Rachel Neylan joins ORICA-AIS

Mon 23 Mar 2015

2012 world championship silver medalist Rachel Neylan will join ORICA-AIS this week and race with the outfit until the end of the season.

The recent Australian summer saw Neylan enjoy her most successful period of racing since the world championship podium and the 33-year-old has been rewarded with a dream contract.

“I am everything - happy, thrilled, proud and honoured to be part of ORICA-AIS in what is a pivotal and timely step forward in my cycling career,” Neylan said.

“I have so much admiration for the passion of Gerry Ryan and Shayne Bannan to bring this Australian team to fruition with such success, and it’s something I have worked hard and aspired to be part of since its inception.

“I am thrilled to be able to put my passion, energy and enthusiasm for my cycling career and channel it into an Australian owned outfit and I can’t wait for the road ahead.”

After a well-documented rough 18months, Neylan captured the attention of many with a silver medal winning performance at the Australian championships in Ballarat in January.

It was not just the result, but the manner in which the Sydney-born rider raced, that impressed and she went on to better that performance by winning the inaugural Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race with a solo victory later that month.

Solid performances at the Oceania Championships and the Tour of New Zealand with the Australian national team, including a contribution to the stage victory of ORICA-AIS teammate Katrin Garfoot, capped off a brilliant summer for Neylan.

“I have worked hard to build consistency in my cycling in the past couple of years and winning the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race was a game changer for me,” Neylan said.

“To sign with ORICA-AIS was the icing on the cake after a great start to the season.”

After much discussion, ORICA-AIS sport director Gene Bates is looking forward to welcoming Neylan to the team in what is a timely boost following the recent collarbone injury to Swedish champion Emma Johansson.

"We are very pleased that Rachel can join us for the 2015 season,” Bates said.

“After her recent successes during the Australian summer, she will add great climbing ability to our stage racing roster and complement our team perfectly.

“We look forward to a successful season both for her and the team and are looking ahead confidently.”

Neylan’s first race with ORICA-AIS is penciled in for the Cittiglio World Cup on Sunday, 29 March.