- continuing the HTC-HighRoad women's team
new management company takes over with majority of riders confirmed to
team will be known as Team
director of a new sports management company, Kristy Scrymgeour, has
announced that the HTC-HighRoad team will continue into 2012. Most of the
2011 riders are contracted to the squad, with the addition of an exciting
prospect for the 2012 London Olympics, Canadian, Clara Hughes. Joining the
team from elsewhere are Trixi Worrack (AA Drink) and Lisa Brennauer (Hitec
Products). Not listed as
continuing from the 2011 HTC-HighRoad team in the squad which has been
announced are 2011 World time trial Champion Judith Arndt, Amanda Miller and
was announced in August that both the men's and women's HTC-HighRoad team
would cease to exist at the end of the season, due to a lack of sponsors.
Initially, it had been hoped that the women's team would continue, but this
hope gradually disappeared. Instead, former Marketing and Communications
Director with High Road Sports, Kristy Scrymgeour, has established a new
management company and taken over the women's team.
Road Sports maintains a sponsorship interest in the team, thanks to
long-time supporter of women's cycling, Bob Stapleton, who was the initial
owner and set up the outgoing team, which can be traced back to 2006 with
respect to its European activities and much earlier in the USA.
team, which will be known as Team
Specialized lululemon, has major sponsors, Specialized bikes and
athletic clothing company, lululemon, which is based in Vancouver.
[Stapleton] has been an avid supporter of women's cycling for many years and
we would like to carry on his hard work by continuing the team with much of
the same structure in place," said Director of Velocio Sports, Kristy
Scrymgeour. "He has been very supportive of the project and will
provide us with valuable equipment to get us going."
Further comments are offered by the main sponsors, This is such an awesome
opportunity for us," said Specialized's President and Founder, Mike
Sinyard. "We're really excited to put our name behind these incredible
athletes with an inspiring company like lululemon that makes the best
women's athletic apparel in the world. Our pro riders give us invaluable
feedback to continue innovating the best bikes in the world."
"We can't wait to elevate women's cycling with Specialized," said
Christine Day, CEO, lululemon athletica. "Their technical expertise,
longstanding pedigree and dedication to women in cycling inspire our entire
organization. Feedback from the athletes is what drives us and these amazing
athletes further enhance our focus on technical product."
team will race on the all-new 2012 Specialized Amira, upon which they took
many great victories in 2011 and showcased it as a podium-worthy women's
race bike. The women will also ride the World (time trial)
Championship-winning S-Works Shiv, the S-Works Prevail. They will use TT2
helmets, as well as Specialized Body Geometry Oura saddles and S-Works
and staff returning to the setup are Team Manager / Sports
Director, Ronny Lauke with Oliver
Grabowski (Head Mechanic) and Beth Duryea (Head Soigneur)
riders confirmed for 2012 are :
Ellen Van Dijk (NED)
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