Welcome to the Scott Contessa Epic Race Team, the UK’s leading women’s development team. Formed at the start of 2012, the team’s first full season was simply outstanding. The Scott Contessa Epic Race Team won numerous races in the UK and Europe, took the UK National Team series and picked up medals of every colour in British, European and World championships!
The ethos of the team is as much about enjoying their riding as it is developing their racing skills and winning races though. And throughout the 2012 season few were left in doubt that they were doing just that! The spirit and mutual support within the team has been one of the most important factors in their success – and has been the envy of the peleton!
In 2012 no fewer than five of the team’s eight riders Team GB in international compeition, with the remaining three first year juniors all settling well into senior National-level racing ready tochallenge for international places in 2013.
The 2013 season will see some new faces in the Scott Contessa Epic Race Team, as several of the 2012 team are moving on to bigger UCI teams and/or the BC Academy – a perfect illustration of how the team is meeting one of its primary aims in developing riders and preparing them for the next step up the competitive ladder.
We will be announcing the new team members shortly, but are not restricting membership to junior age group riders. The key to the team is to provide an environment within which riders who are relatively new to racing on the open road, but who have already shown real promise, can develop into successful road racers – in 2012 this happened to mean that all of the team were juniors, but that may not be the case this time round!
Previous Press Release (November 2011):
Welcome to Scott Contessa Epic Race Team, an exciting new women’s cycling team, formed in 2012 and already causing a stir – with most of their first season gone the Scott Contessa Epic girls have won numerous races in the UK and Europe, lead the National Team series and picked up medals in British, European and World championships! Consisting of eight junior riders, who between them had already won eleven national titles in the previous two years, the ethos of the team is as much about enjoying their riding as it is developing their racing skills and winning races.
The team is sponsored by a number of premium cycling brands, with headline sponsors Scott Sports supplying bikes, in the shape of the Scott Foil Contessa aero road bike, as well as shoes and helmets; with Epic Cycles, the UK’s leading specialist road bike store, providing mechanical and logistical support to the team.
Catriona Sutherland, Scott UK’s Marketing Manager commented “SCOTT Sports UK is very proud to be supporting the SCOTT CONTESSA EPIC Women’s Road Team for 2012. With a huge pool of talent, including National Championship titles, the girls personify the Scott Spirit; getting out on bikes and having fun, as well as winning medals. They are as much dedicated athletes as they are friendly and encouraging in their sport.”
Scott were a natural partner for the team, as they have an unrivalled record when it comes to all forms of women’s cycling, with a wide range of bikes, apparel, protection and shoes for road, mountain and triathlon at all levels. As well as their clear focus on women’s cycling their fresh, modern lifestyle image is a perfect match for the youthful team.
“We’re looking forward to having the team join us on their Contessa FOIL bikes at many of our road and women specific cycling events this year, including a range of sportive races countrywide, and having them share their enthusiasm and bike skills with us all” added Sutherland.
The Scott Contessa MTB team is already established as the leading women’s team in the off road world, so the move into sponsoring a road team is a natural one, with Beth Crumpton (National Junior Cross Country champion 2011 and 2012), being part of both squads.
In addition to Scott Sports and Epic Cycles the team will be sponsored by sector leading brands Reynolds (wheels), Fizik (saddles), Schwalbe (tyres and tubs), Santini (custom race clothing), Lezyne (tools), High5 (nutrition) and Paceline (embrocation).
The team for 2012 will be made up of eight junior riders, including multi-national champion Emily Kay and World and European medallist Elinor Barker. Individually, the team has already seen significant success in previous seasons, but with a broad range of specialisms and experience, rider development within a supportive and sociable team atmosphere will be at the very forefront of team aims for 2012.