Michelle Balaz is a consistent figure on the side of the road at NRS and local cycling events, juggling a camera, a dog (the greyhound ‘Oppy’) and a video recording device… on top of managing one of the teams racing.
The story of its origins in 2014 is probably the clearest insight into why the team has formed such a tight-knit group.
“Andrew and I had a choice between two ‘big-ticket’ items that we could do,” Balaz said. “We could either get married or put togther an NRS team. It’s been fun for the relationship, we’re the kind of people that go for goals more than the traditional things you need to tick off to say that you’re an adult.
“It really is a family atmosphere within the team, we love and care for one another. Study, work, relationships… nothing is off the table. We always talk and hang out, go to dinner, race and train together. We see each other almost every weekend to race and you would think that would mean we’d get on each other’s nerves, but it’s not like that at all.”