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.
‘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.