Still relatively young, Team Spectra had big ambitions to become a UCI registered team across cycling disciplines, starting with cyclo-cross for the 2021 season. We caught up with them to find out how much it means to race at UCI level.
Back in 2019, the idea of a professional cyclo-cross team backed by Wiggle and Vitus was brought alive in the form of ‘The CX Syndicate’. Joining up some of the best cycling talents in the UK with some of the best bikes and equipment available, little did we know at the time that this was just the start.
Fast-forward 12 months, skipping through the hard Covid-19 times, CX Syndicate evolved into Team Spectra Wiggle P/B Vitus, one of the most exciting new teams on the UK scene. Bringing athletes from all different genres of cycling into a group of amazing talent designed to ‘shake up cycling’.
Cyclo-cross was always a main aim for Spectra from the start, and we managed to bring in some of the best UK CX talents around.
UCI status wasn’t immediately on our radar, but with the road season still being fragmented, and the obvious ability of our riders we needed to try and expand on the winter season.
Applying for the UCI status was a long arduous task, but one that will be worth every second. Being a UCI team gains us entry into all the best races in the world, mainly located in Belgium - the home of cyclo-cross racing. This will pitch our riders against the best in the world, on courses such as Koppenberg and Namur, some of the highlights of the CX season.
Our CX team includes Ian Field, Ben Chilton, Dan Barnes, Beth Crumpton, and Amira Mellor who have raced at the highest world cup level in previous years. Then we have Xan Crees and Bruce Dalton who have raced on the continent before, but this will be an exciting new experience for them.
Words by Josh Hand
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