2014 Velocio-SRAM - Lanzarote, Spain
  • Liz Taylor

    Womens cycling wouldn’t be the same without Kristy. We are Thankful for all the personal sacrifices she has made. You rock Kristy , good like in your next adventures.

    • Jessi Braverman

      We echo these sentiments completely – and hope to have a follow-up piece in this vein soon!

      • Seb

        Be even better to have a follow up of a different variety- the announcement of a (or several) new women’s team(s) to (at least) fill the void!

        • Annie.

          @Seb: That’s what I thought exactly: There should be someone stepping in and taking the team onto his or her shoulders. It would be such a shame for a team of that kind to simply disappear only after successfully building it up!

  • Jessy Vee

    Oh, that’s really very sad. Good luck to all the riders and others involved in the team. I’ve always liked seeing the various iterations of this team in the women’s peloton.

  • Dave

    We could all see this coming a year ago, when there was a long period between the previous naming rights sponsors departing and the confirmation of plans for this year. Backing it herself (Velocio is the team’s business name, not a real title sponsor) was not a long-term plan, and unfortunately the enforced inactivity during contract season a year ago clearly affected the chances of attracting a new title sponsor with a string of big results in the first half of the season.

    Reading between the lines, it sounds to me like Kristy Scrymgeour was a great owner-manager from a sporting point of view, but that she could have done with a hand on the business side of things.

    • Jessi Braverman

      Sponsorship is a tough business in cycling – especially women’s cycling, and Kristy Scrymgeour’s ability to keep sponsors aboard year-after-year is hugely commendable. That she got creative with Project X and private backers when she proved unable to secure other naming right sponsors for the 2015 season speaks volumes about her business sense – as do her two business ventures.

      Please be sure to read our follow-up piece on the Scrymgeour’s decision and the future of the team for a bit more on this story:
      https://cyclingtips.com.au/2015/08/kristy-scrymgeour-speaks-about-stepping-away-from-team-management/

  • Natalia

    I really, really, really, really hope that new sponsors step in to keep the team together. They are such an inspiring group of women. I wish they crush it at the TTT in Richmond.

    To quote Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams: “Like the legend of the phoenix, all ends with beginnings…”

    I’m going to miss seeing those pretty kits in the peloton but… All the best Kristy!

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