Hot on the heels of their announcement that Clover Murray had joined OnForm, the Essex-based team has also taken on Scottish rider Julie Erskine,
Hailing from the city of Aberdeen, Julie’s cycling career began in 2011 when she achieved good results in a number of time trials and the following year she began riding track as part of the Gold for Glasgow ID programme, which aimed to develop riders in preparation for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, and took her first road victory at the Auld Yins & Ladies Races in Glasgow, where she beat several riders who have gone on to become well-known figures on the British road racing scene. In 2013 she won three more times, but it was two second places at the tough Sharon Argue Memorial and Ras na mBan events that marked her out as a rider with great potential – which she proved in 2014 with another second place, this time at the Scottish National RR Championships. The following year, she took four victories and another silver medal at the Nationals; while she didn’t win a race in 2016 her work to support other riders at her previous team showed she was capable of racing for her them as well as for herself, something she has always said she intends to do – she also took part in her first Tour Series, and managed stand-out results with eighth place in the Ryedale GP and fifth at the ultra-tough Women’s CiCLE Classic.
Simon Howes, OnForm team principal, says: “”Although we have a young team we also have a very good base of experience to help mentor and guide our younger riders, so Julie will be a great addition to the team with her understanding of not only racing but also her experience working as an exercise physiologist for Sport Scotland. As a new team, we’re looking to build momentum in UK events and establish ourselves as a squad that is respected by others, as well as being a team our riders, support staff and sponsors will be proud to be a part of. Julie joining the team is evidence of this.”
“I am delighted to be joining Team OnForm,” says Julie. “They have the support of some brilliant sponsors and experienced staff and I am really excited to be a part of the team. The team’s commitment to the development of riders is important to me for the future of the sport and with such a professional set-up, it promises to be a very successful first season for the team.”