I had hoped to attend the launch for the Breast Cancer Care cycling team at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome on Saturday afternoon but after putting my back out, I missed it and the Revolution track meeting in the evening.
The information that was released from BCCCT was of personal interest, therefore, as well as important for the Scottish Cycling community in general and hopefully Drum-Up readers. Scottish Cycling had been involved in Team Ibis in 2012 and the news that this team was to fold was met with great concern late in 2012. I understand a great deal of work went in to securing the sponsorship and organisation for this new team, so hats must be doffed to SC and whoever else was involved for making it happen. Of course there are English riders and other nationalities, but my main interest is in some of the riders who will be familiar to us on the local scene.
Looking to Glasgow 2014, the team will provide top level competition for the Scottish women, primarily on the road in Holland and Belgium, but I should expect we will see them on the track in Glasgow too.
On Saturday the 2nd of February the Sir Chris Hoy velodrome played host to the team launch of the Breast Cancer Care cycling team, the UK’s number one domestic women’s cycling team. In these impressive surroundings in one of the venues for the 2014 Commonwealth games, the team, its riders and its sponsors were presented to an assembled crowd of media, supporters, friends and family. The presentation was hosted by well-known cycling commentator Anthony McCrossan of Cyclevox, himself a big supporter of women’s cycling.
Proceedings kicked off with the introduction of the riders, including the team’s latest signing Eileen Roe from Fife. The team announced the vast range of partners, supporters and sponsors of the team. Bianchi will be supplying the team with their Sempre Pro model equipped with Rolf Prima wheels from 2pure and tyres provided by Schwalbe. VeloBrands have kitted the team out with Kask Vertigo helmets and award winning Bambino time trial helmets, while Lake Shoes and Moore Large are supplying the team with their top end CX311 road shoes and nutrition is provided by CNP Professional. Finally ensuring the team’s bikes will be in perfect working order are Muc-Off who are providing the team with a range of their bike cleaning products and lubricants. The team will be further backed by For, out of the ordinary Accountants, VioRed, one of the world leaders in treating sleeping disorders, Ashtanga Yoga Edinburgh and the Meadowlark coffee shop.
After this spokespeople of the two major partners of the team took to the stage, firstly Graeme Herd, Scottish Cycling’s head coach, spoke about the opportunity the team presents to Scottish riders to prove themselves at the highest level of competitive racing and how it will prepare the riders for the 2014 Commonwealth games. Next it was Linsey Rodgers of Breast Cancer Care explaining to the crowd about the charity’s activities and how the team will help raise awareness about the good work it does, but also how the team can motivate people to get directly involved in raising funds to support the charity.
After the launch team staff and riders spoke to the BBC and you can see a video of this.
The 2013 Breast Cancer Care cycling team consists of the following riders:
Dame Sarah Storey, Cheshire, England
Jane Barr, Perth, Scotland
Amy Bradley, Melbourne, Australia
Kayleigh Brogan, Paisley, Scotland
Anne Ewing, West Lothian, Scotland
Claire Galloway, Oxfordshire, England
Ella Hopkins, Devon, England
Ciara Horne, West Midlands, England
Julie Leth, Aarhus, Denmark
Laura Murray, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Eileen Roe, Fife, Scotland
Penny Rowson, Yorkshire, England
Gabriela Shaw, Yorkshire, England
Eli Thorogood, Ceredigion, Wales
Molly Weaver, Herefordshire, England
The team will kick off the season in Belgium with the Omloop het Nieuwsblad followed by Le Samyn then Gent Wevelgem before continuing the season with the UK National Women’s series.
Craig Burn, Scottish Cycling Chief Executive said “This is a fantastic opportunity for all the atheletes involved and it a great way for our Scottish Riders to gain elite level racing experience abroad. I have no doubt the team will make great ambassadors for women’s cycling and inspire the next generation of girls to get involved in the sport. Scottish Cycling are proud support the Breast Cancer Care Cycling Team.”
Andrew Griffin (UK Country Manager Bianchi) said “Bianchi has been absent from the UK circuit, in this manner, for some time, so it’s very exciting for the brand to return to high level racing with a team as capable and determined as this. Working with, and supporting, such talented, passionate riders, management and sponsors, especially Breast Cancer Care, is a humbling affair but one which brings an enormous amount of job satisfaction. At Bianchi, we’re all eagerly looking forward to the season ahead.”