Sir Bradley Wiggins
The greatest ever British cyclist and owner of Team WIGGINS
Cycling knight Sir Bradley Wiggins has changed the face of the sport in Great Britain. Aside from a wildly successful, and varied, career - five Olympic gold medals, multiple world championships on the track and road and the first British winner of the Tour de France to name just a few achievements - his magnetic personality has further helped build an enduring legacy of cyclists passionate about the sport. Sir Brad started Team WIGGINS to help develop the potential of young British cyclists: “I want to build something to inspire kids and to reach all those people who might be on the fringes of the sport. My message is simple: If I can do it, then so can you.”
The Team WIGGINS road captain and a track world champion
A seven-time medallist at the track world championships, including a gold in the team pursuit in 2012, Andy Tennant has long been a stalwart of the boards in the UK. Also an accomplished captain on the road, Andy plays a guiding hand in teaching the younger riders of Team WIGGINS - when he’s not picking up sprint wins of his own, that is. The proud owner of two French bulldogs and a pug, Tennant will be the first to tell you how far hard work can get you: “I was a bit of a fat kid so I joined the local cycling club but I was awful. I’m still the only club rider to have won 'trier of the year' three times in a row!”
Current points race world champion and future spring classics star
A 22-year-old road and track rider from Southampton in England, Jon ‘Dibbo’ Dibben has the engine of a pursuit rider and the build of a Classics man. From his first British junior pursuit title in 2011 to third in Paris-Roubaix Juniors the following year, Dibben has been excelling in those types of races ever since. This year, a barnstorming performance at the world track championships in London saw him win the points race rainbow jersey. That, and a strong spring classics season, which included 2nd at the U23 Tour of Flanders, saw him earn a ride with WorldTour team Cannondale-Drapac as a stagiaire for the rest of the season, starting in August at the Tour of Utah.
Supremely talented Welsh all-rounder about to join Team Sky
This charismatic young Welshman is the first rider from Team WIGGINS to earn a WorldTour contract, joining Team Sky this month, Olympic team pursuit gold medal in his pocket. Doull rejected a move to Europcar in early 2015 to become one of the founding members of Team WIGGINS, and he hasn’t looked back, with third overall (and the points jersey) at last September’s Tour of Britain a particularly special achievement, and the team’s best result yet. As a youngster, Doull gave up a promising rugby career to focus on cycling and is the product of the same track in Cardiff as Geraint Thomas and Luke Rowe, whose successes he’ll hope to emulate at Team Sky.
Globetrotting cyclist now back in the UK with WIGGINS
When Team WIGGINS came calling in early 2015, Dan Patten was delighted to join: "After a lot of years with a lack of options, this was a no brainer," he said. A Loughborough University graduate with a V02 max of 83.8 (according to Dan, at least), the 30-year-old has had a cultured education in the sport, riding for UCI Continental level teams from Sweden, America and the Philippines before he returned home to the UK for the red, blue and gold of WIGGINS. Having ridden the prestigious Tour of California and Abu Dhabi tour already for the team, Patten hopes to continue his journey onwards and upwards.
Patriotic welshman as good on the road as the track
One of several proud Welshmen on the Team WIGGINS roster, Sam Harrison is a classy rider who has two track world championships medals to his name. A new Team WIGGINS signing for 2016 from NFTO, the 24-year-old began riding at the Newport velodrome aged 13 and, despite spending his first year “getting lapped by girls”, he improved enough to win three youth titles at the British national track championships in 2008. That success was enough to earn him a nomination for the BBC’s Young Sports Personality award.
Talented track man with one-day racing pedigree
Chris Latham says he’d be a snooker player if he weren’t a cyclist, but it’s lucky he stuck with two wheels, given his natural ability on the bike. The 22-year-old is yet another top class British trackie, and the boy from Bolton made a name for himself in October last year by coming second with Oliver Wood at the Six Days of London - sandwiched between such Belgium track legends as Kenny de Ketele and Iljo Keisse. On the road, Latham won the esteemed Beaumont Trophy race in England in 2015, while this year has seen him make the podium of the UCI 1.1 Grand Prix Cerami.
Highly talented road rider and the current U23 Irish TT and RR champion
Still just a teenager, Michael O’Loughlin has already made a splash in the sport, taking bronze behind Nicolas Roche and Matt Brammeier at this year’s Irish men’s elite road race national championships in June. The 19-year-old turned professional with Team WIGGINS in January, having shown immense promise on the continent as a junior rider and with Nicolas Roche’s NRPT development squad. The youngster certainly impressed Team Sky’s Roche, who said recently: “I’m proud he’s made it to this level.”
Experienced Yorkshire climber who started out at Rapha-Condor
Self-proclaimed Star Wars nerd and coffee obsessive Liam Holohan started his professional cycling career on the Rapha-Condor team in 2009. The 28-year-old road rider then spent three years apiece at Raleigh and Madison Genesis before Team WIGGINS signed him for 2016, and he has already repaid their faith with two second place finishes at the Beaumont Trophy and on a stage of the Tour de Slovaquie. A Yorkshire local with a knack for climbing, Holohan says he joined Team WIGGINS because “the race programme should offer me more opportunities internationally.”
Rapid rouleur back on track at WIGGINS
22-year-old Sam Lowe put two unproductive years with the GB Academy and French amateur team AC Bisontine behind him to kickstart his career back home in Derby at Raleigh in 2015. More comfortable and confident there, a silver medal behind Team WIGGINS’ Owain Doull at the U23 British national road race championships in June earned him a move to join the Welshman this year, and he has already picked up UCI points with a strong 21st at the RideLondon Classic in July. The talented rouleur’s ambition remains as strong as ever: “the fact that things have been so hard for me over those two years has made me realise how much I still want it."
Talented Manxman who turned pro with WIGGINS
Manxman Jake Kelly turned professional with Team WIGGINS in 2016, and the 21-year-old has already turned in some noteworthy performances, including a top-20 at the stacked RideLondon Classic race this July. Early in his career Jake was selected onto the British Cycling Olympic talent team as a second year under 16, later being supported by the Dave Rayner Fund. On his journey to the top, he spent time further honing his craft at the Belgian school of hard knocks with the ILLI-bikes cycling team in 2014.
Mountain biker plying his trade on the road with the red, blue and gold
21-year-old Mike Thompson joined Team WIGGINS in 2015 with very little road racing experience - the Whitby boy grew up as a mountain biker and he has been a junior national champion as well as an U23 bronze medallist. A member of the British Olympic Academy Programme since the end of 2014, Thompson has been honing his engine on tarmac surfaces with Team WIGGINS and has already competed in the Tour of California and Abu Dhabi Tour since joining.
Exciting GC talent from Wales with a powerful TT engine
For the last three years in a row, Scott Davies has won the British national championships U23 time trial - an unprecedented show of dominance in the event, although the latest win wasn’t easy: “I don’t think I’ve ever gone that hard,” he said afterwards. The precocious 20-year-old Welshman isn’t just a TT specialist however, as since joining Team WIGGINS in January 2016, he has already taken four top-ten overall GC finishes in stage races. Scott was excited to join the team in 2016, saying that “not too many people out there get to say that they’ve worked with Sir Bradley Wiggins.”
Commonwealth Games medallist from the Isle of Man
Yet another Manxman with cycling pedigree, Mark Christian won a bronze medal in the scratch race while representing his island at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. A highly-accomplished track rider, the 25-year-old won a gold medal in the madison at the 2014 London World Cup track meet, although more recently he has turned his attentions to the road, picking up two excellent top-ten GC placings at the Tour of Alsace and Tour de Slovaquie for Team WIGGINS in June and July this year. Look out for Mark making the selection at a hilly race in the near future: “I find that races with enough climbing to whittle the bunch down is where I can be at my best,” he says.
2012 Team Pursuit gold medallist from Lancashire
A member of British track cycling royalty, Steven Burke has two Olympic gold medals on his mantlepiece, having joined fellow Team WIGGINS riders Owain Doull and Sir Bradley Wiggins atop the team pursuit podium at Rio 2016. Consistently brilliant in the four-man event throughout his career, Burke has won six team pursuit world championship medals since 2010 and in 2013 was awarded an MBE (Member of the British Empire) as recognition. The Lancashire secondary school that Burke attended also named its sports centre after him, arguably an even greater honour.
Talented young British climber from Cumbria
Cumbria local James Knox is a talented British climber capable of staying with the best U23s in the world, proven by his sixth overall at the prestigious Course de la Paix in the Czech Republic this June. The 20-year-old joined Team WIGGINS from the UK domestic Zappi’s squad and his best result so far in the blue, red and gold has been fourth overall at the Ronde de l’Isard in France this May. A hard trainer driven to hit the heights, James’ Twitter profile reads: “If you’re not wasted, then the day is.”
Welshman back to make his name in the UK after two years in Italy
Another member of the new wave of Welsh talent, 22-year-old Dan Pearson joined Team WIGGINS in 2016 following two years racing for top class Italian development team Zalf. Never one to follow the road well worn, Pearson’s brave move to live in Italy saw him develop his climbing talent and mature as both rider and person. Since returning to the UK with Team WIGGINS, Pearson has had plenty of race days, with a notable 12th place on GC at the Tour of Croatia in April.
Track sprint king and Member of the British Empire
An Olympic gold medal winning track cyclist at the tender age of 19, Philip Hindes’ burst into the British national consciousness was as quick as his opening lap sprint times. Part of the indomitable Team GB Team Sprint squad with Sir Chris Hoy and Jason Kenny at London 2012, Hindes was awarded an MBE (Member of the British Empire) in 2013 for his achievement at the home games. A member of Team WIGGINS since January this year, the now 23-year-old won his second Olympic gold in the team sprint at Rio 2016.
Former junior national champion from Chester
Chester cyclist Luc Hall stepped up to the UCI Continental level with Team WIGGINS in 2015. Just 21-years-old, Luc was a British national junior champion in 2013 and was part of the WIGGINS team that travelled to Abu Dhabi in October last year for the tour there.