Published: 06 February 2013
Breast Cancer Care cycling team launch
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, it’s riders and it’s 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.
The 2013 Breast Cancer Care cycling team consists of the following riders:
Dame Sarah Storey, Cheshire, England
Jane Barr, Stirling, 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 athletes 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."
Lauren Vanderplank, Marketing Manager, Moore Large (UK Distributor Lake shoes) said:
Lake are proud to announce they will be sponsoring the Breast Cancer Care Cycling Team with custom fit, carbon road shoes. The team caught Lake’s eye because as well as having a fantastic line up of riders including Dame Sarah Storey the British based women's cycling team have chosen to support Breast Cancer Care whilst racing both in the UK and in professional races across Europe. We hope the team will not only promote our shoes, but cycling to women whilst raising awareness of Breast Cancer Care.
David Craft, Marketing Executive Muc-Off said:
"At Muc-Off we're passionate about working with world class athletes, so we had to jump at the opportunity to work with the Breast Cancer Care Team. The team is loaded with talent and we're excited to support them for the 2013 season!"
VeloBrands UK distributor Kask Helmets said:
“Kask and VeloBrands welcome the chance to support Breast Cancer Care Cycling Team and wish them every success for the 2013 season.
We want to get more people out on their bikes and we believe that the collaboration between the team, Breast Cancer Care, and Scottish Cycling is a great way to make this happen. What’s more looking at the previous successes of the team and we feel they are one to watch for 2013 as well as being a great inspiration to many people.”
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On Twitter: BCC_CT
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