Jenny Copnall and Simon Richardson have both signed to ride for Subaru Gary Fisher again this season. Copnall heads into 2006 with the same team with which she won the 2005 National Points Series and the 2005 National Championships title.
Copnall will continue her attempt to dominate the UK race calendar – her main goal will be to defend the National Champs, but she’ll also take part in select World Cups. Copnall’s certainly happy about the deal, saying: “I’m really pleased to be continuing with Gary Fisher as we’ve forged a strong working relationship and as defending National Champion I feel there’s something to be gained in knowing the support I had through 2005 remains for 2006.”
If you’ve not heard of 22 year old Simon Richardson, he’s the 2005 U23 National Champion, and will stay with Fisher for his second season. Richardson’s priorities for 2006 are much the same as 2005: “I’ll be concentrating my efforts on the Commonwealth Games for the early part of the season, but as that’s in March I’ll have enough opportunity to race at home later on. I’ll be riding some NPS rounds to prepare for the World Championships in New Zealand in August.”
Watch out for Copnall and Richardson at the first round of the National Points Series at Sherwood Pines, 6/7 May.