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Amber Joseph – A girl on…
NEWS: June '21 After a sparse season disrupted by COVID and lockdowns Amber bounced back with a bang becoming Pan-American Champion for the Scratch race and taking Bronze in the Points race. She has also been on a learning curve with L39ion of Los Angeles racing USA Pro Crits in Tulsa, Boise and Chicago
Feb '20 After a tough 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.
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
After a spell at the UCI Centre in Aigle Switzerland Amber is based part of the year at T-Town, USA and part of the year in Europe and the remaining time in Barbados. I think Amber will go far, or go fast, or probably both © John Wann, CyclingCoach
Amber is being supported by
L39ion of Los Angeles, HandslingBikes, PowerhouseFitness, Wattbike, 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.
Photo: Guy Swarbrick