Just under two weeks ago, the Sunday following the Endura Team launch, I attended the launch of the newly created Orbea-For Goodness Shakes cycling team. The launch took place at the Redbridge Cycling Centre, or Hog Hill as it’s known to many of the cyclists that frequent its track.
But this was a launch like no other in the UK. Why? Well, because its the only UK professional cycling to also announce a woman’s cycling squad in their team line up.
Together with my friend Peter from Shutt Velo Rapide, we saw the day start off with team manager, Stephen Charles, introducing the men’s squad and then the woman’s squad to the waiting audience, which included team sponsors, friends and family. But the second main announcement for the day was that the woman’s squad was being headed up by Olympic Individual Pursuit Gold Medallist, Rebecca Romero MBE.
According to the team’s offical press release for the launch:
The Men’s Squad brings together a talented mix of youth and experience, captained by the former GB rider Andy Lyons. With the experience of Lyons, Dean Shannon and Ben Thompson to guide them, expectations are high for the talented youngsters, Dan Kogan, Marcel Six, Steven Griffiths, Lewis Atkins and Kristian Downs to come through and shine in the mixture of Domestic and Continental racing the team will undertake in 2010.
With Olympic Gold Medallist Rebecca Romero MBE heading the Women’s Squad alongside Multiple National and World Masters Champion Janet Birkmyre, Cassie Gledhill, Caroline Wojcik-Gammell and Emilie Fisher, there is a wealth of talent and experience designed to deliver results on the road, in time trials and on the track.
Following the UCI’s decision to eliminate the individual pursuit from the Olympic programme, Romero has decided to turn to the Road Time Trial and will aim for glory at September’s World Road Championships in Melbourne. By joining the OFGS squad, this will give her the opportunity to focus on the road and develope her time trial skills.
The Orbea – For Goodness Shakes Men’s Squad are:
- Lewis Atkins
- Kristian Downs
- Matt Ewings
- Steven Griffiths
- Daniel Kogan
- Andy Lyons (Team Captain)
- Adam Norris
- Dean Shannon
- Marcel Six
- Ben Thompson
- James Whatling
The Orbea – For Goodness Shakes Woman’s Squad are:
Looking at this line up, I think we’ll be seeing a lot more of the team this year, in both the men’s and woman’s racing!