New Zealander Mikayla Harvey signs with Cervélo Bigla
Mikayla Harvey is the latest rider to join the Cervélo Bigla Pro Cycling Team next year. Harvey is the Oceania Continental Champion both in the road race and the U23 individual time trial.
The 20-year-old says it has been a dream of hers to race professionally in Europe. She hails 2018 as her most successful season yet after finishing second in the young rider classification of the Tour Down Under along with the Oceania results.
“I believe Cervélo Bigla is the best team when it comes to developing young riders, especially within the European racing scene,” Harvey said. “The team is full of young and driven riders, which is a perfect environment for me to thrive in. I have so much to learn when it comes to bike racing in Europe, and Cervélo Bigla has all the right qualities that I look for in a team - which will help develop me into my true potential.”
Harvey says the team’s passion for the time trial discipline was also a major factor in her decision, as this is an area she’s looking to develop.
Team Manager, Thomas Campana weighed in on the signing: “It’s exciting for us to have a rider from New Zealand as this opens up a new market. Since Mikayla appeared on the international scene, we had the chance to see her racing in the Tour of Tuscany this year. It was clear that she has great potential on the road and the TT as well. The goal is to further develop her skills. 2018 was a good progression for her and we will look to continue that momentum into 2019.”
Speaking further about her ambitions for her career, Harvey said, “It has always been my passion to race professionally in Europe - races such as Strade Bianche and Giro d’Italia have been a dream of mine. With Tokyo 2020 just around the corner, it would be such a privilege to be able to wear the silver fern and represent New Zealand in the Time Trial and Road Race. I am a very driven person and I am always striving to be the best I can possibly be. I want to develop myself into a well-rounded rider and have longevity within the sport, and one day be one of the best female cyclists.”