The conclusion of the 2019 F1 season also signaled the end of the 2019 World Tour pro cycling season. This in turn marks the transition of the Team Bahrain Merida pro cycling team to Team Bahrain McLaren for 2020 with the support of Richard Mille. The new and exciting addition to McLaren’s racing portfolio enjoyed successes in 2019 as Bahrain Merida – winning 17 topflight races, including two stages of the iconic Tour de France. one of the most anticipated teams to join the Pro Cycling peloton.
Team Bahrain McLaren is headed by Joint Managing Directors John Allert and Milan Erzen. For 2020, McLaren welcomes some key appointments – most notably the highly respected Rod Ellingworth from Team Sky/Team Ineos as Team Principal, and the talented Duncan Bradley from McLaren Applied Technologies as inaugural Technical Director. Charlie Pym joins the team as Marketing Director, and will spearhead the ambitious partnership programme, and former pro cyclist and British National Champion Roger Hammond joins as Performance Director.
Bahrain World Tour Cycling Team and McLaren have joined forces to create a team that brings together the best of people and technology to inspire the sport, fans and partners - and to take the sport into an exciting new era. From four wheels down to two, the 28 strong rider line-up will aim to be the most athletically and technologically advanced team in Pro Cycling. Over the next year, RM 67-02 prototypes in the team’s colours will be tested by some of the team members in grueling real-world conditions present in this incredible discipline.
Team Bahrain McLaren’s rider line-up includes Mikel Landa, Wout Poels and one of the world’s most successful sprinters and winner of 30 stages of the Tour de France, Mark Cavendish. Among the most decorated British cyclists of all time, “Cav” has won four World Championship Cycling gold medals together with Olympic silver. Mark Cavendish, also a huge fan of watchmaking, had already built a strong link with Richard Mille over a number of years.
Given Richard Mille’s long-standing passion for motorsport and cycling, there seems little doubt that the brand’s watches will, in 2020 and beyond, be keeping record-breaking time as Team Bahrain McLaren pushes cycling to the very edge.
‘Working personally with Richard and his team since the beginning of the partnership with McLaren has been a privilege. Team Bahrain McLaren is honoured to represent Richard Mille’s first formal involvement in cycling - particularly as this sport represents such a personal passion for Richard. Just like the stunning and unique models produced by Richard Mille, elite World Tour cycling is a perfect blend of passion and performance - and therefore the perfect environment to test such beautiful, highly technical time pieces. I can’t wait to see some RM 67-02 prototypes on the wrists of our riders as they battle it out in this romantic, gruelling and inspiring sport.
John Allert, Joint Managing Director of Team Bahrain McLaren