The team is led by dual-sport athlete Isabella Bertold, whose resume includes a first-place finish at British Columbia’s Time Trial Championship along with a celebrated career in sailing where she once held the world’s #2 ranking and was lauded as Sail Canada’s 2013 Female Athlete of the Year.
As the only registered Canadian women’s UCI team, the team’s focus centers on rider development opportunities and a subsequent jump to the World Tour.
“It’s incredibly important for our team to be regarded as the place for riders looking for the opportunity to develop at the UCI Continental level, while also pursuing their education or career,” says President of InstaFund, Adam Korbin, “We want to do our part and contribute to placing more female Canadian riders in the WorldTour.”
New to the team this year are Rachel Langdon and Gillian Ellsay. Langdon won the VF Corporation’s “Most Badass” jersey at the Colorado Classic in 2019, while Ellsay represented Canada at the World Championships in both the Time Trial and Road Race.
“We’re committed to supporting cyclists who aren’t just spectacular athletes on the bike, but who also have an impact beyond it,” offers Factor Bikes NA/SA General Manager Jay Thomas. “Instafund’s program is structured to support their local community and advocate for important causes all while racing at the professional level. At Factor, we believe that supporting partners like Instafund is vital to the future of our sport.”