Our penultimate rider is former international triathlete Seonaid Thompson. Thirty one year old Seonaid is based in Leeds and has recently become a mum to an adorable little girl.
Seonaid competed for Scotland as a triathlete in the 2014 Commonwealth Games and made the switch to pure road racing in 2015. She competed in the Tour of Yorkshire that year which will have given her a taste of things to come when she hits the big events with Sunsport Velo WRT
Seonaid is a sprinter and when the strong Sunsport lead out train clicks into action she will likely be the last one in line racing out of the bunch and steaming to the finish. Indeed last year she won over half the races she competed in and put some of her new team mates to the sword in the process. Let’s hope that they don’t bear a grudge!
Thirty five year old Victoria Fearn is the next name up on the Sunsport team sheet. She hails from Kent and spent the 2016 season racing for PMR@Toachim House.
Having picked up a handful of wins this season Vicki then rode in Ireland in the prestigious Ras na mBan adding this experience to another high level outing in last seasons televised Matrix Fitness GP series at Croydon.
Although quite naturally the majority of Vicki’s races so far have been in the South she will relish the opportunity to show her talents on a national stage as well as making trips over to the continent when the chance arises. (Vicki is, after all, the closest Sunsport rider geographically to the continent!)
She sees her move to Sunsport as a step up career-wise and is looking to play a strong team role as well as seeking out opportunities for personal glory. Her experience will be a great asset to the team
As we pass the halfway mark in our presentation of Sunsport Velos 2017 roster it is time to meet the most cosmopolitan member of the squad.
Twenty seven year old Gabriella Nordin was brought up in Sweden to a Swedish father and American mother before touching down in Maidenhead to make her mark on the UK cycling scene. She signs from Starley Racing for whom she has put some strong performances in with this season.
Although slight of frame she possesses a level of endurance that lends itself to stage racing, evidenced this season by her fine fifth place on gc in the Ta’Malta where she was also top placed GB rider.
She will look again at stage races next season particularly overseas and is also seeking a shot at the Swedish National Road Race title.
A preseason interview is on the cards and someone with this interesting a background needs to be in the Who is….? Hot seat before too long.
Continuing with drip feeding the 2017 roster for Sunsport Velo we next introduce Hannah Larbalestier. Hannah is Sheffield based and represented the University of Bath Cycling Club having previously dabbled in the dark arts with triathlon where she competed at World Series level.
Hannah has had some strong performances in 2016 particularly in criteriums and will be targeting this discipline as she hunts down wins. With Sunsports calendar currently being shaped for 2017, team manager Jerry Ricketts will have Hannah in mind when it comes to choosing some of the town centre races. With the strong squad that has been assembled expectations are high in the team and Hannah will no doubt play a major role in the bid for glory.
We look forward to sitting down with Hannah pre season for a full interview and she is also in the cross hairs for the Q and A hot seat in the next few weeks
The next rider to be announced is no big secret. Already the subject of a recent “Who is……….?” Q and A its none other than Rosie Walsh.
Second youngest in the team but Rosie already possesses a wealth of experience. An excellent 5th place in the NW Road Championships confirmed her credentials as a talented road rider and she will be one to watch in 2017. She will get opportunities in the right races and with the support of a strong team behind her expect some great results.
See Rosies full q and a here
Second name up in the new look Sunsport Velo team line up is Felicity Gledhill. At just 16 years old she is the youngest member of the team. In terms of experience however she can match most of her new team mates bringing a full eight years of cycling to the table.
Hailing from Huddersfield and previously riding for Sportcity Velo she is a talented track rider who is also no stranger to winning on the road, including a fine victory in July in the Houghton CC closed circuit series where she beat a quality field of 2nd and 3rd cat women.
ShoottheBikeRace will do the Q and A hot seat with Felicity before the new season and we look forward to following her exploits with her new team
ShoottheBikeRace spent the day with Sunsport Velo WRT on Saturday as initial plans for the 2017 season were tabled and discussed. Key to this was the new line up. Last seasons (smaller) squad has flown the nest so all the riders are brand new and fresh out of the box. There is a healthy mixture of youth and experience in the squad and this was the first occasion that many of the riders had met their new teammates and the support staff. It was a highly productive day with most goals achieved including bike and kit fitting, initial physiological assessments and publicity video and photography.
Now therefore seems to be the right time to begin introducing the team. So one a day for the next eight days kicks off with Liz Burrows. Liz will be featuring in an upcoming Q and A so we will keep it brief. She is a 33 year old West Yorkshire girl who has jumped across from Team Jaden Weldtite. Liz spent several years in triathlon before moving into road racing a couple of years ago. She therefore brings a wealth of experience gleaned from her time across the two disciplines.
More on Liz in next weeks Q and A and another name will be revealed tomorrow.