton Keynes Crit 1 (E/1/2/3) 4/3/17:  3rd

Icebreaker 2 Junior Omnium 26/2/17:  3rd

Icebreaker 1 Junior Omnium 29/1/17:  1st

                                     Junior Scratch Race         1st

                                     Elimination                     1st

                                     Points         (23/25pts)    1st

"Next Generation" Junior Int Meet Apeldoorn 8/1/17

                                     Junior W Points Race     4th

                                     Junior W Scratch           5th

                                     Junior W Tempo            5th

                                     Junior W Elimination     10th

, Dec, U23 Points 4th; Omnium 14th

UCI CL1 Geneva, Nov, Scratch 3rd; Omnium 11th; Points 13th.

UCI World Cup, Canada Scratch 20th; Omnium 23rd

UCI World Cup, Paris. Scratch 13th, Points 23rd.

Elite Pan-Am Track Championship, Aguacalientes

Scratch Race: 5th:  Silver medal in Caribbean Championship

Omnium: 6th:  Gold medal in Caribbean Championship

Points Race: 7th: Silver medal in Caribbean Championship

UCI CL1: U23 Scratch Race GER:  1st

Pro-Am Omnium 19/6 Elim 1st;  Points 1st; Overall 2nd

UCI Madison, T-Town USA 15/6/18: 1st (with Christina Birch)

UCI Scratch Race T-Town USA: 9th

Pro-Am 12/6 Scratch 1st; Pro-Am Points 1st; Pro-Am 'Snowball' 2nd 

Pro-Am Tempo: 2nd; Pro-Am Win-out 2nd 

UCI Women's Omnium USA Sprint GP, T-Town:8/6/18: 4th

BC National Women's Omnium 5/5/18 R1      1st

Commonwealth Games Points Race 6/4/18    15th

Commonwealth Games Scratch Race 5/4/18  16th

Copenhagen 6-Day 1-4/2/18: 

General-Classification 3rd (with Anita Stenberg)

Madison (with Anita):  4th

Scratch  4k: 3rd

Scratch 3k : 4th

UCI International Meeting Belgium 27-28/1/18:

Scratch 11th; Omnium 13th; 

Revolution UCI Elite 6/1/18:  Scratch Race 7th.

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