Milton Keynes, 14 October 2019 – Rebecca Richards (21), Jazz Jones (23), Meredith Gilbert (21) and Morgan Newberry (20) will form Racing Red and go head-to-head against their Academy Principal and mentor, Dame Sarah Storey.
Megan Dickerson (23) will join Dame Sarah Storey, Yorkshire World Championship Junior team rider Caitlin Peters, and National Champion, Zoe Backstedt, to form Storey Racing Gold.
The RTTC (Road Time Trial Council) Closed Circuit Championships will host both an individual and a 4-Up Team Time Trial at the Thruxton Motor Racing Circuit in Hampshire. Each is a battle against the clock around the 11.8-mile course that covers five laps of the circuit.
Each of the five riders selected to be part of the inaugural all-female ŠKODA DSI Cycling Academy will compete in the individual and team time trials.
The ŠKODA DSI Cycling Academy was established in May this year and is open to female cyclists aged between 17-25. Its aim is to provide young, amateur cyclists with a pathway to the elite level by giving them the experience of being a professional rider, covering the performance, nutrition and media profile required to be a modern-day professional athlete. Over 400 riders applied to join the Academy and a final five were selected following a trials day at the Lee Valley Velo Park in June.
Dame Sarah Storey, who collected her 36th World gold medal at the UCI Para-Cycling World Championships in the Netherlands, last month, was chosen by ŠKODA UK as Academy Principal.
Dame Sarah said: “I’m delighted to see the first year of the ŠKODA DSI Cycling Academy ending with a race opportunity as race days always bring out the best in a team and sharing that challenge of competition is a powerful experience. Not only will they compete in the individual event at the National Closed Circuit Time Trial Championships but they will also get the opportunity to race in a team when they tackle the Team Time Trial event on the same day. I wish them the very best of luck.”
Megan Dickerson said: “Time trialling is my speciality so it will be incredible to ride alongside Team Storey and Dame Sarah herself. I’m looking to impress; I’ll push myself from the start, give it everything I’ve got and hopefully we’ll get a good result.”
Rebecca Richards commented: “I have only previously competed in local time trials in Newark, so Thruxton will be my first national event. I can feel the pressure, however I feel confident going into the time trial having recently completed some warm weather training in Spain and I hope to finish this season on a high.”
Since joining the Academy, the five selected riders have undertaken a training ride with Storey Racing ahead of a British National Road Race Championships event, ridden Stage 4 of the Tour de France with the Internationelles and Donnons des Elles au Velo Jour-1 cycling team, and completed L’Etape du Tour and Prudential Ride London 100 with Dame Sarah’s race team.
ŠKODA started life as a bicycle company in 1895. Cycling has remained important to ŠKODA since that day and the brand has honoured its heritage ever since. In tandem with its headline sponsorship of key events in the cycling calendar, ŠKODA is championing gender equality in the professional tour series.
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