Launched in 2016, Team Breeze is British Cycling’s team for female academy riders, giving up-and-coming riders opportunities to race on the track and road to support their development.

The team shares a name with the organisation’s HSBC UK Breeze programme, which is a key part of British Cycling’s women’s strategy: aiming to get one million more women on bikes by 2020.

The fantastic performances of riders wearing the Team Breeze kit over the past three years – including Emily Nelson and Megan Barker who have both graduated to the Great Britain Cycling Team’s podium programme – have served to inspire women, and the current team will continue to do just that over the summer.

After round five in Birkenhead on Tuesday, Team Breeze sat second in the OVO Energy Tour Series standings, albeit within two points of overall leaders Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm. With an impressive line-up, the team is sure to animate the racing across the remaining two rounds.

Meet The Team

Jess Roberts
Already the national road champion and a world cup gold medallist on the track, 20-year-old Roberts is one of Britain’s rising stars. After claiming a stunning, surprise road race victory at last year’s HSBC UK | National Road Championships, Roberts has also lined up alongside the likes of Laura Kenny and Katie Archibald to win world cup team pursuit gold.

Jess Roberts takes the individual victory in Motherwell.

Rebecca Raybould
Twenty-year-old Raybould won the scratch race title at the UCI Junior Track World Championships in 2016 and has continued to impress on the boards. She’s a national team pursuit champion and made her senior major championships debut for England at last year’s Commonwealth Games.

Rhona Callander
Initially a mountain biker, 19-year-old Callander hasn’t looked back since switching her focus to the road and track. The Stirling-born rider has earned a string of impressive results at junior level, including becoming Scotland’s first ever Youth Games gold medallist when she won the road race in 2017.

Anna Docherty
One of the team’s youngest riders, Docherty continues to progress both on the road and the track. Now 18, she claimed her first senior national title at the age of just 17, when she won the Madison title alongside Pfeiffer Georgi.

Jenny Holl

Holl was part of the Team Breeze quartet which narrowly missed out on a medal in the team pursuit at December’s track world cup in London. The Scottish rider is a national champion in the discipline, though, who also lit up the scratch race at this year’s HSBC UK | National Track Championships.

Josie Knight
Knight excelled at junior level on the track, representing Ireland. After switching to the British Cycling programme, she has continued to develop and along with Roberts, Holl and Raybould was part of the team pursuit quartet which rode so impressively at the London round of the track world cup in December.

#OneInAMillion

 
n March 2013 British Cycling announced an ambition to get one million more women on bikes by 2020. Since then over 800,000 more women have been encouraged to take up cycling, however two thirds of frequent cyclists are men (compared to countries like Denmark where male cyclists account for 47% and female cyclists 53%).

We are determined to narrow this gender gap and find our millionth woman, before going on to inspire even more women to be regular riders.

Our #OneinaMillion campaign is all about supporting and encouraging you to choose cycling – at whatever level – by tackling the common myths and misconceptions which prevent women from reaching their cycling potential.

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