Sophie Wright talks about changes in the team for 2019
Although she joined Bigla at the end of last year, this week marks Sophie Wright's first camp with the team. Find out her thoughts on what's coming up in the 2019 season.
1. What do you think about your Chapter2 bikes?
So far so good! I’ve only ridden my new Chapter 2 HURU a couple of times so far, but my first impressions are good. I really like the lightness of the bike, which will be an advantage on the hilly races to come this season. Additionally, I like the aerodynamically integrated stem and handlebar combination which is a nice touch and of course looks slick! I’m looking forward to doing some efforts on the bike and testing its responsiveness which I’ve heard is great.
2. There are many new signings on the team roster this year. How is everyone getting along at the camp? What’s the atmosphere like?
Things never stay the same. The team have had lots of new changes; new bikes, new riders, new staff etc, which are 3 big changes which take lots of organising and logistics. But the hard work from those behind the scenes has paid off and the atmosphere within the team is positive. Despite missing a few riders from the camp, I’m really enjoying getting to know everyone and we have fun whilst out riding doing what we love! It’s brilliant that we all get on and have this chance to be together, so that when the racing begins we can trust and commit with one another.
3. The team’s kit is very different from previous years. What are your thoughts on the new design?
The new Bigla kit is definitely going to stand out on the road! Not just because of the detailed turquoise flashes, but mainly because it’s an unusual design in that there are minimal logos which is very rare for a World Tour team jersey. I think if you look cool you go faster! So I think we’ll be sorted with this kit!
4. How does Bigla compare to your previous teams? What’s different about this team?
My old road team was a domestic team, so Bigla is a huge step up with a much larger scale international race programme, different nationalities within the team, older riders who I can learn from and support from mechanics, soigneurs, and team management.
5. Is there anything else you'd like to add?
This year is going to be an exciting one, and I’m feeling well supported so I can focus purely on my cycling. We’ve got a bunch of great riders and I can’t wait to start racing together as a unit!