Matrix Fitness will add another power pairing to Revolution’s lineup for the London leg of the Elite Women’s Championship after confirming Elinor Barker will ride alongside Manon Lloyd.
The all-Welsh duo will aim to get Matrix off to a flying start in the Championship as they hope to improve on their sixth-place finish from last season.
Lloyd has previously ridden Revolution for both Team Breeze and the Great Britain outfit – helping the latter to third place in the final standings last time.
This season marks her first time away from the British Cycling run teams and she cannot wait to get started with compatriot Barker.
“I’ve ridden the Revolution for a good few years now and it guarantees a good level of racing,” said the 20-year-old.
“The level of women’s racing has come on so much and having people like Elinor Barker and Katie Archibald there, as well as lots of others, they’re Olympic and world champions – it doesn’t get much harder than at Revolution.
“It’s really exciting to be riding with Matrix and I’m really thankful to have the opportunity to race for them this year.
“To be teammates with Elinor just tops it off.
“She’s my teammate on the track when we race in the GB kit, so to race with her at a Revolution will be really exciting.
“It will definitely play to our advantage that we know each other so well on the track. We’ll be able to help each other out, we know how we like to ride races and what each other’s strengths are.”
The London event will come on the back of a busy period for Lloyd and Barker, with the duo currently in Berlin for this week’s European Championships before heading to Poland for the first round of the World Cup.
And with the pair likely to also be selected in the Great Britain team for the second round of the World Cup, in Manchester, Lloyd hopes to be in top form when it comes to taking on the best in the Elite Women’s Championship.
London will see Lloyd and Barker go up against teams led by, among others, Lizzie Deignan, Katie Archibald and Dani Rowe – all of whom have Olympic medals and rainbow jerseys on their palmares.
“I hope we’ll be in pretty good form by that point,” she added.
“We’ve got the European Championships this week and then have the World Cup in Poland, where I’m riding with Elinor again.
“So hopefully I’ll go into Revolution with some good form. There are some really big names down for the London event.
“Lizzie is incredible on the road and can also ride the track pretty well – she’s obviously been a world champion.
“So it will be interesting to see how they come off the back of their off season.
“It will be a really tough day’s racing.”