2022 National Pro Road Champion Joins Virginia’s Blue Ridge TWENTY24
October 24, 2023
Virginia resident Emma Langley brings World Tour experience to the squad
ROANOKE, Virginia — October 24, 2023 /ENDURANCE SPORTSWIRE/ – Virginia’s Blue Ridge TWENTY24 pro cycling has signed 2022 National Road Champion Emma Langley for the 2024 and 2025 seasons. Langley will bring her climbing prowess along with her world tour experience that she gained from three years with EF Education-Tibco-SVB.
Best known as a breakaway specialist, Emma Langley loves to race aggressively. In her 2022 season, Langley won the U.S. Road National Championships after spending much of the race in a two-woman breakaway; and at the Joe Martin Stage Race, she defended her previous year’s title in the individual time trial and rode to the overall victory.
Langley excels on the climbs whether racing stateside or abroad, having secured podium finishes on stages at the Tour Cycliste Feminin International de l’Ardeche both years she competed. She enjoys mixing road training with time on gravel and would take long training days in the Blue Ridge mountains over riding just about anywhere.
“I’m tremendously excited to be joining Virginia’s Blue Ridge TWENTY24 because I feel that the program aligns with my goals perfectly,” said Langley. “I’ll have the opportunity to focus primarily on road racing—returning to some of the U.S. races I love most—as well as supplement with some gravel and racing overseas. To have the opportunity to spend more time at home in Virginia is very special as I continue my growth in the sport of cycling. I have been lucky to ride in some amazing places across the globe, but I am still adamant that the Blue Ridge mountains are my favorite place of all to ride. So it’s especially fitting for me to be joining a Virginia-based team. Virginia’s Blue Ridge TWENTY24 is an incredibly strong team of dedicated women, and I look forward to sharing the knowledge of racing in the World Tour that I’ve gained over the last few years, to contribute to the team’s success as a whole. I can’t wait to line up alongside them for the next two years!”
Langley spent much of her childhood in the pool as a competitive swimmer, picking up running and cycling while pursuing her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. She competed internationally in triathlon before realizing that her love for cycling bested her love for multi-sport.
“I believe Emma will thrive in our team environment and it’s such a special opportunity for her to return to a place she truly considers home, while bringing her love for all things Virginia full circle with respect to our partners at Virginia Tourism Corporation and Virginia’s Blue Ridge,” said Nicola Cranmer, team founder and general manager. “Looking at her race calendar, it’s important to Emma that we diversify it a bit, so we are excited to develop a strong road schedule combined with some marquee gravel events like SBT GRVL and USA Cycling Gravel National Championships, alongside an international schedule with the U.S National team.
Off the bike, Emma is an avid baker and loves to spend time in the kitchen. She especially looks forward to October, when she gets to indulge in all things pumpkin. Born in England, Emma has dual citizenship and lived in five countries growing up: England, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sweden, and the United States. She currently lives in Richmond, VA with her partner, Scott, and their two cats, Aslin and Porter.
About Virginia’s Blue Ridge TWENTY24
When the team was formed in 2005, the goal was to create a pathway for athletes to the 2012 London Olympics. In 2009, the team’s name became TWENTY12, changing every four-year cycle, followed by TWENTY16, TWENTY20, and now TWENTY24, representing the Paris 2024 Olympics. The TWENTY24 program is responsible for developing many of the most successful American female cyclists to date. It has created opportunities for elite, junior development, and para-cycling athletes. TWENTY24 has established a consistent athlete talent pipeline for road and track cyclists and additionally provides opportunities for athletes who excel in the virtual world of Zwift eSports and the relatively new dynamic discipline of gravel racing. The team identifies and develops high-performance athletes and the next generation of competitive cyclists and is committed to successfully aligning student-athletes with college scholarships through cycling and academics.
Media Contact: Nicola Cranmer
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