Having adopted UCI pro status for 2016, the team managed by Dame Sarah and Barney Storey is setting about defining a unique pathway which provides female cyclists in the UK with support from club to pro level.
Podium Ambition was set up as a not for profit company by Dame Sarah and Barney Storey in 2013, and for 2016 there will be two elements: the UCI pro team which is still to be formally named, and the Boot Out Breast Cancer Cycling Club (BOBC CC) which will be open to any rider who wants to join, but has six reserved spaces for scholarship riders.
The scholarship riders will receive free membership, road and time trial bikes, wheels, clothing, helmets, mentoring and support at races. These riders will help to cement the link between the pro team and its supporting club, along with shared kit designs.
BOBC Cycling Club will be open for membership from January 1, and riders who wish to join will be able to sign up in advance after the official launch of the club on November 25.
Multiple Paralympic champion and team manager Dame Sarah Storey explained: “The Cycling Club, Scholarship Programme and Professional team now ensures that Podium Ambition Limited has the complete pathway for a female cyclist and the stronger and faster you get on a bike the greater the support available.”
She added: “I have been in elite sport for 24 years now and so it is an honour to be in a position to co-create, alongside Barney, something that helps put a bit back for all the support we have had over the years.”
Scholarship Riders Named
The six scholarship riders consist of three over 23 and three under 23 riders who have proven themselves with successful results in their short careers.
The up and coming under 23 riders are Bethany Crumpton, current under 23 National Cross Country MTB Champion, road and track expert Bethany Taylor and junior track and road rider Monica Hope Dew.