Youngsters Crooks and Allen continue to grow with ORICA-AIS

Thu 20 Oct 2016

Mid-season signings, Jessica Allen and Jenelle Crooks will continue with ORICA-AIS for 2017 after an impressive debut with the Australian outfit over in Europe.

The two youngsters settled into the squad quickly, finding their feet and supporting their teammates whilst gaining vaulable experience themselves.

Having been given the opportunity to race at the highest level in some of the new Women's WorldTour races, the pair have continued to develop at a rapid rate and will be key members of the ORICA-AIS team next season.

“2016 has been a breakthrough year for me,” Allen explained. “The last few years have been quite difficult for me on the bike but this year I really found my love for the sport again and raced beyond my expectations thanks to ORICA-AIS.”

“Signing with the team mid-way through the season was a dream come true. I really appreciate their support and belief in me and I couldn't think of a better team to be riding with for 2017."

Having tasted what it is like to race for a professional team at the top level, Allen is already looking forward to re-joining her ORICA-AIS teammates for the Austrailian summer racing and motivated for another successful stint in Europe.

“I’ve started my pre-season training with my first goals being a solid summer of racing in Australia before the Spring Classics in Europe," Allen continued. "A major goal of mine is to keep developing and step up in the ranks as an international rider.”

Along with Allen, 21-year-old Crooks is grateful for the opportunity to continue with the team having learnt a lot in a such a short amount of time this year. 

“I am really excited to do a full season with ORICA-AIS next year having joined the team half way through the 2016 season,” explained Crooks. “I am extremely grateful that I have been given the opportunity to do the last part of this season with the team.”

The current under-23 Australian champion has enjoyed racing alongside many big named riders, gaining a lot of knowledge and skills from her experienced teammates.

“It’s a really great group of girls and I'm looking forward to learning as much as I can from my teammates next year and continuing to improve.”

The duo have both produced their own solid results in the last few months with Allen achieving a top 15 placing in the WorldTour race, the Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta, as the team now looks to guide and help the two Australians grow into top level international racers.

Jessica Allen

Date of Birth: 17th April 1993 (10023)
Nationality: Australian
Place of birth: Perth, WA 

2016 results:

 -       6th Boels Rental Ladies Tour - Stage 2 (TTT)

-       14th Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta 

Other results:

-      2016 5th Gracia Orlova, Stage 4

-      2014 1st Oceania Road Race Championships

-      2011 1st Time Trial UCI Junior Road World Championships DEN

Jenelle Crooks

Date of Birth: 2nd July 1994 (10021)
Nationality: Australian
Place of birth: Perth, WA

2016 results:

-     2016 1st U23 National Road Race Championships 

-     2016 10th Elite National Road Race Championships

Other results:

-     2015 1st Youth classification Thuringen Rundfahrt and La Route de France

-     2015 8th Australian Time Trial Championships