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Turning part seasons into full seasons: Garfoot and Neylan set for a stellar 2016 with ORICA-AIS

Thu 29 Oct 2015

Mid-season signings Rachel Neylan and Katrin Garfoot will burst into the 2016 season having signed with ORICA-AIS for another year.

Neylan joined the team in March following an incredible Australian summer that included a silver medal at the national championships and victory at the inaugural Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race.

A little under twelve months earlier, Garfoot similarly signed for the Australian outfit off the back of promising early season performances in Europe racing for the national team.

The pair finished 2015 with ORICA-AIS in impressive form – Garfoot narrowly missed the podium with a fourth place in the world championship time trial, less than ten seconds off the gold medal, whilst Neylan won Trophee d’Or and also played a pivotal role for Australia in the world championship road race.

Crediting the environment for their enjoyment and success racing at the top level, Garfoot and Neylan said they were pleased to be racing with the team for another season.

“We grew together as a team this year and learned and developed a lot,” Garfoot said. “It’s a great working environment and I think it’s an advantage to work with the team I know well in such an exciting and important year.”

“The feeling of coming together as a unit winning races is something special I'd never experienced at this level before, it was a real highlight of my year,” Neylan agreed. “It was a fresh page for me being in such a friendly and professional environment on and off the bike.”

After such strong performances to conclude the 2015 season, sport director Gene Bates is pleased to have the pair return.

“We signed Rachel late, off the back of the national championships,” Bates explained. “She fitted in with the group straight away and was really important in some of the victories we had during that June/July period.”

“Obviously winning the Trophee d’Or over in France with the national team was a highlight of her season. Then she backed that up with a really strong ride at the GP Pluoay with us before a really active role in the world championships.

“Kat is just getting more and more dependable in that time trial area. She made a few errors in time trials throughout the year that we thought had she not, then she would have been at the pointy end of the field.

“She really pulled it all together at the world championships. That’s what we’ve seen as her ability throughout the season, we just haven’t seen it on the results board prior to the world championships.”

Staring down the barrel of an Olympic year, Garfoot and Neylan warned they are ready to fire.

“I'd love to start by winning the green and gold jersey if the opportunity arose after being so close this year,” Neylan said. “The other big goal for the early season is selection for Rio Olympics, it's been a dream since I was ten, I believe it’s a tough course which would suit my abilities well.”

Garfoot concurred.

“I want to improve and develop my power and skills and I would love to represent Australia at the Olympics and the world championships in the coming year as well,” she said.

Katrin Garfoot
Date of Birth: 8 October 1981 (34)
Nationality: Australian (born in Germany)
Turned Pro: 2014

Palmares:
- 1st 2015 Oceania Championships - Time Trial
- 4th 2015 UCI Road Cycling World Championships - Time Trial
- 3rd 2014 Commonwealth Games – Time Trial

Rachel Neylan
Date of Birth: 9 March 1982 (33)
Nationality: Australian
Turned Pro: 2011

Palmares:
- 1st 2015 Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race
- 2nd 2015 National Championship Australia – Road Race
- 2nd 2012 UCI Road Cycling World Championship – Road Race

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