UK Domestic Transfer News

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.

JoiningAlice Cobb, Elinor Thorogood, Emily Mellor, Kayleigh Brogan

Four more places remain on the team.

BikePure-Lemond-Aspire-Velotech

PaigeM

BikePure-Lemond comes to a close. Paige Milward is going to Shutt VR

2014 team discontinued; will become Elite Velo Cycling RT in 2015.

Bonito Squadra Corse

LeavingElanor Cadzow (to PMR@Toachim House)

Staying: Lizzy Brama, Margherita Di Martino, Annabel Fisher, Crystal Lane, Mathilde Mathijsse, Emma Rata, Sarah Short

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)

Team Twitter

British Cycling Eastern Region Women’s Team

Rumour – no official announcement or name yet; organised by Gino Howe

De Ver Cycles

Staying: Abbie Dentus

Team Twitter

Echelon-Rotor

NJuniper

National RR Series victor Nikki Juniper is widely expected to remain with Echelon-Rotor

Leaving: Nikki Juniper (to HSS Hire)

Elite Velo Cycling RT

New team formed from BikePure-Lemond-Aspire-Velotech

JoiningSophie Black, Francesca Morgans-Slader, Hester Stembridge 

Team Facebook

Epic-Scott

Epic-Scott have revealed their full 2015 line-up. “Then it’s on to the new kit design,” they say.

Joining: Lora Turnham and Corrine Hall (Matrix-Vulpine), Louise Mahe (Mulebar Girl), Julie Erskine (Velosport-Pasta Montegrappa), Bex Rimmington (Merlin), Emma Grant (Tibco)

Staying: Alexie Shaw, Karla BoddyLaura Massey, Elle Hopkins, Mel Brand

Team Twitter

Fusion RT-Gearclub-Bike Science

Staying: Elizabeth Malins, Gillian Challis (Taylor), Natalie Grinczer, Cassie McGoldrick, Mathilde Pauls, Sophie Faulkner, Megan Barker (from development team), Ellie Campbell (from development team)

Joining: Rebecca Nixon (from Dundee Thistle RC), Sarah Byrne (Champion System/Club Roost/Maxgear)

Development Squad: Megan Chard, Sophia Chastell, Sydnie Price, Beth Coupland

Leaving: Amy Hill (to UCI level Team Rytger)

New development team to be announced

Team Twitter

GB Cycles.co.uk

Confirmed Leaving: Jo Blakeley (to Team 22), Brit Tate (to WNT)

HSS Hire

New name for RST following recruitment of new sponsor.

JoiningNikki Juniper (Echelon-Rotor), Keira McVitty (WyndyMilla-Reynolds)

Probable StayingAbby Mae Parkinson, Grace Garner, Amy Gornall, Lauren O’Brien, Elizabeth Holden, Annasley Park

New signings to be announced

Team Twitter

Jadan

Joining: Jen McAndrew (National Junior TT Champion)

Team Jadan’s management say “as it stands, there are no more changes.”

StayingAnnabel Sill, Frankie White, Victoria Hood, Sam Thoy, Lauren Brown, Olivia Thompson

LeavingHeather Bamforth

Team Twitter

Les Filles

“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

Staying: Nicole Oh, Helen Ralston, Clare Gillott, Coralie Glaunes, Kate Hewett, Vikki Filsell, Delia Beddis

Joining: Tracy Corbett (London Dynamo), Jen George (Dulwich Paragon), Helen McKay (Look Mum No Hands!)

Team Twitter

Look Mum No Hands!

Staying: Rebecca Slack (confirmed by Rebecca!)

Leaving: Helen McKay (to Les Filles RT)

Team Twitter

Merlin

More news expected soon

Leaving: Laura Morgan (to PH-Mas), Bex Rimmington (to Epic-Scott)

MuleBar Girl 

Confirmed Leaving: Louise Mahe (to Epic-Scott)

Team Twitter

Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International

Joining: Clemence Copie (MuleBar Girl), Jo Rowsell (Wiggle-Honda) Beth Hayward (Matrix-Vulpine), Katie Curtis (Starley-Primal)

Staying: Katie Archibald, Lauren Creamer, Ciara Horne, Gaby Shaw, Sarah Storey, Anna Turvey

Affiliates (riders with the team but unable to commit to a full programme): Nikola Butler, Claire Galloway

PH-Mas

See VCUK-PHMas

PMR@Toachim House

“Looking for female riders for next season. Road, Track & TT. Interested? Give us an email pmracing@live.co.uk 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!

Joining: Alexis Barnes, Susan Freeburn, Catherine Hills and Victoria Strila (all from WyndyMilla), Adele Martin (VC Raphael), Chloe Weller (Norwood Paragon), Elanor Cadzow (Bonito Squadra Corsa)

Staying: Louise Laker

Team Twitter

RST

See HSS Hire

Team Twitter

Shutt VR

Joining: Paige Milward (BikePure-Lemond-Aspire-Velotech)

Team Twitter

Speg51

Starley-Primal

Leaving: Katie Curtis (to Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International; report here), Eileen Roe (to UCI team Wiggle-Honda; report here)

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.

Team Twitter

Team 22 

Velocast have announced that they will sponsor the team in 2015.

Joining: Jo Blakeley (GB Cycles.co.uk), Vanessa Whitfield (VC St. Raphael)

Staying: Jen Edwards, Sarah Rose, Claire Martin, Eve Dixon, Jess Atkinson

Team Twitter

22kit

Team 22’s 2015 kit – simple, classic elegance, like the famous Holdsworth-Campagnolo jersey with the colours reversed

VC St. Raphael

Leaving: Vanessa Whitfield (to Team 22), Adele Martin (to PMR@Toachim House)

Team Twitter

VCUK-PHMas

VCUKPHMas

VCUK-PHMas are the first domestic team to reveal their 2015 kit

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

Joining: Laura Morgan (Merlin), Kirsty Boak (Tyneside Vagabonds CC), Rosa Martin (Ribble Valley Juniors)

StayingJenny 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)

Team Twitter

Velosport-Pasta Montegrappa

JulieErskine

Julie Erksine is leaving Velosport-Pasta Montergrappa for Epic-Scott (image: Julie’s Twitter)

Confirmed Leaving: Julie Erskine (to Epic-Scott)

Team Twitter

Vertex Ride

Sponsored by bike shop Vertex Ride, said to be putting together a women’s team including their existing rider Emma Coldwell

Staying: Emma Coldwell

VO2 Bikes

Joining: Rosemary Homer (first female rider for the team!)

WNT

WNT is said to be creating a team that will focus on criterium racing – the names below suggest this to be the case!

Confirmed Joining: Charline Joiner,  Jo Tindley (Matrix-Vulpine), Hannah Walker (Epic-Scott), Brit Tate (GB Cycles), Lydia Boylan

Rumoured Joining: Annie Simpson

Team Twitter

WyndyMilla

LeavingAlexis Barnes, Susan Freeburn, Catherine Hills and Victoria Strila (all to PMR@Toachim House); Keira McVitty (to HSS Hire)

WyndyMilla-Reynolds

Team Twitter

Zappi’s

Zappis

Zappi’s is expanding (photo supplied by Zappi’s)

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)

Team Facebook

UK-based UCI Teams

Matrix-Vulpine

JoiningLucy 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)

Wiggle-Honda

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)