A provincial title in 2003 inspires to aim higher
In 2003 Thomas Degand won the championships of Hainaut in the streets of Saint-Maur, a victory which is seen as the first big win by the historical members of the structure.
The ambition of VC Ath grew. They hoped to participate to more interclub and bigger races.
The engine of Storez-VC Ath got going and the staff was extended. The team also had more resources at its disposal. Results confirmed the progress. Kevyn Ista, who’d turn pro later, offered the team a first victory in the Topcompetition with his win in the Zesbergenprijs in Harelbeke.
The club worked with several categories of riders for a long time, but eventually the conclusion was made to focus on one age category. Team Storez-Vélo Club d’Ath became a reference team in the U23 category in only a couple of years time.