TORQ are proud to be fuelling the 2015 Scott Contessa Team – one of the UK’s Premier Women’s Mountain Bike Race Teams. The collaboration with the team compliments our ethos and adds additional excitement to the racing. Here’s the 2015 Contessa SCOTT Syncros Team and their goals for the 2015 Season.
Now in it’s 6th year, the Contessa SCOTT Syncros Team is still going strong. The Team recently took part in round 3 of the NPS, however along with the NPS and The Nationals, here’s the Team’s and individual athlete’s goals for the forthcoming year.
Since the formulation of the SCOTT Cotessa Team six years ago, Caroline Goward, who is also Captain and Senior/Southern Sales Bike Manager has been managing. Here’s what she has to say for the 2015 season.
“It is an honour and a privilege to manage one of the only Women’s mountain bike teams in the UK and I think it shows the UK market how much SCOTT-Sports are committed to Women’s cycling. To be able to ride in the best product and best looking kit is an amazing feeling. My goals are basically to carry on enjoying my racing and try and get some kind of fitness back after my bad Season last year. To podium at the National Champs, plus take part in all the SCOTT Marathon Series events we sponsor – which are great events in amazing locations.”
Mel Alexander has been on board with the Team for 3 years now and has proved herself to be a very strong rider. Mel not only competes here in the UK, but also heads out to actively take part in some of the International events, like the Andalucia stage races.
“I am keen to race some different events, see new places and will this year be competing in more Marathons – which will include the British Marathon Champs, a couple of the UCI MTB Marathon Series and hopefully the World Marathon Champs at the end of June. I will continue to race and target all the National XC races, with the aim of hopefully getting a top 5 again and a strong race at the National XC Champs in a growing and strengthening Elite field. I have also been enjoying the SCOTT Marathon Series rides, which are real fun and great training!”
Team Rider Becky Preece continues to ride on the Contessa SCOTT Syncros team this year and has some big goals for the Season.
“My goals this year are goals I have worked extremely hard for all through the Winter. Finishing on the podium in the Elite category at every National event is one of my goals, but my penultimate goal is to become National U23 XC Champion. I hope to compete in some Enduro events too, as I have recently bought my new SCOTT Spark, which is unbelievably quick at descending! I’m only 21 and have got many years ahead of me to reach my full potential, so for now, I am continuing to train hard, race hard and achieve some great results to represent my Team’
2015 welcomes a new addition to the incredible Team – Ella Conolly.
Here’s what Ella hopes to achieve in her first year on board her SCOTT Scale.
“I am so excited to be riding with the Contessa SCOTT Syncros Team. As a first year junior, there’s some really strong competition in my category this year, so having the support of the team and racing on the awesome SCOTT Scale 700 RC will be a huge help. My goals this Season are to push my speed (especially up the hills), gain some experience of International racing and to have some fun!”
This year the Contessa SCOTT Syncros Team will be on board the Contessa SCOTT Scale RC 700 equipped with SRAM Drivetrain and Brakes, RockShox suspension, Syncros components and finishing kit.