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Tuesday, January 4, 2022

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Giant, Liv and CADEX join Team BikeExchange-Jayco as technical partners through 2024. Plus, the team shows new racing kit.

Here’s the team’s news release:

A new decade has now begun for GreenEDGE Cycling, to be named Team BikeExchange-Jayco in 2022. With this, both the men’s and women’s teams are pleased to announce new technical partners. The men’s team is sponsored by Giant, the world’s leading cycling brand. The women’s team is now supported by Liv, the only comprehensive cycling brand in the world dedicated solely to women.

The announcement comes as the Australian outfit presents its fresh and vibrant new look, incorporating the well-known brand colours of Giant for the men’s WorldTour team, and for the first time in the squad’s history, a separate identity for its women’s WorldTour team, integrating Liv’s standout aubergine brand colour.

The new BikeExchange-Jayco team kits.

The partnership with Giant Group, the parent company of Giant, Liv and CADEX brands, marks a milestone for the Australian registered team as it embarks on its 11th season in the WorldTour peloton. Team BikeExchange-Jayco is honoured to race with CADEX’s full range of innovate performance components, which includes Wheelsystems, saddles, handlebars and other accessories. The team will also work closely with the brands to test and develop next-generation products.

Ready to get the 2022 racing season underway with Giant, Liv and CADEX, the squad also welcomes eight new riders from seven different countries to the men’s team and six new riders from four different countries to the women’s team.

The men’s roster will introduce new recruits; Alex Balmer (SUI), Lawson Craddock (USA), Dylan Groenewegen (NED), Jan Maas (NED), Kelland O’Brien (AUS), Jesús David Peña (COL), Matteo Sobrero (ITA) and Campbell Stewart (NZL). This influx of diverse strengths and abilities, ranging from the pure sprint speed of Groenewegen to the time trial prowess of Sobrero is important for the squad, as it looks to challenge in, not only the highest level WorldTour races, but achieve widespread wins across the board. The eight new recruits will join returning riders, including Vuelta a España champion and Giro d’Italia podium finisher Simon Yates and Tour de France stage and green jersey winner Michael Matthews.

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The women’s squad will see its most significant roster change since the team’s inception in 2012, by welcoming Georgia Baker (AUS), Kristen Faulkner (USA), Nina Kessler (NED), Alexandra Manly (AUS), Ruby Roseman-Gannon (AUS) and Chelsie Tan Wei Shi (SGP). The six new recruits will work alongside returning team leader and two-time Giro Rosa podium finisher, Amanda Spratt, ready for her 11th season with the squad.

Amanda Spratt is about to start her 11th season with the team

Gerry Ryan, Team BikeExchange-Jayco Owner:
“It seems like yesterday that we began this adventure into WorldTour cycling with the first ever Australian professional cycling team, and now we already find ourselves going into the second decade of GreenEDGE Cycling, but then again, as they say, times flies when you are having fun while hard at work! Time has passed by very fast, and the excitement and commitment is still the same as it was on day one. We are proud to be able to begin this new decade with the partnership of Giant, Liv and CADEX. It makes us proud to partner with Giant as they re-join the men’s WorldTour peloton, it means that what we have done in the last decade and what we are bringing forward with our staff, led by our General Manager Brent Copeland, is the right route to follow. We will continue with the same spirit that has characterised us during the last ten years as we begin this new and exciting era.”

Brent Copeland, Team BikeExchange-Jayco General Manager:
“We are very pleased to welcome Giant and Liv onboard, Giant as our technical partner for the men’s team and Liv as our technical partner for the women’s team. Not only are they brands that put a huge amount of time and energy into innovation and technology, but the passion that they bring to the team is something that we have really felt and value greatly.

"Working with brands that leave no stone unturned is very important for us and already the support that they have given the team, and the number of resources they have provided us with, has been incredible and it brings a lot of excitement. Our partnership has started with strong common goals, and we will do all it takes to reach these goals together. We begin the 2022 season with confidence and motivation, and we are looking forward to this great journey.”

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Bicycle industry spared direct impact from Colorado fire

Here’s the report from Bicycle Retailer & Industry News

SUPERIOR, Colo. (BRAIN) — Industry supplier and retail locations were spared from direct impacts of a 6,000-acre suburban wildfire that destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses here on Thursday. However, many employees in the area were evacuated and some may have lost their homes.

There are no reports of fatalities or serious injuries so far as a result of the Marshall Fire, which is being called the most destructive in state history in terms of property damage. The fire fanned out through areas containing about 2,000 homes. Officials said at least 500 homes were destroyed.

Highways in the area remain closed and popular mountain biking trails were affected by the Marshall Fire. The area is home to many bike industry suppliers, sales and marketing reps and media.

Although all residents of Louisville were evacuated and many homes there destroyed, the Pearl Izumi headquarters in Louisville appears to have been spared fire damage, as was the nearby Wheels Manufacturing facility. Louisville Cyclery’s store was unaffected, but one employee of the longtime retail location has lost everything, an employee told BRAIN via a Facebook Messenger chat. Another employee is awaiting news on their home’s status.

“We’ve switched to support mode and how we can help our community,” the employee said on Messenger.

You can read the entire story here.

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