Australian Peta Mullens has signed a contract with women’s professional team Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling for 2014.
The 25-year-old form Victoria, Australia has a strong track pedigree having won a national track title in 2006. She ventured into international road racing a year later, taking part in the Tour of Chongming and Tour de Bretagne. However for the last few years she has been a consistent presence in the domestic racing scene.
In 2009 she became the national U23 road champion, while in 2013 her best results came in mountain biking she became the national champion. In all she has won five national titles and will be utilized as a leadout for Giorgia Bronzini next season.
“I'm excited to be joining the Wiggle Honda team for the 2014 season,” Mullens said in a team statement.
“To come on board with such a successful outfit in my first year is a privilege and I hope that I can bring some good legs and a new personality into an already amazing team. I have worked with [team manager Rochelle Gilmore] before and know that her professionalism and athlete support are unrivaled and I value that.”
Mullens will continue to split her time between road and mountain biking, with the defence of her national off-road title a major ambition.
“I'm really eager to meet the line-up of girls this year and will probably be a little star-struck at first,” Mullens added. “But I only see good things ahead for the team this season and I'm thrilled to be a part of their winning ways.
“I am motivated and determined to embark on this journey and write another chapter of my life, and I thank Wiggle Honda for allowing me to juggle my dual ambitions.”
Team manager and rider Rochele Gilmore added: “Peta is one of the fastest lead-outs in the World so I was super excited when I heard she was interested in joining Wiggle Hond. As a team manager you need to sometimes give some thought to adding a new rider into a near perfect mix, I didn't hesitate when I got the opportunity to sign her.
“Peta is fit, fast, energetic and a generally very happy bubbly person, she will fit in perfectly at Wiggle Honda.”