British Elite Development Teams for 2022

British Cycling have announced the 14 domestic road teams (men & women) that have secured Elite Development Team status for the 2022 season.


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British Elite Development Teams for 2022

British Cycling can today announce the 14 domestic road teams that have secured Elite Development Team status for the 2022 season.

First launched in 2021, our Elite Development Team status recognises those elite road teams that go above and beyond to support talented British riders on their journey to success on the world stage, bridging the gap from club teams to UCI Continental level.

To achieve Elite Development Team status teams are required to demonstrate a high level of support for their riders, providing them with a platform to develop, a comprehensive race programme and race day support. You can find out more about the criteria for selection here.

Applications for this season opened in December 2021, and we’re now delighted to be able to share the names of eight men’s teams and six women’s teams which have been successful in securing the status for 2022.

Ahead of the announcement of this year’s teams, British Cycling Road Manager, Kathryn McClelland, said: “In what is just its second year we were delighted with the number and quality of applications we received for Elite Development Team status in 2022, and I’d like to congratulate all of the teams which we are announcing today.

“Our 2021 cohort of teams delivered some great moments last year and really showed their strength and talent in some high-quality fields. This year we welcome four brand new teams to the fold, and I’m really excited to watch them grow and develop as we head in to a busy spring and summer of racing.”

Men’s teams

Embark-Bikestrong: Embark-Bikestrong is an elite cycling team and club supporting men of all levels and abilities across the UK. Established in 2017, the Embark-Bikestrong team is made up of athletes and cyclists who have all competed nationally and internationally. They are passionate about the sport, and about improving the safety and conditions of all involved with cycling.

The team is currently represented by Jamieson Blain, Joseph Rees, Samuel Tillett, Cai Davies, Bryn Davies, Michael Chadwick, Dean Watson, Iwan Evans, Thomas Couzens, James Bevan, David Hird, James Satoor, Cameron Biddle and James Alexander.

Follow the team: Instagram @embarkbikestrong // Twitter @EmbarkBikestrng // Facebook Embark-Bikestrong Race Team.

Cycling Sheffield (Bioracer UK/Moda Bikes):  Cycling Sheffield is made up of talented aspiring riders aged between the ages of 18 and 25, and is based in Sheffield. The team was created to compliment Sheffield’s “Outdoor City” concept and is sponsored exclusively by sponsors based in Sheffield.

Cycling Sheffield’s mission is to provide professional support and a nurturing team environment to help their riders further their careers as athletes. They’ve had huge success in national races since they established in 2014 and plan to include more European racing in their future programming.

The team is currently represented by James Hartley, James Hawkins, Ewan Mackie, William Harding, James McKay, George Wood, Adam Mitchell and Joe Coukham.

Richardson Trek DAS:  Richardson Trek DAS was established in 2012 by Andy Lyons and Dean Shannon, who saved the previous incarnation of the team Twenty3c. The team has steadily grown in support and developed since 2012, and since then have seen a number of their riders step up to the professional ranks.

The Richardson Trek DAS team leaders work hard to provide their support on top of full-time jobs and family commitments. They run the team for their love of the sport and to provide young riders with opportunities to compete at a national level.

The team is currently represented by Simon Alexander, Sam Asker, Joe Bennett, Jim Bradford, Pete Cocker, Aaron Freeman, Rhys Howells, James Jenkins, Conor McGoldrick, Sean Mullen, Steven Parsonage, Callum Riley, Luke Ryan, Will Scott and Aaron Stone.

Follow the team: Instagram @richardsonstrek // Twitter @RichardsonsTrek // Facebook Richardsons Trek – Road Team.

Spirit BSS: Established in 2010 as the Spirit Racing Team, Spirit BSS have grown to become one of the strongest elite amateur teams in the UK and Europe and by 2023 Spirit BSS are hoping to compete at UCI races.

At the heart of Spirit BSS ethos is a strong team work ethic. They focus on team bonding and having fun through the season whilst developing the riders. They provide a solid base for future stars despite working with a small budget.

The team is currently represented by George Kimber, Joshua Price, Oliver Hennessy, Clay Davies, Thomas Price, Frazier Carr, Josh Housley, Angus Hawkins, Farley Barber, Joshua Avery, Jake Hales and Jordan Peacock.

Follow the team: Instagram @spiritbss // Twitter @SpiritRT4 // Facebook spiritbss // TikTok SpiritBSS.

Team PB Performance: Team PB Performance is an elite cycling team supporting riders from regional to national level. Based in the East Midlands, the team’s unique selling point is ethical development and the education of young athletes, especially those in the under-23 category where they have a vast amount of experience.

The team is currently represented by James Bentley, James Chapman, Jacques Coates, Hefin Evans, Siôn Harlow, George Peden, Kieran Riley, Chad Scallan, Tom Sharples, Max Silifant, Jude Taylor, Toby Jarvis, Cavan Walker and Chris Walkinshaw.

Follow the team: Instagram @pb_performance // Twitter @PB_Performance // Facebook // YouTube PB Performance.

Wales Racing Academy: Established in 2018, the Wales Racing Academy is the final step of the Welsh Cycling Performance Programme. Their riders compete on the track, road and trails, both nationally and internationally. The Performance Pathway develops riders from a young age and helps them to develop their skills and gain racing experience.

The team is currently represented by William Roberts, Edward Morgan, Joseph Beckingsale, Joe Holt, Samuel Beckett, Owain Roberts, Harvey McNaughton, Liam Morris and William Truelove.

Follow the team: Instagram @walesracingacademy // Twitter @walesracingacad.

Dolan Ellesse Race Team: Created with the vast experience of Terry Dolan at Dolan Bikes, Dolan Ellesse Race Team provides a brilliant platform for the riders of the future, creating domestic and international racing opportunities for under-23 riders to showcase their talent.

The team prides itself on providing on and off-bike education across the disciplines, with riders also provided with new equipment, race entries and support from leading cycling brands.

The team is currently made up of Jack Crook, Conor McKinnon, Tom Ashcroft, Joe Wilson, Matt Taylor and Declan Hudson.

Follow the team: Instagram @dolan_ellesse // Facebook Dolan Ellesse Race Team.

SRCT Muc-off: The SRCT Muc-off team ethos is simple: to be a home for riders who give absolutely everything, and a home for riders who dedicate their lives to cycling. The team environment is all about being cohesive and supportive, and ensuring everyone is equal in how they are treated and what is expected of them.

The end goal is of course to win, and while team managers Scott and Bradley are confident that all of the team’s riders have the ability to do exactly that, all they ask is that they give 100% – and winning is simply then a by-product.

The team is currently made up of Scott Redding, Oliver Maxwell, Elliot Barratt, Matthew Warhurst, Matthew Ellis, Thomas Lowther, Luke Norris and Will Harper.

Follow the team: Instagram @srct_mucoff.

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Women’s teams

Brother UK – Orientation Marketing: Brother UK – Orientation Marketing are a club team with a racing attitude. Established more than five years ago, they are a development team with a focus on supporting new riders gaining experience in the sport.

Working with riders of all categories and ages that they identify potential in, the team – led by Mark Botteley – has seen three riders over each of the last three seasons progress to the CAMS-Basso UCI Continental Team, which the team has a link to. They are a multi-discipline team with riders competing in road, track, cyclo-cross and MTB.

The team is currently represented by Izzy Sharpe, Grace Lister, Holly Ramsey, Ellen Bennett, Daisy Barnes, Imogen Chastell, Jessie Carridge, Maddie Verdegaal, Laura Pittard, Sannah Zaman, Abi Cooper, Amy Harvey, Hope Inglis, Ellen Inglis and Freya Eccleston.

Follow the team: Instagram @teamonform // Twitter @cycleteamonform // Facebook teamonform.

Loughborough Lightning – TRG: Despite being relatively new on the scene, Loughborough Lightning – TRG is already the number one female cycling team in the East Midlands, competing in elite national road events.

The team has been developed with the investment of The Recruitment Group and have the support of Loughborough University experts. The team benefits from research and development across the Loughborough University campus from the School of Sport to their engineering department, and the team itself is made up of experts in coaching, nutrition, performance analysis and physiology.

The team is currently represented by Frankie Hall, Emily Tillett, Hannah Lancaster, Flora Knight, Roisin Lally, Megan Smith, Chloe Vickers and Sophie Coldwell.

Follow the team: Instagram @lightningcyclingtrg // Twitter @LightningCycle // Facebook LightningCycling // YouTube Loughborough University Cycling.

Team Boompods: Based in the North East, Team Boompods is an elite women’s cycling team. Established in 2017, the team is managed solely by women for women riders, competing nationally and internationally.

The team is currently represented by Hannah Farran, Ellen McDermott, Lauren Watson, Georgia Hilleard, Amy Graham, Lauren Humphreys, Mary Wilkinson, Sian Marsh, Keri Parton, Louise Hart and Nikki Metcalfe.

Follow the team: Instagram @TeamBoompods // Twitter @TeamBoompods // Facebook Team Boompods.

Team LDN – Brother UK: Team LDN – Brother UK was launched to enable London-based cyclists to race at a national and international level, and now has a roster of 15 riders. In 2021 Brother joined the team as a title partner.

Equality is at the heart of the club, and they have close ties with the local cycling community.

The team is currently represented by Francesca Cutts, Sian Botteley, Harriet Dodd, Lauren Higham, Ione Johnson,  Lucy Lee, Amy Marks, Heather Mayer, Kerry Middleton, Jenni Millmore, Molly Patch, Ruth Shier, Sammie Stuart and Dannie Watkinson.

Follow the team: Instagram @cycleteamldn // Twitter @cycleteamldn // Facebook cycleteamldn.

Saint Piran WRT: Saint Piran WRT took to the start line for their debut season in 2021, following the success of their UCI Continental men’s team counterparts.

The team has significantly grown its roster for 2022 after an impressive start to life in the peloton, and when they’re not riding in the National Road Series or even further afield, you’ll find them entering local races in Cornwall and working alongside clubs in the area to encourage more women and girls to get involved.

The team is currently represented by Hannah Bayes, Jenny Bolsom, Lucia Bruton, Emily Chilton, Sophie Earl, Rachel Galler, Maddie Gammons, Melissa Greaves, Gaby Homer, Gwenno Hughes, Elizabeth Sanders, Gemma Sargent, Christina Wiejak and Libby Harman.

Follow the team: Instagram @saintpiranwomen // Facebook Saint Piran Women’s Team.

Alba Development Road Team: The Alba Development Road Team is a new addition to the scene for 2022, hailing from Scotland, with the aim of providing a platform for development within the sport and supporting their riders to progress onto the sport’s biggest stages.

The team also compete on the track, featuring at March’s British National Track Championships, and they will benefit from the support of a broad range of high-calibre partners and the team at Scottish Cycling.

The team is currently represented by Victoria Smith, Sophie Lankford, Sophie Enever, Kate Richardson, Beth Maciver, Erin Murphy, Arianne Holland and Emma Smith.

Follow the team: Instagram @albaroadteam // Twitter @AlbaRoadTeam // Facebook Alba Development RT.

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