Team Budget Forklifts Announce 2015 Roster

Peloton Cafe || Team Budget Forklifts 2014 (image copyright jxpphotography)

Peloton Cafe || Team Budget Forklifts 2014 (image copyright jxpphotography)

In their bid to win gold in the team pursuit at the 2016 Olympic Games, five members of the Australian Track Endurance Program will join Team Budget Forklifts for the 2015 season. The partnership with Cycling Australia?s High Performance Unit will see team pursuit world champions Jack Bobridge, Luke Davison, Glenn O?Shea and Mitchell Mulhern, and 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medalist, Scott Sunderland, bolster the team?s stocks. Jack Bobridge, 2011 Australian road champion and individual pursuit world record holder, will be crucial to Australia?s prospects at the 2016 Olympics. ?This is the best avenue to achieve my goal of winning gold at the Rio Olympics. I also aim to achieve some great results on the road along the way,? he said. ?It’s really great that a team such as Budget Forklifts is going to back our men’s track endurance program through to Rio. ?This is a first for an Australian team and I think it’s really exciting for the track squad and also for Budget Forklifts. The partnership is going to boost the track endurance team and bring some great results for Budget Forklifts on the road. ?I’m really excited to get 2015 underway. I know the track endurance squad will seek to make the most of the opportunity that Budget Forklifts is giving us on both the track and the road.? For Luke Davison it?s a return to a familiar environment as the powerhouse from Paddington, NSW, returns to the team that supported him to the overall victory in the 2012 National Road Series. ?I’m very happy to rejoin the team,? he said. ?I had the opportunity to be a part of such a great team in 2011 and 2012 and the they played a crucial role in helping win the National Road Series.? ?Team owner Tim Leunig and manager Cameron Watt have gone from strength to strength and made it a very easy decision. I couldn’t find a better fit to complement my track ambitions and I’m very motivated and excited to play a pivotal role in their 2015 successes.? For Cameron Watt, Team Budget Forklifts Manager, the partnership with Cycling Australia is another step in the team?s steady progress. ?Our team has come off its most successful year ever in 2014 winning three UCI tours internationally and we narrowly missed out on winning the National Road Series again,? Watt said. ?We are always looking for bigger challenges and to now align our goals with the Australian Track Endurance program, with the ultimate goal of winning Gold in Rio, is really motivating. ?This is a group of guys we believe in and we?re really proud to have taken on the responsibility of helping Australia achieve the ultimate success at the Olympics.? Tim Decker, Cycling Australia?s Men?s Track Endurance Coach, says a lot of work has gone into ensuring Budget Forklifts is the right team for Cycling Australia?s High Performance Unit to partner with. ?Kevin Tabotta (Cycling Australia?s HPU Performance Director) and I have been working super hard behind the scenes researching and discussing with teams from World Tour, Pro Continental and Continental,? Decker says. ?Budget Forklifts provides a professional environment for these five to work in. Even more impressive is the fact that they not only want to give them an opportunity to chase success on the road they want to work with Cycling Australia in its quest to win gold in Rio. ?We?re really proud of this partnership and can’t wait to get the 2015 season underway.? Jack Bobridge (AUS ? Team Belkin) World Record Holder 4km Pursuit 2011 Australian Road Champion Current Commonwealth Champion Former World Champion 2 time Olympian and medalist Luke Davison (AUS ? Baku-Synergy) Team BudgetForklifts 2011/12 2012 National Road Series Champion Current World & Commonwealth Champion Herald Sun Tour Stage winner Glenn O?Shea (AUS ? An-Post Chain Reaction) Current World & Commonwealth Champion Olympic medalist Mitchell Mulhern (AUS ? Team OCBC) Current World & Commonwealth Champion Scott Sunderland (AUS ? ProTeam Downunder) Current Commonwealth Champion Wesley Gough (NZ- Team BudgetForklifts 2014) Olympic Medalist Samuel Horgan? (NZ Team BudgetForklifts 2013/14) Melbourne to Warrnambool Winner Kristian Juel (AUS ? Team BudgetForklifts 2013/14) 3rd Grafton to Inverell 2014 Samuel Witmitz (AUS ? Team BudgetForlifts 2012,14) Winner UCI Tour of Taihu Lake 2014 Tommy Nankervis (AUS ? Team BudgetForklifts 2014) Former UCI Oceania Road Champion Myron Simpson (NZ ? Team BudgetForklifts 2014) Multiple NRS podiums 2014 Jake Kauffmann (AUS ? Garnaeu Qubecor) Team BudgetForklifts 2013 UCI Tour Stage winner Brodie Talbot (AUS ? Team BudgetForklifts 2014) Adelaide Tour winner 2014 Mt Baw Baw Classic winner 2014 Michael Torckler (NZ ? Team SmartStop) 2013 KOM UCI Tour of Utah 2010 UCI Tour of Wellington winner Brendan Canty (AUS ? health.com.au/search2retain) NRS 2014 podium Josh Berry (AUS ? Celebrations Racing) KOM Tour of Tasmania 2014 Daniel Barry (NZ ? Team BudgetForklifts 2014)

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