FRF Couriers and the New South Wales Institute of Sport (NSWIS) have announced the formation of another Australian UCI-registered Continental team for 2007, FRF Couriers-NSWIS. With the support of the New South Wales Institute of Sport, the team will field a squad of fifteen riders racing the National Road Series in Australia along with UCI level races in Europe, Asia and North America. The team will primarily be a development squad, based in New South Wales, to provide opportunities for talented young guns, supported by experienced riders such as Peter McDonald, Grafton-Inverell winner, Troy Glennan, Domestic Time Trial champion and Peter Herzig, Tour of Hainan KOM classification winner.
FRF Couriers, an Australian, Sydney based courier company, will build upon the foundation set over the past few years - the current outfit evolved from the 2005 FRF Couriers-Caravello team. The New South Institute of Sport cycling program, headed by Gary Sutton, will provide full access to the Institute’s world class facilities, access to professional coaching staff, sport science services, medical staff and athlete career, education and professional development programs. The NSWIS was previously involved with Brad McGee, starting up development team McGee-NSWIS. Now, McGee Sports is a supporting sponsor of the South Australia.com-AIS team.
This year the team will be directed by Andrew Portess, FRF Couriers/NSWIS Continental Team Manager along with Graham Seers, NSWIS Regional and Coaching Development Coordinator. The first event for the team will be the Bay Series Criteriums in Victoria followed closely by the Australian National Road Titles, raced against Australia’s top professionals and local riders.
The 2007 FRF Couriers-NSWIS team roster is:
Anthony Bennett, 19 - National Track Junior medallist
Robert Cater, 21 - U19 Australian team for the World Championships
Luke Cridland, 19 - U19 Australian team for the World Championships
Brendan Brooks, 20 - 2006 FRF-ExcelPro team member
John Ebeling, 24 - Young Rider Jersey of New Caledonia
Troy Glennan, 25 - Club National Time Trial Champion
Jason Hegert, 21 - Tour of the Grampians overall winner
Peter Herzig, 28 - Tour of Hainan KOM winner
Robert Lyte, 25 - NSWIS rider
Brendan Jones, 21 - NSW Hillclimb champion
Chris Jory, 19 - Port Macquarie junior
Peter McDonald - Grafton Inverell winner
Joe McDonnell, 28 - 3rd Stage One UCI Tour of Ireland
Tyler McLachlan, 19 - U19 National Criterium Champion
David Treacy, 28 - Maltese Commonwealth Games representative