Team Cycling:

Cycling is often regarded as an individual sport, but speaking of Mark Cavendish, Chris Boardman said:

“Cavendish on his own is still a formidable sprinter but he would not have had the volume of wins without the team behind him.”

Team Cycling sets out to challenge the participant’s understanding of “teamwork”. The aim is to question what teamwork means to them, and demonstrate how the greater effort of a number of people can help achieve a common goal – even if the prize at the end is awarded to only one person. In this case, the likes of Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins.


Teams will be given a brief introduction to road cycling, with footage from the Tour de France and the London 2012 Olympics. Detailing the various roles within the team, including leader, sprinter, road captain and super-domestiques, participants will hold a basic appreciation for the complexity of a cycling road race.

Individuals will be asked to consider their own roles in work, and whether they fill the position of leader, or supporter. By using cycling as an example, many similarities can be made to the workplace – where managers often receive credit for achievements which would not have been possible without the valued support of their team.


Now this is where it gets exciting, as participants put what they have learned into practice. By using Wattbikes, as used by the British Cycling Team, a coach will introduce a number of challenges based on real-life road race scenarios. Initially a benchmark will be set by working individually, after which teamwork will be introduced to measure the immediate increase in performance.


For the finale, the teams will go head-to-head to catch a break away rider, each person taking their turn to cycle at the front of their team and playing to their strengths. The challenge is to catch the breakaway rider before the finishing line, based on race information shown on a live screen in front of the riders. The catch with the final challenge, is that we really want teams to form alliances (as in business), as it is almost certain no team can catch the breakaway rider alone!