Lining up at Cyclefit Manchester we saw the complete 2016 Matrix Fitness presented by Corley Cycles team for the first time. With 9 riders and some very different goals, the team are looking to fight on many fronts this season.
Over the course of the day, the team were joined my many sponsors as well as World and Olympic Champion Laura Trott who is starting her 2nd season with the team.
“The team launch to me is always that unique time where you have everyone together for potentially the only time that year. We’ve got some great riders and potential future champions on the team, but this year was also about raising funds for Team Rwanda and specifically, Jeanne d’Arc. “
During the evening, the team sold various items including large canvas prints in order to raise funds for Team Rwanda. “Having heard that Jeanne currently receives a payment of $1,200 a year and supports her family with this, we were determined to match that figure this season to try to make life a little easier for this inspirational women (See article here). As it turns out, thanks to the generosity of the people who attended the launch we raised a little over $1,300 on the night, which we are very proud of.” Commented Wyman
During the night, the team played a video of Jeanne d’Arc who is currently in Europe at the UCI centre racing in events for the UCI Team.
“We are so thankful to Matrix Fitness staff and riders for their commitment to the development of women’s professional cycling. To invest in Jeanne d’Arc’s future by supporting her family in Rwanda while she continues to train and race for the UCI in Switzerland is a deep love for the sport of cycling. Jeanne d’Arc is happy to have her ‘sisters’ on Matrix Fitness and looks forward to the day when she can hopefully race alongside them.” commented Jeremy Ford of Team Rwanda UK
The team took a carefully planned step back from UCI racing in 2016, but announced on the launch night of their intention to return to UCI level in 2017. “This has to be our goal, and we are already dedicating much of our time to this behind the scenes. We have some very exciting plans and it now a case of putting together a little more backing, but we are a long way towards our goal already.”