- Place: Jaca, Huesca
- Birth: 13/03/1996
- Country: ESP
- Height: 186 Cm
- Weight: 65 Kg
- Pro debut: 2018
- Years in team: 1
- Career path:
2018: Movistar Team
2018: Movistar Team
EXCITING FUTURE AHEAD. He was the Movistar Team rider with the most kilometers at the front of the bunch during the 2018 season, by a country mile. It’s even more impressive considering his consistency and quality were hampered by injuries that kept him out of the bunch between January -the Tour Down Under, his brilliant pro debut- and March. The crown to such an excellent neo-pro year was the U23 Worlds’ road race, where he took 6th in Innsbruck strong, courageous climbs to Igls, keeping up with the pace of the best up-and-coming talents.
DOUBLE NATIONAL CHAMPION. His devastating performances through grassroots cycling show the raw talent of a cyclist who didn’t take up this sport until age 16, a year before turning a junior. He’s been Spanish champion at the two categories preceeding pro racing: he notched up the ‘rojigualda’ bands in Murcia at the junior road race three years ago, and went on to claim the under-23 time trial title in Soria with an impressive display in 2017.
ONE FOR THE TOUGH ONES. His privileged physical abilities (just 65kg for his 1.86m) make possible for Castrillo to shine in all terrains: he’s won all time trials, mountain stages and flat races as an amateur. Despite still being a really young man, he’s already considered to have the stamina it takes to succeed as a pro “The longer and harder a race is, the much better for him”, all of his previous coaches say. Such versatility allowed him competing for the Spanish national team at both under-23 European and World Championships in 2017; he even got an impressive 13th place in the Bergen ITT Worlds back in September. He was back with the national team in 2018 at the Tour de l’Avenir -helping out neighbour Fernando Barceló- and the Innsbruck Worlds.
He’s fond of basketball, a sport he played -combined with tennis- until age 16. However, after going several times on road rides with his mother, a seasoned sportives cyclist, he chose to stay with the sport he’s now a pro at. The love for the game remains, though, as he catches up with NBA games when he’s got time between races.
Despite being from Aragón, both officially and at heart, he wasn’t born but in the Basque Country, more precisely in Bilbao. With both of his parents working for the Spanish Army, they soon chose to be headed to a destination closer to home, which meant that Jaime has spent his entire life living in Jaca, next to Huesca in the southern side of the Pyrenées. His younger brother Pablo is another promising talent, who conquered the Aragón regional road race title in 2017, and with whom he also shares the dedication and passion for cycling.