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Velocio-SRAM Team to End after 2015 Season – Will German Company Come to the Rescue?

by John Symon

August 10, 2015 (New York, NY) – The Velocio-SRAM women’s road team will come to an end in 2015 according to a statement released by the team. Canada’s, Karol-Ann Canuel, rides with the team that is considered by many to be the top women’s squad worldwide.

Celebrating TTT Gold at the 2014 Road World Championships  ©  Cor Vos
“Velocio Sports announced today, that it will bring to a close, its partnership with SRAM at the end this season,” reads part of that statement. “Kristy Scrymgeour has been at the helm of the women’s cycling team since she first collaborated with Bob Stapleton at Highroad in 2007. Following the demise of Stapleton’s program, Scrymgeour went on to establish Specialized-lululemon, and from there, the team morphed into its current iteration – Velocio-SRAM. However, after 9 years of administering the women’s teams, Scrymgeour, a former professional cyclist herself, has decided to disband the team, and pursue other challenges.”

Specialized-lululemon  ©  Cor Vos

Over the years, the team in its various forms, won no fewer than 48 UCI races, including three team time trial World Championships, multiple national, European and world champions, for a total of 73 professional races.

“I’ve been lucky to work with people who bring passion and energy to the sport,” said Scrymgeour in the statement. “I’ve enjoyed watching them dedicate themselves to the goals of the team first and foremost and their individual goals after that. Together they’ve had tremendous success this year winning the Aviva Women’s Tour, Tour of California, stages wins at the Giro, Thüringen, multiple national titles and more. I’ll continue to cheer them all on in the future years.”

Karol-Ann Canuel  ©  Pasquale Stalteri


Scrymgeour plans to stay involved in the sport through the Velocio Apparel and Ally’s Bar – companies she co-founded in 2014. And, she remains committed to her team and riders for the remainder of the season, concludes the statement.

But is this the end? Reports on the German Radsport website suggest that German bike manufacturer Canyon, located in Koblenz, will step into the women’s cycling and perhaps take over from Velocio in 2016. Canyon sponsorships include the Katusha and Movistar teams; the company is also active in the triathlon world.

According to its website Velocio “…creates high-quality cycling apparel made from the finest materials, with performance in mind.” The company is based in New York City and makes cycling apparel for both men and women.

Specialized-lululemon wins 3rd TTT World title  ©  Cor Vos

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