Brad
Evans
All-rounder
Brad Evans
Nationality:  New Zealand
DOB:  May 8th, 1992
Speciality:  All-rounder
Height:  178cm
Weight:  70kg

Palmares

Hometown : Dunedin, New Zealand

Favorite training grounds :  Coast Road to Karitane in Otago. It has big climbs and nice two minute rollers, with a great view out to the Pacific Ocean.

Favourite Cycling Memory :  Winning Tour of Southland last year and riding back into the city in yellow, was a great feeling.

What cycling has taught you :  It's taught me a lot about my body, it's strengths and weaknesses. I've also learnt how to look at the big picture and set goals I want to achieve.

2017 goals in cycling :  Win a UCI race and ride hard for the team at every opportunity.

 2017 goals off the bike :  Get married this year! And to finish my university studies.

Interests away from cycling :  Getting outdoors, especially in Wanaka, doing activities like water skiing and fishing.  

Interesting fact about you :  I'm a third generation cyclist; riding is in my DNA.

Three words to describe yourself :  Determined, Consistent, Analytical

Jesse
Featonby
Climber
Jesse Featonby
Nationality:  Australian
DOB:  8/12/1987
Speciality:  Climber
Height:  176cm
Weight:  64kg

Master of Teaching - LaTrobe University.

Palmares

Hometown : Albury, NSW, Australia.

Studying: Masters of Teaching at Latrobe University.

Me in three words : Determined, diligent, perfectionist.

Why cycling? I represented Australia at World Cup and World Championship level in triathlon for 6 years and made the change due to injury.

Favourite cycling memory :  Winning an NRS mountain top finish in front of my family and friends.

2017 goals in cycling :  Continue to develop as a cyclist and compete in UCI events.

2017 goals off the bike :  To complete my masters and become a confident and competent teacher.

Other interests : Spending time with my partner and family.

Interesting fact : I completed an Everest challenge, raising $16,000 for the Movember Foundation.

Favourite song while riding: Anything electronic.

Tom
Kaesler
Time trialist
Tom Kaesler
Nationality:  Australian
DOB:  1/3/1995
Speciality:  Time trialist
Height:  189cm
Weight:  72kg

Bachelor of Commerce - University of Adelaide.

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Hometown : Adelaide, Australia

Studying: Bachelor of Commerce at University of Adelaide

Me in three words : Ambitious, Loyal, Reflective

Favourite cycling memory :  Racing in the World Championships in Florence

Career Highlights: U19 National and Oceania TT Champion in 2013

2017 goals in cycling : Gain international experience

2017 goals off the bike : Successfully manage my studies and improve my French

Other interests : Hot chips, music, astronomy

Interesting fact : I want to go to space

Favourite song while riding: Anything by Balance and Composure

Nicholas
Katsonis
Climber
Nicholas Katsonis
Nationality:  Australian
DOB:  2/10/1994
Speciality:  Climber
Height:  192cm
Weight:  70kg

Bachelor of Business (Marketing) - Swinburne University.

Palmares

Hometown : Melbourne, Australia

 

Me in three words : Tall and skinny

 

Why cycling? My brothers did it before me and I just followed what they did!

 

Favourite place to ride:  Kinglake

 

Favourite cycling memory :  The first time me and my brothers were in a race together.

 

Career highlight : Winning the U23 jersey at the Tour of Tasmania in 2014, or racing against Chris Froome at the Jayco Herald Sun Tour.

 

2017 goals in cycling :  Stage win in an NRS race.

 

2017 goals off the bike :  Continuing to put in as much effort that I can with my studies.

 

Other interests : Travelling, Coffee, Other Sports

 

Interesting fact : I used to play basketball for the Hume City Broncos

 

Favourite song while riding: Flume - On Top

Oliver
Kent-Spark
Oliver Kent-Spark
Nationality:  Australian
DOB:  24/12/1994
Speciality:  
Height:  185cm
Weight:  76kg

Bachelor of Management (Human Resources) - Deakin University.

Palmares

Hometown : Geelong

Me in three words : Positive, direct, honest

Why cycling? My Dad did a charity ride for the Make a Wish Foundation, so it made me aware of cycling as a sport, and sparked my interest. I also had a few stress fractures in my back from playing football and was not allowed to do any sport that involved impact.

Favourite cycling memory :  The 2015 Melbourne to Warrnambool is my favourite and most memorable moment in cycling. Although we were 3rd, I was so proud and humbled to be part of a team where every guy was more than willing to ride for one goal and belief.

2017 goals in cycling :  To race competitively and aggressively throughout the season.

2017 goals off the bike :  Complete all subjects at University with a distinction or above.

Other interests : Reading, puzzles, animals.

Interesting fact : I have two house-trained pet rabbits.

Favourite song while riding: Son of a preacher - Dusty Springfield.

Cyrus
Monk
All-Rounder
Cyrus Monk
Nationality:  Australian
DOB:  7/11/1996
Speciality:  All-Rounder
Height:  174cm
Weight:  68kg

Bachelor of Science - Melbourne University.

Palmares

Hometown : Drouin, Australia.

Studying: Bachelor of Science, Melbourne University.

Me in three words : Relaxed, optimistic, focussed.

Why cycling? My Dad was into cycling.

Favourite place to ride: Gippsland Hills

Favourite cycling memory :First win in Europe in Holland - Slag Van Ambacht.

Career highlight : 2nd Grafton to Inverell 2015, 1st World Uni Championships 2016, 3 race wins in Europe.

2017 goals in cycling : Improve and gain more experience overseas at a continental level.

2017 goals off the bike : Complete my degree and get a position in a graduate degree, majoring in physiology. research or Masters in physiology. I want to eventually go into Medicine.

Other interests : Music, playing the guitar.

Interesting fact : My favourite song to play on guitar is Stairway to Heaven.

Favourite song while riding: Cold Water - Justin Beiber

James
Pane
Aggressive Rider
James Pane
Nationality:  Australian
DOB:  14/2/1996
Speciality:  Aggressive Rider
Height:  174cm
Weight:  69kg

Bachelor of Education - Victoria University.

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Hometown : Melbourne, Australia.

Studying: Bachelor of Education at Victoria University.

Me in three words : Sarcastic, Humourous, Loveable.

Why cycling? Mum didn't want me to play footy and she thought cycling would be safer.

Favourite cycling memory :  Representing Victoria at the U17 Nationals in 2012.

Career Highlights:  Winning the Northern Suburbs 3-day tour -2015, 6th National Mountain Climb Championships -2014

2017 goals in cycling :  Be competitive at the top end of NRS racing.

2017 goals off the bike :  To complete my degree and get good grades.

Other interests : Making dance music.

Interesting fact : I have the same birthday as Cadel Evans.

Favourite song while riding: Horses - Darryl Braithwaite.

Mathew
Ross
Climber
Mathew Ross
Nationality:  Australian
DOB:  19/03/1996
Speciality:  Climber
Height:  172cm
Weight:  67kg

Bachelor of IT - RMIT.

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Hometown : Melbourne, Australia.

Studying: Bachelor of IT at RMIT

Me in three words : helpful, chlled, hard-worker.

Favourite cycling memory :  Coming 2nd in the team sprint as an endurance rider in 2012.

Career Highlights:  Hill Climbers Jersey and 5th at Melbourne to Warrnambool in 2016, U19 National Madison Champion, 3rd Elite men National Madison (team of two), stage win at the Tour of Bright in 2016.

2017 goals in cycling :  Improve my current athletic ability and compete at the highest level that I can.

2017 goals off the bike :  To get a distinction average this year.

Other interests : cooking, gaming, coffee with an almond croissant at Vyve in Heidelberg.

Interesting fact : I used to play Rugby League.

Favourite song while riding: Keep Holding On - Avril Lavigne.

Liam
White
Liam White
Nationality:  Australian
DOB:  9/11/1994
Speciality:  
Height:  175cm
Weight:  70kg

Bachelor of Exercise Sports Science, Federation University.

Bachelor of Exercise & Sports Science - Federation University.

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Hometown : Ballarat, Australia.

Studying: Bachelor of Sports Science, Federation University.

Me in three words : persistent, hardworking, vocal.

Why cycling? My primary school had a cycling program and you got a day off if you participated in it. Turns out, I kinda enjoyed it.

Favourite place to ride: Boulder, Colorado.

Favourite cycling memory : Winning a stage at the Intelligencia Cup in the USA in 2016.

Career Highlights:  Stage 2 Winner–Intellegencia Cup, 3rd Stage 3, Leaders jersey stage 4 -2016.  Preston Mountain Classic-2016 Victorian Country Road Title –2016. (one-day race in Castlemaine).

2017 goals in cycling :  Try and get exposure in UCI sanctioned races, and to gain knowledge of European style races.

2017 goals off the bike : To continue my University degree and continue to receive good grades.

Other interests : I am an avid Geelong Cats supporter.

Interesting fact : I live on a farm.

Favourite song while riding: Anything by the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

Theodore
Yates
Sprinter
Theodore Yates
Nationality:  Australian
DOB:  28/02/1995
Speciality:  Sprinter
Height:  179cm
Weight:  68kg

Bachelor of Applied Science (Interior Architecture) - Curtin University.

 
Palmares

Hometown : Perth, Australia

Studying: Bachelor of Applied Science, majoring in Interior Design - Curtin University.

Me in three words : Multi-Faceted, Inventive, Inviting

Why cycling? Because of the competitiveness and the social side of it.

Favourite cycling memory :  Winning Stage 6 of the tour of Iran and experiencing it with my mates.

2017 goals in cycling :  To experience winning with my team mates and myself.

2017 goals off the bike :  To complete a full year of University and to maintain close relationships with my friends and family.

Other interests : Collecting Rap, Jazz and Blues music, most forms of design (eg) Architecture, interior design, art, furniture design, Basketball, Baseball

Interesting fact : Five of my relatives have been All-Blacks.

Favourite song while riding: 2Pac - Picture me rollin'