Some time ago, Neutral Service ran a brief article on Velociposse – an all new, London-based women’s track team being organised by Jess Hayes and several interested riders. The team is now officially launched with fifteen riders, sponsors (they’re still looking for more, so it’s not too late to get involved) and an eye-catching kit – testament to what can be achieved when a group of riders get their heads together and refuse to give up! Below is the official press release announcing the birth of the team…
“London’s first all‐women track cycling team, Velociposse, is prepped to launch at London’s Lee Valley Olympic Velodrome this Friday 7th August. After successfully race-debuting atRed Hook Crit, London, Velociposse will host a team day followed by racing in the Herne Hill Velodrome Women’s League on Saturday. The team of 15 have been quietly building momentum on social media in the lead up to their press/photo day at the historic velodrome where earlier this year Sir Bradley Wiggins made track cycling history.
The team has garnered support from a range of large and small enterprises and iscurrently operating with support from Bounce Energy Balls, UK, Seabass Cycles, Jehu Bikewear, British Cycling and many others. Team–captain, Jess Hayes, acknowledged the struggles in women’s cycling and took initiative to start the team, “I saw this kind of DIY attitude in a lot of my fellow women cyclists, and figured we could work together to achieve something awesome. I reached out to Anna Schwinn who started our sister team in the US, Koochella, and we started working on a plan. 3 months later and here we are ready to take on any race that will let us rag‐tags in!”
The team consists of 15 women of various histories – from triathlon, to street–fixed and alley–cat events. The team has a calendar of races across Europe on their agenda for 2015, and beyond. More information about the team’s history, ethos and members can be found on our website or by reaching out to Jess at firstname.lastname@example.org.”