2013 will mark the sixth season that Rapha Condor has sponsored a British UCI registered team and the partnership with JLT will underline the team's significant commitment to the future of British cycling, as the team continues to focus on its overarching goal of developing young British talent.
The JLT Group's involvement marks the second time that the team has attracted a major international company to back the sport in the UK, after a successful three year partnership with Sharp saw the electronics manufacturer increase its sponsorship of professional cycling to World Tour level.
The Jardine Lloyd Thompson group of Insurance Brokers is one of the largest of its type in the world and their ethos of offering a distinctive choice to their clients and partners through their combination of independence and specialism is something that relates strongly to the identity of the Rapha Condor team and the brands that it represents.
Grant Young of Condor cycles was delighted to welcome a new sponsor to both the team and the sport of cycling, "We can't wait for the 2013 to start, this is the next chapter in an exciting adventure for British cycle sport and the team. I am pleased we can work with another sponsor who understands our approach, ethics, passion for developing the sport from the grass roots up to the sky."
Meetings between the team management and JLT first took place when Charlie Pearch, a senior partner at the company as well as a longtime supporter of the team, saw the opportunity for JLT to sponsor one of the country's most influential cycling teams.
‘‘Our participation in this venture with Rapha Condor fulfills our desire to help sport at grass roots level, particularly where our involvement can deliver meaningful value. We not only want to encourage the younger generation to live a healthy lifestyle but to be a voice of mutual respect between all road users. Our expectation is that the Rapha Condor JLT team will continue to perform well under the most respected of Directeur Sportifs but it is as important for us that the team races with style and panache and in its own well-loved and inimitable style to represent the very best of British cycling."
The team, who recently revealed an even younger line-up for 2013, will be focused once again on continuing the work that they started this year which saw impressive performances by the young team and was capped with Mike Cuming's becoming the U23 National Road Race Champion.
Team manager John Herety commented, "I am delighted that JLT share our enthusiasm about the way that this team aims to work with young riders. JLT understood this very quickly and they recognised that in the current environment in cycling a team like ours will educate young riders into making the correct choices."
"I have been really pleased with the progress that these riders have made in the last twelve months, and I think that next year we will start to see the results of the work that these young guys have put in as they put into practice what they've learned. We have redesigned our programme with the new young riders in mind, putting a focus on getting these guys racing and winning, and I am sure that it will be a great year."
For race reports, blogs, rider bios and more visit the Rapha Condor JLT team site.