DETERMINED to maintain their place as one of the top privateer teams in the country, the Milton Keynes-based Team Corley Cycles racing outfit have been fine tuning plans for 2012, and have also confirmed a number of important changes for the new year.
The most significant of these is a change of bike brand as in 2012 Team Corley Cycles will be competing in the Premier Calendar, National Circuit Series and other nationally based events on Blue’s AC1 SL, one of the American company’s flagship frames.
“Whilst the bikes that the team have been riding in the past have been great we feel it’s time for a change,” explained Team Owner Phil Corley. “The UK distributors of Blue bikes are just down the road from the shop and we have very close ties with them already.
“I’ve seen the 2012 team bike and have to say it looks spot on. The combination of a custom paint job with the superb wheels from team sponsor Mavic means there will be a lot of buzz about them out on the road.”
Along with their new bikes, Team Corley Cycles - Blue will see some new faces join their rider line-up in 2012 and probably the biggest of those is 2011 National Under-23 Circuit Race Champion Matt Jones.
“With the unfortunate departure of Simon Gaywood, we had to look for someone to fill his bright yellow shoes,” said Corley. “And I believe we’ve got that person with Matt.”
Jones joins from Team Raleigh where he has just enjoyed a season of good results. In addition to his Circuit Race championship win – where he finished in 6th overall, ahead of the departing Gaywood – other top results include a victory at the Glendene Summer Classic and 2nd place in the Central Regional Championships – behind Team Corley Cycles stalwart Roy Chamberlain.
“Matt’s a great rider, and based in Milton Keynes as well. It would be wrong of us not to let such a talent have a ride in the team in 2012,” added Corley.
“He’s trained with and raced against our guys all year and gets on well with them. He will be a superb addition to both our road and circuit racing plans.
“We’re still in talks with a couple of other riders, but even if we didn’t sign anyone else I think we’re looking pretty strong. We have still got the evergreen Richard Cartland and Ashley Cox who are almost always there or thereabouts in the Premiers.
“And adding in Mike Smith’s crit speed as well, together with Matt I reckon we can expect quite a few results from those two as well in the Circuit racing series.
“All in all I’m very pleased with how the Team Corley Cycles - Blue line up is looking for 2012 but we’ve still got a couple of items in the pipeline to announce in the coming weeks. Once those plans have been finalised I think we’ll have put ourselves in a very strong position for the coming year.”