A year and a half after his entry into professional cycling through the Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team – his name at the time of the announcement -, Mclaren will put an end to this project. Since last year, the British manufacturer has been a partner of this young team, created in 2017 and a member of the UCI World Tour. The McLaren Appied Technologies subsidiary had previously collaborated on a purely technological level with the Specialized bicycle brand.
In 2020, the partnership went further since the cycling team today bears the name Bahrain-McLaren in the peloton. It is under this name that she will compete in the Tour de France from next weekend, with Spaniard Mikel Landa as leader. This identity will not however be retained beyond this year since the divorce has been formalized, the health and economic crisis logically pushing McLaren to refocus its activities.
The association between McLaren and Team Bahrain was rooted in the obvious common links the two structures have with the Kingdom of Bahrain. The latter is also the majority shareholder of McLaren via its sovereign fund Mumtalakat.
The Bahrain-McLaren cycling team has made every effort to maintain itself at the highest level this year, despite the long hiatus to the sporting season caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. "The team thanks McLaren for their contribution to this partnership, and wishes them the best as their focus turns to motor racing.", says a press release.
The coronavirus crisis put the McLaren Group and its Formula 1 team in difficulty last spring, prompting the team to take out a large bank loan from the Bank of Bahrain and restructure its finances to ensure its longer-term financial viability. .