Telent sponsor the British Army’s Royal Logistics Corps Mountain Bike Enduro Team

Telent is excited to be a sponsor for the British Army’s, Royal Logistics Corps (RLC) Mountain Bike Enduro Team for the 2024 season.

Andrew Emmett, Defence Account Director at Telent, caught up with the RLC team at BikePark Wales just outside of Merthyr Tydfil on 20th December 2023, to formally hand over 15 sets of MT500 D30 body protectors to the team ready for the 2024 season. The requirement for body protectors is partly due to the competition stages getting steeper and increases in technicality, as competitors become more prone to injury.

The RLC Team comprises three individual team sections of a male, female and a mixed development team. The RLC is the only forces team to have both a female and development team. 

The training day at BikePark Wales was the team’s last session of 2023, and the perfect time to test out the new back protectors. Initial feedback was that they are comfortable and in no way restrictive. The team required these protectors for the 2024 season as they build on their 2023 successes and looking to field Male, Female and Development teams during the 2024 season. In addition to competing, the number of protectors will allow them to undertake larger coaching, selection, practice sessions and competitions with a greater degree of protection.

Andrew Emmett, Defence Account Director at Telent commented, “I am delighted that Telent can support the RLC Mountain Bike Enduro Team and provide them with the back protectors for additional safety. As we’re well aware, sport and exercise provides many health and wellbeing benefits, and plays an important role in daily military life. At the training session I saw first-hand just how exhilarating the sport of mountain bike racing is and wish the RLC Team all the best for the 2024 season.”

The male team and female team compete in races around the UK within the British National Enduro Series, which also forms the Army series - Inter Corps Enduro Series (ICERS). Following the 2022 season, they finished and hopefully matched that in 2023 and are now looking to improve in 2024.

The team competes in up to nine civilian events a year, plus one training day per month. The team also gives one training day up a year to lead and coach on a tri-service ladies only mountain bike day, to encourage greater female participation in the sport. In addition, they also race in the Army Cycling Enduro Series (ACES), which is open to both military and veterans.

We will be visiting the team again in the spring as this year’s competition continues.

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