Sometimes the planets align just perfectly. My 2017 racing plans have recently been finalized and I’m well, over the moon about it!
Looking back on the 2016 season it was no doubt a challenging one, based on the amount of travel involved and the ever growing uncertainty of a shaky Australian NRC calendar. Nonetheless, I was excited for a chance to do some different races and in the end made it all work. At the end of the day, you can only control what you can control, and I got to race my bike a lot last year. Consequently, I felt very fortunate in doing so. My support crew network of awesome champion people has always been amazing and we kept it all rolling. But I must admit at times it felt very disjointed swapping back between different teams and filling different roles each race. However, looking back on it all, it created the position I am in now, having signed a contract with Canyon Bicycles who as an added bonus have stepped up to be UCI Continental in 2017. I was fortunate enough to guest ride with the team twice during my two US racing blocks this year, first at the Joe Martin Stage Race and secondly later in the season at the Cascade Cycling Classic. Both of those times were fantastic periods of my race year, relishing in the opportunity to ride with such a well-regarded outfit. Needless to say, I am very much looking forward to seeing what we can achieve next year with a very well-rounded roster filled with some great talent.
We have some fantastic support next year, namely Canyon Bicycles and Shimano as key sponsors. I’ve already had a few inquiries, but to be clear the Canyon Bicycles on the jersey is a group of retail stores based out of Utah. They have been a long time supporter of US domestic racing and is fantastic to see them grow the team next year. We will be saddling up on Scott rigs in which I’m super happy about, having spent two season’s previously riding the brand and loving what they offer.
In finishing, I’d like to give big thanks to Adrian, John, and the crew at Satalyst/Verve Racing team. There is a lot that goes behind the scenes to make a cycling team function, and the tireless efforts from these guys especially kept us on time and rolling all season long. I certainly wish the riders, staff and sponsors the very best for the future.