17-year-old talent from North Yorkshire, a sensation in the world junior scene this season, will become a trainee with Blues in August 2024, turn WorldTour pro for the following three years (2025-27).
The Movistar Team continues to trust some of the strongest up-and-coming talents in the women’s peloton as it has committed to a long-term agreement with Cat Ferguson (Steeton, GBR; 2006).
The Yorkshire athlete, a current member of the Shibden Hope Tech Apex Team, will join the Blues in August 1st, 2024, as a trainee (stagiaire), the regulations allowing second-year juniors cutting their teeth in the pro scene while still at the previous step. She will then become a fully-fledged member of the WorldTour outfit from January 1st, 2025, and for the following three seasons (through December 2027).
A multi-talented rider, able to shine in all kinds of terrains, as well as a proven-quality CX specialist and even with some good results on the track, she’s taken the world by storm in her first junior season on the road.
The impressive list of results from Ferguson in 2023 alone includes wins in the Ronde van Vlaanderen, the Trofeo Binda, a stage in the Spanish Nations Cup round Bizkaikoloreak, another one in the Tour du Gevaudan and the British National TT Championships. Her outstanding performance in the Glasgow Worlds got her a silver medal.
While Ferguson will continue to race with her current colours at CX and road next season, she will make part of the Movistar Team’s camps and start working with the squad’s performance team immediately, the Blues ready to support her long-term growth as an athlete.
QUOTES / Cat Ferguson:
“It’s a dream come true to soon turn pro with the Movistar Team. From our first meeting it felt like such a welcoming and family environment, with a great focus on developing my attributes at WorldTour level. I look forward to learning from the best and most experienced riders in the world, and couldn’t think of a better team to help me make the step up to elite cycling. First, I want to close out my junior CX and road seasons, hopefully achieving some big wins.”