New Zealand rider Mikayla Harvey settling into life at Bigla
Mikayla Harvey joins Bigla this year as a new signing. What does the rider from New Zealand think about her new team? We talked with her at our Partner & Performance camp to find out.
What do you think about your Chapter2 bikes?
I am currently riding the RERE, which is the aero frame designed by Chapter2 bikes. The name means “flow” in the Maori language, which perfectly represents the bike, as I have really been enjoying the responsive and quick nature of the RERE. The bike is special to me, as I am from New Zealand. There are some beautiful ‘kiwi’ touches on the bike, which are also reminiscent of home.
There are many new signings on the team roster this year. How is everyone getting along at the camp?
I am a new signing to the team, and everyone has been extremely welcoming. A lot of the team is made up of new riders, so it has been exciting meeting people from all over the world. Everyone is getting to know each other and so far, the team dynamics have been very good. We still have so much to learn from each other in terms of riding styles, strengths, weaknesses and personalities. Making team camp important as I am sure it will unleash all of our personal traits!
The team’s kit is very different from previous years. What are your thoughts on the new design?
I love the new kit! Firstly, the minimalist nature of the kit with the bold blue lines, makes it super eye catching. Our kit has gone the minimalist route, with more of an emphasis on the overall design. The simple aerodynamic lines embody our team very well. The lines represent speed and the journey our team is taking. I believe this different approach to the team kit it will draw attention, creating further interest in us riders and the partners that support us. The bright blue in our kit really pops - you won’t be missing us in the peloton that’s for sure!
How does Bigla compare to your previous teams? What’s different about this team?
I am extremely impressed with the professionalism of the team. This is an important aspect that the team has nailed, as well as being very welcoming and friendly. I can see Bigla developing into more than just a team but my bike family. Our team is full of so many different nationalities and it is amazing that different cultures can come together to create an epic team vibe. We all share common goals and values making it easy to come together in unison, and I am so exited to see us develop together throughout the season.