Horizon Fitness Women’s Team

 

One of the new women’s racing teams that will be looking to make an impression when the season starts is the Horizon Fitness team, managed by Stefan Wyman.

 

Stefan’s credentials are excellent, he launched and managed The Global Racing women’s team in 2007, which became Swift Racing in 2008.  He then went on to set up and manage Vision 1 with Olympic and World Champion, Nicole Cooke.

 

Once again his team will focus on developing young riders, but the rosta also includes some very experienced and successful riders.  Heading up the list is double gold medallist from the Beijing Paralympic Games, Sarah Storey and she is joined by cyclo-cross international, Gabby Day.

 

Picture: Sarah Storey winning on the road

 

Headlining the list of younger talent is Alex Greenfield, a member of the GB Academy in 2009, she recorded an impressive set of results last year.  She will race along side Dani King, Ella Sadler-Andrews, Hannah Rich, Annabel Simpson and Penny Rowsen.

 

The team will ride the Kona Zing in both domestic and European races.

 

Stefan Wyman told us, ‘I want to help develop young British riders, but that isn’t my only focus for the team long term.  I have some ideas of how I feel success can be achieved in women’s cycling and our sponsors share those ideas.  This team will have a major focus on integrating sponsors and supporters with the team to allow them to have the maximum return and enjoyment from the team.’

 

The race calendar is already taking shape.  ‘It’s also really important that we start to speak to race organisers about entries already.  That’s another area of Women’s Cycling that is changing fast.  Some older races have disappeared for 2010, like the Women’s Tour de France.  However, new events are coming all the time as part of the globalisation of women’s cycle sport.  The 2010 UCI road calendar includes a World Cup in China and also a Tour of India.’

 

Stefan went on to say ‘We also want to try to help invest in the sport in UK.  We’re looking at backing some events and getting our sponsors involved, as well as participating in them ourselves.  Over the last few years, women’s cycling in the UK has moved so far forward.  You only have to look at the rider line up in great teams such as Cervelo to see that.  That shows us there is a great pool of talent in the UK and if we can try to work with those riders, we’ll be in a good position to excel in major races in the future.’

 

‘We will also run a club element of the team, to allow riders to ride with Horizon Fitness and enjoy some of the benefits we will be able to offer.  I hope this will form part of a strong development platform for the future teams as we move forward over the years.  Any rider wishing to join us should get in touch.’

 

Stefan can be contacted at stefan@initialiseme.com 

 

 

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