Team FBUK goes Global
New deal for British team
Change in sponsors for cyclo cross / road team
2006 was a successful for the British women's professional team, Team FBUK. In its first year as a professional the team has had great success on and off road and established itself well in the European peloton.
The year started well, with Helen Wyman winning the UK cyclo-cross national champs in January. She then went on to gain 5th place at the World Championships in Holland later that month.
A training camp followed in Belgium for the road team, where the riders were put to the test in the cold conditions of the Belgian winter. This helped the riders prepare for the first race of the season, the Het Volk.
Major success on the road came in July when Helen Wyman took the lead in the Mountains competition in the UCI ranked Tour of Brittany on the first day. With fantastic teamwork, Helen managed to hold the jersey for the entire tour.
Consistent top 10 results in UCI races meant Helen was selected for the World Championships in Austria to support Nicole Cooke, the World Number road rider. Also selected from FBUK, was Yolandi du Toit of South Africa. Yolandi also went on to win the African Continental Championships along with the most prestigious race in South Africa the 94.7 Classic.
To finish the year, FBUK riders Gabby Day and Helen Wyman competed in cyclo-cross races throughout Europe and were both ranked in the World top 20 (Helen 3rd, Gabby 18th). Gabby also led the UK National Series and was ranked UK number 1.
Unfortunately the title sponsors of the team from previous years have come to the end of their agreement with the team and 2007 will see a new group of sponsors added to the team. This has led the team changing its name to reflect is sponsorship and rider base.
The rider list for 2007 is still not quite complete but includes:
Helen Wyman - 25
Several more riders will be announced during January.
The sponsors of the team for 2007 include the following:
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