The agreement will see Australia’s number one team become IsoWhey Sports SwissWellness p/b Cervelo.
The majority of the team will use the newly released S5 with some of the climbers opting for the lightweight R5 for when the road climbs skyward. The team will use the P3 time trial machine and hopes to cause a few upsets at the upcoming national championships on the new beast said team co-owner Steve Price..
“We are really excited to be able to partner with Cervelo. These bikes are truly cutting edge. Cervelo are leaders in the industry and have put together packages that tick all the boxes in terms of aerodynamic efficiency and weight”
“Opportunities to partner with truly successful teams do not come up every day. At Cervelo we are always on the lookout to sponsor teams that fit with our brand. Today we can announce that Cervelo will be the bike sponsor for Isowhey Sports-SwissWellness P/b Cervelo. Andrew and Steve have built an incredible legacy, one which many national programs would be proud. Most recently, Ben O’Conner has gained a place with Cervelo’s World Tour team, Dimension Data. Now Cervelo will be part of the next chapter for the team. We are extremely excited about the coming two years and look forward to supporting the team and their riders in achieving their racing goals” Graeme Moffett, Managing Director Pon.Bike Australia/NZ (Cervelo Australia).
The Cervelo frames will be equipped with the latest Shimano components, with the race bikes sporting the new Di2 Dura Ace R9100 group set. Completing the package will be the new C40 and C60 carbon tubulars. “We have a great relationship with Shimano. Their commitment to support the team is great for grass roots Australian Cycling and a vote of confidence in what we do” Price said.
Kask will also join the team for 2017 with the team using their state of the art Protone, Infinity and Bambino helmets paired with their new KOO eyewear. Other sponsors include Scody, Pioneer, African Wild Life Safaris, FTP Training, Today’s Plan, PRO, Schwalbe, Squirt and BBB. The team will also support the Carly Ryan Foundation.
The roster has largely been built around a core group of riders that remain from last years team headed up by power house Kiwi Joe Cooper. Joining Joe will be Anthony Giacoppo, Neil Van Der Ploeg, Sam Crome, Sean Lake, Pat Lane, Robbie Hucker and Jason Lea. “We are really happy to resign these guys. They are all like family. We know all of them really well and are confident in what they can bring to the team.” said Andrew Christie-Johnston “They will be the foundation of the new squad and will help to bed the new guys in and keep the culture going that is a big part of who we are.”
A trio of South Australian climbers head the list of new signings. Chris Harper who rode for the now defunct State Of Matter and SwissWellness Cycling team in 2016 heads the list of new riders for 201 7. The recent winner of the Tour of Bright was destined to join the team mid-year but due to an existing contract was unable to. “Chris is a rider I’ve had my eye on for a while. He is strong against the clock and can climb well. We think he’ll have a big year.” Christie-Johnston said.
Cameron Bayly will also join the team in 2017 fresh off a big year with Attaque Gusto. “Cam is a classy rider. He’s impressed me with his ability on numerous occasions. He will slot into a GC role with us and will win his share of races.”
Tim Roe completes the South Australian climbing triumvirate. The prodigious 27-year-old has spent a few years in the wilderness but will look to re-discover the form that saw him ride with BMC in 2011 and 2012. “We are happy to have Tim on the team. He’s another guy that we think with the right environment can get back to his best.”