Australian UCI Continental squad State of Matter MAAP Racing is set to launch an ambitious season of NRS and UCI racing in 2016…
After many years under the CharterMason banner, team founder Leigh Parsons has formed a new consulting firm “State of Matter” and?continues?his role as both an owner and major?sponsor?of the team.
Joining with State of Matter as naming rights sponsor is premium Australian cycling apparel company MAAP.
Giant Bicycles Australia have continued their commitment to the team in 2016 and we welcome new sponsors Shimano as well as Australian supplement company Pro4mance.
Other sponsors set to continue their involvement include Elite Roads, Footwork Podiatric Laboratory, Cycling Inform, Kieser Training, Schwalbe, Bikesportz, and Kinchrome.
Lastly, we are announcing the final two riders for the 2016 squad.
Paul van der Ploeg will join the team through the season as he continues in his role as Giant brand ambassador and elite level all round cyclist (and good guy!).
Naveen John is a name that may surprise the pundits, but the 2015 Indian National Time Trial Champion is no stranger to cycling, having raced at home and in Europe. He will arrive in Australia in February and is setting himself to race in a number of domestic and international races throughout the year. This is a ground breaking move by an Indian rider, signalling a new era for India and India’s cyclists.
Naveen John: “I am so excited by this opportunity to join a top Australian team. This is happening against the backdrop of the growth of cycling in India right now: more kids and adults are riding bicycles; more people are taking up the sport, in every form, and at every level.”
Paul van der Ploeg: “I’m loving the bike as always, but in 2016 I am pumped to be joining the boys on the road again and helping produce results as a team and maybe the odd individual result as well!”
Leigh Parsons, Team Founder and CEO?State of Matter:
?I?m over the top excited about 2016! The commercial arrangements we have in place see us in our best position ever to take on the season of racing ahead. DS Damo Harris has assembled a talented and balanced squad who will have all the support they need to succeed. On a personal note, I too can?t wait to get stuck into my State of Matter business opportunities in the New Year. Bring it ALL on!?
Oliver Cousins, Director?MAAP:
?We?re thrilled to announce our partnership with State of Matter next year, one of Australia’s leading continental teams. A big focus of ours has always been to engineer our designs for racing and this partnership allows us to work closely with the team to further develop and refine our product. The team will become a great marketing focus for us throughout the year and we’re excited to tell the stories of the riders, their personalities and dynamics of one of Australia’s most loved teams both on and off the bike.?
Toby Shingleton,?Brand Manager?Shimano Australia Cycling:
?Team Shimano is very happy to be partnering with the State of Matter MAAP Racing in 2016. When we choose ambassadors we look for professionalism, performance and most of all, a highly-functioning team who can play an integral role in our product development process. State of Matter MAAP Racing completely embody this with their team set-up.
We already have a very constructive relationship with their athletes and management team through our involvement with the team in 2015 and we look forward to working together on the development of PRO and Shimano cycling products in the years ahead.”
Alistair Wilson, Marketing Specialist,?Giant Bicycles Australia?:
?Giant Bicycles Australia are thrilled to continue our relationship with State of Matter MAAP Racing ?into 2016. The team has a rich history of developing young riders into future stars and we look forward to playing a pivotal role in this by supplying them with the best equipment available. Not only will the team be riding our flagship all-new TCR Advanced SL frame but they?ll also be equipped with our latest range of performance road helmets.?