Tom Pidcock launched his 2019-20 cyclocross team, TRINITY Racing, last night at Red Bull’s HQ in Covent Garden, London. The team, known in its debut season as TP Racing, will also feature British riders Cameron Mason and Abby-Mae Parkinson. The team is owned by London based sports management, marketing and events company, Trinity Sports Management, who manage Tom’s career on and off the bike.
It was an illuminating evening in more ways than one. We found out that Pidcock, the current World and European U23 Cyclo-cross champion, will shift to competing at the Elite level over the coming season (although there will still be the odd U23 appearance). And we discovered that Mathieu van der Poel is one of Pidcock’s teammates – on Fortnite at least (and Pidcock admitted that even on this online video game, Van der Poel outperforms him!).
But one of the biggest takeaways for us was some news not trailled in the team launch announcement, nor covered in the set-piece Q&A session with the riders. Rather, it was news we picked up behind-the-scenes…
Tom Pidcock has decided on his road team for next season.
What do we know about the new team?
Nothing is official yet of course, but what we understand is that TRINITY Racing will also run a development team next season, headed up by Tom Pidcock. The team will ride Specialized bikes and wear MAAP clothing, just like the cyclocross team.
We believe the team will be non-UCI but should still run a very good race programme, encompassing many of the top U23 races in Europe (much as Team Wiggins Le Col did this season). This will mean we can expect them to line up the U23 Paris-Roubaix, for example, where Pidcock is the defending champion.
What it would be mean though, would be that the team wouldn’t be eligible to ride ProSeries races the like Tour de Yorkshire and the Tour of Britain. But that may not matter given that Pidcock and Healy will undoubtedly get opportunities to ride for their national teams in Nations Cup races and – in Pidcock’s case as a GB rider – Yorkshire and the national tour.
There will be 8 riders on the team in total. Pidcock will be one, of course. Ben Healy, a stage winner in the Tour de L’Avenir this season, will be another. We have a few hunches about other team members too, but suffice to say it will likely be a team packed with young talent…
Featured photo: TRINITY Racing