Tim Elverson’s Canyon dhb SunGod squad will continue next season, ending a nervy period of uncertainty for the team.
On the eve of the Tour of Britain this year, Elverson had revealed to us in an exclusive podcast interview that he hadn’t yet secured the sponsorship he needed for the team to continue into next season. Despite a stellar team performance at the Tour of Britain, the team’s situation was unchanged at the end of the race, leaving the team’s future uncertain.
“It would be pretty poor if you can have a race like we’ve just had and not find sponsors. That said, nothing’s changed … yet” – @TimElverson | @canyondhbsungod— The British Continental (@BritishConti) September 13, 2021
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We have now learned, however, that the team is secure for another year at least. The team has paid the bank guarantee and completed all the paperwork required to gain a UCI Continental licence. Elverson has also been busy signing riders, with much of the 2022 squad now pinned down.
All being well, therefore, the team looks set to continue. This is good news for the domestic scene at a time when at least one other men’s team is closing (Crimson Orientation Marketing RT) and rumours are swirling that another may follow.
Elverson’s squad looks set to change; he told his riders to look for other teams when the team’s future was hanging in the balance. The ProCyclingStats website says that Callum MacLeod is moving to Dutch UCI Continental team ABLOC, while Ryan Christensen announced on Instagram that he is leaving the team. Other riders look set to move on too. Nonetheless, we understand that the team will retain a strong core of riders, and expects to be as competitive as ever next season.
Featured photo: Craig Zadoroznyj/SWpix.com – 26/09/2021 – Cycling – HSBC UK National Road Series – Beaumont Trophy 2021 – Best Team Canyon dhb SunGod