Heriot cyclist Stuart Balfour will join a new professional team, Dynamo Pro Cycling, in 2016.
The outfit was announced earlier this year and although registered in the UK, the riders will be based in France for the majority of the season.
The new set-up has the backing of cycle insurance company Dynamo Cover and will be headed up by performance director Yann Dejan.
The team’s planned 2016 calendar includes races mainly in the UK and France, with plans to expand further in 2017.
Balfour, who left Galashiels Academy in the summer, said: “After a good season and the help of HMT Academy, I’m really happy to move into the continental ranks with Dynamo Cover Pro Cycling and to be based out in Brittany.”
Balfour has enjoyed a great 2015 season, with the full support of HMT Academy, competing in races across Europe.
He has proved to be a an excellent all-round rider, who has played a key role in many of the UCI races HMT Academy have entered.
“Stuart has been one of our most consistent riders this season, with top results in many major races throughout the season,” said a spokesperson for HMT Academy. We are delighted to see him move up to the next level, and we wish him all the best in his new team.”
Balfour is the fourth second-year junior from HMT Academy to successfully move from junior level onto a professional or u23 development team this year.