Teams and Transfers 2018-2019

The weather’s turning cooler and, as the rumours begin flying about we’ve stocked up on the migraine tablets ready to try to keep up to date with the latest news – it’s transfer season once again! Just as we have in years past, we’ll be trying to keep track of who’s moving to a new team, who’d staying where they are, who’s retiring, which teams are calling it a day and which ones will be back for the 2019 season.

Rumour Control

As ever, we’ll only list rumours that seem like they might potentially be true, and we won’t include any that riders and/or teams ask us not to – much as we’d love to get a scoop, we have absolutely no wish to endanger good relations between riders and sponsors. However, if you’ve heard something interesting, we’d like to know about it – find us on Twitter and Facebook!

100%ME

Leaving: Emily Wadsworth (to Brother UK-Tifosi-OnForm)
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Admiral-Liv-AWOL

The U23/Junior/Youth team that goes from strength to strength. Following a very successful first season, Liv-AWOL secured a big name sponsor in the shape of Admiral – which is believed to be the first non-cycling-specialist insurance firm to get involved with women’s cycling in the UK – and have put that backing to good use, expanding and developing the squad to enable some of the most promising young riders in the country to hone their skills.

Leaving: Isla Rush (Isla is currently having far too much fun living in Spain to race bikes, but she’s got cycling in her blood and will no doubt show up on a British start line at some point before too long.
Joining: Emily Ashwood (U23; from OnForm), Maddie Gammons (U23; from NJC-Biemme-Echelon), Victoria Lovett (U23; from YRDP), Louise Scupham (U23; from Jadan-Weldtite-Vive le Velo), Imogen Chastell (Junior: from VC Londres), Poppy Wildman (Junior), Bethany Barnett (Youth; from King’s Lynn CC), Eva Callinan (Youth; from Hillingdon Slipstreamers)
Staying: Hannah Bayes (U23), Charlotte Broughton (U23), Hannah Graveney (U23), Connie Hayes (U23), Savannah Hewson (U23), Sarah Lomas (U23), Clover Murray (U23), Issy Torrie (U23), Rosie Wallace (U23), Zoe Brookes (Junior), Emily Bridson (Junior), Lauren Higham (Junior), Elizabeth Marvelly (Junior), Harley Pell (Junior), Charlotte McGreavey (Youth)

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Bianchi Dama UK

Over the course of 2018, Bianchi Dama became one of our favourite teams – partly because of the celeste kit, partly because of their professional attitude in races and partly because the entire team seems to be determined to promote women’s cycling, as especially evidenced my manager David Walter’s superb speech at sponsor Charles James Harley Street’s skincare range launch in which he detailed why he loves the sport and why he’s involved in women’s cycling specifically.

Leaving: Bethan Stubbs (off to work as a doctor in New Zealand!)
Joining: Natasha Reddy (from Vision-Innovative Leisure), Jenny Powell (from NJC-Biemme-Echelon), Holly McMahon
Staying: Georgie Panchaud, Emma Cockcroft, Alex Sheehan, Bethany Taylor, Sarah King, Becky Wormersley, Charlotte Colclough

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Boompods-EDCO-NRG

Team manager Hannah Farran emailed us in October to fill us in on what’s happening, saying “After a strong season where we raced the Revolution series, Tour de Yorkshire and the Tour series we are looking forward to progressing the team even further in 2019.” While the team is losing seven very good riders, the three being added to those who remain suggests Boompods will continue to be a strong team in 2019.

Leaving: Miriam Jessett, Marie Lynn, Rache Jary, Laurie Pestana, Anna Armstrong, Jane Hellewell, Liz Burrows
Joining: Charlotte Redden (from On Form), Rebecca Longthorp (from Cliff Pratt Racing), Nikki Metcalfe
Staying: Ellen McDermott, Hannah Larbalestier, Jenn Batey, Olivia Fawcett, Lauren Humphreys, Hannah Farran, Rosie Walsh, Sarah Walker and Amy Graham

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British Cycling Academy/Team Breeze

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Anna Henderson, seen here winning the Dave Peck Memorial RR, is the first rider to join the new Brother UK-Tifosi p/b OnForm team

Brother UK-Tifosi powered by On Form

As the name suggests, this is a brand new elite women’s team to exist alongside Team On Form. “Team OnForm has racked up an impressive list of achievements since its inception in 2017, something that everyone involved is immensely proud of,” says team owner Simon Howes. “OnForm was set up with an academy philosophy to develop riders and support team alike. The formation of this new tier elite team within the OnForm structure will give more riders opportunities to race within the OnForm set up. It will also create a team that the younger OnForm riders can aspire to be part of.”

This development philosophy, as well as the support, sponsors, enjoyment, energy and all that OnForm has demonstrated in the past two years will carry into Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm. There will be plenty of opportunities to see the team in 2019 as the race programme will also be similar, supporting the UK domestic racing scene, as well as regular trips to Europe to compete there.

More info on the team website!

Joining: Anna Henderson (from OnForm), Anna Kay (from Storey Racing). Emily Wadsworth (from 100%ME), Abbie Dentus (from Team Breeze)

Drops

The UK’s sole remaining professional team, since the demise of Wiggle-Honda (and WNT becoming a German/Austrian team), and one which is currently seeking new backing. Want to help?

Leaving: Abi van Twisk and Tayler Wiles (both to US-based Trek Factory Racing), Eva Buurman (to Boels-Dolmans), Annasley Park (retiring), Molly Weaver (retiring), Kathrin Hammes (to WNT),  Annabel Simpson (new team TBC)
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Empella-Cyclocross.com

We’re promised more info from Empella, including details of some new names joining the squad, very soon…

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5th Floor CC

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Ruth Shier miles out in front at the Central, E & SE Champs

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What a year this team had! Great results all season were followed up with victory at the Women’s Team Series where they beat On Form overall by the slimmest of margins, then they went to the combined Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Championships in Kent where Ruth Summerford took first place to become South-Eastern Champ, while Molly Patch was second and became Eastern Champ. Fusion have been a very strong team for several seasons now, but in 2018 they seemed to really gel and work together as a unit making the most of one another’s strengths. With four impressive new additions, it’s going to be interesting to see what they can achieve in 2019.

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Joining: April Tacey (from Team 22), Georgia Bullard (from Jadan), Rebecca Richardson (from Hafren CC), Joscelin Lowden (from Storey Racing)
Staying: Molly Patch, Rebecca Johnson, Ruth Shier (nee Summerford), Fiona Redding, Claire Steels, Corrine Hall, Jenny Hudson, Emma Lewis, Emily Meakin

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Jadan-Weldtite p/b Vive le Velo

Leaving: Melissa Greaves (to TW1), Louise Scupham (to Admiral Liv-AWOL), Georgia Bullard (to Fusion)
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Les Filles Queen of the Mountains

Les Filles are a team, a club, a group of cycling friends and, most importantly of all – a way of life. Several past members remain as “social associates” and can still appear in the LF kit; any members who leave this year might do the same in the future!

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Liv-Epic

Only a few years ago, it seemed junior women’s cycling in Britain was going to be forgotten about – the exposure it received was virtually non-existent, and riders were simply unable to find the support they needed if they were to become the heroes of tomorrow. Fortunately, there are a number of people involved in cycling in this country who weren’t willing to let that situation persist, and one of them – Mark Botteley – set up the excellent Bourne Wheelers Junior RR in response. Liv-Epic’s Lauren Murphy won the first edition in 2017, then in 2018 the team returned… with so many squads looking to take the jersey, they faced a tough challenge – but a superb effort by Amelia Sharpe ensured they kept the title for another year. Can they do the same in 2019?

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New Team

More details, including the team name and riders, on the way soon.

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Leaving: Maddie Gammons (to Admiral Liv-AWOL), Nikki Juniper (to Watersley Sports and Talentpark)

OnForm

(See also Brother UK-Tifosi p/b OnForm, above). Having grown rapidly from a dream in DS Simon Howes’ head to one of the biggest and most successful women’s cycling teams on the British circuit of all time, On Form are always a team to watch.

Leaving: Anna Henderson (to Brother UK-Tifosi p/b OnForm), Emily Ashwood (to Admiral Liv-AWOL), Charlotte Redden (to Boompods-Edco-NRG),
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Storey Racing

Storey will race as a domestic team in 2019.

Leaving: Anna Kay (to Brother UK-Tifosi-OnForm), Joscelin Lowden (to Fusion)
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April Tacey’s performance at the Essex Giro was spectacular – and helped earn her a place at the 2018 Worlds

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Team 22’s stand-out performance on 2018 has to be, in our opinion at least, April Tacey’s superb ride at the Essex Giro where on Day 2 she broke away from the peloton and stayed well out in front all the way to glory. However, with so many other excellent rides by April and the rest of the team, other people may have their own highlights – and we can expect many more in 2019.

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Team LDN

A brand new team set up by Andrew Morris and Coach Watto, who women’s cycling fans will probably recognise from their work with CC London. We are very happy to see the people behind the club taking that club ethos and setting up a new, separate team to provide a supportive environment for riders, providing them with a more focused opportunity to race and develop.

“Team LDN will be a London team for London talent,” says the club’s coach, member and well-known supporter of women’s cycling Coach Watto. “It’ll be made up of girls and women who have been riding for clubs or smaller teams who need to make the step up and get the support needed to compete at the top.”

We hope to have a feature on the team, including a full line-up, very soon.

Torrelli-Brother

Yet another team that benefited from the very generous backing Brother UK have shown UK women’s cycling over the last year, using it wisely to go from “good team” to “excellent team”. Whilst we suspect Sophie Wright won’t be the only rider on the 2018 squad to have received some emails from pro teams, 2018’s results are likely to mean they can fill gaps left by departing riders with new talent.

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TW1 Racing

What a great first season for Twickenham CC’s TW1 Racing Team – which set out to achieve a top five overall placing in the Women’s Team Series and achieved it, as well as their aim to give several aspiring racers from the their parent club a chance to experience competition and learn from the team members. TW1 really are one of the friendliest in the sport and striving to do their part to improve women’s cycling – so give them some support!

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Joining: Melissa Greaves (from Jadan-Weldtite-Vive le Velo), Leah Hadley
Staying: Gabriella Nordin, Victoria Strila, Claire Hammond, Alex Hamilton

VC St Raphael

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Velo Club Londres

VCL, as the name suggests, are really a cycling club rather than a team. However, they’re such force in the British women’s cycling scene, both in London and elsewhere and on road, track and off-road, that they’re included here.

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Vision Innovative Leisure

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Wiggle-High5 (UCI)

Team closing

Leaving: Kirsten Wilde and Lisa Brennauer (both to WNT), Audrey Cordon-Ragot and Elisa Longo Borghini (both to Trek Factory Racing), Lucy Garner (to Hitec Products), Emilia Fahlin (to FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futurscope), Elinor Barker (new team tbc), Katie Archibald (new team tbc), Grace Garner (new team tbc), Amy Cure (new team tbc), Julie Leth (new team tbc), Rachele Barbieri (new team tbc), Macey Stewart (new team tbc), Nettie Edmondson (new team tbc), Eri Yonamine (to Ale-Cipollini), Grace Brown (new team tbc), Martina Ritter (retired),

Kirsten Wild (image c/o WNT-Rotor)

WNT-Rotor (UCI)

Although WNT  will not be a British team in 2019 (having now re-registered as Austrian) they’ve built up a fan base over here and so we’re leaving them on the list for one last time and look forward to seeing how the squad takes shape.

WNT always like to get in early with a big announcement and they did it in style in August 2018 when they revealed that three-time World Champion Kirsten Wild had joined up with a two-year contract. Kirsten is widely recognised as one of the strongest sprinters in cycling and has won more than as hundred races at UCI level in her long and successful career. “I’m delighted to join WNT – ROTOR Pro Cycling, their team values, work ethics and targets are aligned with mine, and I look forward to bringing a wealth of experience to the team,” she said.

Only one day later, the team announced it had also signed former World, European and German National Champion Lisa Brennauer, again on a two-year contract. Those two alone are enough to make WNT a serious threat to the likes of Waowdeals and Boels-Dolmans in 2018. .

Leaving: Lydia Boylan (confirmed by Lydia on Facebook; new team tbc), Melissa Lowther (new team tbc), Hayley Jones (new team tbc), Natalie Grinczer (to Bizkaia Durango Euskadi Murias)
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Riders

Former World Champion Lizzie Deignan is leaving Boels-Dolmans, her home for several years and with whom she has enjoyed a great deal of success, and moving on to the new Trek Factory Racing team. Fellow Brit Abi van Twisk, formerly with Drops, also joins the squad.

Superstar sprinter Lucy Garner was never going to have much difficulty finding a new home following the demise of Wiggle-High5 – she’d got two Junior World Championship gold medals and a GC victory at the Tour of Chongming Island on her palmares, after all. It’s great to see she’s going to such a well-established team, which is known to care about much more than just results, as Karl Lima’s Norwegian squad Hitec Products-Birk Sport. Sister Grace Garner’s new team is to be announced.

Dani Christmas is leaving Basque squad Bizkaia Durango Euskadi Murias and moving to Lotto Soudal. Meanwhile, Henrietta Colborne  leaves the team to move to Swabo Ladies.

Isabel Ellis is leaving Backstedt-Hotchillee for a yet-to-be-named elite team.

It’s always such a pleasure to see a rider you’ve followed since she was a teenager hit the big time – Sophie Wright is joining Cervelo-Bigla.

Danielle Rowe will remain with her current squad, the Dutch team Waowdeals under its new name CCC Women.

Pfeiffer Georgi, whom many consider one of the most promising young riders in the history of British bike racing and who won the junior Gent-Wevelgem, has unsurprisingly been offered a pro contract – she’s joining the German-registered Team Sunweb. Equally unsurprising, Under-23 Sophie Wright – who, like Pfeiffer, showed enormous potential from her very first races and has continued to build on it ever since – also has a pro contract and is leaving her British team Torelli-Brother for the Swiss outfit Cervelo-Bigla.

Amy Roberts is leaving Parkhotel Valkenburg, with her new team yet to be confirmed.

Former Matrix Pro Cycling stars Harriet Owen and Alice Cobb are staying with their US teams – Hagens Berman-Supermint for Harriet and Tibco-SVB for Alice.

Emma Grant is leaving Tibco-SVB; her new home is yet to be revealed.

Elizabeth Banks is leaving US team United Healthcare to move to Cervelo Bigla.

Megan Chard is leaving Healthmate-CycleLive; her new team is to be announced.