Cycling is a pretty complex and wacky world so let's take a quick look this Friday at what's making the news.
28 Oct 2016 - 2:19 PM  UPDATED 8 Nov 2016 - 11:01 AM

Bahrain Merida hosted its first official press conference in Croatia on Wednesday, its 2017 World Tour status another step closer for the team focused on promoting the kingdom and its tourism. 

The team unveiled Vincenzo Nibali, 'our' Heinrich Haussler, Ion Izagirre, Sonny Colbrelli and Joaquim Rodriguez and 16 other riders on its roster, plus the Merida bikes and other tech it will use next year.  

“For me, I can honestly say it’s a proud moment for us to be sitting here for the first training camp. What we had put together in the last few months has been incredible. It’s a huge proud moment for us”, said Brent Copeland, General Manager of the new team and former Lampre-Merida boss. 

“With Bahrain’s support, we are able to put this team together, and Merida made a great bicycles that anyone or any cyclist wished for."

The 21 riders will participate in their first training camp while in Croatia plus another camp in December with its full complement of riders. The team's kit is set to be unveiled in January and will be gold, blue and red. 

The final list of World Tour teams is not expected to be released by the UCI until late November. 

 

 

 

Friday 28 Oct 2016

"It's Crankworx baby!!" 

Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA) has announced an 89% increase in recreation memberships, now representing approximately 15% of its 15,000 members.   

As a result, MTBA memberships in total over the last 18 months increased 22.8%. 

In the same announcement, MTBA said it would continue to lobby for National Sports Organisation status from the Australian Sports Commission and focus not just on racing but appealing to the broader cycling community "who simply want to ride their bike for, health lifestyle, and social benefits."

 

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Etixx-Quickstep will become Quickstep Floors in 2017 with Etixx moving aside from title sponsorship but remaining a partner. 

“We are delighted that Quick-Step decided to become the title sponsor of the team in the 2017 season. We have achieved many goals together and we are eager to keep doing so in 2017," said team CEO Patrick Lefevere.

“I would like to thank Etixx for their support and underline that our relationship will go ahead, as Etixx will continue to supply the team with their high-quality products. Finally, I want to stress that the budget and the structure of the squad will remain unaltered in 2017”, he said. 

Quickstep has sponsored pro cycling since 1998, a title sponsor from 2003.