News: Metaltek-Kuota Team Launch

In a joint venture with the CiCLE Classic, the Elite Metaltek-Kuota presented its team to the public at the  Stapleford Park Hotel.

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News: Metaltek-Kuota Team Launch

In a joint venture with the CiCLE Classic, the Elite Metaltek-Kuota presented its team to the public at the  Stapleford Park Hotel.

In a joint venture with the CiCLE Classic, the Elite Metaltek-Kuota racing team was presented to the public and media at the Stapleford Park Hotel on Thursday.

The only non UCI team to have won a round of the Tour Series (Team Classification), Metaltek Kuota has strengthened its line up from a team that potentially could win races and give the UCI squads a good run for their money to a team with proven winners in its line-up.

Team owner, Andy Swain says of his Elite squad “It’s a very exciting line up this year. Previously, we’ve tried to be a niggle to the big teams and this year I think we’ll be more than a niggle which is quite exciting”.

On the expansion of the team’s numbers from six to eleven, he says “With a few teams going from last year and there being more riders than teams, we had knocks on our door and some of the riders are too good to pass up on.”

The increase in numbers means the team will be racing more in 2017 than last season. “With the talent there, especially for the crits, it was a no brainer to do the Tour Series” Andy says. “With Colin (Sturgess) on board as well, my time is freed up somewhat so I can get on with my day job without travelling to all ends of the country and I should be able to pick and choose where I need to be and want to be”.

Talking about the fact they are the only non UCI team to have won a Team Classification round of the Tour Series, Andy says with the line-up they have, that is a possibility this year. “When the other teams start looking at each other, which happens, and with the format of four riders counting each round, we have as much chance as anyone and whilst we might not be a contender for the overall in the Tour Series, we may well have our night during the series.”

The Bike

The team’s weapon from Kuota UK including Edco wheels and Continental tyres is the top of the range Khan which as title sponsor Dave Williams from Kuota UK says, gives them a ‘no excuses’ bike to race on. Dave explained how despite there being tough times out there, whilst some companies are cutting back on sponsorship, they are putting even more in which shows with their portfolio of teams and athletes they support.

Liam Holohan, Dave Williams, Andy Swain and Colin Sturgess with the team’s weapon, the Kuota Khan.

Asked about the Khan, Dave explained they do the off the shelf bike in a few colour schemes including a white and black one but expect the team bike in red and white to be popular. The team bike is Shimano Dura Ace equipped and is Kuota’s flagship bike. “The guys are riding the best equipment, there are no excuses riding these”.

Dave is a former racer with 100 senior wins in events as varied as the National Criterium championships, National Team Time Trial Championships, International stage wins in the Tours of Germany, Ireland and Belgium, silver medallist in the goodwill Games in ST Petersburg in Russia and domestic Single Day Premier Calender events such as Archer GP, Premier Calender Stage races including Girvan 3 Day or stages within Premier Calendar events, for example the Tour of Lancs or Tour of the Kingdom.

Metalktek Kuota is one of two teams Kuota UK sponsor, the other being women’s team NCC Group-Kuota-Torelli. On top of that, there are many athletes outside of cycling who also have the support of Dave and his company who as well as bikes do GSG clothing and a new item they are most proud of, the I-Bike Powerpod.

Having been a professional rider, and still racing, he says that bikes like the Kuota Khan are a fraction of the weight of the old steel bikes were and far more responsive. He added that wheels are also faster and bikes from his era and those raced nowadays are chalk and cheese.

Video – The team are interviewed at the launch by Carl Lawrenson


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The riders are:
Andy Brown – 19, Winner of the U23 London 6 Day, former Scottish Junior TT Champ. Rider on the Scottish Cycling Performance Squad

Tom Chandler – 18, Most local rider to the Team HQ from Shoby near Melton Mowbray. Previously has won a stage of the Junior Tour of Wales and is at home on road & track, this January clocked a 4.37 for the individual 4km pursuit

Dan Fleeman – 34, Team Captain on the road, ridden in the past for World Tour Cervelo Test Team. Former winner of the Tour of the Pyrenees. Has been in the top 10 in the CiCle Classic 3 times, most recently last year in 9th

Liam Holohan – 28, Experienced International rider. 2nd in the 2016 UCI Beaumont Trophy and 9th overall in Tour of Slovakia.

Steven Lawley – 34, Former International Duathlete and Scottish Road Race Champion. Last year placed 14th in the tough Ryedale GP

Rhys Lloyd – 28, One of the most experienced riders in the UK, most recently rode as a super domestique for NFTO in the Tours of Britain and Yorkshire. He’ll be looking for opportunities to stretch his own legs this year.

Zach May – 21, Massively talented on the road and track. Picked up two Bronze medals in this Januarys’ National Track Champs, he’s the current Welsh Circuit Race Champion and now hopes to represent Wales in next years Commonwealth Games

Tom Mazzone – 23, From the cycling mecca of The Isle of Man. Up and coming talent that prefers the hustle and bustle of an high speed finale. Placed 9th in the prestigious Otley Grand Prix last year. Also hoping for Commonwealth Games selection in 2018.

Tom Neale – 23, Strong all-rounder with an electric turn of speed. Winner of the York Cycleworks Elite Race last season
Bertie Newey – 22, 5th in this year’s traditional season opener, the Eddie Soens Memorial after wearing Number 1 denoting the fact that he won the event in 2016. He’ll be at home in the high octane city centre circuit races and any bunch finish not for the light hearted !

George Pym – 22, talented all-rounder. Last year rode for the UCI set up of Team Raleigh and placed 10th in the Leicester Castle Classic. Another rider excited by having his own opportunities in 2017.

Directeur Sportif : Colin Sturgess
Former World Pursuit Champion and National Road Race Champion. Having lived, raced and won in various Countries in the World, what Colin doesn’t know about bike racing frankly isn’t worth knowing. This will be his first full year in the role and already he’s chomping at the bit to help the lads get stuck in !

Mechanic : Bob (Rooster) Rouse
Very experienced spanner man, cool under pressure. Has worked for many UK domestic Teams inc Pinarello, Recycling and Linda McCartney. Former bike racer himself, passionate about the sport and can often be seen ‘hanging out of a car window’ getting his point across to someone with maybe less knowledge !

Team Owner : Andrew Swain
Now in his 8th year of running a successful bike racing team under the banner of his Melton Mowbray based CNC Engineering Company ‘Metaltek’. The Team for the past few seasons is renowned for being ‘the best of the rest’ which generally means not being full-time proffesionals like the UCI Continental Teams but they compete on equal terms, and often create upsets to the form book – a true underdog story

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