As it Stands: Team Ibis Cycles not to continue in 2013 in its current form.

UCI women’s cycling Team Ibis Cycles will not continue with its activities in 2013 in it’s current form. Due to some last minute setbacks, the team was not able to raise the budget needed to enter the 2013 season with sufficient financial backing.

The team has existed for 5 years. During that period the team has developed from a Dutch club team in 2008 to a British UCI registered professional woman’s cycling team in 2012.

Team manager Toon van der Putten: ‘Initially all looked well for the team, which made us start with the application for UCI registration in 2013. Unfortunately two weeks ago we were confronted with a some major setbacks, one of which was the retirement of current team leader Pippa Handley, with this and the financial setbacks the difficult decision was to stop the team. This of course, is a deep regret for all involved and a shock to all the team’s riders.’

Team Ibis Cycles wishes to stress that this decision has nothing to do with its current sponsors. Quite the opposite: We would like to thank all our sponsors for their dedication and support which made the 2012 season a fantastic one and we are grateful for the commitment they gave us for the 2013 season.

‘The decision to stop is a major disappointment for everybody involved: riders, staff and sponsors. This has made our decision even harder and extra difficult, but the financial risk was just too high and it would have been unfair for everybody involved to decide otherwise’.

There are wheels turning at Team Ibis HQ and the hope is to find a new backer and rebuild the team under new ownership.

Click here here to see the original press release.

Why take the white roads … ??

Gary Erickson, along with his wife Kit Crawford, is the founder and co-CEO of Clif Bar & Company. He is dedicated to providing nutritious and organic foods and drinks for sport and healthy snacking for the global community. His love for and commitment to the outdoors, cycling, great food, and socially responsible business has lead him to create a company with a unique business model. Clif Bar & Company stands out as a model of innovative environmental activism in the private sector, as well as a reliable source of snacks worth eating.

Have a listen to what he has to tell about why Clif Bar & Company is as it is, and how a road map can be a blueprint for life.

Skinny Tyres Race Series

The winners podium of the U12 riders (left to right: Eva Barnet (ERC Martin Currie RT), Ellie Park (Glasgow Riderz) and Emma Forsyth (ERC Martin Currie RT) (photo: Britta Barnet)

The skinny tyres series is a series of races held in Scotland for U16 riders. Mark Young about the series: ‘In 2010 Mark McKay, the previous talent coach, asked race organisers for youths all over Scotland if their race could be part of a Scotland wide series: the skinny tyres series. I got involved with the series in 2010 and when Mark moved into another role within Britisch Cycling in 2011  I took over his talent development role. I wanted the series to have a link with the  pro ranks, and for the under 16 girls, wanted to bring in some Sottish women riders to look up to.’

So, when this years series ended last weekend with the Kingscavil Hill Climb  and the overall prize presentation,  Jane and Elieen attended the event, to meet the riders and present some prizes for the girls A, B and C categories. 

The winner of each  categorie (youth C: Ellie Park (see photo), youth B: Emma Borthwick (ERC Martin Currie RT) and youth A:  Flora Gillies (Peebles CC) were presented a signed Team Ibis Cycles jersey.  A great way to encourage girls who are willing to give cycling a go at youth level to return to next years series riding even faster then this year.

Bronze on Team Pursuit and Madison

Podium of the Madison (photo:

On the final day of the British National Track Championships the team picked up two more bronze medals. In the qualification for the team pursuit the Eileen, Hannah and Kayleigh came short 0.09 of a second for the gold-medal race. In the final for bronze the team caught up with their opponents and secured a 3rd place.

In the madison Eileen and Hannah after a hard race got a bronze medal. This was an appropriote finish to a good championships in which the team was on the podium in every one of the endurance events.

Kayleigh, Hannah and Eileen during the Team Pursuit (photo: Alexander Naylor)

A third bronze !

Kayleigh on te podium (photo:

The 15 km Women’s Scratch Race was described as a poker match on wheels, in which the sprinter in the pack were looking at eachother and keeping the bunch together. Eileen made a couple of good digs, of which the last one – 7 laps before the finish – looked a decisive one. The crowd was getting behind her, but with four laps to got it was not to be. With just three laps to go, Hannah Walker took her chances and Janet Birkmyre (TORQ) slipped in behind her, using Walker to springboard to a popular solo victory. In the bunch sprint Kayleigh finished second, and Hannah 5th (so 3rd and 6th overall).

A bronze medal for Hannah (2)

podium of the pointsrace

A second podium and a second bronze medal for Hannah at the British National Track Championships in Manchester. In the points race, Eileen, Hannah and Kayleigh were representing Team Ibis Cycles. In the first points sprint Eileen had an unfortunate crash, but she was up on the bike quick winning the second sprint. 

The end of the race saw Corinne Hall and Charline Joiner a clear number one and two and Hannah, Eileen and Lucy Garner battling it out for positions three, four and five. They ended up in this order with Hannah on 18 points, Eileen on 17 and Lucy Garner on 16.  Kayleigh finished 12th

the speed is up .......

2012 in photos

We have made a small compilation of some of the best photos  of the 2012 road season. Click on the image below to take a peek.

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A bronze medal for Hannah

podium photo

On day 2 of the British National Track Championships, Hannah won a bronze medal on the  3000m Individual Pursuit. Qualifiying with the 3rd best time, Hannah secured her medal by beating Coinne Hall in the medal race. Overall victory went to world junior road champion Lucy Garner who beat Charline Joiner in the gold medal race. 

Roll on day 3 !

British Track Championships

Today marks Day 1 of the British Track Championships that are held at the Manchester Velodrome. 

In the Women’s 500 metre Time Trial, Kayleigh Brogan and Hannah Barnes are amongst  the entered riders. Later this week Eileen Roe will also take the stage, so stay tuned !!

Ras na Mban

Anne Ewing has finished 8th in the final GC of the Irish stage race of Ras na mBan. The race consisted of 6 stages over 5 days including a Time trial. A good performance for her after a very restricted year with her full time job/stuidies as a Medical Doctor. Everyone at the team is very excited to have Anne as a full time rider next year and know that she is someone worth waiting for.


Anne, in the shirt of her guest team, during the race

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