JLT Condor, the most successful team in the history of the OVO Energy Tour Series, announced on Monday that they will close at the end of the 2018 racing season.

Their departure is a significant loss to the domestic racing scene; John Herety’s team are Britain’s longest-running UCI-ranked squad, dating back to 2008. The likes of Ed Clancy, Kristian House, Andy Tennant and Dean Downing have all ridden for the team, while Hugh Carthy, Zak Dempster, Conor Dunne, Alex Frame, Brenton Jones, Chris Lawless, Tom Southam and Stevie Williams have all gone on to ride or manage teams in the upper echelons of the sport.

The team’s record in the OVO Energy Tour Series is staggering: they won 33 of the 107 rounds to date (a success rate of 30.8%), and claimed the individual victory in 40 of the 100 rounds held since the series’ launch in 2009.

Since our inaugural event in Milton Keynes nine years ago, 35 towns and cities have hosted a round of the series, and JLT Condor (in their various guises) have won at 16 of them – including at every venue that has staged three rounds or more.

To celebrate the huge impact they’ve had on racing in Great Britain and beyond, here’s a look back at all of their OVO Energy Tour Series victories.


Third overall, 91pts

Team name Rapha Condor | Rounds 10 | Team victories Two | Individual victories Four

Win #1 – Exeter

In the second-ever Tour Series round, Dean Downing created what has become one of the most famous winning celebrations in British cycling history. “I was really happy to get my first win in the British champ’s jersey on the white bike, on television,” he said of his Exeter success from a small breakaway. Hidden in the picture are Tom Southam (0n his birthday) and Kristian House, who both placed in the top 10.

Win #2 – Stoke-on-Trent

Although Dean’s brother Russ, in blue and riding for eventual runners up CandiTV-Marshalls Pasta, pipped him to individual glory in Stoke-on-Trent, Chris Newton (pictured left) and Kristian House also finished in the top eight on the night.


Third overall, 83pts

Team name Rapha Condor Sharp | Rounds 10 | Team victories Five | Individual victories Four

Win #3 – Canary Wharf

Australian Zak Dempster drives the peloton around Canary Wharf, the series’ first-ever round in the capital. Dean Downing (third), Dean Windsor (fifth) and Graham Briggs (sixth) secured them the team prize.

Win #4 – Exeter

Downing (individual winner, celebrating) and Dempster were again in the mix in Exeter (round four), a race memorable for the battle between them and Endura Racing.

Win #5 – Kettering

Kristian House pipped breakaway companion Simon Richardson (Sigma Sport-Specialized) to the line in Kettering’s only Tour Series round to date, with Dempster winning the bunch sprint a few seconds later.

Win #6 – Peterborough

This four-man group, including individual winner Downing, almost lapped the field in Peterborough. Team-mate Chris Newton placed fifth after heading home the second group on the road, a result that saw the team move back into the series lead.

Win #7 – Woking

Australian rider Dean Windsor is pictured attacking on the start/finish straight in Woking, a move that saw him claim his sole individual win in the series. Despite ending the 2010 series on a high, crashes in the penultimate round in Chester put them out of that year’s title race (Motorpoint-Marshalls Pasta took the overall victory).


Winners, 75pts

Team name Rapha Condor Sharp | Rounds Eight | Team victories Five | Individual victories Four

Win #8 – Durham

The perfect start to the 2011 series saw Dempster sprint to victory in Durham, with the team also claiming the round win in the North East. They ended up becoming the first team to top the overall standings from start to finish – a feat only matched by Endura Racing (2012) and themselves (under the JLT Condor guise) in 2016.

Win #9 – Aberystwyth

In a round memorable for the strong winds that blasted riders throughout, off-season signing Ed Clancy (wearing white shorts to signify being the British Circuit Race Champion at the time) sprinted to win from a small breakaway group. Andy Tennant – also new to the team in 2011 – and Kristian House placed inside the top 10.

Win #10 – Peterborough

Pure dominance: Graham Briggs claimed his first individual victory for the team, with Downing and Clancy (both pictured) close behind and contributing to another round win.

Win #11 – Colchester

Downing’s fifth and final individual victory came in Colchester. Crucially, nearest challengers Endura Racing placed fifth on the night in Essex, giving the Men in Black a six-point lead with four rounds left.

Win #12 – Stoke-on-Trent

This win gave the team their sixth consecutive win (one in 2010, five to start the 2011 series), which remains a series record. However, their flawless run of winning both the individual race and team prize on the night was ended by Scott Thwaites (Endura Racing).

Although they failed to win the final three rounds, their score 0f 75 points (from a possible 80) gave the team a deserved first title.


Runners up, 93pts

Team name Rapha Condor Sharp | Rounds 12 | Team victories One | Individual victories Three

Win #13 – Stoke-on-Trent team time trial

Endura Racing dominated the British racing scene in 2012, including the Tour Series. Nonetheless, John Herety’s team continued their run of winning at least one round in each edition of the series by triumphing in our first-ever team time trial, held as part of a double-header finale in Stoke-on-Trent.


Winners, 126pts

Team name Rapha Condor JLT | Rounds 12 | Team victories Six | Individual victories Two

Win #14 – Stoke-on-Trent team time trial

After a winless 2013 series (they still finished third overall, taking four individual victories), Rapha Condor JLT’s next triumph came in the same format and location as their previous one. That said, this team time trial was the curtain-raiser to the 2014 series.

Win #15 – Peterborough

Ed Clancy (left), Felix English (slightly obscured) and Chris Opie lead the peloton in Peterborough, a round that saw future JLT Condor rider Matt Gibson – riding for Great Britain – claim the individual win. Graham Briggs was the team’s highest finisher (third), with English and Clancy placing fifth and sixth.

Win #16 – Aberystwyth

Felix English’s sole individual win in series history came at the expense of another future JLT Condor rider, Jon Mould, after a photo finish. Clancy and Briggs placed highly in the bunch sprint behind to secure another round victory.

Win #17 – Redditch

Another dominant team win: while Team Raleigh’s Matthieu Boulo was allowed to take the individual glory with a fine solo display, English, Clancy and House led home the peloton in formation to put the team 12 points ahead of Madison Genesis with just four rounds remaining.

Win #18 – Canary Wharf

Another strong finish for English in the capital meant he was one of three riders to place inside the top 10; Chris Opie was narrowly pipped for the individual win by Tobyn Horton (Madison Genesis).

Win #19 – Gorey hill-climb

The team led Madison Genesis by 16 points going in to our Jersey Grand Final, a double-header comprising a hill-climb and criterium. However the title race was decided in the first part of our time in Gorey; this is the team’s only round victory in which just one rider finished in the top 10 (the cumulative times of all five riders were added together to decide the hill-climb winners).

By winning the 2014 title, John Herety joined Keith Lambert (Halfords BikeHut in 2009, Motorpoint in 2010) as only the second manager to win the title twice, and Ed Clancy became the first rider to win the Series on four occasions (having previously been in the victorious line-ups in 2009, 2010 and 2011).


Winners, 98pts

Team name JLT Condor | Rounds 11 | Team victories Six | Individual victories Nine

Win #20 – Ramsey team time trial

After illness and injury scuppered the team’s 2015 Tour Series (they placed eighth overall, although Ed Clancy had fun clocking up four Brother Fastest Laps), JLT Condor returned to winning ways in our 2016 curtain-raiser on the Isle of Man.

Win #21 – Ramsey

Chris Lawless, now at Team Sky, took individual glory as the team won both rounds in Ramsey to set the tone for a dominant series.

Win #22 – Motherwell

Ah, the start of the Jon Mould show. His first individual triumph for John Herety’s team saw JLT Condor make it three team victories out of three in 2016 – a feat only previously achieved twice in the men’s series to date.

Win #23 – Aberystwyth

The Jon Mould show, part two. His individual win here moved the Welshman level with Ed Clancy on eight series successes, the joint most of any rider – he took the record outright at the following round in Durham (won by Raleigh GAC). Graham Briggs (right) placed second.

Win #24 – Stoke-on-Trent

Another win for Lawless – this time solo – after he attacked from a breakaway. Ali Slater (pictured left) finished third.

Win #25 – Stevenage

This was the team’s sixth and final win of the 2016 series (out of 11 rounds). Mould – seen here claiming the individual victory, his fifth out of six that year – broke a collarbone in our Portsmouth Grand Final.


Winners, 101pts

Team name JLT Condor | Rounds 11 | Team victories Six | Individual victories Three

Win #26 – Redditch team time trial

Seven team time trials have been held in Tour Series history: this was JLT Condor’s fourth (and final) victory in the discipline, as they started the 2017 series in style.

Win #27 – Redditch

Hours later, wearing the red and white series leaders’ jerseys, they continued their unbeaten start to their 2017 campaign. Brenton Jones placed second in a bunch sprint as the team packed four riders into the top 10 in Redditch.

Win #28 – Wembley Park

Despite the challenging conditions around the home of English football, JLT Condor were the only team to have four riders in the top 13 to take another round victory. Jones finished third on the night.

Win #29 – Croydon

Another wet race, another team victory. Graham Briggs (pictured, left) took the individual win from a three-man breakaway.

Win #30 – Motherwell

Perhaps not as memorable as Dean Downing’s nipple tweak celebration, nonethless Brenton Jones’s finishing salute in Motherwell became one of the defining images of the 2017 series. Having lost the series lead to Madison Genesis in the previous round in Bath, this win moved JLT Condor back to the top of the standings, where they remained for the final three races.

Win #31 – Durham

Tom Pidcock soloed to a memorable individual win, but Ali Slater was one of two riders who crossed the line within 10 seconds of the youngster. Behind, Steve Lampier and Graham Briggs led home a small group to place fourth and fifth.


Third overall, 81pts

Team name JLT Condor | Rounds 10 | Team victories Two | Individual victories Three

Win #32 – Redditch

Favourites to win a third-consecutive title, JLT Condor started 2018’s series with a bang in our Redditch curtain-raiser once again. However, they only topped the overall standings after Rounds One and Three (Aberdeen), before a below-par performance in the Durham doubleheader effectively ended their title hopes.

Win #33 – Aberystwyth

And so to JLT Condor’s last team victory in the OVO Energy Tour Series. They were the only team to finish with four riders on the same lap as individual winner Harry Tanfield (Canyon Eisberg) in Aberystwyth, with Tom Moses (above) placing 10th in the Welsh seaside town.

However, that wasn’t the end of their 2018 wins. In arguably our best-ever Grand Final, Ed Clancy sprinted to victory in Salisbury on Thursday 31 May (pictured below). A fitting end to both the 10th edition of the OVO Energy Tour Series and JLT Condor’s reign in it, it could be said…