James Oram Profile

James Oram

26

Interesting fact – My double jointed elbows make me standout on the bike and must help with cooking as my culinary delights are always a hit with friends! I spent the 2019 season racing in Asia for Mitchelton Bike Exchange, mentoring and coaching the Chinese squad

Goals for the 2020 season – To win the National Championships and International UCI races while helping the younger riders on the team develop into classy professional riders. Be a proud ambassador of New Zealand Cycling and Black Spoke

Future cycling aims - To return to the pro level of the sport and represent New Zealand at the next World Championships

Aaron Gate Profile

Aaron Gate

29

Interesting fact – I have a baby boy named Axel

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. Winning a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympic Games wouldn’t go amiss either!

Future cycling aims - Win a European Classic and an Olympic Gold Medal.

Hayden McCormick Profile

Hayden McCormick

25

Interesting fact - Never wrong about anything, ever!

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 the next step.

Future cycling aims – My childhood dream has always been to race the Tour de France alongside my favourite races Roubaix and Flanders

Ethan Batt Profile

Ethan Batt

21

Interesting fact - Began racing track at 6 years old

Goals for the 2020 season – I plan to continue my development in the Continental ranks while targeting some races for personal results. The U23 TT championships and a selection of stage races are where I’d like to make a difference

Future cycling aims - Progress to the highest level I can, with the ultimate goal of becoming a super domestique in the world tour helping the best guys win the biggest races

Luke Mudgway Profile

Luke Mudgway

23

Interesting fact – I’m currently studying towards a psychology degree. I hate balloons

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, I believe I can help the team establish itself in this important first season

Future cycling aims - Continue to learn and grow as a cyclist to reach the top of the sport. Work hard and focus to get the best out of myself during my time as a cyclist

Ari Scott Profile

Ari Scott

18

Interesting fact - Hates gnocchi after a bad experience in Italy

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

Future cycling aims - To win a stage of Tour L’Avenir and race the Tour de France or Giro d’Italia one day

Josh Kench Profile

Josh Kench

18

Interesting fact - Known to conquer the 100 Nuggets challenge from McDonald’s, earning me the nickname “McNugget” (PB - 5:23)

Goals for the 2020 season - To learn as much as possible from teammates and directeurs sportifs on and off the bike

Future cycling aims - To become a dominant racer in the U23 circuit by winning races in Europe and gaining a pro contract by the time I finish as an U23 rider

Kiaan Watts Profile

Kiaan Watts

18

Interesting fact - 2x Jump Jam National medallist

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 and achieving results!

Future cycling aims - Win a UCI race, represent NZ on the world stage and ride in the Tour de France

Xander White Profile

Xander White

17

Interesting fact - At the age of 16 I moved out of home away from parents to live in Cambridge to pursue my dream of becoming a professional cyclist

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 as a massive learning opportunity on how to race overseas at an elite level

Future cycling aims - Making a career as a World Tour rider out of my passion