New Premier Calendar Team for 2011

Sunday 28th November 2010

by Dan Smith

Story posted November 25, 2010 on British Cycling Website | Team Press Release

North East based racing Team Velo29 have put together a new Premier Calendar Squad for the 2011 season. Velo29, sponsored by online bike store www.velo29.com have been around for a few seasons and are now ready to move into the top echelons of UK cycling.

“We are very ambitious about what we can achieve at Velo29” comments Team Chairman Richard Williamson. “The structure has been put in place over the past few seasons and we are now ready to take on some of the big UK outfits. We’ve got a feeder team developing local talent, plenty of contacts to bring in experienced riders and have all the support in place that a Premier Calendar Team warrants”.

“The budget’s not huge but the finance is secured for the foreseeable future therefore the riders can take some assurance from this and concentrate on the pedalling” Richard adds. “We look after our riders and we see a long term plan essential to achieving this. Riders need support and security. They need to know we’ll attend every big race and they will have the backing they need to be able to succeed.”

“We want our riders to do well and have ambition. If that’s sticking with Velo29 then great but if they want to move to a bigger team or abroad then we’ll help them do this. We’ve got plenty of contacts on the Continent and further afield who can help us achieve this. Already we have two former Velo29 riders doing well in Brittany and it’s great to see riders develop and move on.”

“We get invites to some pretty cool places” add’s Team Manger Daniel Smith. “I’ve taken Teams to Cameroon, Senegal and Eastern Europe in the past few years. We’ve got cycling contacts in pretty much every corner of the globe! The Team Launch is in February 2011” adds Daniel. “In terms of the squad, we are pretty much where we want to be. We’ve got some new signing’s, seasoned Continentals and importantly organic talent. There is still place for another two squad members and we’d be delighted to hear from interested parties to fill these spots.”

Further information is available from richard.williamson@velo29.com

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