Jeff banks backs Catford CC at a claimed £250,000 for 2014

Jeff Banks, Tour de France 2012

With a claimed budget of £250,000, next year's Catford CC/Banks team will be among the best-equipped amateur squads in the world.

Backed by fashion designer Jeff Banks, a life-long member of the London club, it is expanding for 2014 after a solid first season, in an attempt to develop its fledgling riders.

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Nick Bull is an NCTJ qualified journalist who has written for a range of titles, as well as being a freelance writer at Beat Media Group, which provides reports for the PA Media wire which is circulated to the likes of the BBC and Eurosport. His work at Cycling Weekly predominantly dealt with professional cycling, and he now holds a role as PR & Digital Manager at SweetSpot Group, which organises the Tour of Britain.