The Toshiba Information Systems Division (ISD) renewed its support of Australian track cyclists, Cycling Australia announced Thursday. The partnership will see a continuation of Team Toshiba, the Australian professional track cycling team launched in 2007, and sponsorship of 'The Cyclones' - the National Team. Toshiba's sponsorship provides the opportunity for more of Australia's talented track stars to compete in world class events.
The 2008-09 Team Toshiba will debut at the Melbourne round of the UCI World Cup Classics on November 20 to 22. More than 200 riders from around the world are expected to line up for this round of the Series. 'The Cyclones', as well as contesting the World Cup Classics, will also compete at the World Championships in March 2009 in Pruszkow, Poland.
The Team Toshiba lineup for the coming season includes current team members Anna Meares, Dan Ellis, Scott Sunderland and Zakkari Dempster who will be joined by Kaarle McCulloch, Jason Niblett, Leigh Howard, Glenn O'Shea and Belinda Goss.
"Toshiba has been a fantastic supporter of the team and of me personally over the past year and I am really excited they are staying on board with us," said Meares. "Some fresh new talent is joining the roster of experienced performers and I look forward to us posting some great performances during the season."