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Tofauti Everyone Active and Team dsm-firmenich forge landmark development pathway for UK cycling talent

British junior cycling team, Tofauti Everyone Active has formed a strategic partnership with Team dsm-firmenich to identify and nurture promising riders for higher levels in the sport.

In a landmark move for British junior cycling, Tofauti Everyone Active has announced a pioneering partnership with the prestigious Team dsm-firmenich, encompassing their men’s and women’s WorldTour teams and development team.

The collaboration, a first for a British junior cycling team, is a strategic alliance aimed at identifying and nurturing deserving riders ready to ascend to higher echelons of the sport. A press release from the team declares that, “Creating an ecosystem of shared knowledge and insight, the partnership will in turn benefit Tofauti Everyone Active through learnings and access to training facilities and rider support systems used by their WorldTour counterparts.”

Since its inception in 2019 by team manager Ian Mansel-Thomas, Tofauti Everyone Active has emerged as a breeding ground for professional cycling talent. The team’s impressive track record in junior men’s and women’s racing has not only yielded national and European championship titles but has also positioned them as a magnet for top-tier junior riders. Next season, for example, Holly Ramsay is stepping up to the UCI Continental women’s team Hess Cycling, while Tomos Pattison and Oliver Peace will move from the Tofauti Everyone Active squad to Jumbo-Visma Development Team and Development Team dsm-firmenich respectively.

The British elite racing scene may be at a crossroads, requiring structural reforms, but the junior talent pool remains a bright spot, consistently producing riders who excel in their initial professional seasons. This is evidenced by the rise of British talents like Pfeiffer Georgi, Max Poole, and Oscar Onley of Team dsm-firmenich, alongside Joshua Tarling of INEOS-Grenadiers and Zoe Bäckstedt of Canyon/SRAM.

Mansel-Thomas expressed his enthusiasm for the recognition from a team as esteemed as Team dsm-firmenich. “This partnership is a validation of the UK’s burgeoning young racing talent, which we’ve been committed to fostering,” he said. The collaboration is expected to be mutually beneficial, with Tofauti Everyone Active poised to adopt the structured progression pathways that have become a hallmark of Team dsm-firmenich’s approach to nurturing talent.

Team dsm-firmenich is no stranger to such alliances, having previously established development connections with women’s continental team GT KRUSH Rebellease and Italian team BFT Burzoni. Hans Timmermans, Scouting Coordinator at Team dsm-firmenich, highlighted Tofauti Everyone Active’s international reputation and their structured support system as key factors in forging this new relationship.

Looking ahead, the new partnership will also support Tofauti Everyone Active’s plans to create a British and Irish development pathway, from junior to under-23 to (Women’s) WorldTour, over the coming years.

Featured image: Nicolas Vaucouleur. Tofauti Everyone Active rider Carys Lloyd winning GP Ceratizit at Plouay this season