Mavic will replace Rapha as clothing supplier to John Herety’s UCI Continental squad, which will be known as JLT Condor from January 1, 2015.
The Annecy wheelsmiths will also supply equipment to the squad, which has retained backing from London’s venerable Condor Cycles and insurance giant, JLT.
Ed Clancy, Graham Briggs, and Kristian House will remain with the team, offering a proven track record of success and advice for a core of young riders. Clancy is a double Olympic track champion, Briggs the 2011 national circuit race champion, and House won the national road race title in 2009.
The team will field eight under-23 riders next season, including reigning national under-23 champion, Ed Laverack, Tom Moses, winner of this year’s CiCLE Classic, and rising track and crit race star, Felix English, who will start his fourth season with the team in January.
Mike Cuming and Richard Handley, winner overall of the Tour de Korea in 2013 and winner of stage two in this year’s race respectively, will remain with the team. Hugh Carthy, who claimed the UK outfit’s second consecutive overall victory in Korea in June, will join Pro Continental squad Caja Rural-Seguros RGA for 2015.
Australian rider, Richard Lang, returns to the team having rediscovered his passion for the sport after taking a break in 2014, and new signings will include Dante Carpenter, David McCarthy, Joe Moses (brother of Tom) and Harry Tanfield. All of the new acquisitions are under-23 riders, continuing the team’s commitment to the development of young talent.
Herety said: “Everyone is excited to be moving forward into a new era. We have great support from JLT, Condor and Mavic. This team has a strong record of bringing in sponsors, like JLT, from outside of the cycling industry, and I consider that a reflection of the level of professionalism that we have in the team.”
London-based Condor Cycles, intimately linked with racing since the company was founded by Monty Young in 1948, will retain a place in the front rank of domestic competition with its continued sponsorship of Herety’s team.
Their association with the 1982 British road race champion extends to his time as a rider for the Percy Bilton squad of the mid-1980s. The 2015 team will ride Condor’s flagship Leggero SL carbon racing bike, and the Super Acciaio - a steel bike with many of the features of contemporary carbon machines.
Condor’s managing director, Grant Young, said: “This team is a great foundation for young riders to gain experience on an international stage and it is great that Condor is able to continue to contribute to British cycle sport.
“The team will remain a testing and proving ground for our new technologies and bicycle models. Our Super Acciaio and new Leggero SL models are direct results of rider-based research.”
Mavic will supply helmets, shoes, and clothing to the team. Global brand head, François-Xavier Blanc, said Mavic had partnered with the team because of its “innovative approach to being accessible by cycling fans."
He added: “The new partnership will allow Mavic to develop further our striking new technologies designed to improve performance both by reducing aerodynamic drag and helping the athletes to perform in all weather conditions.”