Owner bringing his team home for Tour de Yorkshire

Not For The Ordinary (NFTO) team photo
Not For The Ordinary (NFTO) team photo

A former special forces officer will be filled with pride when his team competes in the Tour de Yorkshire.

Cycling fanatic John Wood, born in Horbury, set up his own team Not For The Ordinary (NFTO) four years ago.

And after taking the cycling tour by storm, his team was one of 18 chosen to compete in the inaugural race.

Mr Wood, 45, said: “British cycling on a whole is becoming so competitive and is growing all the time. To have Sir Bradley Wiggins and the likes competing will only bring good publicity to the sport.

“To race through Wakefield makes it extra special for me. I’m looking forward to being able to bring my team home and hope everyone will get behind us.”

Mr Wood was a member of the Wakefeld-based cycling club Calder Clarion as a child and joined the army aged 16.

He served in the forces for 19 years but was discharged after suffering an injury.

Mr Wood used cycling as part of his rehabilitation and rediscovered his love for the sport.

In 2011 he founded the NFTO amateur racing team in Hereford, where he ran a defence consultancy company.

The team quickly made waves in the sport, most notably when rider Hugh Wilson won the 31st Jock Wadley Memorial in Essex in 2013.

NFTO earned professional status for the 2014 season and became the number one ranked team in Britain.

Mr Wood said: “We’ve beaten some big teams in recent competitions so I think that helped us in getting picked as we are seen as giant killers.”

NFTO was one of 18 teams who have been chosen to compete in the race, along with Team Wiggins, Britain’s Team Sky and England wicket keeper Matt Prior’s ONE PLUS.

Starting on Friday, May 1 the races takes place in three stages and the final stage will start in Wakefield on Sunday, May 3.

And with the starting line now in sight, Mr Wood said it could become a major event on the racing calender.

He said: “If the atmosphere is anything like what we seen with the Tour de France then it could be huge.

“Last year got a lot of people interested in the sport and Yorkshire is the perfect place to have another major race on the calendar.”

Mr Wood said he hopes his team will be competitive in the Tour de Yorkshire.

He said: “I’m excited to be bringing our talented riders to where it all started for me.”