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 of women’s domestic teams will be ready soon.
This is a ‘live’ post that will be updated as team news emerges.
Latest update: 15 January 2021
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. This time around Vitus Pro Cycling p/b Brother UK becomes the latest long-running team to close its doors.
But which teams are continuing at the Continental level next year? And which teams are stepping up? Here’s what we know…
The most successful domestic team of the last couple of years will be back again in 2021. There had noises about the team moving up to Pro Continental level next season but the team remains a UCI Continental outfit for now. The British sunglasses brand SunGod comes in as a title sponsor.
The core of the squad remains, with 13 riders re-signing with the team. These include domestic rider of 2019 Rory Townsend, Tour of Antalya winner Max Stedman, fast men Brenton Jones and Matt Bostock, and all-round strong man Jacob Scott.
The new signings are youth-focused. Two of our 2020 under-23 riders to watch join the team – Jim Brown and Dan Tulett – as well as young sprinter Reece Wood and first-year senior Euan MacLeod. The team have also signed Damien Clayton, a UCI race winner, and one of the most exciting domestic talents around.
Seven riders depart. These include Mark Christian, who steps up to Pro Conti level with EOLO-Kometa. The team’s Belgian experiment comes to an end with Alex Colman and Jérôme Baugnies moving on and team, whilst Alex Paton retires. Alex Peters switches to SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling and Dan Pearson finds a new home at Pro Team Vini Zabù. The future of Tom Stewart – one of our favourite domestic riders in recent years – is so far unconfirmed.
In: Jim Brown (CC Étupes), Damien Clayton (Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling), Euan MacLeod (Tekkerz CC), Dan Tulett (Vitus Pro Cycling p/b Brother UK), Reece Wood (Holdsworth-Zappi)
Re-signed: Matt Bostock, Ryan Christensen, Jacob Hennessy, Brenton Jones, Callum MacLeod, Thomas Mein, Jacob Scott, Robert Scott, Max Stedman, Charlie Tanfield, Andrew Tennant, Rory Townsend, Oliver Wood
Departures: Jérôme Baugnies (Decock-Van Eyck-Devos Capoen), Alex Colman (Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise), Mark Christian (EOLO-Kometa), Alex Paton (Retired), Dan Pearson (Vini Zabù), Alex Peters (SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling), Tom Stewart (unknown)
Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling returns in 2021, with increased sponsorship too from what we can glean.
While the core of the team remains the same, there have also been some eye-catching transfers in both directions. First, of course, Harry Tanfield joined the team (listen to our podcast with him here) only to hop back up to the WorldTour courtesy of Qhubeka Assos. Next up, they snagged sprinter, and multiple UCI race winner, Matt Gibson from Burgos-BH. And then they provided a welcome safety net to James Shaw. Gibson and Shaw are joined by two other new signings, Cameron Jeffers and Frederik Scheske.
In terms of departures, Scott Auld has decided to retire so won’t be with the team next year, Steve Lampier has returned to Saint Piran, and their rider of 2019 John Archibald departs for Contador and Basso’s EOLO-Kometa team. UCI race winner Damien Clayton leaves for the Canyon dhb SunGod and the team also lose two their brightest young talents: George Mills-Keeling, who was second in the Junior Tour of Wales in 2019, and Irish time trialling talent Kevin McCambridge.
In: Matt Gibson (Burgos-BH), Cameron Jeffers (Saint Piran), James Shaw (Riwal Securitas), Frederick Scheske (Vitus Pro Cycling p/b Brother UK)
Re-signed: Dan Bigham, William Brown, Richard Jones, Zeb Kyffin, Gruff Lewis, Olly Moors, Charles Page, Jack Rees, Mark Stewart, Jacob Tipper, Joe Wilson, Simon Wilson
Departures: John Archibald (EOLO-Kometa), Scott Auld (Retired), Kevin McCambridge (AVC Aix-en-Provence), Damien Clayton (Canyon dhb SunGod), George Mills-Keeling (AVC Aix-en-Provence), Steve Lampier (Saint Piran)
Saint Piran’s long-rumoured switch to UCI Continental was finally confirmed on New Year’s Day. They very nearly stepped up last year, of course, and clearly still harboured ambitions to be at the start of the postponed Tour of Britain, which will start in the team’s home county of Cornwall this season.
With this goal in mind, their talisman Steve Lampier returns to the team from Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling. He is joined by three other new signings. Stephen Bradbury and Tom Mazzone move from the now-defunct Vitus Pro Cycling p/b Brother UK team, while first-year senior Iwan Evans also joins. All of their 2020 squad continue, bar YouTube favourites Cameron Jeffers and Ed Laverack.
In: Stephen Bradbury (Vitus Pro Cycling p/b Brother UK), Iwan Evans, Steve Lampier (Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling), Tom Mazzone (Vitus Pro Cycling p/b Brother UK)
Re-signed: Joe Evans, Conor Davies, Tristan Davies, Matt Ellis, Ross Holland, Ollie Maxwell, Chris Opie, Brad Symonds, Jenson Young
Departures: Cameron Jeffers (Ribble Pro Weldtite Pro Cycling), Ed Laverack (Bynea CC)
Yorkshire-based SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling will continue for a third year. The squad expands from 12 to 13 riders for 2021. Continuity is the watchword, with ten re-signings, three new signings and two departures.
New signings include sprinter Chris Latham from the now-defunct Vitus Pro Cycling p/b Brother UK and Mitchell McLaughlin and Alex Peters. Peters’ switch from Canyon dhb is perhaps the biggest surprise. The ex-Team Sky made a promising return to racing in 2019 and, if managed in the right way, is a rider capable of achieving some top results next season. Latham could also pick up results if he can re-find his mojo. Either way, it’s good to see both riders continuing into 2021.
The team lose Charlie Meredith and Will Harper. Meredith impressed during his spell with CC Étupes in 2019, whilst Harper is the kind of rider that would have been expected feature regularly in the top placings in the National Road Series.
In: Chris Latham (Vitus Pro Cycling p/b Brother UK), Mitchell McLaughlin (Holdsworth-Zappi), Alex Peters (Canyon dhb p/b Soreen)
Re-signed: William Bjergfelt, Alexander Braybrooke, Ben Hardy, Owen James, Tim James, Ross Lamb, Darragh O’Mahoney, Tristan Robbins, Andrew Turner, Pete Williams
Departures: Will Harper (unknown), Charlie Meredith (unknown)
Trinity Sports Management’s development squad continues in 2021, making the step up to UCI Continental level for the first time. The team debuted with a very successful season in 2020 – despite a disrupted year – following Tom Pidcock’s Baby Giro win, Tom Gloag’s breakthrough Giro ride and Ben Healy‘s wins at the Ronde de L’Isard (stage 4) and the Irish road race championships.
The team expands from 12 riders to 15 in 2021, 13 men and 2 women. The team will compete across multiple disciplines. As well as road, Trinity will focus on MTB, gravel and e-Racing. They already have a cyclocross team too, of course.
Seven new signings are brought in, with this multi-disciplinary focus very much in mind. Indeed, four riders – two males and two females – will form a ‘MTB division’ in mind: US super-talent Christopher Blevins two men, first-year senior Alex Malacarne, from Brazil, American Haley Batten and Italian Chiara Teocchi. Current cyclocross team members Ben Turner and Cameron Mason will also race MTB and gravel.
On the road, new signings include American Luke Lamperti, who was 10th in the junior Paris-Roubaix as a first-year junior. Manxman Tosh Teare also joins. He raced for the Lotto Soudal development team last season and was one of our first-year U23s to watch.
The core of the successful 2020 squad remains, including Ben Healy andTom Gloag. 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 joins BORA-Hansgrohe. Australian Zachary Johnson and final-year under-23 Jacques Sauvagnargues also leave.
In: Christopher Blevins, Matthew Devins, Luke Lamperti (LUX Cycling), Alex Malacarne, Tosh Teare (Lotto Soudal development), Ben Turner
Re-signed: Sam Culverwell, Thomas Gloag, Ben Healy, Cameron Mason, Finley Newmark, Ollie Rees, Max Walker
Departures: Zachary Johnson (InForm TM Insight MAKE), Tom Pidcock (INEOS Grenadiers), Jacques Sauvagnargues (Malaga Pushbikers), Matt Walls (BORA-Hansgrohe)
Sadly, Vitus Pro Cycling p/b Brother UK will close its doors at the end of 2020. More here. Five of their twelve riders have so far confirmed their futures for 2021: Chris Latham, Joe Nally, Freddie Scheske, Joe Sutton and Dan Tulett. Team owner and manager, meanwhile, moves on to become the first female DS in the WorldTour.
Departures: Stephen Bradbury (Saint Piran), Adam Kenway, Chris Latham (SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling p/b Brother UK), Tom Mazzone (Saint Piran), Chris McGinchley, Darnell Moore, Michael Mottram, Joe Nally (Team Elite Restauration 89), Frederik Scheske (Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling), Joe Sutton (WB Fybolia Locminé), Dan Tulett (Canyon dhb SunGod), 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
Departures: Zach Bridges, Ethan Vernon (British Cycling Olympic Podium Programme), Xeno Young
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.
In: Alex Wallace (Bikestrong-KTM club team)
Re-signed: James Ambrose-Parish, Jamieson Blain, Joe Cierpik, Andy Edwards, Josh Griffiths, Harrison Mayo, Joseph Rees, Samuel Tillett, Dave Turton, Mike Walsh, Lloyd Wise, Jack Woolley
Departures: Tom Grigson (Vredenstein Basso), George Jones (unknown), David Reece (unknown), Lewis Whitcombe (VCA du Bourget)
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. Ed Clancy told us via Instagram that he plans to race on the road next season, a sign, perhaps, that they will have a race team of some form 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
Dave Coulson’s Sheffield-based team continues. One its brightest talents, Kieran Savage, leaves for France, whilst former SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling rider also moves on. New signings include promising first-year under-23 George Wood, who shone in the SEG eRacing U19 Series earlier this year, and British Continental contributor James McKay.
In: Will Harding (Marsh Tracks Racing – Trek), James McKay (Team PB Performance), Billy Robinson (PMRR), George Wood (Spokes Racing Team)
Re-signed: Joe Clark, Matthew Taylor
Departures: Matthew Dobbing (Unknown), Kieran Savage (Vélo Club Corbas), Nathan Smith (Novo Nordisk Development Team), Julian Varley (Unknown)
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: Tom Cornwell, Oliver Knudsen, Connor Lambert, Nic McKibben, Jordan Reed, Louis Rose-Davies, George Smith, Karl Tronstad
Departures: Christian Bahr (VC Mendrisio), Charlie Beake (Unknown), Marcus Burnett (Unknown), Tom Couzens (Spirit Tifosi), Paul Double (MGKVis-VPM), Mason Hollyman (Israel Cycling Academy Development Team), Calum Johnston (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA), Tom Martin (Netllar Telecom-Ale), Mitchell McLaughlin (Holdsworth-Zappi) ,Reece Wood (Canyon dhb SunGod), Paul Wright (MGKVis-VPM)
The Nopinz team will have a new title sponsor for 2021, meaning their name will change from Nopinz Symec to Nopinz Motip. We don’t know much about their 2021 new squad yet, with just two riders – James Ashcroft and Tom Nancarrow – so far publicly so far. Our journal contributor Red Walters left the team earlier this year and has announced he’ll ride for CC Plancoët next season.
In: James Ashcroft (Nopinz Symec Development Team), Travis Bramley (Saint Piran development team), Ollie Hucks (AeroLab Ward WheelZ), Dan Shoobridge (Jam Cycling RT)
Re-signed: Tom Nancarrow
Unknown: Elliot Barratt, Dávid Kovács, James Phillips, Matt Webster, Matt Witts, Lee Frost, Nathan Hallett, Adrian Lawson, Dan McQuillam, Luke Nolan
Departures: Matthew Downie (TAAP Cervelo), Harry Johnson (CC Plancoët), Red Walters (CC Plancoët)
The men’s elite team Richardsons-Trek have confirmed they will be back in 2021. Andy Lyons, manager of the team back the Leigh-on-Sea bike shop Richardsons Cycles, has told us that the team with the striking orange Rapha jerseys will back on the starting line next year, in much the same format as previous years.
The team’s 2021 line-up includes all the riders from the 2020 squad – including our journal contributor James Jenkins – as well as two promising first-year seniors, Aaron Freeman and Will Scott. They will retain the same sponsors and we will be supporting the domestic racing calendar, along with races in Belgium and France.
In: Aaron Freeman (Chelmer CC), Will Scott (Team Flamme Rouge P-b Grenade)
Re-signed: 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. They have announced three new signings, including Tom Couzens, one of our first-year U23s to watch in 2020, and Josh Price from the Wales Racing Academy.
In: Tom Couzens (Holdsworth-Zappi), Clay Davies (Team Flamme Rouge P-b Grenade), Josh Price (Wales Racing Academy)
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)
TAAP Cervelo was set up in 2015 as a platform for South-East based riders to step up to higher levels of the sport, and has seen a lot of success as a stable platform allowing riders to focus on the racing. With a cash sponsor, as well as continued support from Surrey Hills Cycleworks, the team plans to combine racing at the top domestic level – including the National Road Series – with races in Northern Europe.
Five new signings bolster the squad, including former JLT Condor rider Dante Carpenter and Matt Downie from NoPinz Symec.
In: Dante Carpenter (G!RO Cycles), Matt Downie (Nopinz Symec), Henry Latimer, Tom Bowering, Frank Kilsby
Re-signed: Lewis Atkins, Llewellyn Kinch, Matt Lock, Jack Wyllie, James Nicholson, Kieran Blay, Luke Craddock, Phil Peters, Ryan Visser, Rory Mackay
Departures: Ben Mewes (Holdsworth-Zappi), Ben Irving (returning to race in Denmark)
A Kent-based development team that typically rides a combination of domestic races and foreign UCI events.
In: Max Ashwanden (GS Mossa), Kishan Bakrania (Panagua CC), Sam Clark (MB Cyclery)
Re-signed: Josh Copley, Harry Horsman, Lennert Huylebroeck, Stanley Kennett (rider/DS), Peter Merritt, Samuel Painter, Tim Torrie, Ryan Watkins, Joseph West, David Williams (rider/DS), Oliver Wood
Departures: Callum Anderson (unknown), Ben Foames (unknown), Cameron Foster (unknown), Michael Renardson (unknown)
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), Chad Scallan (plan2ride), Josh Whitehead (Cycle Club Bridgnorth RWG)
Re-signed: James Bentley, James Chapman, Jacques Coates, Siôn Harlow, Toby Jarvis, Matt King, Chris Walkinshaw
Departures: Josh Housley (Willebrord Wil Vooruit), James McKay (unknown), 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
The Vredestein Basso team is set to race again in 2021 with a mixed UK and European race programme planned. After a strong start to a very short 2020 season, with Tom Heal winning the Jock Wadley Nat B race, the team retain all of its 2020 riders. They add two new signings: Charlie Ager from Jam Cycling RT and Tom Grigson from Bikestrong-KTM.
In: Charlie Ager (Jam Cycling RT), Tom Grigson (Bikestrong-KTM)
Re-signed: Cameron Biddle, Tom Heal, Peter 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, Owain Roberts, William Roberts
Departures: Peter Kibble (retired), Josh Price (Spirit Tifosi)
Wheelbase CabTech Castelli
Departures: Ben Granger (Holdsworth-Zappi), Joe Reilly (ASPTT Nancy)