Team Onform launches new Elite Women’s Team

Brother UK – Tifosi powered by OnForm

Team OnForm is excited to announce the launch of its new elite women’s team. The team will be called Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm and will comprise a mix of youth and experienced riders. It’s going to be one to watch in 2019!

We are delighted to reveal that Anna Henderson, the current British criterium champion who is representing Great Britain at the UCI World Championships in Innsbruck this week, is the first rider to join the team.

Details of the rest of the team will be announced over the coming weeks.

Team OnForm has racked up an impressive list of achievements since its inception in 2017, something that everyone involved is immensely proud of. OnForm was set up with an academy philosophy to develop riders and support team alike. The formation of this new tier elite team within the OnForm structure will give more riders opportunities to race within the OnForm set up. It will also create a team that the younger OnForm riders can aspire to be part of.

This development philosophy, as well as the support, sponsors, enjoyment, energy and all that OnForm has demonstrated in the past two years will carry into Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm. There will be plenty of opportunities to see the team in 2019 as the race programme will also be similar, supporting the UK domestic racing scene, as well as regular trips to Europe to compete.

Team Manager, Simon Howes, says

“it’s great to be able to show progression year on year. With the recent news of teams finding it difficult to recruit sponsors, being able to provide at least another 10 spots within the senior women’s UK race scene shows our long term commitment to support and nurture talent. “None of this would have been possible without our partners, such as Writtle University College, Perkins Garages and Campagnolo, amongst many others, who all believed in our ideas and philosophies from day one. Their support and confidence in what we are striving to achieve has allowed us to add Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm to our team portfolio”

“I’m indebted to two key individuals,” continues Howes.

“Phil Jones MBE, Managing Director of Brother UK has been inspirational and very supportive of the ideas we’ve put to him. His advice and managerial knowhow has been invaluable to my decision making. The other is Andrew Paine, Managing director of Perkins garages, whose input, ideas and motivation has no limits. I’ve no doubt with Andrew’s input Team OnForm will never sit back on its laurels.”

Brother UK is a well known sponsor in the UK cycling scene, supporting a diverse portfolio of six teams. They are keen for others to share their philosophy.

Brother UK MD Phil Jones comments that

“Cycling is a Great British success story and one that Brother UK is proud to be a part of. Our reward for partnering with teams at the grassroots is the chance to make a real difference to the sport, as well as to see at first hand some of the brightest young talents take centre stage for the first time; riders like Anna Henderson, for example. We’re getting good outcomes from supporting cycling and we actively encourage other companies to get involved and enjoy the same rewards. UK cycle sport urgently needs more of these win-win partnerships.”

Jones adds,

“We’re hoping to see further development on the very solid foundations on which Simon Howes has built the team. One of the many inspiring aspects of Team OnForm is that it grants opportunity to talent in all roles – to aspiring soigneurs and sports directors, as well as to riders. We’d love to see this continue. The development of a parallel identity for Team OnForm as an unofficial skills hub for the UK racing scene would be a fitting achievement for someone of Simon’s experience and standards.”

Chicken Cyclekit will be providing the team with the new Tifosi Auriga with Campagnolo Chorus.

Chicken Cyclekit Mike Catlin, their Commercial Director said

“Chicken Cyclekit are incredibly happy to have the Tifosi bicycle brand associated with Team Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm for 2019. We share the same values as the team and are pleased to support such a talented group of riders and the team that surrounds them. Our philosophy in recent years has been to support the UK racing scene as much as possible with our brands, and it is very evident how much women’s racing has grown in popularity in recent seasons and it’s fantastic to be a part of continuing that growth. For us, to have an opportunity to become a title sponsor with such a great team really offers everything we want from a partnership.”

The team also adds further experience on the management side. Paul Freeman, formerly Sports Director of UCI teams who guested as Sports Director at the recent Ras na Mban, has been appointed as 2019 Sports Director.

The new team bike will be on display at The Cycle Show in Birmingham later this week. Visit the Chicken Cyclekit stand to see more.

Key Contacts:

Simon Howes, Team Manager 

Helen Bridgman, Marketing Manager

Sponsor Information

Brother UK

Brother UK is a pivotal supporter of British cycle sport, symptomatic of its maturity in recognising sponsorship opportunities and the passion felt for cycling by Managing Director Phil Jones MBE. The company sponsors six domestic teams, as well serving as official print and results partner to the Tour of Britain, the Women’s Tour and the Tour Series. Additionally, Brother UK provides a fleet of neutral service vehicles with Canyon bikes to British Cycling’s top-tier races for men and women.

Twice a winner of the Queens Award, the country’s highest accolade for business excellence, Brother UK has also been awarded ‘Platinum’ status by Investors in People. Headquartered in Manchester since 1968, the business has become one of the most important corporate entities in the city, where it is widely recognised as a force for good.

Parent company Brother is a global provider of specialist technical solutions, from managed print services to the cutting edge AiR Scouter 300, an advanced head-mounted display.

Chicken Cyclekit

Chicken Cyclekit is one of the leading distributors of premium brands cycling brands in the UK.

The company has been around for just under a hundred years and continues to carry forward the values it was founded upon, despite now being a multi-million-pound business. They pride themselves on providing customers with top brands, service and quality, as well as deep product knowledge and technical expertise.

 

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Tifosi Auriga

Cycling Performance foundation degree at Writtle University College

Writtle university college

Do you have a passion for cycling? Dream of making it as a professional cyclist? Want to work in the cycling industry?

Our two-year foundation degree in Cycling Performance allows cycling enthusiasts to combine their love of bikes with a high-quality education.

Discover why our students study this unique degree, how they benefit from study tours to high-profile venues such as Lee Valley VeloPark and have the opportunity to compete as part of the exciting Team OnForm.

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Womens Tour de Yorkshire – see Team OnForm live on ITV4

CYCLE TEAM ONFORM at womens tour de yorkshire

Cycle Team OnForm Women are competing in the Womens Tour de Yorkshire. It is great to see the girls on live TV and see them on the front mixing it with the pros and world champions . Good luck to the Squad.

See the team on Tour de Yorkshire website

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Thursday, May 3
08.30-13.00, Women’s Stage one LIVE, ITV4
19.00-21.30, Stage one highlights, Eurosport 2
20.00-21.00, Stage one highlights, ITV4
Friday, May 4
08.55-12.45, Women’s stage two LIVE, ITV4
20.30-21.30, Stage two highlights, Eurosport 2
21.00-22.00, Stage two highlights, ITV4

tour de yorkshire cycle team onform
tour de yorkshire cycle team onform

Results

Stage 1

18 181 *HENDERSON Anna TOF GBR
59 183 FINNEY Jessica TOF GBR
60 182 DIXON Leah TOF GBR
76 186 SPEAKE Alicia TOF GBR
91 184 PORTER Charmaine TOF GBR
106 185 SARGENT Gemma TOF GBR

Very creditable top twenty for Anna Henderson

Stage 2

Another a fantastic performance from the team

23 181 HENDERSON Anna TOF GBR 6h50’35” 02’26”
59 184 PORTER Charmaine TOF GBR
84 186 SPEAKE Alicia TOF GBR
93 185 SARGENT Gemma TOF GBR

Team OnForm partnering Arc Ulysses

Team On Form partner with ARC ULYSSES

An exciting opportunity has arisen for team OnForm & ARC-ulysses to partner, the partnership was born following introductions from former professional racer Bex Rimmington who had guested for the Dutch team based in Amsterdam on previous occasions.

Bex, who has ridden under the management of team OnForm principle Simon felt with the success OnForm has had in 2017 and the professionalism shown throughout its first year of racing OnForm was the ideal fit for ARC-Ulysses.

Combining local knowledge, contacts & recourses will allow riders to race around Europe in races the teams individually would not be able to participate in, ARC-ulysses will facilitate OnForm riders & OnFrom will facilitate ARC-ulysses riders.

The first race the team will be racing is Drentse 8 van Westerveld on Friday.

Not only will 4 riders be racing but team sports therapist Simon Wintle will also be working with the team.

Riders

Charlotte Redden
Lauren Murphy
Anna Henderson
Leah Dixon

Team OnForm principal Simon commented

“The partnership will create significant opportunities for both sides, with racers, coaches and staff all able to learn from different environments with different people, challenges and cultures.”

“The team’s philosophy and vision is to provide maximal professional support, new opportunities & ultimately rider development, this partnership fulfils all these goals”

Team ARC Ulysses website

Information on Ronde van Drenthe

Womens UCI tour of Drenthe
Womens Tour Of Drenthe

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!

 

Link to Els Angels Racing Girona

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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