Paradice Investment Cycling Team To Farewell Some Favourite Sons

Peloton Cafe || Paradice Investment Cycling Team

Peloton Cafe || Paradice Investment Cycling Team

The Paradice Investment Cycling Team enjoyed many successes in a strong year of development in 2014 thanks to a group of great athletes, supported by a strong sponsorship network. As is the case with sporting teams all over the world, things change, new opportunities arise for riders, and ultimately, people move on. This is the case for three of our riders, all of whom have been an integral part of this success in 2014. The following lines are a brief outline of their time with us, along with what they have contributed and what lies ahead! Logan Griffin: This plucky young Kiwi joined our team as a guest rider for the second half of the racing season in 2014, as well as the Tour of New Caledonia. The 19 year old first came to the attention of the Paradice team when racing in the 2013 edition of the New Caledonia Tour, he then also attended the 2014 Tour de Polynesie racing for an opposing team. It was his third place overall, and best young rider white jersey win that ultimately lead to Logan to a guest ride. ?His ride in Tahiti was impressive, mainly because of how much he had improved in the short time since I last saw him compete? Paradice manager Sam Layzell says. ?He is a young rider on an upward curve, and ultimately it was about giving him the opportunity to race at the highest level accessible to him [the NRS], so he came over, stayed with me for about a month, and grabbed the opportunity with both hands.? Griffin indeed seized the opportunity, adjusting well to the larger bunch sizes and speed at the Tour of Gippsland, finishing the race 37th overall @1min14sec after finishing the final stage of the tour, one of the hardest NRS criteriums of the year, in 25th place. It was then onto the National Capital Tour, and after a strong climb up Honeysuckle, he secured a 28th place overall only 2min10sec from eventual winner, fellow Kiwi Paddy Bevan from search2retain-health.com.au. Griffin then returned to New Zealand for 3 weeks to fine tune his preparations for the Tour of New Caledonia. A race where he would have genuine overall classification ambitions. Supported by a strong Paradice team including Lachlan Glasspool, Ben Marshall & Sam Layzell, Griffin snuck into second place on the podium after 10 days of racing after a strong final Individual Time Trial, winning the TT by 13 seconds from the overall race winner Theirry Fondere. After a big final end of year celebration in New Caledonia, Griffin began to negotiate a full time ride for Paradice for 2015, however his quick string of results had attracted the attention of the search2retain-health.com.au Cycling Team, a team who have successfully qualified for a Continental racing license for 2015. Ensuring participation in UCI categorized International racing (one level above the NRS). An offer which he took with the full support of Paradice team management. ?Logan will go a long way if he maintains his professional attitude, dedication and commitment to his sport? Layzell said. ?There will be a few hard years ahead for him, and if he keeps his head down and gets through the tough stuff, his talent will shine through? Griffin thanked the Paradice team for helping his career in such a short time period: ?I have to thank Sammy and the guys for what they did for me in New Cali, and when I was in Australia? . Griffin said. ?They are a little team with a really good vibe and attitude, there were never any dull moments or dwelling on things, which, along with the support they gave allowed me to ride my bike and prove myself to ultimately open the door to the biggest opportunity of my career so far with search2retain-health.com.au. Sam Hill: Another rider who will bid farewell to the team for greater racing opportunities is Sam Hill. The Scone boy finished his second year with the Paradice Team with an epic performance in the Melbourne to Warrnambool, the longest race of the NRS season. With 273km?s, the 20 year old attacked at kilometer 1 in classic Hill fashion. Fending off the peloton in the lead group for over 200kms, Hill claimed both the Sprint and Hill-climb primes, resulting in him being rewarded with both jerseys on the podium after arriving into Warnambool exhausted. It was this tough ride, along with impressive performances at the NSW state titles and Tour of Gippsland that impressed GPM-Stulz Sports Director Trent Wilson, offering Hill a contract and an extended racing program to join his former Paradice teammates Reece Robinson & Cameron Ivory at his Sydney based team. ?The Paradice team has been like a second family to me, I?d like to thank the sponsors and supporters for the opportunities over the last 2 years? Sam Hill said. Mitch Carrington: The final team member who will be leaving us is team captain Mitch Carrington. The 25 year old joined the Paradice team for 2013 after 2 years of racing in the amateur ranks in Belgium and France. Carrington brought to the team a wealth of experience, and will continue to play an integral role helping scout talent for the team in the states North West. Carrington will take a step down from NRS racing in 2015, accepting a spot on Tamworth based Team Baiocchi Griffin JT Fossey Cycling where he will race against his old team in NSW state racing. ?I?ll keem ?em honest? Carrington said. ?After 2 years of the NRS, I?ve experienced it, and while its great its now at such a high level, it requires a commitment that I simply cannot maintain. Of course I will still be very much involved with Sammy and his team, we are now good mates, and where I can I will help out. But if we have the numbers pinned on, and we are racing, it will be on!? Amongst Carrington?s best results during his 2 seasons with Paradice are wins at the 2014 Gunnedah to Tamworth and Armidale Criterium, 2nd place in the Green Jersey classification at the 2014 Tour de Polynesie. 2nd Place in the Stage 7 Individual Time Trial at the Tour of New Caledonia 2013. And a 11th Place at the 2014 Tour of Toowoomba on stage 1. ?I also want to take a shot at the world hour record before I fully retire, or maybe just next years state individual pursuit? Carrigton added. We wish all three of our departing riders all the best with their future ambitions. On behalf of them, and the rest of our team. Thank you to our sponsors for making this year possible: Paradice Investment Management, Oliver?s Real Food, Hunter Valley Orthodontics, Focus Bikes Australia, Creer Property, Honeysuckle Dental, WAKI Lubrications PTY LTD, Topeak, Focus Bikes Australia & HED Wheels. The Paradice Team will welcome four new signings for season 2015, as well as a new naming rights sponsor for the start of the NRS racing season in March. The first race for the season however will be the Mitchelton Bay Cycle Classic January 2-5, followed by the Cycling Australia National Road Championships from the 7th-11th January. The team will then hold a week-long pre-NRS season training camp over the Australia Day long weekend in NSW. For more information please visit the team?s Facebook page.

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