Gilmore Launches Australian Women’s Dream Team
The team will compete in all 10 NRS races and will aim to help riders bridge the gap to professional racing in Europe. It will be a local super team that should dominate domestic racing.
Gilmore, a passionate support of women’s cycling, both here and aboard, realized that there were many talented Australian female cyclists in need of professional support, guidance and direction. This month’s team launch comes in the wake of controversy over the suspension of a Cycling Australia (CA) women's development program, the same program that fostered riders like Gilmore through their early careers.
“I think after a season or two racing the NRS series there needs to be that exposure to Europe for the athletes to know what they can be working towards," Gilmore said. "They need to go over there, they need to see it, they need to experience it.”
Unable, due to UCI rules, to recruit more than three Australians to her elite Wiggle Honda team, Gilmore has already drafted nine riders to High5. The list is headlined by Kimberley Wells (pictured right) who won the national criterium title in Ballarat on earlier this month.
The team’s very clear ambitions are to offer guidance on:
- How to race as a team.
- How to train as a professional.
- How to conduct themselves in a professional environment.
- How to make a career out of cycling.
- How to promote themselves, their sponsors and their team.
- What to expect when they make the next step into a European based professional cycling team.
This new NRS team will offer the selected athletes unparalleled coaching assistance through the support of Australia’s State Institutes of Sport whilst Rochelle Gilmore herself will educate these athletes on how to make a career out of cycling – off or alongside the bike.
Gilmore commented, “As a result of our ambitions we hope to raise the profile of women’s cycling in Australia. I will personally educate our athletes on how to promote themselves, their sponsors and their sport…. I’m really looking forward to working with our enthusiastic & motivated athletes!”
“It’s our ambition to assist these athletes in gaining elite national team selections and also, when ready, placing them into European based UCI professional cycling teams” Gilmore added.
To compliment this initiative, Gilmore has also announced that she will provide 5-6 Australian based athletes the opportunity to be selected and sent to Europe for 6 weeks of international UCI racing experience in a professional team environment during August 2015.