After a few years chasing races around North America, Asia,
Australia and the odd little spell in Europe, I'll be
changing tack slightly for 2013.
I'll be right in the thick of it with the English-based
professional team Node4-Giordana.
I'm very excited to be joining such a highly rated team which
has some very experienced guidance from a couple of English
It is thanks to my former Pure Black Racing team-mate Mike
Northey, who enjoyed a very successful season with Node4. He
helped to get me in touch with the team management and secure
a spot for the next season.
The team will give me a great opportunity to experience a
full European season and test myself against some of the best
riders in the world, in races like the Tour of Britain, which
this year included the likes of Bradley Wiggins and Mark
It is a great step forward for me in my career and will
hopefully help me to keep moving towards where I want to be -
at the very top.
Another exciting aspect of the team is signing three other
Kiwi riders who were also part of the very successful 2011
Pure Black Racing team.
We are all great mates and love racing with each other, which
always results in a better team performance.
We are looking forward to taking that team spirit and culture
to the European scene and seeing what we can achieve.
I'm very grateful for the opportunities and experiences that
I have been given by the Pure Black Racing team in the past
two seasons, but there always comes a time when a new
challenge presents itself and must be taken up.
It has been an amazing experience, riding with a fully New
Zealand team all over the world, and I hope the opportunity
to do so again is there in the future.
With the growing strength of cycling in New Zealand, there is
certainly no limits to what we can begin to achieve in the
world's biggest events.
- James Williamson is a professional cyclist from