For those who don’t know you, who are you?
I’m Cameron Jeffers, an elite level rider from the north of England. Based just south of Preston in the heart of the Northwest. I first started competitive cycling when I was 8, racing BMX until I was 15 when I made the switch to road cycling. I had always ridden road as training for BMX, but I started to enjoy training on the road more than racing BMX, so I made the move over.
Starting racing so young, you have probably had your fair share of wins. What’s the greatest win or success you have had in your racing career so far?
From the BMX days, it was wining some national series events. For road it was actually coming second at the Durham Tour series, a real stand out moment for me. Having won some local races, taking it to the next level of the tour series and coming second made me think, maybe I am actually alright at this sport. It was a tough race, Joey Walker took the win from a 5 man breakaway that took off on lap one. With a 400m cobbled climb it’s a tough course and Joey managed to stay away, even with me trying to chase him down on the last lap.
How long was it to go from Cat 4 to Elite. The question that all amateur riders want to know, what does it take?
I already had a good understanding of racing bikes from the BMX, knowing what it takes to win a race and how to read the race. I always had a decent sprint, again from BMX, so I knew if I could get to the end of a road race, I would be alright. My main issue was the length of effort and moving from short BMX races to 2 hour + road races, my body was cramping up and wasn’t used to the prolonged effort required. So, it probably took around 3 years to build up to a good level; I would say from the start of road racing to Elite level was about 4 years, not an overnight transition.