• Australians Jack Bobridge (front) and Rohan Dennis on the attack at the 2015 USA Pro Challenge in Colorado (Getty) (Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
Australia's Jack Bobridge will return to the WorldTour with Trek Factory Racing after a season riding for local outfit Budget Forklifts.
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Cycling Central

15 Sep 2015 - 10:29 AM 

Bobridge is well known is well for his exploits on the track, where he won a series of World Championships and national titles in both the team and individual pursuit.

“First of all I’m really excited to join a new team," Bobridge said. "I heard great things about Trek Factory Racing and I know a couple of the guys here.

"This team is really supportive of their riders and give back a lot. That’s great. For Trek to give me another go at the WorldTour and race the big races in Europe, that’s just fantastic.

"I’m excited to be able to do that again and I’m very motivated to try my best and have some good results. To be a part of such a well known team is going to be another great experience.”

On the road he won the U23 World Time Trial Championships, was the national U23 Champion on the road and the time trial and in 2011 won the elite national road title.

More recently he made an attempt to set a new UCI World Hour Record but fell  552 metres short of the previous benchmark set by Austrian Mathias Brändle.

“For the first three months after the attempt, I was feeling pretty damaged, but looking back now it was definitely a really good thing to do," Bobridge said.

"Since then I compare a lot of things to it in terms of pain. Well, nothing really compares to it, I admit. But yes, it helped me mentally that I got to push my body so far. It’s a bit like how at Grand Tour can improve your capacity, alter your body, enlarge your engine.”

Bobridge said he will remain focussed on the 2016 Rio Olympic Games even as he rides as a TT and breakaway specialist for Trek Factory Racing.

“I can’t wait for the new season. It’s an Olympic year and my track commitments are a massive goal for mine. But also on the road I want to represent Trek and I’ll strive to have the best result for the team.”