Ethan Batt Profile

Ethan Batt

25

Speciality: Domestique

Interesting fact: I can jump off a picnic tasble on a unicycle.

Goals for the 2023 season: To gain more experience racing at the pro level in Europe as well as getting some personal results and being a part of some big results within the team.

Future cycling aims: To continue to race at the highest level and make it to the Tour de France on day.

Top 3 of your best (or memorable) results: Winning my first european race at the Vysocina Tour in 2019, Racing u23 Gent Wevelgem as my first race in Europe and being in the breakway with James Fouche, and Winning the u23 and KOM jersey at the Tour of Southland in 2018 while working for Michael Vink who went on to win the tour.

Matthew Bostock Profile

Matthew Bostock

23

Speciality: Sprinter, Classics

Interesting fact: I've been on BBC Breakfast in just my bib shorts.

Goals for the 2023 season: Get a win in the Bolton Equities Black Spoke colours!

Future cycling aims: Compete in the Tour de France

Top 3 of your best (or memorable) results: Representing the Isle of Man at the Commonwealth Games, winning the British Criterium Championships and racing on the Isle of Man TT course in the Manx International.

Josh Burnett Profile

Josh Burnett

23

Speciality: GC, Climber

Interesting fact: I grew up racing BMC and didn't start road racing until I was 17.

Goals for the 2023 season: Learn the ropes of racing in Europe while helping the team get some wins on the board.

Future cycling aims: To get my first professional win and ride some of the biggest races in the world like the TOur de France and Strade Bianche.

Top 3 of your best (or memorable) results: Winning the Tour of Southland in front of all my friends and family on the roads I grew up riding, winning my first National title on a mountain bike for my school when I was 17, and spending three months racing the american summer with my mates on MitoQ - NZ Cycling Project.

Ryan Christensen

Ryan Christensen

27

Speciality: Classics, Puncheur

Interesting fact: I received the highest marks in Carpentry every year at highschool.

Goals for the 2023 season: Finish the season with more than 200 UCI Points, podium three times in a UCI Race, Podium in a UCI1.1 and win a UCI Gravel race.

Future cycling aims: Help the growth of cycling in New Zealand by giving juniors the option to travel overseas and race a bike. Ride a Grand Tour. Race Paris Roubaix.

Top 3 of your best (or memorable) results: Racing U23 World Champs in Austria and being apart of the numerous wins in 2022.

Logan Currie Profile

Logan Currie

23

Speciality: Time-trial, GC

Interesting fact: I grew up milking cows and driving tractors.

Goals for the 2023 season: Podium at World Champs TT.

Future cycling aims: To become the best rider I can possible be and make bloody good mades along the way.

Top 3 of your best (or memorable) results: Gatey winning in Greece, the Black Spoke culture, and winning both National and Oceania TT titles in u23.

Mitchel Fitzsimons Profile

Mitchel Fitzsimons

21

Speciality: Sprinter

Interesting fact: I won the teams all you can eat ribs contest last year.

Goals for the 2023 season: Consistently play a role in helping the team to success while pursuing my own development and results when opportunities are given.

Future cycling aims: My future goals are to win bike races at a professional level and race the Tour.

Top 3 of your best (or memorable) results: Junior World Championships in Flanders, first Tour of Southland, and first Belgium race (GP Marcel Kint).

James Fouche Profile

James Fouche

26

Speciality: All-Rounder, Puncheur

Interesting fact: I can play the trumpet.

Goals for the 2023 season: Be apart of some big wins with the boys and soak up the experience of being in the first NZ Pro Cycling Team.

Future cycling aims: Represent New Zealand at the Olympics and Race in the Tour de France.

Top 3 of your best (or memorable) results: Elite NZ National Road Race Champion in 2019 and 2022, Elite Oceania Road Race Champion in 2022, and Stage and GC of Ronde l'Oise in 2022.

Aaron Gate Profile

Aaron Gate

33

Speciality: All-Rounder, GC

Interesting fact: I once rode my bicycle 265km into a block head wind to pick up a used, high milage, Alfa Romeo and then drove it back that evening. Neither of us broke down.

Goals for the 2023 season: Win some big bike races with the boys!

Future cycling aims: Win Gold at the 2024 Paris Olympics, and lots more bike races with the Bolton Equities Black Spoke boys.

Top 3 of your best (or memorable) results: Winning 4 gold medals at the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games and Olympic Bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics in the Team Pursuit.

Regan Gough Profile

Regan Gough

27

Speciality: All-Rounder

Interesting fact: I have a German Shepard with Human Mannerisms.

Goals for the 2023 season: Make the step up and be able to contribbute to the team as much as possible.

Future cycling aims: Continue to grow and develop.

Top 3 of your best (or memorable) results: Team Pursuit World Champion in 2015, Rio 2016 and Tyoko 2020 Olympian, and TT National Champion in 2021.

George Jackson Profile

George Jackson

24

Speciality: Sprinter, All-Rounder

Interesting fact: I cut my own hair with Smiggle scissors.

Goals for the 2023 season: To step up into the bigger races and play a part in the teams performances and results. Make the most of all of the opportunities that come my way.

Future cycling aims: To get results in big races and one day step up into the World Tour. Perform on the top stage on the track.

Top 3 of your best (or memorable) results: Going to the 2022 Commonwealth Games, winning the sprint race at the Tour of Southland 2021 and Polka Dot in 2022, and winning the TOur of Somerville 2022 in the USA.

Ollie Jones Profile

Ollie Jones

28

Speciality: Puncheur/GC

Interesting fact: I have BSc(Hons) majouring in Physics and I am an ex-professional inline speed skater where I was 2nd at U20 World Champs before swapping to cycling.

Goals for the 2023 season: As my first-year pro and the first year with Bolton Equities Black Spoke, my two main goals for the season will be to target results at some of the smaller stage races and find my feet in some bigger ones by helping the established riders in any way I can.

Future cycling aims: I wish to estabblish myself in the professional ranks to have a career. My dream race is the Tour of Flanders.

Top 3 of your best (or memorable) results: Riding over the Galibier with my Dad when I was younger, Watching a stage of the Dauphine in 2015 (my first introduction to the whole staff and support network around professional cycling), and racing up Mont Ventoux in the Mont Ventoux Denivele Chanllenge, my first taste racing against World Tour riders.

Josh Kench Profile

Josh Kench

23

Speciality: Climber

Interesting fact: Love a bit of fishing in the off season.

Goals for the 2023 season: To keep developing as a rider on the pro circuit, as well as getting on the podium in Europe.

Future cycling aims: To be competing in the biggest races in the world.

Top 3 of your best (or memorable) results: 2nd in the Lillehammer GP in 2022, 3rd GC in the Tour of Southland 2022, and 1st TTT in the NZ Cycle Classic in 2022.

Luke Mudgway Profile

Luke Mudgway

28

Speciality: Sprinter, Classics

Interesting fact: I'm a kickboxer.

Goals for the 2023 season: To win sprints and help establish Bolton Equities Black Spoke in the Pro Tour ranks.

Future cycling aims: To race a grand tour and win some big races.

Top 3 of your best (or memorable) results: Junior Track World Champion, Stage win at the Tour of China, and overall win at GP Gemenc.

Bailey O'Donnell Profile

Bailey O'Donnell

23

Speciality: All-Rounder, Sprinter

Interesting fact: My arm span is 12cm longer than my height #albatross

Goals for the 2023 season: To find my feet in the professional peloton and help the team pull some results.

Future cycling aims: Win races and compete in the cobble monuments.

Top 3 of your best (or memorable) results: First ride in the Bolton Equities Black Spoke kit, First Nationals (I was the only rider to get dropped), and crashing.

James Oram Profile

James Oram

31

Speciality: GC

Interesting fact: My double jointed elbows make me stand-out on the bike and must help with cooking as my culinary delights are always a hit with friends.

Goals for the 2023 season: To win international UCI races while helping the younger riders on the team develop into classy professional riders. To continue to be a proud ambassador of New Zealand Cycling and Bolton Equities Black Spoke.

Future cycling aims: To return to the pro level of the sport and represent New Zealand at the next World Championships and Commenwealth Games. To complete a Grand Tour is a career long aspiration.

Top 3 of your best (or memorable) results: 1st in the U19 ITT World Championships in 2011, 6th in the U23 ITT World Championships in 2015, and U23 National Roade Race Champion in 2023.

Jacob Scott Profile

Jacob Scott

29

Speciality: Classics, All-Rounder

Interesting fact: I've been known to eat eight racks of ribs in one sitting.

Goals for the 2023 season: I am aiming for a consistent run of top 10 results in the classic style races that I know I can perform in, and within that, the aim will be to deliver consistency, develop a strong partnership with the team, and demonstrate my experience to gain t he highest results possible for myself and for the team. Overall, the dream goal would be to a win a UCI 1.1 and I already have my eye on some higher-level races that suit my racing style to try achieve this goal. The other goal I have is to work hard with the team and commit to the teams' race plans and try win as many races together as we can.

Future cycling aims: Ever since I entered the cycling industry, I've always wanted to make it as far as I can and get to the highest level of the sport. This means competing and performing at the world's biggest racces, specifically the classics.

Top 3 of your best (or memorable) results: GP Jef Scherens 2022, 1st in Sprints/KOM/Most Combative in the Tour of Britian 2021, and British National MTB Marathon Championships in 2021.

Tom Sexton Profile

Tom Sexton

25

Speciality: Time-trial, Rouleur

Interesting fact: Addicted to drinking coffee

Goals for the 2023 season: Get a professional win in Europe. Medal at the World Track champs.

Future cycling aims: Olympic Gold medal on the track in 2024 and race all monuments and all grand tours.

Top 3 of your best (or memorable) results: Commonwealth Games gold medal, world champs 2019 bronze medal, and Tour of Romania stage win.

Mark Stewart Profile

Mark Stewart

28

Speciality: All-Rounder, GC

Interesting fact: I've had 11 teeth out.

Goals for the 2023 season: Win some races with a great group of guys.

Future cycling aims: Win a road race a 2.Pro level.

Top 3 of your best (or memorable) results: Riding in the NZ track & Road Championships and competing in a home commonwealth games.

Rory Townsend Profile

Rory Townsend

29

Speciality: Sprinter, Classics

Interesting fact: Once got lost at sea and rescued by the coast guard.

Goals for the 2023 season: A sprint win in Black Spoke kit. Defend my national title, and take a stage at the Tour of Britian.

Future cycling aims: Represent Ireland at the Olympics.

Top 3 of your best (or memorable) results: Winning national championships last year, the best day in my life, let alone cycling. 3rd Classic Loire Atlanatique in 2019 (came after a bad year of injury and was my best result at the time). 5th at the first stage of Tour of Britian in 2021, in front of my family, with a stacked field.

Paul Wright Profile

Paul Wright

24

Speciality: All Rounder

Interesting fact: I'm the oldest of four brothers.

Goals for the 2023 season: Try to improve on last years results, help the team as much as possible and make the most of the new equipment and set up.

Future cycling aims: Try to be the best I can be and see how far I get.

Top 3 of your best (or memorable) results: Passing young Jack Drage up a climb in the Grupetto at 50km/h due to a lethal sticky bottle for the Kiwi Cup in Medio Brenta, 5th in stage 5 at Adriatica Ionica, 3rd at Manx Internationnal, and 11th at stage one at Volta Valenciana.