Neon-Velo are bolstering their CX racing team with the signing of multiple National CX Champion Ian Field alongside a new deal with Forme Bikes.
Field is looking to focus on International races this year with a full program of UCI World Cups, National Trophy events alongside a shot at his sixth National title.
Happy to finally announce a multi year deal with @neonvelocyclingteam aboard @formebikes ! On a personal level I would like to thank @hargroves_cycles and especially @phargroves for the past 10 years of amazing support which allowed me to achieve some massive goals along the way. Moving on I’m looking forward to setting new goals on a international level and I’m excited for the season ahead.
The Neon-Velo team already features a lot of experience with Jeremy Durrin, an American professional with a soft spot for CX. His wife, Gabby, is team DS and brings knowledge from 12 years of competing on the World Cup Cyclocross scene.
Forme has also come on board with a 2-year deal to provide bikes. The UK bike company will be providing the team with their Calver bikes. Details of the components and wheel choice have not yet been released, although Field used Shimano gearing alongside Challenge tyres last year. It will be interesting to see if he will switch to Sram's 1X CX groupset.
Field has been with Hargroves Cycles for the past 10 years, but he is looking forward to the challenge, citing a desire to focus on his "own goals on an international stage".
It will certainly be interesting to see if Field can return to the form that netted him 12th at the first ever World Cup round held outside of continental Europe.
Son of a Marathon runner, Nephew of a National 24hr Champion, the racing genetics have completely passed him by. Liam spends his time plodding his way through cyclocross races, very busy not winning. As an advocate for perfectly clean chains, he can be found cleaning his bike instead of training. A shop mechanic, Liam has many helpful skills, such as being able to identify 'cross tubs by the tread pattern alone. If you bump into him, he'll probably be eating.