New partner Develop secures future of respected Women’s stage race

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Develop’s support of Team OnForm in 2018 secures the future of established women’s stage race.

Adding to the list of partners in 2018, Develop is the perfect fit, their goals & ethos of supporting the development of individuals in a team environment are a mirror fit with that of our own ethos and those of our other partners.

Develop exists to provide opportunities and positive interaction to those they engage with: young people, adults and employers. Providing opportunities to a wide spectrum of learners from some of the most disadvantaged, to those requiring some additional support to enable them to experience new opportunities. The focus and drive behind Develop’s purpose, is a belief that they make a difference to learners and customers, and can be a gateway for progression.

“Creating opportunities for individuals and organisations to succeed”

Develop’s support will allow team OnForm to take on the organisation of a well established & respected women’s stage race, an event which has seen many of the past, current & no doubt future champions win.

More details to be announced shortly

Team principle Simon said

“Having Develop on board is brilliant, my vision of the team is exactly that of Develop, seeing a rider or support staff progress & gain experience gives me a feeling of great satisfaction, I’m so looking forward to seeing how we can support each other on dual projects”

“This year we felt it was important to support local events alongside our national participation, supporting grass roots racing. As well as organising a road race as part of our Eastern Road Race league inclusion 2018 will see us giving more to the sport we all love, with not only an increased rider roster, but also alongside Develop support event organisation”

Elaine Morgan, deputy CEO confirmed

“We at Develop are excited to be a Partner of Team OnForm for the 2018 season. The mentoring and support given to develop and progress young talent mirrors our approach as an organisation. We applaud the investment shown in the future success of young people with the support and expertise given by OnForm team management and support staff. We are particularly looking forward to following local successes and supporting our local Womens stage race in May, as well as working on future projects together”

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Amira Mellor, GB Rider, ex junior CX champ to join Cycle Team OnForm

Amira Mellor joins Team OnForm

Former National Junior CX Champion & current Great Britain team member Amira Mellor will join Cycle Team OnForm at the end of her cyclo x season from 1st March onwards

On Joining OnForm Amira expressed her excitement

“I’m really excited to be racing with On Form for the 2018 road season. With a great group of riders, I’m really motivated to give my all this summer to see what I can do on the road.”

Having competed in sport for as long as she can remember, Amira decided to focus on cycling from the age of 14. Mainly racing off road at first with mountain bike in summer and cyclocross in winter, this summer she has decided to focus on the road. Amira a full time athlete who lives in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire has plenty of hills and a great local community of top road riders. It’s the ideal area to prepare for a summer of road & crit racing.

“with the great things I’ve heard and the results I’ve seen from OnForm I’m super excited to be riding with a great group of girls. I’m looking forward to getting stuck into the road season to help the team get some great results”

Team principle Simon said

“Amira’s pedigree in cyclo x is undoubted, confirmed by this weekends national series podium, it’s up to us and the team to support, encourage & give Amira confidence to have a successful season on the road”

“It’s been proven over & over again racers can have a successful career at both disciplines, there’s no doubt the skills learnt racing of road can easily be transferred to the road, what’s needed is the desire to want to transfer. Amira’s excitement & determination has certainly convinced me she has the desire to do this”

Amira Mellor joins Team Onform to develop road racing

Cycle Team OnForm new partnership with Brother UK

team onform partners with brother uk

We are delighted to announce our partnership with Brother UK into the 2018 season.

Team OnForm will enjoy jersey sponsorship from Brother UK throughout the 2018 season, competing at high profile national events including the Tour Series in May.

Brother UK has invested in the cycling sector for more than six years with the provision of neutral service vehicles to high-level domestic races and sportives. It is also the official print, imaging and results partner for the Tour Series, the OVO Energy Women’s Tour of Britain and the OVO Energy Tour of Britain

Simon Howes, team manager of Team OnForm, said

“It’s fantastic to have Brother UK on board as our sponsor for next season. They are a heavyweight brand who has already invested a significant amount in elite cycling in the UK. we will benefit greatly as a team thanks to their involvement.”

Speaking about the new team sponsorship, Phil Jones MBE, Managing Director of Brother UK, commented:

“I’ve been hugely impressed by the performance of Team OnForm this year. They are a team going places. What stands out in particular is that Team OnForm are an ambitious unit, and their approach to the sport fits exactly with what Brother UK is all about – delivering results, partnership and teamwork.”

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Jamie Wimborne and Tom Elwood to join Onform U23 development team 

Tom Elwood & Jamie Wimborne join our development team

A relative newcomer to the sport who only started road racing in March 2016, Tom Elwood previously raced mountain bikes in both downhill and XC. Having risen through the ranks quickly since he took bunch racing up he has enjoyed a great 2017 season.

“I’m looking forward to continuing my progression next year with the support of Team OnForm”

17 year old Jamie Wimborne is hoping for a very successful season with OnForm. He had a promising 2017 riding for Watford Velo, with 3 wins and a Regional A road race podium, plus competing in the National Junior Series and Junior Tour of Ireland. Despite having to end his season early following a crash in the Alps in July, Jamie has now started a solid winter training programme and is excited to start racing with the under-23 team, targeting mainly Regional A and National B road races with an eye on gaining his 1st category licence, whilst also potentially doing some races abroad.

“I’m really looking forward to learning from the wealth of experience within OnForm, which I hope to translate into wins next year”

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Cycle Team OnForm twinning with Els Àngels Racing

els angels racing team in Girona

Team On Form, winners of the 2017 UK Women’s Team Series, and Els Àngels Racing, a new women’s race team based in Girona, Spain are ‘twinning’ for the 2018 season.

Team On Form riders will have the opportunity to race in the women’s Copa España (the Spanish equivalent of the UK National Series), the Copa Catalana & selected stage races as guest riders for Els Àngels Racing. In turn Team on Form will host Els Àngels riders as guests for selected races on the UK calendar.

Els Àngels Racing is a new team sponsored by Girona based cycling tour operator Eat Sleep Cycle with riders from the UK, the US and Catalunya. The team aims to contribute to the development of local women’s cycling and provide opportunities to race for developing riders.

Simon Howes, DS of Team On Form, says

“This is a great opportunity for our riders to have access to racing on the continent. Racing in different conditions (in the heat and up mountains) against different teams and riders will be great for our riders development.”

Bring on the 2018 season!

 

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Els Àngels is the name of a famous climb in Girona

Youth & Experience join Cycle Team OnForm

Mel Brand and Lauren Murphy Join Cycle Team Onform

We are delighted to announce Mel Brand  and Lauren Murphy will be added to our 2018 rider roster.

Mel Brand has been road racing since 2013, has represented some of the strongest teams in the UK, MG Maxifuel, Epic Scott, Ikon-Mazda & Ford/Ecoboost

During her 2017 season Mel has ridden in races including the National Road Series, Women’s Team Series and the Tour Series as well as the prestigious, Tour Cycliste Féminin International de l’Ardèche.

Mel’s role within the team will include mentoring the younger riders, passing on the knowledge she has gained while racing alongside many of the best racers in the country.

On joining team OnForm Mel said

“One of the key things I have learnt is the importance of team work, I am very much looking forward to joining such a supportive and talented team as On Form”

Lauren Murphy is the current 2017 Junior National Road Race Champion & winner of the Bedford 3 Day Young riders classification.

She was introduced to cycling by her brother, soon learned to ride a bike, joined her local club and was racing by the age of 5. Lauren  is highly motivated, even on days when she really doesn’t feel like training, she reminds herself that it will all pay off in races.

Lauren says

“Joining Team OnForm is the ideal step as I move into the senior category, their results have shown they can compete at the top level in the UK, I have seen first hand their organisation, team work & how riders have progressed, with the potential of more European racing it’s the ideal set up for me to progress”

We welcome them both to Cycle Team OnForm and look forward to 2018

 

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Jessica Finney Joins Cycle Team OnForm

Jessica Finney Cycle Team OnForm Race Face

Jessica Finney joins in 2018 following impressive guest appearances this year, winning a round of the team series & finishing 4th in the recent super crit despite crashing with only a couple of laps to the finish, will join the team in 2018

Jess has just graduated from Portsmouth studying sports science. In her spare time she has always been active in sport. However, this year has been her first year that she has spent more time just concentrating on cycling.

Through her local club she has been introduced to the racing scene, only competing in her first race early this year. Jess has progressed quickly from racing locally to competing at national level

Jess said

“Im very excited to gain an opportunity to ride for team on form in 2018. I have always been very competitive and from an early age was inspired by the Olympics and track cycling. I am therefore really excited for next year to be able to focus on cycling and win races. My dream is to race at the biggest races in the world and to become a professional cyclist”

Team principle Simon said

“I have been following Jess’s progress closely through out the season and watched her finish 2nd in a round of the team series, such good rides without team mates & very little experience made my decision to offer Jess a couple of guest spots simple, it was an ideal opportunity to see how she fitted into our structure & for Jess to experience how we race with confidence but most of all supporting each other”

“As with all our current riders & new, we really look forward to supporting Jess towards achieving more through the 2018 season, I’m sure 2018 is going to be a good year for her”

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2017 results amazing 65 Wins 85 Podiums and more

team onform 2017 results

Well we cant say much more than the image amazing 2017 results. Not bad for the first year of the team.

Congratulations to all the riders, those who made the podium, those who got them there, those that learned a lot and those that shared their knowledge.

 

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Team Onform Rider by Rider points on British Cycling

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Tom Neale joins Cycle Team OnForm for 2018 Season

24 year old Tom Neale brings a wealth of experience to Team OnForm for the 2018 season. After a break from racing in 2017, Tom joins us with a renewed mindset and readiness to race. Tom has experience racing at a high domestic level, competing in the premier calendars and the British UCI races, as well as numerous national B wins as an under 23. He is looking forward to the relaxed and friendly environment that the team has to offer

We welcome Tom to the team

Writtle Partnership with Team OnForm produces fantastic wins

Writtle partnership Cycle Team OnForm at the Lincoln Grandprix

This press release appeared on Writtle University College  in September 2017 

The partnership between Writtle University College and Team OnForm has produced fantastic results in its first six months with a stack of high-profile wins.

The cycling academy – the first of its kind in the UK – was officially launched in March and enables Cycling Performance degree students to participate in organised cycling races and events, whilst receiving the support and guidance of industry experts as they continue their educational journey.

Team OnForm riders, some of whom are students at the University College, have reached five national championships, won more than 65 races and have stepped up to the podiums more than 85 times.

The team were first overall team in the National Women’s Team Series, third overall team in the British Cycling Women’s Road Series team standings, and fifth team overall in the Tour Series Matrix Grand Prix Series team standings. OnForm won the first team overall in the three days of Bedford and was first team in the UCI Tour of Cambridge/Gran Fondo Chrono Team Time Trial.

Mark Walker, Course Leader for the Foundation Degree in Cycling Performance, said:

“This partnership has already proved to be an incredibly successful journey. Such has been the success of Team OnForm that riders were winning races from the very start of the season, but, to our surprise, those early wins have been followed by bigger and more prestigious performances.

“Needless to say, there is even more of this journey to come with some further big announcements about races and additional sponsors to follow. Our progress so far has well exceeded expectations!”

Simon Howes, Team Principal, said:

“Our results show that our partnership with Writtle University College has been a huge success. There are many stories of our riders improving week after week – and growing in confidence over this season; something everybody in the team is very proud of.

Oli Smee is the perfect example. Through Writtle and Team OnForm he was able to experience racing in France. To see him then come back to the UK and win a race encompasses the Team OnForm ethos – helping riders progress and develop.

We are all very much looking forward to our continued partnership next year and many more years after that. The partnership is a great fit for both the team and University College.”

As well as giving students the opportunity to pursue their racing ambitions, the course is specially-designed to enable them to gain experience in a raft of cycling-related careers, including event management and coaching.

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