The Jelly Belly Pro-Cycling Team, which rarely competes outside the US and is currently ranked third in the US National Racing Calendar, announced this week that it has accepted an invitation to compete at the internationally sanctioned Herald Sun Tour, October 9-15, 2005, in and around Melbourne, Australia.
Riders scheduled to compete are Australians Ben Brooks, Caleb Manion and Matty Rice. Joining them will be Kirk Albers, Alex Candelario, Brice Jones, David McCook, and Danny Pate.
"The Herald Sun Tour is one of the premier cycling events in Australia, so the boys and I are keen to make a good showing in our own country," said Ben Brooks, team member from the Sydney area. "The race actually suits us well, there will be a few bunch kicks and a tough day in the hills, but it should come down to the uphill time trial to decide the overall winner. I hope that either I or Danny Pate has the legs on that day to bring home the win for Jelly Belly."
While in Australia, the team plans to make several promotional appearances including: autograph signing sessions at Jelly Belly retailers in Melbourne, bike safety clinics at local schools, and a group "Ride with the Team" event.