Two of Britain's leading road cycling teams are joining forces: RaphaCondor and Recycling.co.uk are to merge for the 2008 season to form a team which will include some of the UK's strongest domestic riders.
Recycling.co.uk has been one of the UK's strongest road race teams over the last four years, led by the widely-respected John Herety, who will be directeur sportif of the new team. RaphaCondor has existed for the past two years, co-sponsored by Rapha clothing and Condor Cycles.
"After working for many years with Team GB and for the past two seasons with the successful recycling.co.uk team I am looking forward to working with Rapha and Condor," said Herety. "Having met Dominique [Gabellini, RaphaCondor's team manager] and his colleagues during the course of the season their professionalism, competitiveness as well as their easy-going, honest and open nature makes the alliance feel good."
The combined team, RaphaCondorRecycling.co.uk, aims to both win on the road as well as support the growth in interest in cycling at all levels. To that end, it will be involved in a number of events and initiatives to link elite road racing back to fans and ordinary cyclists. For 2008, these will include an expansion of RaphaCondor's Smithfield Nocturne with races for commuters, couriers and young riders; cyclosportive and challenge rides; training camps and other events.