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Former GB triathlete heads Team Ford EcoBoost
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Posted on: Tuesday 12th April 2016


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Nikki Juniper to lead Team Ford EcoBoost

A women's cycling team with strong triathlon connections...

British female cycling has had quite a few 'good news' stories recently, and long may they continue. At the top of tree, Lizzie Armitstead is the current UCI Road Race World Champion and just last weekend continued her awesome start to the 2016 season by winning the Tour of Flanders. This follows up on recent news that the Tour de Yorkshire one day race will offer a total prize purse of £50,000, with the Prudential RideLondon Classique subsequently matching the men's race - which is the richest men's one day race in the world - with a total of EUR100,000. Both of those are record figures in women's cycling.

We've seen a relatively fluid transition of athletes between triathlon and cycling, especially within the female ranks, over many years now. High profile 'dual sport' champions include Emma Pooley, who started in triathlon, departed to win an Elite World TT Championship and Olympic Silver in cycling and has since returned to be the two-time and reigning ITU Powerman Long Distance Duathlon Champion (and may well pop 'back' for Rio 2016!). Bear in mind that when Emma finished third at Challenge Philippines in 2014 it was, at the time, a bigger pay cheque than anything she ever got in cycling.

Ceris Gilfillan achieved success in both sports a few years back including making it to the Olympic Games, while just last year Ironman athlete Lucy Gossage set the second fastest female 100-mile time on record, while training for Kona. There are others too - Julie Dibens was a regular podium finisher in the National '10', while just last year we featured Age-Group triathlete Kate McNeill who seems to have really found her niche in the world of time-trialling.

It is therefore great to get more good news today of several former 'triathletes' getting the support of motoring brand Ford, with the formation of Team Ford EcoBoost. The team is lead by Women's Elite National circuit champion, Nikki Juniper, a name that some of you who have been around for (many) years may well remember was an active Age-Group triathlete, before moving on to find great success in recent years within road cycling. We've got a who host of Nikki's race history online HERE. Team Ford EcoBoost will be competing in the 2016 British Cycling Women's Road Series and televised Tour series.

As well as Nikki, several others in the team have had a background in triathlon including Adele Martin, Clover Murray and Anna Turvey. Look out for them through the year, and best wishes to all.

You can follow the team on Facebook and Twitter.


Team Ford EcoBoost

  • Ford has partnered with Women's Elite National circuit champion, Nikki Juniper to create an all-new cycling team
  • Team Ford EcoBoost will compete in the 2016 British Cycling Women's Road Series and televised Tour series
  • The Team Ford EcoBoost fleet consists of EcoBoost-powered Ford EcoSports, a Mondeo Vignale estate and a Transit Custom Limited van, to support all their racing and non-racing activities

Ford today announced a new partnership in British cycling with the creation of Team Ford EcoBoost, a women's cycling team to be led by British Circuit race champion Nikki Juniper. The ten-strong team, which includes a mix of both senior and young development riders, will compete in a full calendar of race events this year throughout the UK and selected venues across Europe.

"The creation of Ford Team EcoBoost is a great opportunity to continue to grow our involvement in cycling, complementing our Team Sky partnership, and helping to raise the profile of women in the sport," said Lisa Brankin, marketing director, Ford of Britain. "This relationship enables us to showcase Ford's vehicles at their very best, how they can meet the demands of those with active lifestyles and also the needs of a professional cycling team."

The team's fleet of vehicles consists of three Ford EcoSports, all powered by the multi-award winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine, and a top-of-the-range Mondeo Vignale estate with the powerful 240PS 2.0-litre EcoBoost engine. Both vehicles are suited to their tasks by being available to order with various transportation options including roof rails and bike carrying packs. The final vehicle, a Transit Custom double-cab-in-van, will be used to transport larger equipment and the team supplies as they head to race events around the country. The Team Ford EcoBoost fleet sports a distinctive blue, white and orange livery to match the team's race kit.

Team Ford EcoBoost

"Ford is the perfect partner for us and we are delighted to be working together, to be able to build the team, and to have the support of a brand like Ford. I'm really looking forward to the 2016 Road Series, we have a couple of young development riders in the team and it's great to help the girls moving forward in their cycling careers," said Nikki Juniper, the team's leader. "The Team Ford EcoBoost fleet will play a crucial role for us this season, carrying equipment, spares, the team and of course our bikes."

Team Ford EcoBoost will start competing in the National Series in April, at the Isle of Man GP, on Sunday Apr. 10 [UPDATE - where Nikki was second].


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