From G2I and Warrnambool to the recent Tour of Tassie, 2017 has been a year filled with some fantastic highlights for AMR Renault Racing. As one NRS season draws to a close, the planning for 2018 is already well advanced. We’re thrilled to be welcoming back the nucleus of both our riding and supporter ranks. But as always there’s room for more, especially corporate and/or personal sponsors who share the same passion we do – to nurture up and coming riders and provide the opportunities and framework they need to make that next big step in the Elite ranks. We’ve been doing it for the past 5 seasons now, continually punching way above our weight, and we’re looking forward to doing it once again in 2018.
Interested in helping us make it happen? Email Team Director Russell Menzies here
AMR Renault to race G2I with bells in world-first sponsorship deal
The first race of the 2016 National Road Series may still be five weeks away. But the team at AMR Renault Racing is delighted to announce a world-first sponsorship deal – albeit a somewhat unusual one.
In the deal inked with Canberra-based online cycling retailer and team sponsor, Pushys.com.au, the entire AMR Renault Racing squad will race with all-new HideMyBell integrated Garmin mounts fitted to their Cannondale Super Six Evo’s in the time-honoured 228km Grafton to Inverell Classic on May 7.
“I think we all laughed a bit at first, that’s actually why we decided to announce this on April 1st,” explains Team Director Russell Menzies. “But when you stop and think, it makes plenty of sense. Bicycle bells have been mandatory here in NSW for years now. But since the start of March the fines have risen and the police have been far more active in actually enforcing it, along with other things like reflectors. Safety has always been paramount to us, and we want to set a good example to the wider community. It’s also about solidarity. If everyday riders and club cyclists have to do it, we can do it too. Besides, HideMyBell has a fully integrated design and only weighs a few extra grams.”
According to Shane Wolki, Founder and Owner of Pushys, his company couldn’t be happier with the arrangement. “Bells mightn’t be seen as the most desirable piece of cycling kit we stock, but they’re an important safety device. And if the law says you have to have one, I’d say HideMyBell is a pretty good option. As far as we know this is the first bell sponsorship deal for an elite cycling team anywhere in the world.”
To celebrate the new deal Pushys is offering a 20% discount on all bell purchases until April 20. Just enter the code word BELL at the online checkout.
We’re delighted to announce AMR Renault will continue its association with the team for a second year, after reaffirming its commitment for the 2016 road racing season, including the National Road Series.
“The team has had a fantastic year in 2015 with AMR Renault on board,” said a delighted Team Director, Russell Menzies. “We’ve made huge strides in the past 12 months as a squad and are on the cusp of even bigger things next season. The continued commitment from Luigi and the team at AMR Renault is a hugely important part of achieving that. The team cars have been superb and even better the guys also love their cycling – and rest assured we love them too!”
As was the case for the 2015 season – when the team received the keys to a bespoke Renault Megane wagon and Trafic commercial van, a key part of the 2016 AMR Renault sponsorship will again include the provision of official team vehicles – a vital contribution given the very nature of the NRS involves vast amounts of time on the road each season.
According to Menzies, beyond AMR Renault’s continued sponsorship a series of new partners will be announced for 2016 in the coming weeks.
“Success breeds success, no question,” he said. “We’ve had a lot of interest following our results this season, especially in the second half of the year, both from potential sponsors, suppliers and riders. The quality of contacts has been sky high too, which is always a nice position to be in. As things are finalised we’ll be releasing the news, so stay tuned!”
In the first of our “AMR Renault Test Rides” series for 2015, Cam and Rusty recently put the new Renault Captur compact SUV (turbo) through its paces. If you’re keen to check it out for yourself be sure to give Luigi or Adrian a call at AMR Renault, Haberfield.
As you probably know by now, we have a new naming sponsor in 2015, AMR Renault. But who are they? Well, this video will hopefully explain things a bit better as we meet the two LACC members behind the dynamic Renault dealership in Sydney’s inner west. They’re both passionate cyclists and, believe it or not, they’re both called Luigi.
If you follow cycling in social media (and who doesn’t these days, right?) chances are you’ve come across the BikeBug-sponsored triathlete Zoe Williams in the past year or two. Well, in 2015 Zoe is going to have some company as our very own Matt Slee and Aaron Watts will also be taking you on a behind-the-scenes journey into the life of an NRS rider, via the BikeBug Facebook and Instagram pages.
Both Matt and Aaron hail from northern NSW and have been in hard training for a while now, racking up the kms in preparation for what is a hectic start to 2015. Watch out for them and if you happen to see them out on the road, be sure to grab a selfie or two … and hashtag them, of course.
They may be absent from the UCI World Tour these days, but for eight glittering seasons from 1978 to 1985 Renault was one of the biggest teams in pro cycling, built around a talented young Frenchman you may have heard of: Bernard Hinault. Between 1978 and 1983 the ‘Badger’ recorded an incredible four wins in the Tour de France for Renault, together with two overall wins in the Vuelta and another two in the Giro. It wasn’t all about Hinault, however. Greg Lemond won a World Championship in 1983 with the team whilst the ‘Professor’, Laurent Fignon, won the Tour de France in consecutive years for Renault in 1983 and 1984. Current FDJ team director Marc Madiot was also a member of the all-conquering Renault team for six seasons, most notably winning Paris-Roubaix in 1985. We may not quite reach these lofty heights in 2015 but we’re aiming high 😉
It’s pretty simple, really. Without the support of dedicated sponsors, elite cycling doesn’t exist – certainly not at NRS level. With this in mind we’re absolutely thrilled to have the following businesses on board for the 2015 season. Support them whenever you can. We sure will be.
The all-new AMR Renault Racing Team 2015 kit should be available towards the middle of January, just after the National Championships in Ballarat. New kit supplier, Tineli, is on the case right now. This is a rough of the new design. Similar to 2014, but different. Two kits will actually be produced in 2015, the racing kit and a subtle variation for team supporters. Watch this space for ordering details.
As of January 1, 2015 the Cellarbrations Racing Team will officially become the AMR Renault Racing Team. Together with our new name, logo and website, we’ll soon be presenting our all-new 2015 racing kit and team vehicles (see below) which will make their official debut at the Bay Crits series near Geelong from 2-5 January.