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Cooke and Wyman create Vision 1 Racing
World, Olympic Champion launches new team with UK's first ever UCI-team owner
Vision 1 - at least four year project, to bring on the best of UK talent using international and domestic riders
World and Olympic road race champion, Nicole Cooke, and the owner of the first ever British UCI-registered women's team, Stefan Wyman, have combined their talents to create Vision 1 Racing.
team will be made up from the support staff that helped guide Nicole Cooke
to Olympic and World Championship Gold in 2008 and Stefan Wyman formerly of
Swift Racing, bringing together a motivated team to build on Nicole’s
vision for the future.
feel very fortunate to have had such fantastic support from a few key people
during 2008 who have worked with me in a profession way to help me achieve
my best possible results. Having
achieved my dreams in cycling I now feel it is time to give something back
to the sport and believe that by helping to develop the next generation of
talented riders we can make Britain one of the strongest nations in cycling
by 2012. I was impressed with
the professional and motivated attitude to racing and development of riders
shown by Swift Racing when racing with them at the Grande Boucle this year.
was also very impressed by Stefan Wyman's management skills and his attitude
to developing riders and team spirit. I
think that by taking the best of both of our resources we can create a team
structure that can make talented British riders part of the strongest team
in women’s cycling by 2012.’
Racing will be managed by Stefan Wyman - currently of Swift Racing - who
commented, ‘I am delighted with this news.
It’s something I have hoped would happen ever since the Grand
Boucle. Nicole and I have a
very similar vision for the future of women’s cycle sport in the UK.
I’m excited about 2009 to see what we can achieve.
I want Nicole to be involved as much as possible in all areas of this
team and for us to benefit from her experience.’
added, ‘this will be at least a four-year programme with the focus
on preparation, performance and development of talented riders, not just on
results. Our racing will provide all our riders with the opportunity to
learn and progress to the top of women’s road racing in steps, with each
rider’s individual needs are catered for within our team.
Races we will be targeting include local races, World Cup Races,
National and World Championships, Commonwealth and Olympic Games.’
the plans for 2009, Stefan said, ‘I wish to build a team made up of
mainly young British riders who could form part of the strongest British
road team ever for the 2012 Olympics in London.
However, due to the lack of experienced road racers in Britain the
team will have a number of experienced international riders showing and
setting a good example for the younger riders to follow.
My immediate plans now are to invest a huge amount of time on getting
the right people around this team in terms of staff, sponsors and advisors.
This could take a long time, but will be crucial in our long term
Nicole said, ‘We hope to create an environment for the young riders to be able to learn and adapt to people of different backgrounds and cultures, helping to increase their acceptance into the women’s peleton as our British riders have more and more links to riders from other teams and countries. Our focus will be on building up a team spirit with a professional attitude to preparation, training and racing in an environment that also helps the riders develop as people. I feel this balance between enjoying life and their racing will be crucial to helping the riders get the most from their sport.’
long-term plans will not detract from our focus on success in 2009. We will ensure we have the right personnel in all areas to
deliver results next year. We
hope that we can deliver these results with progressive performances from
all of our riders in each of our selected races.
Nicole Cooke is the World and Olympic champion, and that brings with
it a level of expectation and responsibility that we are taking very
seriously.’ Wyman added
More news on the teams Racing Calendar for 2009 will be announced soon along with the first details of the rider roster for 2009.
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