Ashleigh Moolman joins Bigla on two-year deal

South African champion moves on from Hitec Products

Current South African national road and time trial champion Ashleigh Moolman will join the Bigla Cycling team for 2015-16. The 28-year-old moves on from Hitec Products after one season.

"The next two years leading up to the Rio Olympic Games are very important years for any athlete," Moolman-Pasio said in a team statement of her move to Bigla. "A stable environment and a professional setup are key. When Thomas [Campana] contacted me about the team, I very quickly realised that with his level of experience and professionalism, that he has a very good understanding of what it takes to create an environment that will bring the best out of all the athletes during this important period, and that's what attracted me to this project.

"We have a very exciting roster of girls, and I believe that under the direction of Thomas and the new management, we will be a force to be reckoned with." 

Moolman-Pasio is the third rider Bigla has signed for 2015 with Annemiek van Vleuten and Shelley Olds having previously confirmed their moves to the team.

New team manager Thomas Campana welcomed Moolman aboard and is looking forward to working with the  African Continental Champion.

"As a team we want to create an environment where the athletes reach their full potential," new team manager Campana said. "I'm not talking about going out and just winning races but rather reaching the maximum potential as an athlete and a human being in general. Ashleigh has a unique outlook on life and inspires many. We're very excited to have her on board."

Moolman spent four years in the Lotto set up before joining Hitec Products for this season and is looking forward to continuing her growth as a cyclist at her new team as she explained.

"My goal is to become the best cyclist that I can possibly be," she said. "I feel that there is still room for growth, and I would like to achieve this growth by surrounding myself with people that will continue to challenge me and bring the best out of me.

"I'm very excited about this new team and I look forward to working with all the girls, staff and management."

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