Pathway To Success

Riders looking to make the leap into professional cycling are confronted by a multitude of barriers. Black Spoke aims to remove obstacles where possible and help turn dreams into reality, cycling into a viable career proposition. Creating this pathway is no mean feat but with clear direction, resources and a world-class performance culture, no mountain is too high. There are three pillars that inform everything we do.


The goal is simple. To have New Zealand cyclists competing and winning on the World Tour, the pinnacle 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. Our mission is to have as many team members as possible progress to top Pro Continental and World Tour teams. On the highway to success there are no off-ramps.


No mission is possible without the strategy needed to effect it. Black Spoke seeks the best cycling talent from Kaitaia to the Bluff. No stone is left unturned! With the right mentoring and a carefully planned development and racing schedule, the Academy is an enabling factor that transforms riders into their best self


Ambitious projects are impossible to achieve without ambitious partners. Black Spoke are proud to have an incredible network of brands passionate about the future of New Zealand cycling

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Finding the right talent with a drive to succeed is a cornerstone of the Black Spoke project. Our roster represents a selection of the country’s most promising riders for the 2020 season

James Oram Profile

James Oram

Goals for the 2020 season – To win the National Championships and International UCI races while helping the younger riders on the team...

Aaron Gate Profile

Aaron Gate

Goals for the 2020 season – I would like to back up the my win of the 2019 NZ Cycle Classic and achieve more race victories abroad with Black Spoke...

Hayden McCormick Profile

Hayden McCormick

Goals for the 2020 season - I want to have the most fun I can racing my bike, teach the younger guys as much as I can and win enough races to make...

Ethan Batt Profile

Ethan Batt

Goals for the 2020 season – I plan to continue my development in the Continental ranks while targeting some races for personal results...

Luke Mudgway Profile

Luke Mudgway

Goals for the 2020 season – I would like to help the team win races and when given the chance, win myself. By making an impact on and off the bike...

Ari Scott Profile

Ari Scott

Goals for the 2020 season - To get a podium in a UCI race or a jersey and learn more about how to improve through race craft...

Josh Kench Profile

Josh Kench

Goals for the 2020 season - To learn as much as possible from teammates and directeurs sportifs on and off the bike, grow as a cyclist...

Kiaan Watts Profile

Kiaan Watts

Goals for the 2020 season - Work hard as a valuable teammate on and off the bike to further advance my cycling career while also having fun...

Xander White Profile

Xander White

Goals for the 2020 season – I’d like to absorb as much information as possible from the experienced riders and staff on the team and use the season...