Team Bahrain Merida confirms Rod Ellingworth as new Team Principal
Saturday, 8th June 2019
Team Bahrain-Merida, the UCI WorldTour pro cycling team, has confirmed that Rod Ellingworth will become Team Principal, effective 1 October this year.
The team, a joint venture between Bahrain World Tour Cycling and McLaren, has quickly established itself as a new force in professional cycling since its breakthrough debut in 2017.
Ellingworth, one of the most respected figures in world cycling, has played a key role in both Olympic and World Tour cycling successes across two decades. His identification and development of some of the best professional cycling talent over the past decade is well-recognised. Ellingworth officially begins at Team Bahrain-Merida in October but in the interim he will be working with the team’s leadership to plan for 2020 and beyond. Brent Copeland continues with the team in his current role, and he will work with Rod to determine the most effective future processes and structures.
John Allert, Managing Director, McLaren Pro Cycling, commented:
“Rod’s appointment as Team Principal of Team Bahrain-Merida underscores our determination to succeed at the top level of this great sport. His remarkable track record, coupled with the respect he has earned throughout the cycling community, make Rod the perfect leader for this next chapter in the team’s development. Despite his abundant experience, Rod’s voracious appetite for new knowledge and innovative approaches to traditional challenges perfectly complements the team ethos. We are delighted to welcome him to the team.”
Rod Ellingworth, Team Principal, Team Bahrain-Merida, commented:
“I’m delighted to be joining Team Bahrain-Merida as Team Principal. Since the team’s break-through season in 2017, I’ve been impressed by its competitiveness. McLaren’s co-ownership of the team now provides a unique opportunity to look at every area of performance with a fresh perspective – and I find this massively appealing. I’m also excited by the opportunity to bring my own knowledge and ideas to the team and can’t wait to get stuck in.”