Many teams will be officially revealing their 2015 rosters in the next few weeks; however, as usual, some preferred to get the news out early and plenty of information has managed to escape into the wild. This is everything we’ve managed to find out so far.
Aprire Factory Racing
New team managed by Phil Dempsey, with Rene Groot as directeur sportif. Press release here.
Joining: Alice Cobb, Elinor Thorogood, Emily Mellor, Kayleigh Brogan
Four more places remain on the team.
2014 team discontinued; will become Elite Velo Cycling RT in 2015.
Bonito Squadra Corse
Leaving: Elanor Cadzow (to PMR@Toachim House)
Joining: Lucy Chittenden (Hoops Velo), Henrietta Colborne (Beacon Wheelers), Lydia Gurley (Jewson), Anna-Marie Hughes (Bike Pure-Lemond-Aspire-Velotech), Lauren Humphreys (Rugby Velo), Evgenia Ilyinskaya (Edinburgh RC), Bethany Taylor (Fusion RT Academy)
British Cycling Eastern Region Women’s Team
Rumour – no official announcement or name yet; organised by Gino Howe
De Ver Cycles
Staying: Abbie Dentus
Leaving: Nikki Juniper (to HSS Hire)
Elite Velo Cycling RT
New team formed from BikePure-Lemond-Aspire-Velotech
Epic-Scott have revealed their full 2015 line-up. “Then it’s on to the new kit design,” they say.
Fusion RT-Gearclub-Bike Science
Development Squad: Megan Chard, Sophia Chastell, Sydnie Price, Beth Coupland
Leaving: Amy Hill (to UCI level Team Rytger)
New development team to be announced
New name for RST following recruitment of new sponsor.
New signings to be announced
Joining: Jen McAndrew (National Junior TT Champion)
Team Jadan’s management say “as it stands, there are no more changes.”
Leaving: Heather Bamforth
“Les Filles RT will be entering their third season in 2015, with a largely unchanged set-up and philosophy. With some 2014 members cutting down their racing commitments next season, Les Filles RT have recruited an additional four London-based riders to the team” – Les Filles RT 2015 line-up announcement
Look Mum No Hands!
Staying: Rebecca Slack (confirmed by Rebecca!)
Leaving: Helen McKay (to Les Filles RT)
More news expected soon
Confirmed Leaving: Louise Mahe (to Epic-Scott)
Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International
“Looking for female riders for next season. Road, Track & TT. Interested? Give us an email firstname.lastname@example.org or PM us on Facebook” read an intriguing Tweet just after transfer season got under way – and it paid off for PMR, who realise their long-held dream of fielding a UK domestic women’s team and kindly confirmed for us their very impressive 2015 line-up!
Staying: Louise Laker
See HSS Hire
Joining: Paige Milward (BikePure-Lemond-Aspire-Velotech)
Joining: Pia de Quint* (from De Sprinters Malderen)
*26-year-old’s Pia’s best result to date was 18th place at the Herentals Road Race on the 31st of July 2014. Her race stats for the rest of the year and for 2013 can be seen here.
Velocast have announced that they will sponsor the team in 2015.
VC St. Raphael
Leaving: Vanessa Whitfield (to Team 22), Adele Martin (to PMR@Toachim House)
PH-Mas reports that it has been approached by several British companies wanting to become involved with women’s cycling – more evidence that things are on the up for the entire sport in this country! Next year, the team will become VCUK-PHMas. Confirmation of the 2015 roster is expected soon
Staying: Jenny Eastham, Sinead Burke, Alison Kinloch, Jenny Eastham, Natalie Hodson, Gemma Sargent, Clara Sandelind, Amy O’Halloran, Martha Gill, Jess Taylor, Leah Pheasey, Madeleine Scott, Nicky Hartle (MTB/CX), Amber Southern (MTB), Anna Maunder (MTB)
Confirmed Leaving: Julie Erskine (to Epic-Scott)
Sponsored by bike shop Vertex Ride, said to be putting together a women’s team including their existing rider Emma Coldwell
Staying: Emma Coldwell
Joining: Rosemary Homer (first female rider for the team!)
WNT is said to be creating a team that will focus on criterium racing – the names below suggest this to be the case!
Rumoured Joining: Annie Simpson
Zappi’s, which already has riders from the UK, the Czech Republic, the USA and Spain, has made the roster even more international with new signings from New Zealand, Belgium and the Netherlands as well as from the UK.
“For 2015 we’ll be focused on being a greater presence in the National Road Series road races, as well as competing in the Women’s Team Series Races. The team will continue on its quest to develop novice riders into winners on the road, as well as supporting the aspirations of our more experienced riders,” team manager Chris Smith told Neutral Service.
“The 2015 roster isn’t yet finalised; we have retained the core of our 2014 and made some new signings, but we’re still looking for a few more riders who’re fully committed to racing the national series, especially those who might be interested in a route to a pro ride in Italy via the network of our capo Flavio Zappi.”
Staying: Tracy Best, Sian Cahill, Clare Leaver, Emily Lyons, Merce Pujados, Hedvika Toncrova, Bonnie van Wilgenburg
Joining: Tamara Davenne (Oxford University CC), Anne Huiber (from the Netherlands), Juliet Milward (High Wycombe CC)
UK-based UCI Teams
Joining: Lucy Martin (Estado de Mexico-Faren), Christina Siggaard (Firefighters Upsala CK), Laura Trott & Elinor Barker (Wiggle-Honda), Molly Weaver (Epic-Scott), Sara Olsson (Hitec Products)
Staying: Mel Lowther, Harriet Owen, Jessie Walker, Penny Rowson
Leaving: Corrine Hall and Lora Turnham (to Epic-Scott), Jo Tindley (to WNT), Beth Hayward (to Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International)
Joining: Audrey Cordon-Ragot (Hitec Products), Mara Abbott (United Healthcare), Anna Christian, Jolien D’hoore (Lotto-Belisol), Elisa Longo Borghini and Cloe Hosking (Hitec Products), Nettie Edmondson (Orica-AIS), Eileen Roe (Starley-Primal), Jessica Mundy
Staying: Dani King, Anna Sanchis, Amy Roberts
Strongly Rumoured Staying: Giorgia Bronzini
Leaving: Jo Rowsell (to Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International), Laura Trott and Elinor Barker (to Matrix-Vulpine), Linda Villumsen (to United Healthcare)