An overview of what we know so far about men’s domestic road race teams and how they are shaping up for 2021. A similar overview for women’s domestic teams will be ready soon.
This is a ‘live’ post that will be updated as team news emerges.
Latest update: 21 October 2020
Featured photo: Alex Whitehead/SWPix.com
Madison Genesis and Team Wiggins Le Col teams both closed their doors at the end of 2019, leaving just four British Continental men’s teams in 2020, the lowest number of teams at this level for a number of years. Which teams are continuing at the Continental level next year? Here’s what we know so far…
From what we understand, the most successful domestic team of the last couple of years will be back again. There were noises about the team moving up to Pro Continental level in 2021, although we’ve not heard anything yet to suggest this will happen.
Unknown: Jerôme Baugnies, Matt Bostock, Ryan Christensen, Mark Christian, Jacob Hennessy, Brenton Jones, Callum MacLeod, Thomas Mein, Dan Pearson, Alex Peters, Jacob Scott, Robert Scott, Max Stedman, Tom Stewart, Charlie Tanfield, Andrew Tennant, Rory Townsend, Oliver Wood
Departures: Alex Colman (Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise), Alex Paton (Retired)
Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling should also return in 2021, potentially with increased sponsorship – they’ve said ‘big news’ is around the corner in any case. Beyond that, we know that Scott Auld has decided to retire so won’t be with the team next year, whilst Steve Lampier has returned to Saint Piran.
Some big news from us but not for a while yet 🤫— Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling (@RibbleWeldtite) October 16, 2020
Unknown: John Archibald, Dan Bigham, William Brown, Damien Clayton, Richard Jones, Zeb Kyffin, Gruff Lewis, Kevin McCambridge, George Mills-Keeling, Olly Moors, Charles Page, Jack Rees, Mark Stewart, Jacob Tipper, Joe Wilson, Simon Wilson
Departures: Scott Auld (Retired), Steve Lampier (Saint Piran)
OK, first off, we should declare that we don’t have any totally solid information about the team stepping up to Continental level in 2021. But, little birds have been whispering, and the team itself has said that ‘big news’ is around the corner. They very nearly stepped up last year, of course, and clearly still harbour that ambition. Rider-manager Steve Lampier will return to the team. And with the prospect of a Tour of Britain start in the team’s home county of Cornwall next season, something the team would dearly love to be a part of, the signs suggest a move to UCI Continental level could be on the cards for 2021.
In: Steve Lampier (Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling)
Re-signed: Joe Evans, Ross Holland, Ollie Maxwell
Unknown: Conor Davies, Tristan Davies, Matt Ellis, Chris Opie, Brad Symonds, Jenson Young
Departures: Cameron Jeffers (tbc), Ed Laverack (tbc)
Our informants tell us the Yorkshire-based team should be back in 2021, for what will be SwiftCarbon’s third year. We don’t know any more than that so far but, hopefully, news on the team’s plans will emerge soon.
Unknown: William Bjergfelt, Alexander Braybrooke, Ben Hardy, Will Harper, Owen James, Tim James, Ross Lamb, Charlie Meredith, Darragh O’Mahoney, Tristan Robbins, Andrew Turner, Pete Williams
From what we hear, the longest-running Continental team in the UK (Cherie Pridham Racing) is on track to begin its 9th year in 2021. Again, we don’t know much more than that at this stage – and whether they will race at the Continental or elite level – but of course, we’ll add news here as soon as we have it.
Unknown: Stephen Bradbury, Adam Kenway, Chris Latham, Tom Mazzone, Chris McGinchley, Darnell Moore, Michael Mottram, Joe Nally, Frederik Scheske, Joe Sutton, Dan Tulett, Joey Walker
Elite and national teams
Great Britain Cycling Team Senior Academy
The team continues in 2021, as GB gears up for the Olympics and beyond. Four incredibly talented juniors join the squad: Bob Donaldson (winner of the 2019 Coupe President Juniors stage race and 2nd in the 2019 Trofee van Vlaanderen Juniors), Oscar Nilsson-Julien (a 2019 Junior Tour of Wales stage winner and 9th in the junior world championships time trial), Jack Rootkin-Gray (3rd in the Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne junior race this year and winner of the Junior Cycling Tour Assen in 2019) and Oli Stockwell (2019 British junior road race champion).
Meanwhile, Ethan Vernon steps up to the Olympic Podium Programme, as he’d announced in our interview with him. Joining a road team could also be an option for him in 2021. A core of five riders continues from 2020, with just Zach Bridges and Xeno Young (who only switched licences from Ireland to GB last year) leaving the British Cycling set-up.
In: Bob Donaldson, Oscar Nilsson-Julien, Jack Rootkin-Gray and Oli Stockwell
Continuing: Rhys Britton, Alfie George, Max Rushby, William Tidball, Sam Watson
Out: Zach Bridges, Ethan Vernon (British Cycling Olympic Podium Programme), Xeno Young
The Italian-based Holdsworth-Zappi development team have already announced new 12 signings and just one re-signing, meaning there will be significant turnover for the squad (which numbered 20 riders in 2020). The new signings include Matthew Kingston, who finished second overall in Junior Tour of Assen in 2019, taking a stage win in the process).
The team has an unusual model. Rather than relying wholly on sponsorship, riders contribute a fee to join the squad, which covers accommodation, subsistence, equipment, training and European race entries. In return, they join a set-up with one of the best race programmes of any under-23 development teams around.
In: Joe Baker (Spirit Tifosi), Matthias Barnet (Brother UK – Cycle Team OnForm), Callum Ecobichon (Mid Devon CC), Theo Gilbertson (New Zealand Cycling Project), Charlie Genner (Halesowen Academy), Ben Granger (Wheelbase Cabtech Castelli), Matthew Kingston (Z Junior Race Team), Ben Mewes (TAAP Cervelo), Connor Sens (XSpeed United), Alex Sherwin (Team Ride Mektrax), Charlie Shields (Team PB Performance), Hamish Strachan (Team Andrew Allan Architecture)
Re-signed: Alex Williams
Unknown: Christian Bahr, Marcus Burnett, Tom Cornwell, Tom Couzens, Paul Double, Mason Hollyman, Oliver Knudsen, Connor Lambert, Tom Martin, Nic McKibben, Mitchell McLaughlin, Jordan Reed, Louis Rose-Davies, George Smith, Karl Tronstad, Paul Wright
Departures: Charlie Beake (Unknown), Calum Johnston (Unknown)
Trinity Sports Management’s elite-level development team will continue in 2021 after a very successful debut in 2020, followig Tom Pidcock’s Baby Giro win and Ben Healy’s wins at the Ronde de L’Isard (stage 4) and the Irish road race championships.
We understand that many of the team’s 2020 riders will continue with the squad in 2021. The notable absences, of course, will be Tom Pidcock, who will move to INEOS Grenadiers in 2021 after his cyclocross season finishes, and Matt Walls who will join BORA-Hansgrohe.
Unknown: Sam Culverwell, Thomas Gloag, Ben Healy, Zachary Johnson, Cameron Mason, Finley Newmark, Ollie Rees, Jacques Sauvagnargues, Max Walker
Departures: Tom Pidcock (INEOS Grenadiers), Matt Walls (BORA-Hansgrohe)
Founded in 2017, Bikestrong-KTM are based in the South of England. Team manager Mitch Wilcox had planned “a big year” for the team in 2020. With a 16-man squad, they were preparing for an expanded race programme, including the National Road Series, the National Circuit Series, the Tour Series and high-profile National B races. They were also hoping to compete abroad.
Unknown: James Ambrose-Parish, Jamieson Blain, Joe Cierpik, Andy Edwards, Josh Griffiths, Tom Grigson, George Jones, Harrison Mayo, David Reece, Joseph Rees, Samuel Tillett, Dave Turton, Mike Walsh, Lewis Whitcombe, Lloyd Wise, Jack Woolley
There were signs at the beginning of the year that Graham Briggs, Ed Clancy and Ali Slater were all set to feature in a Clancy Briggs Academy race team. Lockdown then hit, however, so we never got to find out whether this team would emerge. Perhaps we’ll learn more in 2021…
The team will continue in 2021 and we understand some exciting developments are afoot. Manager Matt Hallam revealed when we interviewed him for our podcast that he’d offered all his 2020 squad the chance to rider again in 2021 if they could demonstrate the necessary commitment, so we’d expect the team to retain a core of the current squad.
Unknown: Ed Beecher, Jonathan Bridge, Josh Edmondson, Matt Hallam, Ben Harrison, Elliot Harrison, James Hill, Oliver Huszar, Adam MacRae, Leon Mazzone, Isaac Peatfield, Chris Sherriffs, Alistair Thomas, Jude Taylor
Unknown: Joe Clark, Matthew Dobbing, Nathan Smith, Matthew Taylor, Julian Varley
Departures: Kieran Savage (Vélo Club Corbas)
Nopinz Symec may have lost their talisman Marcin Bialoblocki to retirement, and George Smith to Holdsworth-Zappi, but the team will start 2020 with increased sponsorship and a more ambitious programme. The squad will feature eight new riders, including Red Walters from Vitus Pro Cycling. The team plan to compete in the National Circuit Series, Tour Series and National Road Series.
In: James Ashcroft (Nopinz Symec Development Team)
Re-signed: Tom Nancarrow
Unknown: Elliot Barratt Matthew Downie, Harry Johnson, Dávid Kovács, James Phillips, Matt Webster, Matt Witts, Lee Frost, Nathan Hallett, Adrian Lawson, Dan McQuillam, Luke Nolan
Departures: Red Walters (tbc)
No news yet about whether Richardsons-Trek will return, but given their apparent stability, we’d expect them to be on the startline again in 2021. Read our team feature here.
Unknown: Simon Alexander, Sam Asker, Jim Bradford, Pete Cocker, Rhys Howells, James Jenkins, Isaac Mundy, Stephen Parsonage, Callum Riley, Luke Ryan, Aaron Stone
Russell Rowles’ team were due to ride an ambitious race programme in 2020 before coronavirus thwarted their plans. The team says it is planning an ambitious race programme for 2021, COVID-19 permitting, including races in Europe and Africa.
We will be back in 2021 Covid permitting @SpiritTifosiRT George Clark has retired Joe with my blessing has gone to thr great Flavio. The rest are resigning. That leaves two to be revealed + possibly some more sponsors. Who knows? Program will be ambitious. Europe&Africa— rowles (@RussellRowles) October 16, 2020
Re-signed: Farley Barber, David Bolland, Frazier Carr, Rupert Graham, Jack Hales, Angus Hawkins, George Kimber, Charlie Passfield, Jordan Peacock, Charles Walker
Departures: Joe Baker (Holdsworth-Zappi), George Clark (Retired)
A team we featured recently on The British Continental, Team PB Performance look set to build on their steady growth next season and have already announced the majority of their 2021 squad, including six re-signings, plus Josh Whitehead, who was part of their regional team set-up in 2020.
In: George Peden (Prologue Racing Team), Josh Whitehead (Cycle Club Bridgnorth RWG)
Re-signed: James Bentley, James Chapman, Jacques Coates, Siôn Harlow, Toby Jarvis, Chris Walkinshaw
Unknown: Matt King, James McKay
Departures: Josh Housley (Willebrord Wil Vooruit), Charlie Shields (Holdsworth-Zappi)
A team sponsored by the Colchester bike shop of the same name. The team has an international programme and typically does a lot of UCI and non-UCI stage races abroad. The team’s calendar is dependant on what invites they can get as a club team. In previous years the team has ridden UCI Africa Tour stage races, Europe Tour races and French Elite National stage races around the Caribbean.
The team occasionally take guest riders to races too; our journal contributor James Jobber went to Martinique with the team, for example.
Unknown: Patryk Biel, Jake Hollins, Joe Harris, Dale Johnston, Taylor Johnstone, Leighton Oxley-Crisp, Wilson Renwick, Dominic Schils
No news yet about Vredestein Basso’s plans for next season. This year the team had planned to race a number of National Road Series events, the Tour Series and one or two UCI races abroad.
Unknown: Cameron Biddle, Tom Heal, Pete Hitt, Tom Kirk, Tom Lowther, Alex Martinez, Gary Price, Steve Rees-Clark, Tom Townsend, Andy Westacott
The Wales Racing Academy was set-up to offer Welsh athletes a programme to develop them across Commonwealth Games disciplines to support them on their personal pathways, including medal-winning performances at Commonwealth Games. It provides supported riders with a range of racing opportunities both in the UK and across Europe on the road, track and cross-country mountain bike.
The 2021 squad is yet to be announced but we already know that one their strongest riders, Peter Kibble, won’t ride following his retirement earlier this year.
Unknown: Samuel Beckett, Joseph Beckingsale, Matthew Burke, Joe Holt, Harvey McNaughton, Josh Price, Owain Roberts, William Roberts
Departures: Peter Kibble (retired)
Wheelbase CabTech Castelli
Departures: Ben Granger (Holdsworth-Zappi)