‘Being an army reservist has transformed my fitness and opened the door to cycling at an elite level’

Reservist Gunner Johnathon Dorward, 21, is part of the British Army's cycling team

Reservist Gunner Johnathon Dorward, 21, is a part of the British Army’s biking workforce

The 21-year-old Gunner’s time with the reserves has given him the chance to compete in biking on the highest stage, as a part of the British Army’s official biking workforce.

Made up of 10 troopers drawn from throughout the military, the Hilsea-based artilleryman is the one reservist to be a part of the arrange, which competes throughout the UK.

‘I used to be ecstatic once I turned a part of the workforce,’ stated Gnr Dorward, who’s a part of 295 Battery Royal Artillery in Hilsea. ‘I’m the one reservist within the military biking arrange and it’s an incredible alternative.

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Gunner Johnathon Dorward, pictured entrance, coaching on the Mountbatten Centre’s biking monitor.

‘To be in a pro-cycling arrange isn’t actually that widespread except you’re extraordinarily fortunate or gifted. So to be on a workforce that races on the highest stage nationally is a chance I wouldn’t actually have had earlier than.’

And he stated that his time within the saddle has taken his health to new heights.

He stated: ‘I was massively obese. I received into biking at 18. I used to weigh 110kg. Now I’m 70kg. That’s all by means of biking. It’s been a large change in my life.’

Gnr Dorward, who’s coaching to turn into a business pilot, now has his eyes set on his subsequent competitors, the military championships on June 30 earlier than competing within the Beaumont Trophy highway race in opposition to a few of the greatest cyclists in Britain on September 26.

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