The fastest women’s team on the planet, multi-year TTT champions Specialized-Lululemon, will continue in 2015 under a new name and new title sponsorship.
Velocio Sports today announced its racing campaign will continue as Velocio-SRAM with Kristy Scrymgeous continuing as the Team Director.
In 2014 the team secured over 25 major wins, including another UCI World Team Time Trial and Individual Time Trial titles. It was sad day for women’s cycling fans when Velocio announced losing its title sponsors as well as strong riders like Evelyn Stevens (to Boels-Dolmans) and Carmen Small (to focus purely on track).
But Kristy Scrymgeour was determined to continue in 2015, and a grassroots funding campaign and new sponsors made it happen.
"A combination of cycling industry partners, grassroots contributors from our Project X crowdfunding campaign, and private donors has allowed us to return this racing year with ten athletes, seven of them veterans of our program," stated Scrymgeour in a press release. "We’re very excited to continue this program."
The team’s core of riders and team management remain, and the 10-person squad will be supported by Cervelo, SRAM, Zipp and Quarq with Velocio Apparel and SRAM stepping up as co-title sponsors.
"This team is too good not to support. They focus on winning, specializing in races against the clock, and deliver pure professionalism through it all. It’s the perfect formula for us as we continue to drive top level women’s racing globally," stated SRAM’s Global Sponsorship Manager Alex Wassmann.
Velocio Apparel Designer Brad Sheehan who designed the Velocio’s signature colors, explained the support for the program in no uncertain terms stating, "we’re putting everything we have into this program. We believe in these riders in their future and in the future of women’s cycling."
Alena Amialiusik (BLR)
Lisa Brennauer (GER)
Karol Ann Canuel (CAN)
Tiffany Cromwell (AUS)
Elise Delzenne (FRA)
Barbara Guirischi (ITA)
Mieke Kröger (GER)
Loren Rowney (AUS)
Tayler Wiles (USA)
Trixi Worrack (GER)