Team News: Wheelbase Altura MGD for 2014


Winning start for the Wheelbase Altura MGD team for 2014 – Faster, stronger, united and focussed

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Wheelbase Altura MGD for 2014


Photograph by Rick Robson

Winning start for the Wheelbase Altura MGD team for 2014 – Faster, stronger, united and focussed

The Elite Wheelbase Altura MGD team for 2014 team has a passion for road racing and is now entering their sixth year on the National Elite road race circuit with a team that has been strengthened with proven talent backed up with some very promising Under 23 riders.

Right: Tom Murray

Tom_Murray_WheelbaseTheir 2014 rider roster is a mix of quality to cover the diverse range of races on the 2014 UK Elite calendar.

The teams climbers are Matt Clarke and Sam Boast whilst the all-round rouleurs are Joe Moses, Clayton Sprint Classic winner Simon Wilson and Andy Coupe.

The crit specialists are Tom Murray and Steve Clarke and current National Track Champions Adam Duggleby and Alistair Rutherford.

Joint team captains Tom Barras and Stuart Reid keep the team rolling on the road with the 2014 mantra ‘Less I, and more we’.

Tom Barras (Joint capt)
Stuart Reid (Joint capt)
Tom Murray
Sam Boast
Alex Bottomley
Steve Clarke
Matthew Clarke
Andy Coupe
Lewis Craven
Adam Duggleby
Joe Moses
Alistair Rutherford
Tom Lawson
Alex Orrell-Turner


First race, first win for the team in 2014 by Simon Wilson.

In a press release, they ask the question “What sets us apart?” to which the reply is “We work. All our riders are semi-professional with many guys balancing racing at the top level of the UK scene with full time careers. We have fire fighters, environmental scientists, accountants, tree surgeons and opticians, plus many more diverse occupations.”

The team adds their riders know how to dig deep, find time to train, travel and recover. “It is a huge commitment but we’re one the best teams in the country at what we do. We have the talent, we have the dedication and we have the resources compete at the pinnacle of UK road racing.”

Team – Management:
Directeur sportif: Sid Barras
Team managers: Toby Dalton and Tom Barras
Mechanic: Matt Woods and the WHEELBASE pro mechanics

Directeur sportif ‘Super’ Sid Barras brings exceptional talent and passion for cycle racing from his prolific career of 200 professional race wins including that famous one over Eddy Merckx. Sid is the motivator and tactician behind the team. You’ll find him driving the Jaguar Sportbrake team car with as much passion and gusto as he’s ever had. “It’s like I’m back in the race only that I’m wider in this team car” he once said as he speed through the streets of Glasgow at the 2013 National Championships, chasing our riders in the race break.

The team continue their long relationship with Cannondale and the team will be aboard the Cannondale Super Six Evo HM Dura Ace, which has already been voted Best Bike in the World. Twice. Light, fast, stiff and agile and undoubtedly one the best bikes in the Elite peloton. All round the Cannondale Super Six Evo HM is the ultimate road bike.

The bikes will be equipped using Mavic wheels which they have used for many years. Mavic not only produce light and stiff wheels but most importantly they are reliable and strong say the team. They have selected the Ksyrium SLR for superb stiffness, durability and stopping power along with the Cosmic Carbone C 40; the ultimate carbon wheelset at a price everyone can afford.


Photograph by Rick Robson

Panaracer is their tyre sponsor and they are really excited to run their new technology on the Race Evo’s with PT Shield to significantly reduce punctures.

Team Sponsors;
Following a successful 2013 campaign, they have been fortunate to retain and attract the attention of some very valuable sponsors for 2014. It has not been easy to find support but a clear passion for the sport and achievable objectives has enabled them to both attract and retain major sponsors. They enjoy working with their sponsors immensely; after all they are the reason they can roll out at every big race in the UK and they are continually grateful for this support and commitment.

The UK’s largest cycle store and leading road bike store. WHEELBASE have been at the forefront of the cycle industry for the last 20 years. Fitting the right people to the right bikes with expert staff, a huge range and unparalleled customer service.

“We have carefully assembled a select team of athletes from around the UK to race at the highest level and represent the WHEELBASE brand. Our Elite road racing team is essential in presenting WHEELBASE as the UK’s number one road bike store.” Toby Dalton, Director and Co-Owner

ALTURA is the No.1 apparel and luggage brand for UK cycling. Led by a team of enthusiastic cyclists and based in North Yorkshire, ALTURA has grown rapidly through continuous research and development, combined with a real passion for the sport. Their new ‘Raceline’ range is designed to meet the rigours and demands of the WHEELBASE ALTURA MGD riders who can be training or racing between 5-6 hours each and every day, whatever the weather. Fabric technology, construction and fit are paramount for Elite riders and ALTURA Raceline product delivers this.

“This is ALTURA’s second year in supporting the team and this is a fantastic partnership. We do love the fact that these guys know how to push themselves hard in both trainings and races while still working demanding jobs. These athletes are real, accessible and passionate which fits perfectly with the ethos of our brand. The riders have been key in helping to build and improve our performance range such as Raceline® collection. We are looking forward to having another strong season!” Philippe Galland, ALTURA Brand Director


Team work, Tom Barras and Simon Wilson last weekend

MGD Ltd are based in Kendal specialising in MOTs, servicing, tyres, exhausts and repairs on all vehicles, including commercial fleets. They also run a large-scale haulage business specialising in UK and European on-time deliveries.

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Bibby Off Shore
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Founded in 1971 Cannondale have been known for real innovation in bike design. The new Super Six Evo HM is raced by our team and World ProTour team ‘Cannondale ProCylcing’. Enough said.

Giro, the leader in high performance bike helmets, shoes, gloves and apparel. Giro will be supplying the team with helmets and shoes and we are privileged to be supported by the number one brand in its sector.
World leaders in stiff and light road racing wheelsets. We have selected the Ksyrium SLR for superb stiffness, durability and stopping power. Along with the Cosmic Carbone C 40; the ultimate carbon wheelset at a price everyone can afford.

Over the past 50 years Panaracer have created some of the most ground-breaking tyres ever used by cyclists and the team in Japan continue to develop in order to bring you the very best tyres for all disciplines. Our team has selected them for low rolling resistance backed up with exceptional puncture prevention.

Park Royal Interiors
Over 50 years experience in the design and manufacture of high quality, hand made fitted furniture. Offering a service that is second to none. Complete design and installation service will ensure that your requirements are met and your expectations exceeded.

MAS Design
MAS Design are a family run architectural design company based in Guiseley near Leeds. Having undertaken hundreds of successful projects both locally and nationally. They are happy to talk to you about any kind of project, no matter how big or small.

The Body Rehab
The Body Rehab are based in Staveley and provide a professional and friendly sports injury and musculoskeletal service to enable a successful resolution to your presenting condition or injury.

VIP Membership
You can now become a VIP member of WHEELBASE ALTURA MGD and get involved in with one of the most innovative and forward thinking UK Elite road racing teams. Not only will you help contribute to the future of UK racing but you can take advantages of great extras like 15% off in store at WHEELBASE, race replica kit, VIP rides and event invitations. Find out more here:

WAM Spring Training Camp
The team has just returned from much better weather in Calpe, Spain on our Spring Training Camp. Supported by superb local knowledge from the people at Ciclo Costa Blanca and Meta bike Café.

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