The new academy, titled ‘Wales Racing Academy’ has introduced a pathway leading on from their Existing Youth and Junior programmes.
Head Coach at Welsh Cycling, Darren Tudor said: “The new partnership with SD teams has given us the scope to continue working with our riders to help them progress in their cycling careers.
“Although new as a partner, we have built up a strong relationship with SD teams over many years, which has seen them support and fund many of our individual athletes and their specific training needs.
“Their contribution helped many of our athletes reach their goals and progress within the industry and in some cases, to some of the top professional teams in the world.
“We are so grateful for all the support and backing we’ve had for them.
“We are really pleased that they’d like to play such a large part in our new academy and look forward to working even closer with them.”
Rob Partridge, who will be running the newly launched academy added: “Thanks to companies like SD teams, we are able to further develop home grown talent, and give our athletes the opportunities and support required to compete in higher profile races, such as the Spring Cup Series and Tour Series.”
Nick Jones, SD teams Managing Director said: “We’re incredibly proud to be supporting the new Wales Racing Academy.
“SD teams has always been an avid follower of cycling in Wales and having supported individual athletes in the past, we know just how much hard work and determination these young cyclists dedicate to the sport.
“It’s an honour to be working with such a talented team of riders this year, and we hope that our support can help not only with training opportunities and competitions, but with helping these athletes to develop within the industry and go on to have successful careers in cycling.”
The academy kit has been designed and produced by partner Primal Europe; who have helped provide a distinctive identity for the academy, which has been reflected across all assets including the academy car which has been provided by Capitol Skoda.
James Smith, Director at Primal said: “As a Welshman the opportunity to be involved with the development of young professional Welsh Cyclists was too good an opportunity to miss.
“The guys are the perfect platform to test our PRIMAL Helix kit, we all look forward to watching them race throughout 2018.”
The team have recently competed in the Cicle Classic, and currently preparing for round 2 of the Spring Cup Series, the Klondike GP where they’ll represent the academy on Sunday 29th April.