Forget the old rules. Introducing the new UK-based cycling team with a plan to shake things up. Meet Team Spectra.
When Team Principle Bruce Dalton told Wiggle he was putting together a multi-discipline cycling supergroup, we knew we had to be involved from the start.
With a gender-balanced line-up of riders competing across many cycling disciplines, the team has big ambitions to shake up the status quo. In addition to racing, they will be conquering challenges and breaking records with the aim of creating compelling stories that will inspire others.
Team principal Bruce Dalton commented “We think that building a different path for the sport starts with teams taking the step to do things differently. We want to inspire others to do the same and for riders to look beyond riding just one style of cycling”.
Operations manager Josh Hand went on to say: “We were keen to try and get out of the rut that cycling has been in, repeating the same thing with an expectation of different results
The star-studded line-up, featuring Zwift World Number 1 Christopher McGlinchey and UCI Cyclo-Cross Race winner Amira Mellor, will be bursting onto the UK racing scene in 2021. Although the team is currently non-professional, the ultimate aim is to hold UCI licences to all major disciplines. The first will be UCI Cyclocross in September, with road and mountain bike to follow.
In addition to traditional races such as the Tour Series, National Points Series, and CX World Cups, you can follow Team Spectra through a more unconventional calendar of events and challenges.
These will include Grinduro and the TransPyrenees as well as attempts to break established records such as the British Coast to Coast, Pennine Bridleway, and South Downs Way.
The team will be riding Vitus bikes, a brand with a long and prestigious history in the sport going back to Sean Kelly's illustrious career in the 1980s.Vitus Bikes Brand Marketing Manager, Alex James said “ Vitus are excited to be working with a team that’s going out with the intention of doing something different within cycling. As a brand, we are keen to support real racing, and are looking forward to seeing the team compete across a variety of disciplines on our bikes “
Wiggle’s Head of Marketing Sarah Pain was delighted to help build the project from the beginning, committing to supporting the team’s innovative approach: “Wiggle has huge respect for amateur and pro racing teams, but the ethos of Team Spectra offers something new and valuable to the sport. It’s an exciting new perspective and way of doing things that makes elite cycling more accessible to everyone. We hope cyclists of all stripes find the launch of Team Spectra just as inspirational as we do.”
Rider line up