Canberra’s newest cycling team, Phoenix Cycling Collective, are ready to kick off their 2014 Subaru National Road Series season at the fast and windy Tour of Murray River next week.
The team will be officially introduced at a launch event at Canberra bike store and major supporter, Ride 365, this Friday 25 July.
“The Phoenix Cycling Collective story began to meet the needs of cyclists in the ACT who were willing to put in the time and energy to take part in the NRS,” said Phoenix Cycling Collective Team Manager Andrew McCosker.
“More importantly, the guys were also committed to taking part in the team properly. We wanted to give back to the sport as much as this cycling experience was giving to them.”
This attitude has already paid dividends for Phoenix Cycling Collective, who quickly attracted support from Avanti Bikes, Giro Helmets, Schwalbe Tyres, Innervate Solutions, Vixen PR and Ingis Bill.
“The support Phoenix Cycling Collective has received has been overwhelming, and we hope that our activities on and off the bike do it justice,” said Phoenix Cycling Collective Directuer Sportif Angus Bell.
“The Tour of Murray River will be a real baptism of fire for the team, and we’re aiming to get a taste of racing in the NRS so we’re prepared for the National Capital Tour and Grafton to Inverell later in the year.”
The team has also been recently joined by transferring NRS rider and breakaway specialist Craig Evers, who was attracted to the team’s approach to the 2014 season, and their commitment to cycling in the Canberra region.
“I was really impressed by the team’s commitment to their riders and supporters, as well as the ACT region, and am looking forward to racing with them for the first time at the Tour of Murray River.” said Craig Evers.
Phoenix Cycling Collective started their 2014 racing season at the Ultimate Snowy Challenge, held in Jindabyne in March, racing with Budget Forklifts, Data 3 and GPM. They also took part in the Blayney2Bathurst Criterium and Long Course as well as the NSW Hill Climb Championships, and made the 9 hour journey to Warrnambool for the Tour of South West.
The team will be posting race reports and blogs on their adventures at the Tour of Murray River, and future races, on their website www.phoenixcycling.com.au, as well as their Facebook page www.facebook.com/phoenixcyclingcollective and on Twitter @phoenixcycle.
For team launch images, or further details on the team, contact:
Michelle Balaz, Communications Manager, Phoenix Cycling Collective: 0433 094 292