Wiles joins new ORICA-AIS teammates in AustraliaTue 17 Nov 2015
American Tayler Wiles will continue to build on the momentum achieved with her strongest season to date when she races for ORICA-AIS in 2016.
After riding with Velocio-SRAM this year, Wiles flies to Australia today to join the team for their official camp ahead of her fourth professional season.
The 26-year-old, who won the Tour of New Zealand and Tour Cycliste Féminin International de l'Ardèche in a breakout season in 2015, is looking forward to an aggressive year with her new ORICA-AIS teammates.
“I am really excited about 2016 for so many reasons,” Wiles said. “I've always really loved and respected ORICA-AIS’ racing style, being more aggressive and opportunistic.”
“They have historically been a team whose tactics are hard to read and who plays to the strengths of each rider on any given day.
“I'm also just so excited to race with the group of girls that are on the team. They have already been so incredibly welcoming and I can tell they know how to have fun racing their bikes.”
Wiles is approaching 2016 with confidence and has big goals to achieve.
“I learn so much each season from my teammates, directors and also just from making mistakes and trying to learn from them,” she said. “I started taking more risks this year and trusting my instincts and I gained a lot of confidence from that.”
“I have big goals for 2016 in time trials and on the road.
“With it being an Olympic year you have to throw everything you have into training and recovery in an effort to perform early in the lead up to selection and I am so excited to be racing on a team that I know will support my goals 100%.”
ORICA-AIS sport director Gene Bates is looking forward to seeing the rise of Wiles within their ranks, especially her climbing and time trial ability.
“Tayler is really on the up and up and is carrying a lot of momentum with her,” Bates said. “She was a really big asset to Velocio-SRAM in terms of producing power and especially in the time trial.”
“I really think that is what she will bring to us - a huge amount of firepower and we probably haven’t seen exactly what she can do with that yet.
“She won the Tour of Ardeche and the Tour of New Zealand overall so she can certainly climb. It’s really exciting to be able to work with someone with that much talent who is really on the up and up.
“I think once she learns a bit from our more experienced riders, she is going to be a great addition, especially in the time trials and those bigger Tours that we’ll do.”
Date of Birth: 20th July 1989 (26)
Turned Pro: 2013
- 1st 2015 Tour Cycliste Féminin International de l'Ardèche – General Classification and stage 3
- 1st 2015 Women’s Tour of New Zealand – General Classification and stages 1(TTT) and 4
- 1st 2014 Chrono Gatineau