"Exploring the world means trying new things, meeting new people, living a bit."
Hugh Carthy has made his own way to the WorldTour. During an era in which most British riders develop within the British Cycling bubble, Hugh opted for another path. He moved to Pamplona, Spain to race for the Spanish Professional Continental squad Caja Rural – Seguros RGA during the 2015-2016 seasons.
With Caja Rural, Hugh mastered Spanish fluency and climbing alongside the sport’s best. During his sophomore season with the Spanish squad, he finished ninth overall and best young rider at Volta a Catalunya, ninth overall at Vuelta a Madrid, and won a stage and the overall at Vuelta Asturias. Hugh’s strength on the steepest roads coupled with his humble, tenacious and single-minded approach to racing earned him a spot on this team in 2017.
In argyle, Hugh earned the nickname “Huge” and showcased his signature tongue wag in some of the sport’s toughest finales. His dedication to his craft translated into tangible progression in 2018. Hugh finished third overall at Colorado Classic, where he also won the mountains classification took fifth overall at Tour of Utah and recorded top 10 finishes on climbing stages at Tour of Britain, Tour of Utah and Volta a Catalunya.
Team founder and CEO Jonathan Vaughters calls week-long stage races Hugh’s current sweet spot and believes the team can further nurture his talent in this area in the upcoming seasons.