On January 28 the GWRTeam/Total Bike launched their new racing team in Swindon, backed by Scott Wilson, Steele Davis, Meta Sports and GWR FM. Forming a new seven-man team for 2006, including the evergreen former Olympian and world championships rider Phil Bayton, the GWRTeam/Total Bike crew will consist of Bayton, his son Grant, Nic Tilling, Ben Luckwell, Peter Kench, Daniel Smith and Gary Smith.
With the aim of becoming the top ranked team in the south division, GWRTeam/Total Bike will compete in the southern crit series, the south divisional championships, the national road race championships, selected national criterium events and the tour of the south in July. There'll also be trips to Belgium for selected kermesses when the national season calendar permits. The team's first target will be the seven-bridge road race on 5 March.
Scott Wilson and Steele Davis will sponsor the team by supplying the riders with Trek and Specialized bikes, with clothing, helmets and Nike shoes provided by Total Bike in Swindon. GWR FM will support the team at selected events this year with the black thunder road show support vehicles and radio coverage of events.