Tiffany Cromwell, Loren Rowney and Carlee Taylor join Sydney based Roxsolt Racing team for the 25th edition of the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic in Geelong, Victoria. After a successful start to the team’s summer racing schedule which included victories at the Stan Siejka Launceston Cycling Classic and the Shimano Super Criterium Roxsolt will make it’s second appearance at the four day criterium series raced in and around Geelong from the 2-5 of January.
A revamped roster which includes 2014 Australian Elite Female Road Cyclist of the year Tiffany Cromwell and her Velocio-SRAM teammate Loren Rowney, 2013 National Criterium Champion Kimberley Wells and European professionals Lauren Kitchen (Hitec Products), Carlee Taylor (Lotto-Soudal), and Joanne Hogan, the squad will be looking to emulate their success from 2014 which included a stage victory in Eastern Park.
"...we’ve gained riders like Tiff Cromwell and Loren Rowney who are two of the best female Australian riders racing internationally at the moment" - Team owner, Kelvin Rundle.
Team director and owner Kelvin Rundle is quietly confident about what team can achieve this coming week in Geelong.
“We’re very excited about the team we’ve put together for this year’s edition of the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic,” Kelvin said.
“While we had to say goodbye to Sarah Roy and Chloe Hosking who both will join their European trade teams for 2015 we’ve gained riders like Tiff Cromwell and Loren Rowney who are two of the best female Australian riders racing internationally at the moment,” he said.
Established in 2013 the Roxsolt racing team aims at providing a well organised and supportive environment for top Australian female cyclists during the Australian summer while also placing an emphasis on supporting the development of up and coming domestic and international talent.
“The team is about seizing opportunities missed by others. Many of our riders race for European teams but have little support when they come back to Australia. We give them the support they need to race throughout the Australian summer,” Kelvin said.
“It’s an idea inline with the business values of Roxsolt. We think the formula is working pretty well,” he said.
"It’s always nice to have an Aussie team to race with when I’m home” - Tiffany Cromwell.
Having a supportive and professional environment to race in was what attracted Tiffany Cromwell to the Australian summer squad.
“Kelvin emailed me and asked if I would be interested in racing with the team and it just seemed like a good fit. It’s always nice to have an Aussie team to race with when I’m home,” Tiffany said.
While Tiffany has won in Geelong before she’s not lumping all the pressure on herself, however.
“We have a really strong team with Kimberley Wells and the other girls. Of course I’m always looking for victories but I’m also looking to use the races as a way of finding my race legs for nationals,” she said.
Along with her teammates Tiffany will debut the new Roxsolt Racing colours on Friday at the infamous Ritchie Boulevard hotdog circuit in downtown Geelong. It’s a jersey she designed herself and it will be the first time she’s raced in her own Tiffany Jane design.
“Kelvin asked me to design the summer jersey and I was more than happy to. It was fun to come up with actually. I’m looking forward to racing in it,” she said.
The series will wrap up on Monday, January 5 in Williamstown.
Roxsolt Team for Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic: Tiffany Cromwell, Joanne Hogan, Lauren Kitchen, Loren Rowney, Carlee Taylor, Kimberley Wells.