NEWS - 16th January 2018
A new year, a new team line-up and new sponsors for Fusion RT
2018 brings exciting changes for Fusion RT with a change of name to Fusion RT Velo Performance following the addition of a new headline sponsor by Velo Performance and a new partnership with Brother UK as an additional sponsor, as well as another talented women’s roster ready to embark on the upcoming racing season.
Looking ahead to the 2018 season Manager Terry Williamson declared,
“This is without doubt the most talented and strongest team that Fusion RT has had in its seven-year life time. We can now impose ourselves on any race in the domestic calendar. Together with our new sponsors, who are fully committed to the team, Fusion RT Velo Performance will be a force to reckon with."
Emily Meakin is an excellent bunch rider and a strong allrounder who won stage 3 of the Holme Valley Wheelers Stage race in 2017 who joins the team alongside Fiona Redding. Fiona loves the front of the race and is an aggressive and strong rider who will make an impact on any race. Lastly, Claire Steels takes the team to 11 riders. Spotted at the Tour of Sussex after she came 3rd overall, an excellent result for her 1st year racing, Claire clearly has much more to give.
New team line-up
Four core riders return to ride for the team in 2018; Jenny Hudson is now in her fourth year with the team and is a superb all-rounder and climber giving a first-rate performance last year with many top 10 finishes. Jenny Holden starts her third season with the team after a great 2017 season which saw her win both Round 2 and Round 9 of the Women’s Team Series and is a terrific aggressive sprinter for the team. The team also welcomes back Fiona Hunter-Johnson for her third season. A brilliant allrounder Fiona is a very strong committed rider who gives everything to the team and her racing. Molly Patch returns for a second year with the team and as an excellent track rider and time trialist, as well as prominent on the road, there is much more to come from this rider.
The team welcomes seven new riders for the 2018 season: Rebecca Goodson, Corrine Hall, Rebecca Johnson, Emma Lewis, Emily Meakin, Fiona Redding and Claire Steels.
Rebecca Goodson is a 2nd year rider and specialist climber who will do well in the hillier races. Corrine Hall brings to the squad a huge amount of racing experience and ability having been part of the British Cycling’s Elite Squad and we look forward to her contribution to the team. Rebecca Johnson came 2nd in the 2017 Tour of Sussex and is an excellent race tactician and superb allrounder. Emma Lewis, who won all three stages outright in the same race, is a strong time trialist and climber, and shows a huge amount of promise for the coming year.
The 2018 line up:
Top row (l-r) Rebecca Goodson, Corrine Hall, Jenny Holden, Jenny Hudson, Fiona Hunter Johnston, Rebecca Johnson. Bottom row (l-r) Emma Lewis, Emily Meakin, Molly Patch, Fiona Redding, Claire Steels
The change of team name to Fusion RT Velo Performance follows the continued commitment of Velo Performance to the team who are now headline sponsor for the coming season. Velo Performance is a specialised cycling company that offers cycling coaching, online training plans and cycling camps. Iúri Jorge, Founder & Head Coach explains “We are very proud to be the headline sponsor of Fusion RT Velo Performance this year. We want to help the team as much as we can, transmitting our expertise and knowledge of training and racing to the girls. We are hosting the team's official training camp in the Algarve, Portugal where the team will prepare for the upcoming season. Fusion RT have a lot of talent in the team this year, and it will be a pleasure to help them perform at their best in 2018."
The team also benefits hugely this year from a new sponsorship from Brother UK. There are significant synergies between elite cycling and many of the themes that Brother UK promotes its products and services around such as teamwork, efficiency, productivity, technology and results has led them to invest into the sport. Phil Jones MBE - Managing Director of Brother UK says of the new collaboration with Fusion RT "We are delighted to be supporting Fusion RT during the 2018 season, backing their ambition to race and compete at the highest levels. It promises to be a great partnership."