Current leading number one UCI Continental team in the World, Bolton Equities Black Spoke Pro Cycling announces it has applied for UCI ProTeam status for 2023.
“This team was founded with the aim to provide opportunities for promising New Zealanders to gain the experience to be able to compete on the UCI WorldTour circuit,” says Scott Guyton, Team Manager.
“With this season’s great results, advancing to UCI ProTeam level seemed like a nature progression allowing the riders to compete in higher level races”.
The New Zealand registered team has won over 35 UCI races from 2020 to date, including several national titles in road and track, reigning Oceania champions, five gold medals at the 2022 Commonwealth Games, the New Zealand Cycle Classic, the Tour of Hellas (Greece), a silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics, and a silver medal at the UCI Track World Championships.
Team leader since 2020, Aaron Gate has been a key role model and mentor for the young riders. The team is ecstatic about Aaron continuing with the team for next season. Gate, has just added four Commonwealth Games gold medals to his long list of results. Current New Zealand national road champion and Oceania champion, James Fouche will also rejoin the team for the 2023-2024 seasons, as will Tom Sexton, 2022 Commonwealth Games gold medalist.
Scott Guyton said that the team’s kiwi culture and family atmosphere won’t change with the second-tier status. The kiwi culture is a key element of team owners, Murray Bolton’s vision for his predominantly kiwi team.
“The riders and support network are professional but have fun along the way. When the riders are happy in their surroundings, the results seem to follow,” comments Guyton.
“The jump to UCI ProTeam will allow the team to compete in bigger races against more of the world’s top riders. We can’t wait to take this squad to the next level,’ Guyton added.
About Bolton Equities Black Spoke Pro Cycling
Murray Bolton, a successful businessman and sports enthusiast has backed the team at the UCI Continental level (third-tier level) since its inception. Finding the right talent with a drive to succeed is a cornerstone of the Black Spoke project. The team’s roster represents a selection of New Zealand’s most promising riders.
The goal is simple. To have New Zealand cyclists competing and winning on the UCI World Tour, the pinna- cle of road cycling. By acting as an intermediary between amateur ranks and the highest level, Black Spoke seeks to benefit not only the riders but the wider sporting community.
By providing the infrastructure necessary for Kiwi cyclists to grow, Black Spoke removes barriers faced by prospective athletes.
Bolton Equities Black Spoke Pro Cycling www.blackspoke.co.nz