Behind the scenes with Team Breeze

Samantha Neville

In 2016, British Cycling announced the launch of a new women’s cycling team, offering young female endurance riders from the Great Britain Cycling Team’s senior academy the opportunity to race consistently on the road and track in some of Europe’s biggest competitions.

The team is supported by HSBC UK Breeze, the biggest national programme aimed at getting more women cycling for fun and fitness and is a significant step forward for British Cycling’s #WeRide strategy, which aims to inspire more than one million more women to cycle regularly by 2020.

Team Breeze gives academy riders the opportunity to progress through the sport and maximise their potential, and we have no doubt that the team’s continued success will inspire many more women and girls to give cycling a go.

Meet Team Breeze

We caught up with six of the seven riders at the HSBC UK National Cycling Centre in Manchester during one of their track training sessions to find out more about Team Breeze...

The riders

Abbie Dentus
Age: 20
From: Surrey
Twitter: @abbiedentus 

Ellie Dickinson
Age: 19
From: Cumbria
Twitter: @EllieMae_333 
Instagram: @elliedickinson3

Emily Nelson
Age: 20
From: Lichfield
Twitter: @EmilyNelson21 
Instagram: @emily.nelson21

Manon Lloyd
Age: 20
From: Carmarthen
Twitter: @manonlloyd96 
Instagram: @manonlloyd5

Megan Barker
Age: 19
From: Cardiff
Twitter: @MegBarker97 
Instagram: @megbarker97

Mel Lowther
Age: 21
From: Wakefield
Twitter: @mellowther 
Instagram: @mellowther

Rebecca Reybould
Age: 19
From: Weymouth
Instagram: @bex_raybould

“The creation of Team Breeze is an ideal vehicle to give our female senior academy endurance riders more opportunities to race and aid their development. The fact that Team Breeze also aims to inspire young women to get on their bikes is an added bonus as we’re always on the lookout for talented young riders to join the Great Britain Cycling Team.”

- Ian Yates, Great Britain Cycling Team performance pathway manager