SUNSPORT VELO WOMENS RACE TEAM
SunSport Velo is a womens development team based in the North West.
Over the last few years there has been a huge interest in womens cycle racing in the Uk capped off with Lizzie Armistead winning the World Road Race Championships last year. This year womens racing will feature more than ever on our televison screens with the Aviva Womens Tour of Britain and the ITV4`s Tour Series, Matrix Fitness Grand Prix, five televised city centre races.
WHO WE ARE
We are SunSport Velo Womens Race Team. The team consists of a group of very talented young female cyclists who will be taking on the some of the best teams in the world. All the girls are either at college or are in full time employment they have to fit training and racing into their spare time.ANOUSKA EDWARDS GRACE ROGERSON JANE HELLEWELL MADDY SCOTT SOPHIE THACKRAY
Anouska Edwards - Anouska is our Road Captain she is an elite cyclist from Australia and rode for the Australian National Team her strengths are Track Racing and Criteriums
Sophie Thackray - Sophie from Bingley was last years National School Girl Cyclo-Cross Champion and finished second in this years Junior National Cyclo-Cross Championships. She has recently travelled to Zolder in Belgium and despite only being a first year a Junior rider was a reserve for the Great Britains U23 Womens World Championship Team
Maddy Scott - Maddy is an exciting young rider from Southport. She is a first year senior who is already winning circuit races.
Jane Hellewell - Jane from Altrincham is a former tandem pilot for young Para cyclists she has ridden at National and Interntional events. This year she is concentrating on her own cycling career. Jane is equally as good on the road and track. Her favourite race is the madison.
Grace Rogerson - Grace is from Hale and has been competing for the last four year on the road and track at the Manchester Velodrome. Grace is a strong rider who enjoys circuit races.
SunSport Velo is a womens development team based in Manchester. As well as supporting local cycling events the team will be competing in British Cyclings Womens National Series, we will be putting a team into the An Post Ras na mBan five day international stage race in County Kilkenny, Ireland. Our main aim for the year is the ITV4 Tour Series Mattrix Fitness Grand Prix which consists of five televised city centre races.
ITV4 Tour Series Matrix Fitness Grand Prix venues and dates
Round 1 Motherwell 17th May
Round 2 Redditch 26th May
Round 3 Stoke on Trent June 2
Round 4 Stevenage June 6th
Round 5 Croyden June 7th
Round 6 Portsmouth June 9th
HOW YOU CAN BE PART OF IT
We are looking for supporters for the team. The size of your contribution doesn`t matter as much as your support for the team. Please share our fund raising project with friends family and work mates.
All the riders and support staff are voluntary. Any money raised will go towards Entry Fees, Travelling Costs, Accomodation and Bike Equipment. You can follow us on TV, on Social Media, come and support us at the races, call in for a coffee at Velo Expresso in Altrincham our team base. Come along to one of our famous Roller Racing Nights or take part in one of our Torelli sportives.
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