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Ten winners announced in competition to join 2019 Vitus Pro Cycling Team rider roster in Derby

Ten winners announced in competition to join 2019 Vitus Pro Cycling Team rider roster in Derby

Ten lucky entrants to our social media competition have been selected at random to join Vitus Pro Cycling Team’s 2019 line-up at an exclusive first gathering in Derby on Thursday November 22, 2018.

Paul Hargreaves, Sharon Mckenna, Andy Barnard, Bethan Davies, Martin Graves, Katie Godwin, Steve Walton, Mary Gill, Ken Wong and Sarah Briggs have been invited to attend the first meeting of Cherie Pridham’s new squad, at a venue inside the University of Derby’s £11m sports facility.

Vitus Pro Cycling Team asked followers of its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels to visit vitusprocycling.com and explain why they would value an opportunity to meet the new rider roster.

After five days, the competition closed at midday on Friday November 16, 2018, and ten winners were selected at random from a list of all who had entered. The winners were announced shortly after 5pm.

Pridham, Vitus Pro Cycling Team’s owner and manager, said she was delighted that followers of the team’s social media channels would be present as the riders met as a team for the first time.

“One of the pleasures of running a professional cycling team is the opportunity to engage with fans, whether out on the road, or at events like the first meeting of our new rider roster next Thursday,” she said.

“When our riders are pushing themselves to the limits in races like the CiCLE Classic, the Tour de Yorkshire, or in a round of the Tour Series, encouragement from the roadside can make all the difference.

“It’s especially satisfying that we’ll meet our competition winners at the University of Derby, in the home of the team and the home of one of our long-term supporters. I’d like to thank everyone who took part, and look forward to meeting those who won’t be joining us on Thursday out on the road in the season ahead.”

Vitus Pro Cycling Team’s rider roster has been significantly strengthened for 2019. Triple Olympic champion Ed Clancy, former British circuit race champion Graham Briggs, and rising stars Joe Holt, Dylan Kerfoot-Robson and Red Walters are among nine new signings.

Mikey Mottram, Frederik Scheske, Alistair Slater, and Chris Latham will also roll out in Vitus Pro Cycling Team colours next season, joining three riders retained from the 2018 squad: Adam Kenway, Tim Torrie, and Liam Davies.

The team plans an ambitious programme for next season, which Pridham hopes will include the Tour de Normandie: a race she has previously come within an ace of winning, and which she regards as unfinished business.

The Tour of Britain, the Tour de Yorkshire, the Tour Series and the races of a series previously known as the Premier Calendar are among the highest profile targets of the team’s domestic programme.

The team’s bright future is not limited to its new signings. Vitus Pro Cycling has retained its key sponsors from 2018 and will welcome aboard a handpicked selection of new supporters in the coming season.

A values-based approach to professional cycling, with every action guided by five principles - Responsibility, Activity, Teamwork, Innovation and Opportunity (RATIO) - has meant that the team’s commercial supporters are closely aligned with the team and with each other.

Pridham is believed to be the only female team owner and manager in professional cycling. After a career as a professional rider, competing at the highest level for teams including the iconic Mapei squad, she has become one of the most experienced and respected managers in the domestic peloton. 

Ten social media followers invited to meet the full 2019 Vitus Pro Cycling Team rider roster

Ten social media followers invited to meet the full 2019 Vitus Pro Cycling Team rider roster

Ten lucky followers of Vitus Pro Cycling Team will receive an invitation to join the full 2019 rider line-up at an exclusive and intimate gathering in Derby on Thursday November 22, 2018.

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Cherie Pridham’s team has been significantly strengthened for the coming season, thanks to continued and enhanced support from new and existing sponsors for a values-based approach to professional cycling.

Ed Clancy, Graham Briggs, Alistair Slater, Chris Latham, Joe Holt, Dylan Kerfoot-Robson, Michael Mottram, Freddie Scheske, Adam Kenway, Red Walters, Liam Davies and Tim Torrie will meet as a team for the first time at the University of Derby’s state-of-the-art sports centre from 6.30pm.

The facility, built at a cost of nearly £11m and opened just two years ago, will stage an informal gathering of riders, staff, sponsors and invited media. Competition winners will have the opportunity to mingle with the riders, including Clancy, a triple Olympic champion. 

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“We’re very pleased to extend an invitation to our community of followers on social media to meet our new rider roster for 2019,” said Cherie Pridham, Vitus Pro Cycling Team’s owner and manager.

“We’re delighted with the squad. With proven winners like Ed Clancy and Graham Briggs, and riders of real pedigree, such as Ali Slater and Chris Latham, we’re certain Vitus Pro Cycling Team can make a real impact next year on the biggest races of the domestic calendar and key events abroad.

“By signing Joe Holt, Red Walters and Dylan Kerfoot-Robson, we’ve strengthened our commitment to developing young talent, and given the team a solid spine in the form of Michael Mottram, Freddie Scheske and Adam Kenway.

“Adam was one of three riders who really impressed me this season, and we’re delighted that he’ll represent Vitus Pro Cycling Team again next year, alongside Liam Davies and Tim Torrie, two of our brightest prospects.”

As well as winning three Olympic gold medals with Great Britain’s men’s team pursuit squad, Clancy has won six world titles on the track, and countless races on the road. This year, he won the Herald Sun Tour prologue, two rounds of the Tour Series and the London Nocturne.

Briggs is another prolific winner: a former British circuit racing champion, who sealed his place at this year’s Tour of Britain with victory at the Ryedale Grand Prix. Briggs won the combativity award in the 2017 Tour of Britain and raced for Pridham in 2012 and 2013.

Formerly a member of British Cycling’s vaunted Olympic Academy, Slater is one of the most respected riders in the British peloton, despite his comparative youth. Still only 25, he has learned his trade with Sean Kelly and John Herety, and is expected to be a mainstay of Vitus Pro Cycling Team’s roster for 2019.

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Kenway is one of just three riders retained from Pridham’s 2018 roster. A former British hill climb champion, he lit up almost every race he entered in the season just ended, including the Tour de Yorkshire, where he rode in a five-man breakaway that spent almost all of the third stage ahead of a peloton driven by Team Sky, Team Dimension Data and BMC Racing.

Latham and Mottram will add experience and maturity to the mix. The newcomers join Vitus Pro Cycling Team from One Pro Cycling and Morvelo Basso RT respectively. With Kenway and Scheske, their presence brings genuine strength-in-depth to Pridham’s squad.

Teenagers Davies and Torrie have been retained from the 2018 line-up and will be joined by 19-year-old Walters. Holt, 21, is another significant prospect: a former European champion in the under-23 men’s team pursuit, where he raced in a Great Britain line-up with Team Sky’s Ethan Hayter. 

The quartet, with 22-year-old Kerfoot-Robson, exemplifies Vitus Pro Cycling Team’s commitment to opportunity – one of five key values, along with Responsibility, Accountability, Teamwork and Innovation (RATIO). 

The team’s values guide all of its actions, from sponsor negotiations to rider recruitment. Despite a challenging financial climate, Vitus Pro Cycling Team has retained its key supporters for 2019 and attracted new, carefully selected partners with a commercial model that rewards investment with online engagement, bespoke marketing assets and B2B opportunities, as well as more traditional methods of exposure.

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With the support of key partners, led by headline sponsor Vitus Bikes, the team will encourage social media followers to visit vitusprocycling.com and explain why they would like to join the team in Derby next Thursday (November 22, 2018). Ten winners will be announced this Friday (November 16, 2018).

“We’re very much looking forward to having followers of Vitus Pro Cycling Team with us in Derby at the first gathering of the 2019 Vitus Pro Cycling Team rider roster,” said Michael Kirkland, the chairman of Cherie Pridham Racing. 

“Our team is open, inclusive and transparent, and engaging with fans whose support means everything to our riders in races like the Tour de Yorkshire and Lincoln Grand Prix is our way of saying thanks. To welcome them to the University of Derby, a key supporter in the home of Cherie Pridham Racing, is entirely fitting.”