News: RFDA – Racescene Female Development Academy

The Racescene Female Development Academy (RFDA),  founded by Richard Maxwell, is created to help develop young female riders into champions in the sport of cycling

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News: RFDA – Racescene Female Development Academy

Billy Geraghty, who has previously coached cyclists who joined the British Cycling Olympic Development Squad, has been chosen to train the new team;
the Racescene Female Development Academy (RFDA).

This has been founded by Richard Maxwell, the owner of Racescene Cycles in Dodworth, Barnsley. The team will get expert advice from sports scientist Adam Gledhill, course director for Sport and Exercise Science at Leeds Beckett University. The squad will also be supported by Mick Dawes, managing the organisation of the team, and media manager Emma Fielding. The team is:

Youth B
Morgan Leeming-Sykes
Amy Mourne

Youth A
Chloe Hinchliffe
Maddie Leach
Millie Jones
Morgan Crussell
Charlotte Fox
Erin Avill

Rebecca Dawes
Phoebe Brown
Abi Smith
Jasmine Lomas
Sarah Briggs
Evelyn Oldale
Poppy Cooke

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The project is inspired by the Italian female junior squad Vo2 Team Pink, which has already produced two world champions since its inception in 2016. RFDA aims to emulate their success, as well as offering young female cyclists the change to experience the international racing scene.

The new team will initially comprise 18 riders aged between 12 and 18 years old. Three different age categories will offer the riders a fully-personalised training programme and support to help them excel.

The riders will be expertly equipped with team uniforms, bikes and specialist carbon wheels to prepare them for upcoming season. The RFDA team will work to develop the whole rider by supporting the young team mentally, physically and emotionally. By exposing the cyclists to exciting opportunities around the UK and internationally, they will excel and grow in confidence, both in cycling and all aspects of their life.

The team will also work to support the mental health charity Mind to fund its work raising awareness of better mental health in sport and the wider community. The RFDA is sponsored by Polypipe, Barratt Homes and Welcome 2 Yorkshire. The team looking for sponsors who would like to share in the exciting mission of developing young female riders and helping them excel at home and abroad.

Potential sponsors can contact the team at



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