Cat Ferguson, the 17-year-old talent from North Yorkshire and a sensation in the world junior scene this season, will become a trainee with the Movistar Team in August 2024. Ferguson will then turn pro on the WorldTour for the following three years from 2025 to 2027 through a committed long-term agreement between the rider and the team.
The young 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 allow second-year juniors to then cut their teeth in the pro scene. She will then become a fully-fledged member of the WorldTour outfit from January 1st, 2025, and for the following three seasons through to December 2027.
A multi-talented rider, Ferguson has been able to shine on all kinds of terrains, as well as being a proven-quality CX specialist and with some good results on the track. She has 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 in the Tour du Gevaudan and the British National TT Championships. Her outstanding performance in the Glasgow Worlds won her a silver medal.
While Ferguson will continue to race with her current colours at CX and on the road next season, she will take part in the Movistar Team’s camps and start working with the squad’s performance team immediately. The Blues are committed to supporting her long-term growth as an athlete.
Cat Ferguson said, “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!”