Leon Mazzone is a 20 year old road cyclist from Ramsey in the Isle of Man. Riding since the age of 3, Leon has been competing with Team ILLI-Bikes in Belgium (top end amateur set) since 2015 and is about to start his 3rd year of Luviair sponsorship. Nigel Watson, Luviair’s director, is also a keen cyclist and the founder of ‘Manx Youth Opportunities’ (MYO) which is an organisation that provides opportunities to young people on the island. As a young aspiring professional sportsman from the island he was an obvious candidate to sponsor.
We recently took the opportunity to catch up with Leon to hear how he got on this season. Competing in the British National Championships, which incidentally saw him riding on home turf on the Isle of Man, Leon achieved 8th in the under-23 category despite battling with a knee injury. Other personal highlights were his two early podium positions at the start of the season; these wins gave him the drive and confidence to perform throughout the year. The most important race for Leon was the ‘Ras Mumhan’ based in Ireland. It proved pivotal as he aimed to use this particular race to qualify for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. He achieved his goal by coming 4th during stage three, 4th overall in the general classification and 1st place in the under-23 category.
With the 2017 season now over Leon is currently living the ‘normal life’, working to save up money for the upcoming year. Leon also talked us through his off-season process. This consists of a 3 week break after the season ends, which first includes a week to ‘clear his head’ while he takes stock of the previous season. The second week he returns to the gym, starting off slow and building up gradually. By the end of the third week he is back into his routine, training almost every day for the upcoming season.
After a very successful season and full of gratitude to Team ILLI-Bikes for the past 3 years, Leon is now hoping to move closer to home and is currently in talks with several teams throughout the UK. Leon has set his sights high, aiming to compete at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia (Gold Coast) and in the UCI World Tour by 2020. Undoubtedly, Leon’s new team, whoever he chooses to ride with, will help him achieve his goals.
We wish Leon good luck!