We're proud to announce our support of the Roxsolt Attaquer cycling team for 2017.
Having made a successful debut at the Launceston Cycling Festival last month, the Australian and New Zealand-based team will compete in races across the globe next year, including in Asia, the USA and Europe.
Founded in 2013 with an initial focus on Australian summer criterium races, the team has gone from strength to strength.
Last year the team recorded a slew of results including 13 UCI top-20 results. In addition to its international races, the team will also compete in selected races across Australia and New Zealand.
The team will race in Attaquer cycling kit throughout the season. Feedback from the team will help us develop the next generation of high performance cycling apparel as they develop the next generation of elite riders.
Nickname: Rylee Roo
Where did you grow up: Tokoroa, NZ
Favourite food: Oats with fresh fruit and yoghurt
Favourite movie: Lion
If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to: 1989, the year my parents met. I would love to be able to see how my ultimate 'couple goals' began.
Hobbies outside of cycling: Long naps, and thinking about what food I get to eat next
Number of bikes you own: Four (Road, TT, Track, Single Speed)
Sprinter, climber, time-trialist or rouleur: Time-trialist
Favourite place to ride: Northland, New Zealand. Long, open, hilly, country roads with amazing scenery.
Favourite rider: Esteban Chaves - always so happy and full of excitement. A reminder that riding is fun!
Instagram handle: @ryleemcmullen
Describe your best moment on a bike: Reaching the top of Mt. Hotham in the final stage of the Tour of Bright 2016. I felt a huge sense of achievement making it to the summit of the longest climb I have ever taken on. Looking out across the view, I remember thinking how lucky I was to be there doing what I love (despite the pain in my legs).
Where did you grow up: Auckland, New Zealand
Favourite food: Karage chicken
Favourite movie: The Labyrinth (David Bowie) classic 80's flick, closely followed by the Goonies and ET... I'm an 80's child.
If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to: I wish someone gave me a bike when I was a child and told me that would be my passion in life. Sadly I only discovered the way of the bike in my late twenties and I've been making up for lost ground ever since - if I could relive the 80's and start cycling then, I would!
Hobbies outside of cycling: Travel, design (my day job and career is in interior design).
Number of bikes you own: 3 (2x road bikes, 1x time trial). All Cervelo's, naturally.
Sprinter, climber, time-trialist or rouleur: Climber
Favourite place to ride: Dolomites, Italy (or any mountain regions really - South Island in New Zealand is pretty dam awesome too).
Favourite rider: Peta Mullens #fangirl
Instagram handle: @josephine.meldgaard
Describe your best moment on a bike: Finishing my first 100km sportif in 2008. I'll never forget the sense of accomplishment and epic nature of this first feat!
Where did you grow up: West Coast, South Island, NZ
Favourite food: Chocolate, caramel slice, desserts in general
Favourite movie: The Notebook or the Lakehouse ...lol
If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to: 1975
Hobbies outside of cycling: Walking my Jack Russell terrier on the beach, exploring the NZ back country with a fishing line and bag full of food to eat. Food and eating.
Number of bikes you own: 4 bikes
Sprinter, climber, time-trialist or rouleur: Climber/Rouleur
Favourite place to ride: Christchurch NZ (Hills, flats, views, cafes)
Favourite rider: Linda Villumsen
Instagram handle: @sharlottelucas
Describe your best moment on a bike: 2nd NZ Elite Nationals 2015 #Steppingup #underdog #breakingAway #goodsupporters #myturf. Pretty much sums it up.
Nickname: Hollywood- apparently when I was young I was a drama queen.
Where did you grow up: Central Coast, NSW
Favourite food: Probably Pics peanut butter. If the kiwi’s have one thing up on us it’s Pic’s peanut butter. Love coming home from a long hard ride and heading straight for the jar!!
Favourite movie: I don’t watch a lot of movies but my all-time favourite as a kid was Forrest Gump. Use to watch it every weekend with Pa.
If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to: 1970s. The year of disco music and flares. Have always wanted to pull on some denim flares and boogy along to Stayin’ Alive.
Hobbies outside of cycling: Love going to the fresh food markets and sourcing local produce, camping, going to the beach and walking/ jogging with Blue (my rescue greyhound).
Number of bikes you own: Just my trusty Cervelo R3 and a cx bike for a bit of fun and adventure.
Sprinter, climber, time-trialist or rouleur: I’d like to think I’m a bit of an all-rounder/ domestique. Love to help my teammates out wherever I can. I enjoy the short, hard criterium racing so come America hopefully it will be my turn to get some results for the team.
Favourite place to ride: I love going down to the Southern Highlands just south of Sydney. Beautiful quiet roads and some epic climbs. I also love riding around the central coast/ Newcastle area. Some awesome loops out to the Watagan’s and Yarramalong.
Favourite rider: Peter Sagan for sure. He is one of the greatest riders ever. Love the way he races, his not afraid to lose. Love his personality both on and off the bike.
Instagram handle: @abbysneddon
Describe your best moment on a bike: Would have to be my first stage win at the Canberra Women’s Tour. Was pissing down with rain the whole race, formed a break that stayed clear and come down to a sprint finish into Stromlo. I could hear Kelvin and James screaming and it gave me that extra push I needed.
Nickname:Rubesta, Booby, Rubes, Rubinator, Rubby.
Where did you grow up: West Auckland, Titirangi. West side fo lyf.
Favourite food: Tacos. But favourite ingredients is cream cheese.
Favourite movie: Django, or most films from Quentin Tarantino.
If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to: 1970s
Hobbies outside of cycling: Searching for the right sunset wherever I am. Long walks on the beach, stuffing my face with yummy food, and sleeping in.
Number of bikes you own: Sadly only 1. If I wasn't so broke spending my $ on the sport and on that one bike I would have a shit load more. My next investment is a Cyclo-cross bike.
Sprinter, climber, time-trialist or rouleur: Just an all rounder mate
Favourite place to ride: Locally the waitaks in Auckland. But the most spectacular place was in Germany acrodd the boarder from the Czech Republic as well as the top of Roncola in Italy in the snow.
Favourite rider: Greg Van Avermaet
Instagram handle: @ruby.livingstone
Describe your best moment on a bike: The final 20ks at the Giro Rosa Della Compania, pissing rain, narrow, pothole Italian roads. Trying to force a breakaway like crazy. Then was soon in a break of a few girls and sprinting to 3rd place. Was my 2nd ever race in Europe and there were many highs and lows throughout the race. Was great to finish on a high.
Where did you grow up: Auckland, NZ
Favourite food: Sushi!
Favourite movie: Step Brothers
If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to: The 60's I think I was suppose to be born then
Hobbies outside of cycling: Baking, crafting and eating is pretty up there
Number of bikes you own: Four
Sprinter, climber, time-trialist or rouleur: Rouleur (I'd like to think)
Favourite place to ride: Queenstown
Favourite rider: Valentina Scandolara
Instagram handle: @lydia_rippon
Describe your best moment on a bike: Would have to be crossing the line 3rd in u23 at Nationals this year. It meant more to me than any race I've won. After not being able to race for a year due to being sick this was my first comeback race. The hard work had paid off. Couldn't help but have a wee tear :')
Nickname: Kelv or Bacon
Where did you grow up: South Australia
Favourite food: Burgers
Favourite movie: Hackers
If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to: The 80s. That’s when they last had a full women’s Tour de France
Hobbies outside of cycling: Cooking
Number of bikes you own: 1 (Cervelo R5, eTap, Zipp NSW 303)
Favourite place to ride: King Valley or Bright in Victoria or around Varnsdorf in Czech Republic
Favourite rider: Kirsten Wild. She is one of the most humble and easy going riders I have ever met.
Instagram handle: @kelvrox
Describe your best moment on a bike: Any time I can get out of Sydney and ride is a good time on the bike. Otherwise any time one of the team reaches the podium that is pretty awesome, especially when the team has really worked together. While we missed the podium at NRS Amy’s Otway Tour last year we were the only team to have every rider make the split along the Great Ocean Road. Watching our 3 riders blow the race apart and the panic set in amongst the big teams as they lost control of the race and had to burn all their matches to get back was a real F*ck Yeah! moment.
Where did you grow up: Lake Munmorah, Central Coast
Favourite food: Italian
Favourite movie: Pulp Fiction or maybe Goodfellas
If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to: 1960
Hobbies outside of cycling: Just recently adopted a greyhound and she is pretty cool.
Number of bikes you own: 3
Favourite place to ride: Home
Favourite rider: That's a hard one.. would have to say Quintana, so majestic
Instagram handle: @jamesamcdonald
Any time I see someone discover the love for cycling.