Whereas most riders turn pro in their early 20s, Merida has waited until its early 40s to join a WorldTour team; but in making up for lost time it's gone straight in as title sponsor of Lampre-Merida.

A newcomer to the WorldTour it may be, but not to making bikes. To the uninitiated, the story of Merida, which was originally based in Taiwan, starts out as a collaboration with Raleigh way back in 1972 when it set the factory up (in fact, it was built as a carbon copy of the Raleigh Nottingham factory).

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Hannah Bussey

Hannah is Cycling Weekly’s longest-serving tech writer, having started with the magazine back in 2011. She has covered all things technical for both print and digital over multiple seasons representing CW at spring Classics, and Grand Tours and all races in between.

Hannah was a successful road and track racer herself, competing in UCI races all over Europe as well as in China, Pakistan and New Zealand.

For fun, she's ridden LEJOG unaided, a lap of Majorca in a day, won a 24-hour mountain bike race and tackled famous mountain passes in the French Alps, Pyrenees, Dolomites and Himalayas. 

She lives just outside the Peak District National Park near Manchester UK with her partner, daughter and a small but beautifully formed bike collection.