Elvin & Spratt to continue with ORICA-AIS

Thu 6 Oct 2016

ORICA-AIS are pleased to announce the re-signing of two crucial leaders for the 2017 season. 

Current Australian champion Amanda Spratt and two-time former champion Gracie Elvin will continue to lead the Australian outfit for another year having both stepped up into consistent performers whilst setting a great example for younger riders within the squad. 

“We are very excited to have Spratt and Elvin back with us for the 2017 season,” explained sport director Gene Bates. “This season both riders have really stepped up and had some great victories."

"Gracie continued her progression in becoming a serious classics contender. She is a very versatile rider within the team, achieving victories in both Australia and Europe whilst showing her commitment to her teammates.

“In 2017 we expect great things from Gracie, and believe she will really fulfil all the potential she has showed thus far.”

Elvin, who claimed the Gooik-Geraardsbergen-Gooik this year, has set similarly high goals for 2017.

"I'm very happy to be continuing on with ORICA-AIS for 2017,” explained Elvin. “I have been consistently building on each season since I started with the team and 2016 was a great year for me.” 

“I have been given many opportunities to go for results and also to work on my leadership skills. I set some very high goals for myself this year such as making the Olympic team and I was able to reach these with the help of ORICA-AIS. 

“We have a very close knit group and this is what I find most valuable because we are all so far away from home. This is a very unique team and I feel like I can reach my potential here.

“I am confident that I can step up again next season and I'm excited to be part of the other riders' success as well, because all of us have improved so much this year. My heart lies in the Spring so I will be targeting those races for 2017.” 

Spratt has spent five years with the Australian outfit and is the only remaining inaugural member of the team. After a successful 2016 season, the 28-year-old is excited to see what she can achieve next season as one of the main foundations of the team. 

“Next year will be Spratt’s sixth season with the ORICA-AIS family,” Bates continued. “This year was a breakthrough year for Spratt, she had great consistency and achieved victories in Australia at the national championships, the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race and in Europe at Thuringen Rundfahrt.”

“2016 was Spratt’s most successful season to date. She brings incredible professionalism and great leadership with her to the team and after such a strong 2016, we are all excited to see her back with us and chasing big results in 2017.”

Establishing herself an important leader within the Australian outfit, Spratt is looking forward to another year with the team with new challenges and new races on the calendar to look forward to.

“I am happy to be able to call ORICA-AIS my home for another year,” said Spratt. “I feel like I am still improving every year and still challenging myself in new ways which is really important for me. I have really enjoyed the leadership role and that is something I want to really work on more heading into next season."

“The team has become like family and I enjoy the fun we have off the bike as much as the fun we have together on the bike. The riders and staff are all great and it’s such a good environment to work in.”

Spratt excelled throughout the 2016 season making a lot of progress throughout May and July with solid performances in the Aviva Women’s Tour and Thruingen Rundfahrt, placing highly on the general classifications.

OBESpratt continued. “Winning the Australian Championships in January was a big highlight for me and a big reward for all the hard work I had done over the offseason with Gene to prepare for the season.” 

“The Olympic Games was another big highlight for me, but probably more importantly I was just really satisfied with the way I could prepare for this race with the help of ORICA-AIS.

“The newly announced Amstel Gold race is a race that really appeals to me along with the rumours of a Liege-Bastogne-Liege for women. These tough and hilly one-day races over the Spring are the ones that I will really target next season. I think as a team these are the races where we can really excel as well.”

Gracie Elvin 

Date of Birth: 31 October 1988 (10027) 

 Nationality: Australian

Place of birth: Canberra, Australia

2016 results: 
-       1st Gooik-Geraardsbergen-Gooik
-       1st Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic - General Classification
-       1st Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic - Stage 1
-       2nd Ronde van Drenthe - Women’s WorldTour
-       2nd Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic - Stage 2
-       2nd Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic - Stage 3

Other results:
-      1st Gooik-Geraardsbergen-Gooik 2015
-      1st Internationale Thuringen Rundfahrt der Frauen - Stage 3b 2015
-      1st Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic - Stage 2 2015
-      1st - Australian National road race 2013 and 2014
-      1st Oceania Cycling Championships – Road Race 2012

Amanda Spratt 

Date of Birth: 17th September 1987 (10028)

Nationality: Australian

Place of birth: Penrith, New South Wales, Australia

 2016 results:
-       1st National Championship Australia - Road Race
-       1st Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race
-       1st Internationale Thuringen Rundfahrt der Frauen - Stage 6
-       2nd Internationale Thuringen Rundfahrt der Frauen - General Classification?
Other results:
-     1st Giro del Trentino Alto Adige - Sudtirol 2015
-     1st National Championship Australia - Road Race 2012