Men’s National Road Series team Phoenix Cycling Collective is expanding in 2017 to provide a new home for women’s cycling in Canberra with the establishment of a women’s NRS and development team.
The team will debut at home town race the Tour de Femme represented by Belinda Chamberlain, Katie McDonnell, Lisa Keeling, Peta Brill and Phoebe Chadwick-Masters, this Sunday 20 November.
“We are excited to be launching a new chapter in women’s cycling in Canberra and joining the well-established Phoenix Cycling Collective,” said Women’s Team Captain Belinda Chamberlain.
“We are all looking forward to developing the team further and providing a home for both male and female cyclists looking to race at the highest national level.”
The expansion follows three years of solid Phoenix Cycling Collective representation at state and national cycling events, as well as an unrivalled presence at the local club level leading to increased participation across road cycling events in the ACT.
“2017 is shaping up to be the biggest year for Phoenix Cycling Collective, with the expansion of the team to include a development and racing pathway for women in Canberra,” said Team Manager Andrew McCosker.
“The team has always been strong supporters of women’s cycling but were constrained by time and finances in previous years, so we are looking forward to providing a home for both men and women looking to race bikes.”
The team will continue to race the local summer criterium series, and will next head to the Tour of Bright in Victoria on the first weekend of December followed by Road Nationals in Ballarat at the beginning on January 2017.