Ten followers of Vitus Pro Cycling Team will receive an invitation to join the full 2019 rider line-up at an exclusive and intimate gathering, taking place in Derby, UK, on Thursday November 22, 2018.
With the support of key partners, led by headline sponsor Vitus Bikes, the team is encouraging fans to apply and state why they would like to join the team in Derby on Thursday November 22, 2018. Ten winners will be announced this Friday (November 16, 2018).
Cherie Pridham’s pro cycling team has been significantly strengthened for the coming season, thanks to continued and enhanced support from new and existing sponsors for a ‘values-based approach to professional cycling’.
Ed Clancy, Graham Briggs, Alistair Slater, Chris Latham, Joe Holt, Dylan Kerfoot-Robson, Michael Mottram, Freddie Scheske, Adam Kenway, Red Walters, Liam Davies and Tim Torrie will meet this month as a team for the first time at the University of Derby’s state-of-the-art sports centre from 18.30 GMT.
The facility, built at a cost of nearly £11m and opened just two years ago, will stage an informal gathering of riders, staff, sponsors and invited media. Competition winners will have the opportunity to mingle with the riders, including Clancy, a triple Olympic champion.
“We’re very pleased to extend an invitation to our community of followers on social media to meet our new rider roster for 2019,” said Cherie Pridham, Vitus Pro Cycling Team’s owner and manager. “We’re delighted with the squad. With proven winners like Ed Clancy and Graham Briggs, and riders of real pedigree, such as Ali Slater and Chris Latham, we’re certain Vitus Pro Cycling Team can make a real impact next year on the biggest races of the domestic calendar and key events abroad.
“By signing Joe Holt, Red Walters and Dylan Kerfoot-Robson, we’ve strengthened our commitment to developing young talent, and given the team a solid spine in the form of Michael Mottram, Freddie Scheske and Adam Kenway.
“Adam was one of three riders who really impressed me this season, and we’re delighted that he’ll represent Vitus Pro Cycling Team again next year, alongside Liam Davies and Tim Torrie, two of our brightest prospects.”
As well as winning three Olympic gold medals with Great Britain’s men’s team pursuit squad, Ed Clancy has won six world titles on the track, and a number of races on the road. This year, he won the Herald Sun Tour prologue, two rounds of the Tour Series and the London Nocturne.
Graham Briggs is another prolific winner: a former British circuit racing champion, who sealed his place at this year’s Tour of Britain with victory at the Ryedale Grand Prix. Briggs won the combativity award in the 2017 Tour of Britain and raced for Pridham in 2012 and 2013.
Despite a challenging financial climate, Vitus Pro Cycling Team has retained its key supporters for 2019 and attracted new, carefully selected partners with a commercial model that rewards investment with online engagement, bespoke marketing assets and B2B opportunities, as well as more traditional methods of exposure.
“We’re very much looking forward to having followers of Vitus Pro Cycling Team with us in Derby at the first gathering of the 2019 Vitus Pro Cycling Team rider roster,” said Michael Kirkland, Chairman of Cherie Pridham Racing.
“Our team is open, inclusive and transparent, and engaging with fans whose support means everything to our riders in races like the Tour de Yorkshire and Lincoln Grand Prix is our way of saying thanks. To welcome them to the University of Derby, a key supporter in the home of Cherie Pridham Racing, is entirely fitting.”