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JLT-Condor to close at end of 2018 season

Britain's longest registered UCI team to end after failing to find new primary sponsor

Joe Robinson
17 Sep 2018

One of Britain's strongest domestic teams, JLT Condor, have announced that they will close their doors at the end of the 2018 season. 

Announced in a press release, the team confirmed that with the end of a three-year contract with sponsors JLT and Condor will come the end of the team after more than a decade of racing.

Formed in 2007 by British based bike manufacturer, Condor Cycles, the team proved a cornerstone of domestic racing in the UK, led by successful team manager John Herety.

The team managed to continue despite sponsorship woes, in large part thanks to the support of insurance firm JLT, which came on board as the primary sponsor in 2016.

However, with time up on the contract with JLT, it looks as if the company is unwilling to continue its financial support, ultimately bringing a close to the team.

Managing director of Condor Cycles, Grant Young, confirmed that the team 'have been unable to find a partner to fill the position of JLT' but would continue to search for an alternative.

He also thanked the team stating, 'This past decade of supporting the team has made me extremely proud. I’ve seen Condor bicycles ridden to National Championship victories, to wins in Australia, Japan, France, Spain and South Korea, to name but a few.

'There have been highs, lows, and many medals.'

Chief Operating Officer for JLT, Nick Williams-Walker, also spoke on the closing partnership thanking the team for their achievements over the past six seasons.

'We are proud to have been sponsors of JLT Condor over the last six years and to have shared in the team’s many achievements during that time', said Williams-Walker.

'We would like to thank all of the riders for their dedication and hard work over the years, and in particular their manager, John Herety, who has played such an important role in the development of the careers of so many young cyclists.

'We wish them all every success in the future.'

JLT did confirm that it would continue its support of British cycling with its individual sponsorship of Ed Clancy as he targets a fourth Olympic Games at Tokyo 2020. 

JLT-Condor was the longest standing UCI team registered in Britain and helped nurture talent on the road and track, most notably with Hugh Carthy and multiple Olympic champion Clancy.

Over the 10 years, the team have also secured some impressive wins including the British road race title with Kristian House in 2009.

Its inability to continue into 2019 will see its squad of 14 and team of staff on the hunt for a new set up, including National Criterium Champion Matt Gibson and Ian Bibby.

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