Teams and Transfers 2019-20

Farewell to Fusion – the mighty Brother UK-Fusion team will no longer be with us in 2020

It’s that time of year again when the nights are drawing in and, across the nation, road bikes are going into hibernation and hungry cyclocross bikes are waking up from their long summer slumber. That means it’s also time for NS to start trying to keep up to date on who’s switching teams, who’s staying put, who’s moving abroad to foreign teams and who’s decided to retire, as well as which teams are closing and which new ones are starting up. It’s a right headache, but over the last few years we’ve managed to produce the most complete list of transfers on the British domestic women’s cycling scene.

Some sad news is that Terry Williamson, manager of Brother UK-Fusion that won the Women’s Team Series in 2018 (along with a ton of other races and titles) has decided to call it a day and the squad will no longer be with us in 2020 – so long Terry, and thanks for all you’ve done not only for your riders but for women’s cycling as a whole. Equally sad from a British point 0f view is that women’s cycling stalwart Nicole Oh, founder and captain of the enormously popular Les Filles team, has decided to return to her native Australia. You’ll be very much missed Nicole, and probably every women’s cycling fan in the country will be hoping you come to visit regularly.

Great news is that Junior Women’s cycling goes from strength to strength – only a few years ago there were no junior teams and virtually no races. Thanks to the efforts of some very farsighted directeurs sportif and race organisers (Heather Bamforth, Rene Groot, Huw Williams, Mark Botteley, Pat Hayes and more – we salute you), this has changed dramatically and there are now a number of teams with junior squads and numerous (though still not enough) junior races. A new team,  Tofauti-Everyone Active, will be racing in 2020 and we look forward to seeing whom they sign up and what they achieve.

Women’s cycling has grown massively in this country over the last five years and nowadays it’s not at all uncommon to meet people watching from the roadsides who only follow the women – so there really is an appetite for this information. We are, therefore, very happy to hear from teams and riders with news to announce; and as we rely on good relations with you all for the news and post-race interviews we publish on this site you can be absolutely sure that we won’t share anything you tell us until you declare you’re ready to go public. You can find us on Twitter and Facebook, or email NSWomensCycling@outlook.com

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UK Teams

100%ME

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1904RT

Club team running alomgside Norwood Paragon – hence the name, which is the year the club was established. They’ll have a men’s team too; we, of course, haven’t the faintest idea who any of the men on the team are.

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Army Cycling

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Avid Sport

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Beeston CC

Beeston’s women’s-team-within-a-club, popularly known as the Queen Bees and with separate sponsorship of their own.

Leaving: Laura Owler (Laura is moving south for a new job)
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Bianchi Dama UK

Over the course of the last couple of seasons, Bianchi Dama has risen to become one of the most popular women’s teams in the UK – and abroad, having enjoyed many successful races here and overseas. New kit supplier: Milltag.

“We’re targeting  the National Road Series and National Championships with selected UCI races penciled-in,” says manager David Walters. “Plus we’re developing our alternative race calendar with ultra endurance, gravel, mtb xc and cx, so covering a lot of ground! A really well balanced squad, very happy!”

Leaving: Alex Sheehan (off travelling), Sarah King (to 5th Floor), Jen Powell (to CAMS-Tifosi), Becky Womersley (new team TBC)
Joining: Anneleen Bosma (from LDN), Jazz Jones (from Storey)
Staying: Emma Cockroft, Georgie Panchaud, Bethany Taylor, Tasha Reddy, Charlotte Colclough, Holly McMahon

Charlotte Colclough talks about External Iliac Artery Endofibrosis and the surgery she underwent in 2018

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Boompods

Leaving: Sarah Walker, Rosie Walsh, Olivia Fawcett, Becky Longthorp, Charlotte Redden, Harriet Dodd (to Team LDN)
Joining: Frankie Hall (from DAP CC), Maddie Gammons (from Datalynx), Isabel Darvill (from Datalynx), Lauren Watson, Jenny Holden (from Campinense-VeloPerformance), Gaby Homer (from On Form)
Staying: Jenn Batey Haug, Hannah Farran, Amy Graham, Lauren Humphreys, Hannah Larbalestier, Ellen McDermott (Ellen will also race in Europe with Isorex), Nikki Metcalfe

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Bowlphish Racing

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Breeze

Leaving: Jess Roberts (to Mitchelton-Scott), Rhona Callander (retiring)
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Sad and surprising news came in late October when Fusion manager Terry Williamson announced that the team would be closing at the end of 2019 – a great loss to women’s cycling.

Leaving: Rebecca Johnson (Rebecca will continue racing in the colours of her cyclocross sponsor, Elmy Cycles), Georgia Bullard (to Torelli), April Tacey (to Drops), Rebecca Richardson (who will be personally sponsored by Brother UK), Molly Patch (to Team LDN)

Brother UK – On Form

On Form’s elite squad (see CAMS-Tifosi) has new sponsorship; Brother UK are now sponsoring the amateur team.

Leaving: Lydia Watts (to Liv-AWOL), Gaby Homer (to Boompods), Katie Scott (to CAMS-Tifosi, Leah Dixon (to Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank), Ione Johnson (to Team LDN)
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Brother UK-Tifosi p/b On Form

See CAMS-Tifosi

CAMS-Tifosi

The new name for Brother-Tifosi p/b On Form, which has new sponsors.

Leaving: Emily Wadsworth (to Rogelli-Gyproc APB), Anna Henderson (to Team Sunweb), Annabel Simpson (Annabel will remain with the team in a managerial role)
Joining: Jo Tindley (from Campinense-VeloPerformance), Jenny Powell (from Bianchi Dama), Katie Scott (from On Form)
Staying: Rebecca Durrell, Charmaine Porter, Illi Gardner, Jessica Finney

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Crimson Performance

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DAP CC

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Datalynx-Parenesis

Leaving: Isabel Darvill and Maddie Gammons (to Boompods)
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Drops

Leaving: Lizzie Holden (to Bizkaia Durango), Abby-Mae Parkinson (to Lotto-Soudal)
Joining: Marjolein Van’t Geloof (from Ale-Cipollini), Emilie Moberg (fromTeam Virtu), Elise Marie Olsen, Finja Smekal, Elizabeth Bennett (from Campinense-VeloPerformance), April Tacey (from Fusion)
Staying: Joscelin Lowden (who will now be full-time, having left Independent Pedaler), Manon Lloyd, Anna Christian

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Elite Cycling

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Empella-Cyclocross.com

Leaving: Elena Spanou (to attend the University of Athens in her native Greece)
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Flamme Rouge

New team, more details to be announced

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GB Cycles

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A rider who has been making waves in the Eastern Region and beyond for some years despite her youth, Harley Pell has signed to Hargrove’s-Montezuma

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Leaving: Freya Richardson (to Liv-AWOL)
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Independent Pedaler

Leaving: Joss Lowden (to ride full-time for Drops)
Joining: Alex Clay (from Iris)
Staying: Emily Meakin (who will continue to race in Europe with Isorex), Emma Lewis

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Iris Race Team

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Jadan-Weldtite p/b Vive le Velo

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JAM Cycling

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JRC

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Les Filles

Big changes at Les Filles as team founder and captain Nicole Oh has decided to leave the UK and return to her native Australia – she will be very much missed on the British scene, but the rest of the team plan to continue without her. However, since membership of Les Filles never really ends and riders who have left or retired often reappear as guests, we’ve hopefully not seen the last of Nic.

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Bethany Barnett, winner of the infamously technical Mistley round of the Eastern Cyclocross League, remains with Liv-AWOL

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Leaving: Lauren Higham (to LDN), Harley Pell (to Hargrove’s-Montezuma),
Joining: U23/Seniors – Cecilia Hime (from St Ives CC), Lydia Watts (from On Form). Juniors – Freya Richardson (from Hargrove’s-Montezuma),  Elizabeth Smithson (previously unattached), Maya Tufeul Tarlton (from Lee Valley Youth CC)
StayingU23/Seniors – Emily Ashwood, Hannah Bayes, Emily Bridson, Charlotte Broughton, Hannah Graveney, Connie Hayes, Savannah Hewson, Victoria Lovett, Elizabeth Marvelly, Clover Murray, Louise Scupham, Isabella Torrie, Rosie Wallace, Poppy Wildman. Juniors – Bethany Barnett, Eva Callinan, Charlotte Louise McGreevey, Zoe Brookes

*Emily Ashwood and Charlotte Greevy  will continue to race on road with Liv-AWOL, but will ride ‘cross and MTB with WXC.

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Lovelo Squadra Donne

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New Team

Details are few and far between at present but we’re led to believe this new squad has been set up by a well-known race organiser with experience working as a directeur sportif for one of the UK’s biggest teams. More as soon as we know more!

OnForm

(See Brother UK-On Form, also Brother UK-Tifosi p/b OnForm, above).

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Project 51

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RFDA-Polypipe

Yorkshire-based junior/development women’s team

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Scarpa Racing

No change at the London-based team, which retains the same five riders it had for 2019. Emma Jane explains that she and Liv will be racing ‘cross over the winter, then she plans a full road season next year while Gem concentrates on time trials and hill climbs and Kitty and Lara target crits.

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Sigma Sport X Threo

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Storey Racing

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Team LDN

Leaving: Anneleen Bosma (to Bianchi Dama), Alicia Speake (retiring), Helen Ralston
Joining: Lauren Higham (from Liv-AWOL), Molly Patch (from Brother-Fusion), Olivia Bentley (from Vision-Innovative Leisure), Harriet Dodds (from Boompods), Ione Johnson (from On Form)
Staying: Kerry Middleton, Fran Cutts, Dani Shrosbree, Amy Marks, Liz Hughes

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Tekkerz CC

A new one to us… according to their Twitter, Tekkerz are a “new team run by Alec Briggs, with Ben Sumner, Dan Tulett, Neil Philips, Symon Lewis and friends. We’re coming to rag bikes and shake up cycling,” We’re not sure if they’re going to have an actual women’s team, but they’ve signed one woman…

Joining: Honor Elliott (from Velo Club Londres)

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Tofauti – Everyone Active

A brand new Junior team based in Colchester, with a boy’s squad as well as girls.

“Ours is a cycling team for junior men and women, aged 16-18, that empowers young people to take control of their cycling development. To achieve this we will provide a supportive team environment that provides opportunity for them to showcase their talents and the team’s charity partner and commercial sponsors. Bike racing is a sport where team effort can lead to individual success and we encourage riders to race as a team and to celebrate, and work towards, the success of teammates. In a world of walls rather than bridges, we feel it is vitally important for young people to take a wider view of the world. To this end, we plan to race regularly across Europe. We have seen first hand the value of International racing, the benefit of cross-border friendships forged through a shared love of sport and the exhilaration of competition and the achieving of personal goals. We will be promoting the amazing community and wildlife work done in Africa by the Tofauti Foundation.”

The team also has some big news regarding their DS, mentor and coach – who happens to be none other than Nikki Juniper, one of the most successful riders on the domestic scene in many years.

Joining: Polly Burge (from Abellio-SFA), Emma Keiller (from Charlotteville CC), Ella Baker (from 4T+Cyclopark), Penny de Brett (from Sutton CC/C&N Cycles), Connie McLaughlin (from Dartmoor Velo-CareControlSystems), Martha Lebentz (from Hadleigh CC)

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Torrelli-Assure

Leaving: Niamh Fisher-Black (to Bigla), Ohla Kulynych (to Ciclotel), Lauren Dolan (to Bizkaia Durango)
Joining: Alice Lethbridge (from Kingston Wheelers; Alice will continue to race time trials with Drag2Zero), Georgia Bullard (from Fusion), Holly Breck (US rider Holly previously rode for Cyclance and GoFast-Incycle), Elise Maes (Luxembourgian rider, previously with Andy Schleck Cycles Women Project), Isabel Ellis (also from Andy Schleck), Amelia Harper (from London Dynamo, also guested with TW1), Roisin Lally (from Cycling Performance Squad), Jayati Hine (from University of Sheffield CC), Caitlin Peters (from Storey), Caoimhe O’Brien (from Lakeside Wheelers)
Staying: Lydia Boylan, Ellen Barker, Emily Kay, Autumn Collins

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TW1 Racing

Another club team, this time running alongside Twickenham CC and managed by Lisa West.

“Our racing focus for next season will be  the Team Series, select National Series, the Tour of Malta and the Rás nam nBan,” Claire Hammond told us. “The majority of our races are fully supported by Lisa and other Twickenham members (van, logistics, roadside support). We will continue to work with our network of guests who, alongside Twickenham riders, will form our primary pool for future recruits.”

Leaving: Melissa Greaves (the first rider ever to leave TW1, new team TBC)
Joining: Kate MacLeod (Kate is already a familiar sight in the TW1 kit, having guested with the team numerous times; from Twickenham CC)
Staying: Leah Hadley, Alex Hamilton, Claire Hammond, Gabriella Nordin, Victoria Strila

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Unknown Rider Development Team (URDT)

Unknown Rider Development Team is committed to supporting up and coming riders in their journey as competitive cyclists within the sport – and is currently looking for new riders from the Brighton area, find their contact details below.

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Velociposse

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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

Leaving: Olivia Bentley (to Team LDN)
Joining: Charlotte Brass (from Abingdon Race Team), Harriet Hernando (from Thames Velo), Lottie Mallin Martin (from VC St Raphael), Ileia Spyropoulou (from New Forest CC)
Staying: Laura Pittard, Rebecca Kearney, Rebekah Nash, Mimi Beckett

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WXC World Cycling

Leaving: Aoife Bakovic
Joining: Sharn Hooper, Phoebe Roche (from Sutton CC/C&N Cycles), Zoe Roche (from Sutton CC/C&N Cycles), Emily Ashwood (Liv-AWOL), Charlotte McGreevy (Liv-AWOL)
Staying: Abigail Miller, Emily Miller, Emily Lines, Leah Clegg, Harriet Limb, Tulsi Bakrania, Isla Mason

(Emily Ashwood and Charlotte McGreevy will continue to ride road for Liv-AWOL)

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UK Riders Abroad

Lizzie Deignan remains with her US-based team Trek-Segafredo, as does Abi van Twisk.

Lauren Dolan is leaving Torelli to ride full-time with her Basque-based team Bizkaia-Durango that she joined in June 2019, where she will be joined by ex-Drops rider Lizzie Holden.

It should come as no surprise to anyone who follows the sport that Anna Henderson has been of interest to some big teams – the former Brother UK-Tifosi/On Form rider is off to Germany-based UCI WorldTeam squad Sunweb.

Lucy Garner remains with Norwegian team Hitec Products-Birksport.

Alice Barnes remains with Canyon-SRAM.

Alice Cobb (left) with former Matrix team mates Laura Trott and Elinor Barker

Harriet “Baz” Owen remains in the US, but switches from Hagens Berman-Supermint to Twenty20. Her former Matrix Procycling team mate Alice Cobb is moving from Tibco-SVB to the French team Charente Maritime Women’s Cycling.

It’ll probably be no surprise to anyone who’s been following Elynor Backstedt’s career that the 17-year-old Welsh cyclist has been offered a three-year professional contract with US team Trek-Segafredo, where she will race alongside some of the best riders in the world including Lizzie Deignan, Elise Longo-Borghini, Trixi Worrack and Ellen van Dijk. Elynor is of course from a cycling dynasty – her mother, Megan Hughes, was British National RR Champion in 1998 and Welsh National RR Champ the following year and won numerous medals on track, while her father was also a pro cyclist of some repute*.

 

Leah Dixon (who had a stellar season in 2019 despite having only been cycling for two years) is leaving On Form to move to the US-based professional team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank.

Jessica Roberts, who won the Madison (with Megan Barker) at the European Games in 2019 (along with three rounds of the Matrix Tour Series, and numerous other races) is moving from Team Breeze to Mitchelton-Scott.

Abby-Mae Parkinson is leaving Drops to ride for the Belgian team Lotto-Soudal.

Rachel Langdon has signed to US team Instafund -La Prima Racing.

Josie Shepherd is leaving Project 51 for Belgian squad Multum Accountants Ladies’ Team, where she will race with Irish star Lauren Creamer.

National Hill Climb Champion Hayley Simmonds is moving from BTC City Ljubljana to Team Ciclotel, where she will be joined by the Ukrainian rider Ohla Kulynych – who gets a mention here because she rode for British team Torelli in 2019.

Nikki Juniper remains with Isorex-NoAqua, where she’ll be joined by fellow Brits Savannah Morgan (formerly with ILLI Bikes) and Ellen McDermott (formerly BoomPods). Emily Meakin, who races in the UK with Independent Pedaller, will also continue with the Belgian squad, as will Issy Stone. Nikki will also be working with the new Tofauti-Everyone Active junior team – see their entry above!

Meanwhile, Juniper’s former Ford Ecoboost team mate Jo Tindley is leaving Campinense-VeloPerformance for CAMS-Tifosi.

Elizabeth Banks remains with Bigla, which will race under the new name of Bigla-Katusha.

Rachel Jary, who enjoyed a great 2019 including fifth place at Jaarmarktprijs (where British women took eight places in the top 25), is staying with Keukens Redant.

Rhona Callender, who took second place in Round 6 of the OVO Energy Tour Series in 2019 when she beat several well-known names including strong riders such as Jo Tindley and Sophie Lankford, is leaving Team Breeze – while it was originally announced that she would be joining for the U23 women’s team NXTG Racing (formerly Rogelli-Gyproc), she has since stated that she is retiring from competitive cycling., Meanwhile, fellow Brit Emily Wadsworth is joining NXTG from Brother UK-Tifosi. NXTG is new team has been set up by Servais Knaven who won the 2001 Paris-Roubaix, and explains that he wishes to create opportunities for young female cyclists due to having four daughters of his own.

Maddie Wadsworth will remain at Team Rytger p/b Cykeltøj-Online.dk.

*Lol 🙂

 

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