THOUSANDS of music fans will once again trek down to the Bahrain Rugby Football Club for another dose of nostalgia at the latest edition of TribFest on Friday.
Lookalike acts flown in from the UK will mimic bands and performers of yesteryear and some more recent chart-toppers to the delight of the young and old alike on the grass pitch at Janabiya.
“This is the tenth edition,” said rugby club GM Derek McKenzie. “It now has a bit of a cult following, an event for people to meet up and soak up the atmosphere. The music is good and it allows people to reminisce the olden days! Each TribFest is getting bigger and bet-ter!”
Side attractions include rides for children, clowns and street entertainers mingling amid the crowds, with food and refreshment stalls, alongside families picnicking on blankets and under erected gazebos during the sunshine hours.
When dusk descends the serious party-goers take over close to the stage and the music gets rockier with acts delivering classics from Queen, the Artic Monkeys and David Bowie.
The rugby club is not the only expat club or five star hotel outlet reaping the rewards of mu-sical trips down memory lane. The recent Friday brunch at the Gulf Hotel & Convention Centre’s Sherlock Holmes featuring Bon Giovi, the ‘most authentic tribute to rock legends Bon Jovi’ sold out.
The venue is experiencing a similar stampede for places for the coming Halloween edition with a concert and brunch next Thursday and Friday featuring Abba tribute act Revival.
And the Dilmun Club in Saar will be staging the much-awaited ‘DilStock - Rock the 80s’ on Friday, November 8, with acts playing U2 and Rolling Stones classics among others.
Jamie Moore, a member of award-winning Madness tribute act Badness, who call them-selves the ‘most entertaining ska revival show’, told GDNonline: “Our success may be down to the ‘tribute’ thing although we prefer to look at it more as a nostalgia trip.
“Most tributes try to look like the act but we don’t and never have. It’s just six blokes from the north of England playing Madness and Bad Manners and ska music as close to the original recordings as we can.
“Our act is a show involving plenty of audience participation and it’s a bit like pantomime where there is room for improvisation, plus the main thing is we are all playing ‘live’, songs can be extended and random stuff can happen, so it keeps it fresh and a laugh on stage.
“What troubles me about the tribute scene is the fact that some acts actually believe they are the real thing! It’s scary ... the ego arrives before they do!
“But for me, very near my 60th birthday, to still be playing and performing in front of sell-out crowds, I feel very lucky. Badness have now been on the road for 25 years. The bottom line is … it’s probably nice to revisit your teenage days, well, so our audiences keep telling us!”
CHURCH LEADERS and environmental campaigners believe a unique ‘round-table’ discussion in Bahrain has helped them to unite and work together in a bid to help the community live in a more sustainable fashion.
Joel Kelling, the Anglican Alliance’s ‘facilitator for the Middle East’, travelled from his base in Amman, the capital city of Jordan, to address the recent inaugural gathering at St Christopher’s Junior School in Saar.
The round-table session was hosted by The Very Reverend and Venerable Dr Bill Schwartz, Dean of St Christopher’s Cathedral, who said: “The discussion was very helpful both for learning what kinds of environmental initiatives are taking place in Bahrain and identifying other ways that the community can contribute to sustainability of the environment.
“We discussed ways we can cooperate together and agreed to develop some new initiatives. We hope to meet again soon to give substance to the ideas we bounced back and forth.
“It’s important that you know it wasn’t the kind of meeting where there were proposals and resolutions and such. It was more of a fact-finding conversation and getting to know one another.”
Those present at the gathering also included Fr Xavier D’Souza – Sacred Heart Church, Pastor Isaac Inayat – National Evangelical Church, Mona Al Alawi – Bahrain Women’s Association, Esra Al Sabah – Manama Shapers, Kai Miethig – Bahrain Clean Up and David Axtell – Bahrain Anglican Church Council.
“I felt that the round-table went really well – with a lot of interest and participation across the parties represented, with a willingness to stay on and continue the conversation beyond the pre-arranged time,” said Mr Kelling.
“It was great that the need to collaborate to have the greatest impact was demonstrated by those present. There were several proposals for joint efforts on working on education, recycling, food waste and redistribution, as well as sharing ways to ‘green’ our religious spaces and practices, across the diverse faith communities in Bahrain.
“I was really encouraged by the event, and believe it is just the first of what I hope becomes a regular place of exchange between faith communities and civil society organisations to work together to respond to climate change and care for the environment.”
The round-table is set to be staged again in January, possibly with a wider base of attendees.
“The next steps are for us to continue talking, both to each other and our own groups, in order to help each other and aim to unify an approach and priorities that work for all,” added Mr Axtell.
By Stanley Szecowka
Disappointed sports-loving friends from Bahrain, all set to fly off on a Rugby World Cup adventure to Japan, decided to cancel their flights early today after their plans were dashed by Typhoon Hagibis.
British expats Paul Cockerill, Steve Holland, Martin Birch, Gareth Brown and Neil Lewis had their hearts set on watching England play France on Saturday and Scotland play Japan on Sunday - and were all set to make a 20-hour journey.
Mr Cockerill said: “We are obviously all gutted having to cancel. We made the final decision this morning at 6.30am after the announcement that World Rugby had confirmed the cancellation.”
It is the first time in the competition’s 32-year history matches have been called off prior to kick-off. As well as the England-France clash, the New Zealand versus Italy game was also kicked into touch.
A decision on Scotland against Japan will be taken on Sunday, the day it is scheduled to take place, with Rugby World Cup tournament director Alan Gilpin saying that game will also be cancelled if conditions are still bad.
He said: “We won’t treat that match any differently if it can’t be played.
“Hagibis is predicted to be the biggest typhoon of the 2019 season and is highly likely to cause considerable disruption in the Tokyo, Yokohama and City of Toyota areas throughout Saturday, including likely public transport shutdown or disruption.
“It is an exceptional, complex and rapidly evolving situation and team and public safety is the number one priority. All fans with tickets for a cancelled match will receive a full refund for the face value of their match tickets.”
The Bahrain party had splashed out BD320 each on tickets for the two games they were hoping to watch. They will also receive a refund for their Cathay Pacific flights, which would have included a transit in Hong Kong.
“I would obviously want the Scotland game to play out to conclusion as it has all the signs to be a great game,” said Mr Cockerill, managing director, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, at Altrad.
“But no-one can predict the weather and every team signed up to the rules.”
On the weather front, Typhoon Hagibis is bringing 160mph violent winds, gusting to nearly 200mph (hurricane equivalent of a Category 5), and it is forecast to make landfall near Tokyo on Saturday evening.
On the rugby front, the cancellation means the games will go down as 0-0 draws and tens of thousands of fans will miss out watching either live, at home or in sports lounges across the world.
In Pool C, France will be denied the chance to win the group by beating England, though the latter were favourites to win the game.
It also means New Zealand win Pool B and Italy are out of the World Cup. Italy could theoretically still have qualified for the quarter finals by beating New Zealand, as improbable as this was.
And it means we now have a clearer picture of the quarter final line-ups, barring some extremely unlikely results.
Wales will play France, unless they inconceivably lose to Uruguay, and England will play Australia.
New Zealand and South Africa will each play one of Japan, Scotland and Ireland. Ireland’s match against Samoa will go ahead as scheduled.
IF I’ve been looking a little creased of late that’s down to a weary wardrobe saga that unbelievably was set to run for weeks and weeks on end.
When the Szecowka family prepared to head back to the UK after a ‘come for two, stay for 12’ year stay in the kingdom, we’d sold everything we didn’t want to take back and the last thing we expected was to end up hastily buying any more furniture.
That all changed when I suddenly did an about-turn on the career front to join the merry ship GDNonline.
As a result I needed a few items for the unfurnished apartment I was going to move into, small enough for me to live comfortably (and cheaply, what with the fear of exorbitant electricity bills) but with an extra room for when the children returned on visits.
The good lady wife Kathryn spotted a cheap wardrobe advertised and arranged for a man with a van and his team of helpers to collect, dismantle and re-erect.
It seemed perfect but, of course, it wasn’t.
The man with the van and his team delivered the parts and said they’d come back to fix it whilst I was away in the UK with the promise that it would be done by the time I returned from my summer holiday.
Of course, when I landed back in Bahrain and made my way into the apartment, it was still in bits and pieces in one of the bedrooms. The man with the van apologised when I called him and explained that his ‘carpenter’ had misplaced the screws and brackets etc. and had himself gone back to India on vacation and would return ‘probably’ in a month.
I waited, and waited and waited a bit more. In the meantime I used the shower rail to hang my shirts as well as the doors of said wardrobe. I lost most of my trousers that had somehow hidden themselves between two of the doors piled up against a wall.
They remained fairly scrunched up and the dodgy iron I’d been left behind with didn’t seem to master the creases either. Weird really, because it badly blistered my finger when I checked to see if it was hot.
I rang the man with the van several times but I think he remembered my number and deliberately avoided answering his mobile. On one occasion another gentleman picked up his phone to relay the message that the chap was in hospital. What’s wrong with him, I asked, he has a ‘fever’ I was told.
I thought of joining him in casualty with my throbbing burned finger.
In exasperation, ‘she who must be obeyed’ called him long distance from our family home in Bristol, muttering something about ‘you need a woman to get things done’, and the man with the van and his crew promised to call round the following weekend.
So, several months after purchasing it, the merry men arrived, now with a ‘different carpenter’ and a bucket load of screws, nails and joint connectors, and set about the task of erecting the wardrobe.
There was plenty of crash, bang, walloping going on as I kept out of the way in the living room watching the football.
The match had ended by the time they reappeared and it wasn’t good news. They said they would have to go back to their base to collect some more tools. I thought that would be last I would see of them for another couple of months. But no, two returned with extra screws and nails to finish the job a few hours later.
The mighty wardrobe now stands. It will probably need a sledgehammer to dismantle when I eventually move out. The doors might not be quite level and the hanging rail on one side is at a weird height, but at the least I can place my clothes undercover with pride.
Goodbye scruffy Stanley … the smart one is back in action.
SOME people are born with an inner radar … and some people are not. Unfortunately my sense of direction is notoriously non-existent.
The only way I can remember my way around is to remember a particular sign, building or monument; head for that and I can happily go on my merry way, even if it means a detour of several kilometres compared to those who follow a more direct route.
I recall when I first arrived in Bahrain that if I spotted the Gulf Hotel sign (which at the time shone brightly from the top of the building like a homing beacon) I could find my way to the office in Hoora or the right road home to Saar.
Things went incredibly well for months until the property was renovated and out went the neon flashing symbol for a more subtle and modern look.
It was a great improvement to the property but left me lost and heading towards the Saudi Causeway instead of home for several months.
Things have not improved. Not only have I moved from the expat heartland to Sanabis but I’ve also moved offices from Exhibitions Avenue to Sanad.
This is seriously challenging.
None more so than when I set off for an appointment at the Brit Club for a gathering arranged by the British Embassy Bahrain team.
I have yet to master the ‘travel time’ required for travelling from the GDN offices to various locations on the island. Each place has its own peculiarities and I had perfected the Hoora run to perfection when you take into account the time of day, school runs, roundabouts and traffic lights, especially if a police officer has switched off the automatic sequencing to take manual control of them.
But Isa Town has its own unique challenges, I’ve discovered in recent weeks, including road ‘improvements’, numerous ministries, a driving school, roundabouts, supermarket entrances and an education zone where parents and school buses have created their own set of rules when it comes to driving and parking etiquette.
So, there was no chance that I was going to arrive at my destination on time by only allowing Google Maps’ suggested 16-minutes for the journey.
I arrived at the Brit Club just as the embassy team was packing up to go having dished out their help and advice to mostly newcomers to the island and a rather vocal number of Arab women married to Brits, who were keen to know whether they would be given sanctuary alongside their husband and kids if circumstances dictated a swift departure from the region.
The embassy team neatly side-footed such conversations offering contact details to the relevant British governmental departments but, at least, I got a nod of sympathy when I raised the issue of my British-born son being forced to return to the UK to study so that he wouldn’t be treated as an international student when it comes to university.
Having enjoyed a hearty hotel lunch with friends and a business appointment at a beach resort where the new executive chef insisted I try one of his fancy pastries, I was pretty full but noticed that there was a plethora of chafing dishes by the embassy roadshow signs.
Don't look a gift horse in the mouth is always one of my favourite sayings, so I wandered over, placed a handful of salad on a plate along with a couple of Indian bhajjis.
Seconds later I was swooped on by a member of staff and told the buffet was BD6.500-a-head.
It was not a complementary stack set up by the embassy team but the tented venue’s Indian buffet being sold by the club’s Ruby Murray restaurant chefs.
That’ll teach me. Another phrase comes to mind: 'there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch' … or evening snack for that matter.
It was time for bed.
Now, I have a history of getting lost on my way to and from Um Al Hassam, as the Manama Theatre Club will bear witness by the number of calls I’ve made to producers saying ‘I’m on my way’ to review a show.
This time, I had good old Google maps on standby. Unfortunately, I punched in Sanad instead of Sanabis and arrived at work instead of home.
Mind you, it impressed my boss, Editor-in-chief George Williams, who said: “Hello Stan, back again?” as I strode purposely into the office.
Well, it’s a new job and first impressions count.
It’s just me and Brian IV … otherwise I’d be home alone in Bahrain.
The Szecowka family has relocated back to the UK so that Stan Jnr can study for his A levels at a British school and not have to pay exorbitant international fees should he wish to continue his studies at a university in his home country.
Whether or not he’d actually have ended up being treated as an overseas student if he’d stayed on for sixth form at St Christopher’s School is a matter of conjecture and really depends on who you talk to about the subject.
The rule book states that your child should have three continuous years at a school on British soil even if he or she was born in the country and it would appear some universities are sticklers and others tend to look the other way.
We didn’t want to risk it, so the family uprooted from Janabiya and moved back to the family home in Bristol during the summer holidays.
We arrived one hour after the tenants of 12 years moved out. Our house and been home to a variety of men from the Ministry of Defence, mostly senior servicemen attached to the Royal Navy. In fact the officer we met on the stairs prior to the key hand-over ceremony had spent some time in Bahrain at the new Royal British Navy facility here.
The great thing about renting your family home out to service personnel is that you can guarantee that place will be left spic and span when they leave (apart from a few dents in the walls and a broken bannister caused by sofa-shifting it appears).
Although it was practically spotless, the good lady wife Kathryn decided she wanted the place decorated and new carpets in the living room and bedrooms. No rest for the wicked this summer holiday then?
The rescued desert dog Lucky and the two mutts I’d picked up for the kids, after spotting an advert in a shop bulletin board eight years ago, arrived four hours later. We did most of the transport arrangement ourselves to cut costs, with assistance from the Animal Care Clinic in Hamala, the men from the Ministry and British Airways.
There was a dizzy spell of panicking when Kathryn misplaced the pet passports but, apart from that, everything went swimmingly well. A company collected them from Heathrow and delivered them to their new home in which they have settled in remarkably well. Lucky loves the British climate and the grass.
Fortunately for me, the container with all our possessions did not arrive until I returned to Bahrain, so Kathryn had to sort out all the boxes with Stan Jnr, ably assisted by our heavily pregnant daughter, Imogen.
I flew back to Bahrain to a new apartment without any electricity. I crashed on the bed in a room lit by street lights in the distance and awoke floating in a sea of sweat.
I was the first one at the electricity and water offices begging to be switched on after paying the deposit. I was helped to master the desk queuing system by an acquaintance who took pity on me and who just happened to have recently moved too.
So now I’m living in an apartment in Sanabis with Brian IV for company. He had been looked after my fish-sitter friend Charlie during the summer exodus.
I love that fish although I’m not sure it’s mutual as he took a chunk out of my arm as I cleaned his tank the other morning.
I’ll be flying back to the UK in November to see my new grand-daughter. Until then, keep up to date with my expat exploits in this column and by visiting www.gdnonline.com
The scales of stupidity.
Apparently, the fish came already tattooed from a supplier in Thailand and according to the friendly shop assistant, they’ll lose the flower tattoo within a year as they grow.
COUNTRY and gospel music legend Rusty Golden was sent packing back to the USA after flying to Bahrain to visit family, perform to his army of multicultural fans and American servicemen and women based with the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet.
After a frantic two-hour discussion with immigration officials at Bahrain International Airport he was scuppered from entry into the kingdom over ‘visa issues’.
Ministry sources suggested it was ‘collateral damage’ of a government crackdown on the vice trade at border control with victims of human trafficking previously being sneaked into the region under the guise of working in the ‘entertainment industry’.
“I’m so disappointed,” said Rusty, 60, a man who can boast five No 1 records, two of which were named ‘Song Of The Year’, a Grammy Awards nomination as well as a Songwriter of the Year accolade, and who calls Bahrain ‘his second home’.
“I don’t know what to tell you,” he said. “I’ve had to come back home but I’m so disappointed this has happened.
“I suppose I looked suspicious. I was told it had something to so with the songwriter line. I was kept outside a glass room for two hours. They told me I was not allowed to enter and to go back home.
“I may not have been looking forward to the heat but it was going to be my fifth anniversary of visiting the kingdom. I paid out a lot of money to be able to leave for six to eight months.
“I’m still packed and ready to come. If I got a call that said: “Ooops, our mistake, please come back and play that country music white boy, I would be on a flight back in 24-hours – from Nashville, via Heathrow and on to Bahrain.”
It takes him almost as long to make the trip. “It’s the lay-overs that add up to a journey of roughly between 18 and 22 hours … but it’s worth it,” he explained.
“I was talking to a guy next to me on the plane and he’s from the US state of Oregon - a Navy kid, saying he hoped there was a place in Bahrain to hear the ‘kind of country music that my daddy listened to’.
“I nearly choked up and cried because not only do I know those songs, my own daddy sang a few of them.”
When he was seven his father, William Lee, moved him and the family, mother, Frogene, and brothers Craig and Chris, from Brewton, Alabama to Nashville, Tennessee so that he could pursue his career in music as a member of the Oak Ridge Boys, a country and gospel vocal quartet.
Within six years they became one of the most popular groups in the land, selling in excess of 42 million records, including the classic Elvira, a song that’s been keeping the family’s bills paid since 1981, according to Rusty.
In 2015 the act was inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame as well as being made members of the famous Grand Ole Opry.
The Oak Ridge Boys were flown over to sing ‘Amazing Grace’ at the 41st US president’s funeral at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas. They were old friends of George H.W. Bush, who died last year at the age of 94.
In 1984 Rusty received a gold record for his song-writing contributions on the Oak Ridge Boys album Bobbie Sue.
Rusty decided to concentrate on his songwriting by signing with PolyGram Music and his songs were recorded by various country and pop stars. Also, during this time he continued working as a musician on tour, including backed actress and singer Miley Cyrus, and recording with various artists. Starting in 1994, and for years afterward, Rusty also promoted his own concerts.
During his trips to Bahrain he regularly set the stage alight at Big Texas Barbeque & Waffle House inside Best Western Plus - The Olive Hotel in Juffair, helped local acts with recording and performing guidance, as well as playing and singing at Sunday gospel services at the US base.
The visits are all thanks to extended family connections. Big Texas is owned by restaurateur Milly and logistics businessman Radford Cox, with managing partner Bryan Malone, playing an important role too.
Rusty was on the same British Airways flight last week from Heathrow to Bahrain as Stan Szecowka, editor of GDNonline, and posed for social media photographs as the aircraft circled above the Arabian Gulf, ironically on show alongside one of the performer excitedly brandishing his passport in readiness for his journey.
“Due to a mix up with my visa in Bahrain and the amount of time it takes to get a new one, it was decided the best thing to do was return home to the USA. I took the return flight back to London,” said Rusty.
On arrival in Bahrain, visitors can be issued visas for 24 hours, 72 hours, two weeks or three months, depending on their need and at the discretion of the immigration officer. Arrivals may be asked to provide evidence of onward or return travel. If they enter as a visitor they must not take up employment, highlights the World Travel Guide.
The Ministry of Interior, Nationality, Passports & Residence Affairs declines to comment on individual cases but a spokesman said: “Kindly check eligibility and review all terms and conditions related to the visa before your visit to the Kingdom of Bahrain before submitting your information and purpose of the visit.”
The Coxs are currently in the USA on business matters and to visit friends and family. Milly said: “Now, instead of a special entertainer permit, if he’s going to come back we’ll have to apply for a worker’s visa as an entertainer and, hopefully, he will not be denied entry this time.
“I’m still in America so we will arrange it when we return.”
ONE of the most respected figures in world cycling Rod Ellingworth will become team principal, Team Bahrain-Merida, the Union Cycliste International (UCI) WorldTour professional cycling team, from October.
The team, a joint venture between Bahrain World Tour Cycling and McLaren, has quickly established itself as a new force in professional cycling.
Ellingworth, 46, who has played a key role in both Olympic and World Tour cycling successes across two decades, said: “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.”
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.
Founded by Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, representative of His Majesty the King for Charity Works and Youth Affairs, Supreme Council for Youth and Sports chairman and Bahrain Olympic Committee president, the team has been supported by a number of local businesses too and cycles in Bahrain’s national colours.
The aim has been to help elevate the country into the global consciousness again, alongside the kingdom’s Formula One endeavours. The team, consisting of pro-cyclists from a plethora of countries and continents and participates in a variety of UCI events.
GM Brent Copeland continues with the team in his current role, and he will work with Ellingworth to determine the ‘most effective’ future processes and structures.
The team has had some recent successes, notably in May with rider Jan Tratnik proving himself the most skilled rider on a technical course to take victory in the prologue stage at the Tour de Romandie, as reported in GulfWeekly.
The Slovenian overcame strong competition on the opening day in Switzerland, finishing a second ahead of defending champion Primož Roglič. Tratnik took the leader’s jersey with Roglič, the best placed general classification contender in second, while reigning Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos) came fifth at just four seconds down.
The triumphant Tratnik said at the time: “It was really special, my first World Tour win and my first in a Bahrain-Merida jersey!”
McLaren Group, partly-owned by Bahrain’s sovereign wealth fund Mumtalakat, is globally-renowned as one of the world’s most illustrious high-technology brands and become a 50 per cent joint venture partner in Team Bahrain Merida in December 2018.
The partnership is rooted in three key areas: technical collaboration, human high-performance and marketing and commercial services, delivered through McLaren Applied Technologies and the group’s marketing specialists.
The move signalled the continued ambition of the McLaren Group to innovate at the intersection of technology and human endeavour, and reflected the ‘collective vision’ of its Bahraini ownership to unite its investments in sport and technology through McLaren and Team Bahrain Merida.
McLaren Applied Technologies undertakes challenging projects that naturally fit with McLaren’s skills, experience and technical capacity. Competition, racing and the combination of athlete and machine are the lifeblood of McLaren’s 50-year-plus history and cycling is one of the rawest examples of all those elements coming together.
Getting former Team Sky performance director Ellingworth is considered quite a coup by the cycling media. He had worked with Team Sky since its creation in 2010, playing a part in their Tour de France victories, and also taking on several roles in British Cycling, where he left his position as the men’s national team coach last year.
Mark Cavendish is one of the many riders who has been influenced by Ellingworth with the former Tour de France winner stating in several interviews that he had learned a lot from Ellingworth … and not only about cycling. Ellingworth worked on Cavendish’s hill climbing by motorcycling up a hill and making him chase him to the top.
Following the decision by British media company, Sky UK, not to renew sponsorship, the team secured financial support from the British chemicals group Ineos, with the team thereby renamed as Team INEOS since April.
Ellingworth is currently on gardening leave from Team Ineos, having worked alongside GM Dave Brailsford since their British Cycling days, and will officially leave over the summer. He is no longer listed on the team’s website.
The 46-year-old will now go up against his old boss in WorldTour races and will find himself with similar financial backing. One source close to the squad said there were plans to apply F1-level analytics to cycling and that the squad has ambitions to be ‘the Han Solo to Ineos’s Darth Vader’.
Cycling Weekly also reported that rider Chris Froome had said losing Ellingworth would be a ‘big blow’ for the team. “Rod’s been there from the very start for me, even before the Team Sky days,” Froome said. “It is a big blow. Suddenly we’re going to miss Rod Ellingworth at Team Ineos going forward.
“We obviously wish him all the best, he’s only going to keep adding a wealth of knowledge and experience to his new team in the future.”
Delighted John Allert, the MD of McLaren Pro Cycling, and a board director of McLaren Racing, said: “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.”
Stanley Louis Szecowka
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