ATTENTION, you are now entering a single-use plastic free zone! That's right, we have taken the next step in our journey to being a carbon neutral professional cycling team, and moving forward we will be a single-use plastic free zone. What does that look like? No more plastic bottles to fill our race bottles, no more plastic sparkling water bottles, riders will be equipped with reusable mugs, reusable grocery bags, reusable bulk good bags, and there will be no ziploc bags or plastic wraps. Gel wrappers will be carefully collected and recycled using the Terracycle Performance Nutrition recycling program, and when possible, we will use reusable containers that have been created from upcycled materials.

As we learn and grow to make this process second nature, it is inevitable that there will be situations where riders and staff find themselves using a single-use plastic item. The feedback will be sent back to the team, and we will work to find a single-use plastic free solution for future moments. Every little bit makes a difference, and this is another important step in our journey to minimize our environmental impact as a professional cycling team.


We are proud to announce that we have joined the UNFCCC’s Sports for Climate Action initiative as a signatory to the Sports for Climate Action Framework.

The Sports for Climate Action initiative calls on sporting organizations to acknowledge the contribution of the sports sector to climate change and our responsibility to strive towards climate neutrality for a safer planet.

Through collective action and bold leadership, we have the power to make this fast and drastic transformation. By signing the Framework, we have demonstrated our commitment to playing our part to ensure the sports sector is on the path to a low-carbon future.

In line with the five core principles enshrined in the Framework and the aims of the Paris Agreement, our organization will strive to:

  1. promote greater environmental responsibility;

  2. reduce the overall climate impact from sports;

  3. use our platform to educate for climate action;

  4. promote sustainable and responsible consumption; and

  5. advocate for climate action through our communications.

Speaking at the launch event for the Framework, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Patricia Espinosa explained that sports organizations and athletes are in a unique position in the race against climate change “because sports touches on every cross-section of society”.

With this in mind, we hope our commitment will inspire our fans, community and government to raise their climate ambition in a united effort to limit global warming to 1.5oC. This is a race we can—and must—win to avoid significantly worsening the risk of droughts, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people.

VANCOUVER—The European cycling scene will see a Canadian registered team among the other women’s UCI contenders in 2021. The squad will be getting an early start, taking their place among the women’s peloton as early as February.

The first step involved senior staffing changes with appointment of European Manager Alain Gallopin set to lead the team through an early European start.

Gallopin brings a long storied career in every aspect of cycling to InstaFund. For those who have been around professional bike racing Gallopin’s resume speaks to years of dedication to the sport and he is excited to lend his experience to the InstaFund squad in their breakout year.

"A strong team is built by finding the best people, and for InstaFund; Gallopin is a game changer. Europe is the biggest stage in road cycling. The best riders compete in Europe and for the InstaFund riders to get on the podium they first need to race against the best on their home roads. I am really excited to be working with Alain, what he brings to this team will be career forming for our riders and that’s ultimately the goal of this team,” says Hamilton.

Title sponsor InstaFund has committed to long-term backing of the team. InstaFund president and team owner Adam Korbin says the new management is an expression of team’s desire to compete at the highest level. And, in addition to the new management, the roster for 2021 is huge step toward the team’s goal.

New riders this year are Caroline Bauer (SWI), Rotem Gafinovitz (ISR) and Harriet Owen (UK) who will join returning riders: Ngaire Barraclough (CAN) Isabella Bertold (CAN) Gillian Ellsay (CAN) Elizabeth Gin (CAN) Rachel Langdon (UK) and Gabby Traxler (CAN)

Korbin thanked the returning riders for their perseverance through the tough months of not racing in 2020 and is very happy to be moving the team forward with the addition of the new riders and staff. “Each of these riders bring something special to this team”, says Korbin. “We have proven race winners, World Tour experience, youthful exuberance, sheer talent and most of all a desire to win.”

Korbin says InstaFund’s support of cycling is born out of a long held corporate philosophy of team work and community. “I am inspired by this group of riders and staff. It’s one thing for the InstaFund riders to work as hard as they can, and they do, but it will be a huge push forward with the experience that Tad and Allain will provide. Together this team will make a huge splash in Europe!”

InstaFund Women’s Bike Racing will open the 2012 season with a February team camp in Spain.

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