Wholly Bagels, in association
with presenting sponsor Unichem Perham Pharmacy, has announced it's team for
the Wellington (New Zealand) UCI World Cup of Cycling and Tour of New
Zealand to be held in and around New Zealand's capital city during the first
week of March, 2006.
The Wholly Bagels (Women's) Cycling Team has been raised especially for
participation in these two events, building on the on-going individual
sponsorship of several developing Wellington athletes by the independant
bagel cafe chain. The aim of the team is to provide the best possible
platform for a group of developing cyclists to get as much as possible out
of the rare opportunity of having the world's very best female cyclists
racing on home soil.
The team combines the experience and leadership abilities of Wellington
cross-country mountain-biker Robyn Wong (Olympian and 2006 NZ Commonwealth
Games Team member) and American Category One road cyclist Robin Farina (on
exchange from Team Kenda Tyre, USA), with some of New Zealand's most
talented up-and-coming women cyclists.
Wholly Bagels is a sponsor of the Trust House Tour of New Zealand and
Women's World Cup events themselves, in addition to supporting the Wholly
Bagels Cycling Team.
The team includes three riders from (host city) Wellington City: Nicola
Johnson, Robyn Wong and Pernille Fletcher.
Team Manager, Karl Kane said "This team will give our two
established elite-level riders (Wong, Farina) a chance to take on a
supported leadership role, and offer our development riders, some are very
strong all-rounders already and others great technicians or very talented
climbers, the chance to play a real role in a solid team result.
Nobody can ask an up-and-coming rider to take on alone the likes of
T-Mobile's (former World Champion) Judith Arndt and Sarah Ulmer in
Commonwealth Games build-up mode without setting them up for failure, but
this is a team of women all talented enough to be there to make an
individual contribution to a good team result.
It sounds like common sense, but many flat (structured) development teams
turn into examples of the blind leading the blind. With the contribution of
the two experienced captains, the Wholly Bagels team can provide a platform
for the girls to genuinely get as much out of this unique 'home turf'
experience as possible, enjoy the racing in a supportive environment and
perhaps surprise a few people with one or two good results."
Robyn Wong (NZL, Captain: World Cup)
Robin Farina (USA, Captain: Tour)
Amy Mosen (NZL)
Karina Wilkinson (NZL)
Rosy McCall (NZL)
Nicola Johnson (NZL)
Pernille Fletcher (NZL, Tour Only)
Oli Brooke-White (NZL, Mechanic)
Paul Larkin (NZL, Soigneur)
Tim Wilding (NZL, Soigneur: World Cup)
Karl Kane (NZL, Manager)
Wholly Bagels, Unichem Perham Pharmacy
The team will race on Maxxis Tyres riding machines tuned by Roadworks
Bicycle Workshop, using Leppin Sport and Pro4 sports
nutrition products. The team's Ultimo uniforms will be rounded-off
with DeFeet and Dopers Suck socks and accessories.
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