Last year was a great year for our supported teams and athletes from Oli Morris competing for Great Britain in World Cup Downhills to James Philips from the Dream Cycling team winning the inaugural Bristol Grand Prix
The aim of our Ambassador program is to support local athletes with equipment but also with the other services we offer at BW including fitness testing, bike fit, physio and workshop to help them achieve their cycling/triathlon goals
For 2016 we have expanded the programme to one road team, the Dream Cycling Team and three individual athletes, Oli Morris in MTB Downhill, Brett Halliwell in Triathlon and Doug Hall doing Tri/Cyclo cross.
Dream Cycling Team- Road
BW have supported Dream for the last two seasons. The goal of the team is to be in the top 100 teams in the UK and top 3 in the Western Division, a goal that they in achieved in 2015.
The team look to win local road and circuit races from Elite to Second Category and also compete in various mountain bike events.
Once again BW Cycling have supplied the team with Scott road bikes. This year they will be riding the new Foil aero racing bike with Syncros wheels and Shimano Ultegra Groupsets.
The team also benefit from the fitness testing and bike fitting available at BW Cycling to ensure they are training effectively , preventing injury and racing at their best.
Brett Halliwell – Triathlon / Duathlon
Brett is our new Triathlon ambassador for the 2016 season. We first met Brett when he came for a bike fitting session and were impressed with his results but more importantly his attitude.
Coming from a running background where he was a sub 15min 5km athlete, Brett soon took to cycling and made the switch to Duathlon in 2014/15. He was up to speed quickly, qualifying for his age group at the Euro Champs and finishing 2nd
Brett then made the logical move to triathlon and again quickly found success, qualifying for his age group at the World Champs in Chicago and finished 15th
Brett’s main goal for 2016 is to podium at the World Tri Champs in his age group and simply ‘to finish on the podium at every event I enter’
To help his Achieve this BW have supplied Brett with a new Scott Plasma TT bike with Shimano Ultegra DI2 gearing, which gives him gear changing at both the brake levers and tucked in on the TT bars.
Brett will have access to the fitness testing, both cycling and running and also the bike fitting, to achieve the balance between aerodynamics and power production.
Olly Morris – Downhill Mountain Bike
On the dirt we are for the second season supporting Bristol downhill racer Olly. He had a great season in 2015 racing consistently in the top 20 elites at the UK national races and flying the BW flag internationally at four World Cup round.
For 2016 Olly is going for process goals focusing on commitment and fun. Placing less pressure on the exact position means more happy trips down the motorway home and the possibly the best way to race the ridiculously competitive UK Downhill races.
Olly is using Mondraker bikes for 2016, with the Summin model for DH and the Dune for enduro. These carbon beauties look the business and Olly has them custom spec-ed . Chatting with Olly it is interesting the process he goes through to set up the bikes and will cover that in a separate news story.
Olly uses almost all the facilities at BW Cycling, in particular the workshop. Downhill bikes are the most complicated bikes available and take a hammering so are constantly been worked on. Mark our workshop manager has experience on the World Cup scene with Trek World DH Team , so the right man to sort Olly out.
He also trains with Andy Wadsworth in our on-site Personal Training Gym MyLife PT, getting put through his paces weekly, working on functional strength.
Doug Hall- Triathlon/ Cyclo Cross
As well as been our shop manager Doug is also handy on two wheels, in fact handy on two feet and in the water to. Before starting at the shop Doug was a professional triathlete competing for GB in the Half Distance World Champs and doing a 9hr Ironman.
After successfully playing with Regional Cyclo Cross over the last two years, winning the Western series this season, Doug is going back to Triathlon and aiming for a sub 9 Ironman and an age group spot at the Kona World Champs.
For his Triathlon events this year Doug will use a Scott Foil road bike with Shimano Ultegra DI2 allowing for multiple shifters.
We may let Doug use some of the services at BW, but helping our customers achieve their goals takes priority so he may have to wait till after you have finished been testing, fitted , tuned before he can have a go himself
Good luck to all our ambassadors this year, if you see them at events give them a cheer or say hello.