The 2018/19 track season presents a huge change for what was formally known as Team KGF. After a prolific inaugural season, the team have attracted attention worldwide and have strengthened their team in every aspect. Huub and Wattbike have taken title sponsorship of the team, both giving great investment and integral support in all areas.
To make a step change in performance from the 3:56.0 that secured the World Cup Gold at Minsk in January, the team have had to assess and improve upon all aspects of their preparation, equipment, technology and execution. Retaining a core group of British partners along with bringing a range of new innovative brands onboard, there has been significant development throughout the off-season, utilising this broad and experienced knowledge base to great effect. Huub Wattbike are confident of achieving their season goal of winning the Tissot UCI World Cup Series.
Dan Bigham – Man 1. 2018 Commonwealth Games 4km Individual Pursuit – 6th place. Record holder for most British titles won in a year (eight, 2018).
“This year has been absolutely full bore in the background to get everything lined up to make a big step up at the 2018/19 World Cups. I’m satisfied that we have improved upon every aspect of our performance. Exciting times lie ahead…”
Jonny Wale – Man 2. 2018 Commonwealth Games 1km TT – 5th place. Scottish kilo TT record holder.
“I can't believe I've been talked into another year of this… At least we've got the better Tanfield from day 1. Being serious, Dan has outdone himself in gathering a fantastic group of sponsors. Holistically we are stronger in every possible way, so I can't wait to get on a start line and show people what we can do!”
John Archibald – Man 3. 2018 Commonwealth Games 4km Individual Pursuit silver medallist (4:13.0). 2018 RTTC National 10 Mile Champion.
“Excited to test myself this season in a team event. The pressure is on, but training is going well, and the new equipment & technology is exciting. I’m looking forward to seeing what’s possible.”
Harry Tanfield – Man 4. 2018 Commonwealth Games Road TT silver medallist. 2018 Tour de Yorkshire stage winner. 2018 HSBC UK National TT Championships silver medallist.
“I’m looking forward to picking up where we left off last year on the top step of the podium. Having managed to get a consistent track block in before being thrown into a World Cup is a big positive, so I’m sure I can make a big impact on track.”
Jacob Tipper – Man 5. 2018 Tour of Qinghai Lake 2HC stage winner. Prolific Darley Moor champion.
“Excited to be working with some new sponsors, new ideas, and building on last season’s success. We have taken some really positive steps forward, so we are expecting some big things this track season.”
Support Staff Quotes
Steve Faulkner – Head of Sports Engineering at Nottingham Trent University. Team Manager, Data Analyst and all-round person of authority!
“Working with Huub Wattbike Test team has been great. The team has a disruptive way of thinking and embrace new ideas. The team provide a great opportunity to get away from some of the traditional, often dogmatic ways of training in cycling and are open to testing new ideas from my research and elsewhere. Hopefully the season ahead will see the team’s approach reap the rewards and change how others approach their preparation for competition.”
Chloe Maudsley – Head of Derbyshire Institute of Sport.
“We have known the team for about 18 months and have been proudly supporting them with their pursuit to be the fastest team in the World. It is easy to think of them as obsessed in the way that they plan and prepare every day, but essentially, they are just 100% motivated to achieve success. As individuals, they are all very grounded and charismatic which makes them an absolute pleasure to work with. We are excited to watch them take on the world and will be shouting at the TV every time they race!”
Photos by Kenza Barton Schlee