Four-time Olympian and World Champion Shane Kelly will lend his support to the establishment of Australia's first club based elite cycling team. Carnegie Caulfield Cycling Club and SHM Bikes are launching Australia's first club based elite cycling team on Friday, 11 May, 2007.
The CCCC/SHM team is aiming to provide development opportunities for up and coming young riders and try to bridge the gap between individual racing and trade teams.
The establishment of the CCCC/SHM Elite Team is one of two initiatives the club has established to support CycleSport Victoria's 'teamsracing07' Victorian Super Series. CCCC's second initiative to support teams racing is the promotion of the inaugural Degani Café Bakery Phillip Island Cycling Grand Prix (over 111 km), which will be held on Saturday, 12 May 2007. The event will be the CCCC/SHM team's first hit out in its newly-designed jerseys.
The club believes these initiatives help support CCCC's mission statement "to provide safe and enjoyable opportunities for cyclists of any age or ability to participate in competitive cycling, and to provide pathways for members to reach their full potential whether it be enthusiast or world champion."
At the elite end of the spectrum, CCCC riders regularly achieve success representing Australia at the Commonwealth, Olympic and Paralympics Games, and at Junior, Senior and Masters World Cycling Championships. Kelly will be on hand to inspire and motivate the team at the launch.