A new UK road team has been launched which will target the Premier Calendar races and the new Tour Criterium series. The idea is that Team Sabbath/Claytan will develop young riders in an academy atmosphere.
Funded and supported by UK bike brand Sabbath Bicycles and luxury bathroom and kitchen firm Claytan Australia, the 2009 squad will consist of Dave Coulson, Gareth Jones, Greg Roche, Gareth Hewitt, Daffyd Dylan, Richard Sykes Popham, Kieran Frend and Josh Andjelkovic.
The team will ride a special edition version of Sabbath’s Monday’s Child road bike and the company’s new Time Piece time trial bike.
Greg Roche, owner of Sabbath Cycles, said: “We aren’t looking to follow the well worn format of providing riders with clothing, bikes, some spares, then seeing what happens. We’re looking to offer increased technical support in an ongoing and meaningful way, while also nurturing the younger athletes’ sense of responsibility to themselves, the team and their sponsors.”
A close-up of the new time trial bike:Sabbath Bicycles