HALFORDS BIKEHUT

NICOLE COOKE

Age: 24

From: Wick, Glamorgan

Cooke has won the World Cup twice (2003, 2006) the Grand Boucle Feminine (2006, 2007) and just about every major World Cup event on the calendar. She?s been national road race champion eight times, was Commonwealth Games champion in 2002 and won three junior World Championship gold medals. An Olympic or World Championship gold is all that?s missing ? and she intends to put that right this year.

Major results

2007
1st Grande Boucle Féminine; 1st Tour of Flanders; 1st Geelong World Cup

2006 1st World Cup overall; 1st Grande Boucle Féminine; 1st Fléche Wallonne; 1st Castilla y Leon World Cup; bronze World Championship road race; bronze Commonwealth Games road race

2005 silver World Championship road race; 1st Fléche Wallonne

2004 1st Giro d?Italia; 5th Olympic Games road race

2003 1st World Cup overall; 1st Amstel Gold Race; 1st Fléche Wallonne; 1st GP Plouay; bronze World Championship road race

2002 1st Commonwealth Games road race

2001 Junior world road race and time trial champion

2000 Junior world road race champion

JESSICA ALLEN



Age:
18

From: Brecon, Wales

Initially spotted by the Welsh talent team, then selected for the Olympic Development Programme in 2006. She has been national junior time trial champion for the past two years.

Major results

2007
1st national junior time trial championship; 1st national 25-mile time trial championship

2006 1st national junior time trial championship

LIZZIE ARMITSTEAD



Age:
19

From: Otley, Yorkshire

Already an accomplished rider on the road and track with a European under-23 scratch race title to her name last year.

Major results

2007 1st scratch race, under-23 European Championships

2006 1st national criterium championship

KATIE COLCLOUGH



Age:
17

From: Grantham, Lincs

Another Olympic Development Programme rider and the youngest member of the squad.

Major results

2007
2nd Olveston national series road race

KATIE CURTIS

Age:
19

From: Cardiff, Wales

Won the scratch race at the British Championships in 2005.

Major results

2007
8th scratch race, world track championships

2005 1st scratch race, British national championships

CATHERINE HARE



Age:
24

From: Whitby, North Yorkshire

A former triathlete who turned to cycling in 2004, Hare rode for Rapha-Condor last season and was fourth in the national championships.

Major results

2007
4th national championship; 17th World Cup, Sweden; 30th World Championship; 4th stage 3 Grande Boucle Féminine

20042nd under-23 National Championship

WENDY HOUVENAGHEL



Age:
33

From: Cornwall

A former cross-country runner who used cycling to recover from an injury before being spotted by British Cycling. National pursuit champion in 2005 and 2006. Has also won World Cup pursuit titles and is in the running for a medal at the Olympics.

Major results

2007 1st individual pursuit, Manchester World Cup; 4th individual pursuit World Championships

2006 1st individual pursuit British Championships; 1st individual pursuit Moscow World Cup

2005 1st World Cup individual pursuit series; 1st individual pursuit Sydney World Cup

JOANNA ROWSELL



Age:
19

From: Cheam, Surrey

Spotted by the British Cycling talent scouts who visited her school in 2004. She?s since represented Britain at European and world level. Won the junior national pursuit title in her first year as a rider and was under-23 national road race champion in 2006. Rode for Global Racing Team last year.

Major results

2007
silver CTT national 10-mile time trial championship

2006 1st national under-23 road race championship; 3rd national road race championship; 1st Bedford two-day

TANJA SLATER



Age:
29

From: Preston, Lancashire

Another former triathlete, who rode for Raleigh-Lifeforce last season. Second in the national circuit race championship in 2006 and won a stage of the Grande Boucle Feminine at Casteljaloux in 2007.

Major results

2007 1st stage 4 Grande Boucle Féminine; 23rd overall Tour de l?Aude

20061st women?s national series road race (Caperrnwray); 2nd national circuit race championship; 5th national road race championship

EMMA TROTT



Age:
18

From: Welwyn Garden City, Herts

Second in the national time trial championship and third in the junior road race in 2007.

Major results

2007 1st national 10-mile championship, 3rd national junior road race

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ROB HAYLES



Age:
34

From: Portsmouth

He has medals from the Olympics, World Championships and Commonwealth Games as well as a string of national titles. An integral part of the team pursuit squad for a decade. He rode as a professional for Cofidis between 2001 and 2003.

TOM SOUTHAM



Age:
26

From: Cornwall

Impressed on the domestic scene before joining Barloworld in Italy. Moved to Australia to race in 2006 but returns to Britain next month.

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