Be part of the ‘Killer Bees’ in 2018

WANT TO BE PART OF THE ‘TEAM’ IN 2018?

 

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

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Excitement builds for 2017

True, 2016 may still have few races left in it yet, including the upcoming Tour of Bright. But we’re excited to say the 2017 season is already shaping as the biggest and best in the five-year history of AMR Renault Racing with several important pieces now firmly in place. 

 

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Luigi and the team at AMR Renault have been long-term supporters and we’re thrilled to have them back in 2017, ensuring we’ll continue to have the best team cars in the NRS convoy for a third successive season.

Australia’s #1 online cycling retailer, Pushys, are pumped to be returning for a second season and will once again play a significant role in backing the team with bikes, gear and service support during 2017.

Our affiliate CA club since day one, Lidcombe-Auburn Cycling Club, are back and together we’re looking to create even stronger links in 2017 and beyond, both with the LACC juniors (who are flying right now, just quietly!) and the wider Club member base.

“Since the team began back in 2012 we’ve never been in such an advanced position at this stage of the off-season.” Team Director Russell Menzies.

“It’s a testament to the riders and what they’ve been able to achieve, but also to the commitment and passion of our sponsors. They’re just as excited about the path we’re on right now as we are ourselves. Just as it is with cycling teams at every level of the sport globally, their support is just so important. They make it all possible each season, and we’re hugely grateful for everything they do. We can’t wait to repay their faith in 2017.”

While the details are still being finalised, the bulk of the Team’s other 2016 sponsors also look set to return, which is clearly more great news. Watch this space…and watch this team!

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AMR Renault returns in 2016

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.

 

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“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!”

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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.

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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!”

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AMR Renault is based at Haberfield in Sydney’s inner west.

 

After 3 years Sunderland takes the next step

It is with equal doses of pride and sadness we have to announce one of AMR Renault Racing’s foundation riders, Dylan Sunderland, will be leaving the squad in 2016 with one eye firmly fixed on Europe.

 

“Clearly we’re sad to see Dylan move on after three years, he’s been such a fantastic rider for us,” said Team Director Russell Menzies. “But having played a role in helping him develop from a talented U19 in 2012 to now be one of the most exciting prospects in the country is also very satisfying. It’s an affirmation we’re on the right path and in many ways is exactly why this team was established in the first place, to provide opportunities for guys just like Dylan.”

“Of course as one chapter ends, another begins, and Dylan’s departure will obviously provide some great opportunities for other guys to really shine in 2016,” adds Menzies. “We’re also bringing some exciting new riders and sponsors on board – as well as the continuation of our fantastic major sponsor from 2015, AMR Renault – so while some of the names may change we still expect to be right there when the whips are cracking next season!”

In his time with AMR Renault Racing (formerly Cellarbrations Racing Team) Sunderland secured several of the team’s highest profile results since it was formed in 2012. This included claiming multiple medals at NSW State U19 and U23 Championship level, winning the 2013 Keegan Downs Sundowner Handicap, and most recently finishing third on overall GC and first U23 at the Jayco Tour of Tasmania.

The team wishes Dylan, along with his father Peter who’s been a tremendous supporter of the team since 2012, the very best for the future. We’ll be following the continued progression of Dylan’s career with the keenest of interest. His final race for the team will be at the 2015 Tour of Bright from 4-6 December where it wouldn’t surprise us in the slightest if he was once again on the podium.

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Jacarandas, Sapphires & Bikes : G2I 2015

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It’s been an exciting second half of the season for AMR Renault Racing, and this Saturday the team will round out its involvement in the 2015 National Road Series with the time-honoured Grafton to Inverell Classic. It will be our second involvement in the famously gruelling race that begins at sea level under a blanket of purple in the Jacaranda City of Grafton, climbs the 1,100m Gibraltar Range, traverses constant undulations en route to Glen Innes before ending 228km from the coast in the Sapphire City of Inverell.

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2014 G2I combatants Matt Slee and Aaron Watts will return once again, where they will be joined by Ben Carman, Tim Cameron and guest rider Matt Rizutto. In a nice piece of history Saturday will also see the team boast not one but two Inverell-based riders for the first time, with the experienced John Freiberg to be joined by G2I debutant Dylan Sunderland, fresh from his maiden ride in last weekend’s Melbourne to Warnambool.
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One of the more motivated riders in the elite field will no doubt be our very own Matt Slee. In one of the biggest shows of courage and determination we’ve ever seen on two wheels, Matty spent more than half of last year’s G2I in the race-winning breakaway alongside eventual winner Sean Lake, only to have his ambitions cruelled by Di2 shifting troubles which left him stuck in one agonising gear for more than 100km. He was only reeled in by the bunch in the closing stages and still recorded a highly respectable time. Hopefully with a far smoother ride, Matty can exorcise some demons in 2015.
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No gears? No problems for Matty Slee in 2014.
While G2I marks the end of the NRS for 2015 the team will continue to make its presence felt in the final months of the year at the Wollongong and Noosa Crits, as well as the 2015 Tour of Bright.

100th Melbourne to Warrnambool

This Saturday marks the historic 100th running of the 279km Melbourne to Warrnambool Classic. One of the oldest road races still in existence anywhere in the world (only Liege-Bastogne-Liege has been around longer), AMR Renault Racing is proud to be sending a full squad of seven to the start line in Werribee. Team captain Kris Johnston was our highest place finisher in the 2014 race, and returns along with ‘Warney’ debutant, Toby Orchard, to bolster the nucleus from our hugely successful squad at last week’s Jayco Tour of Tasmania. It will be a tough day in the saddle, but one the guys are really looking forward to.

 

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Sunderland creates history in Tasmania

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Dylan wins solo in Grindelwald. (Photo: Cycling Australia)

Dylan Sunderland has continued his awesome run of form in 2015, taking out the overall Young Rider Classification at the 2015 Jayco Tour of Tasmania and finishing an outstanding 3rd on overall GC, just 8 seconds behind winner Brad Evans. On the way he created an important piece of history for the team, winning our maiden NRS stage, on Stage 4 from Launceston to Grindelwald with an impressive late attack.

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Winner 2015 Young Rider Classification. (Photo: Cycling Australia)

Huge thanks go to the entire squad for helping Dylan get this historic win. Ben Carman, Matt Slee, Aaron Watts and Tim Cameron busted their tails for the team all week – and Dylan returned the favour in spades by finishing things off beautifully when it mattered most. Tim also rode a wonderful tour, showing outstanding form to finish an impressive 15th overall, less than 40 seconds off Brad Evans.

Next stop is Warney on Saturday and the small matter of 279km….

3rd on GC, the team's first overall NRS podium
3rd on GC, the team’s first overall NRS podium. (Photo: Cycling Australia)

NRS season heads south

Buoyed by strong recent showings, AMR Renault Racing returns to the scene of its finest performance of the 2014 National Road Series from October 6-11 for the 2015 Jayco Tour of Tasmania.

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The gruelling 6-stage tour is the jewel in the annual NRS crown and without doubt one of the toughest stage races on the domestic racing calendar, a prospect that has Team Director Russell Menzies brimming with optimism.

“This year’s squad for Tasmania has an excellent blend of youth and experience, with most of the guys having raced there in 2014 as well as being part of last month’s National Capital Tour,” said Team Director Russell Menzies. “But even more importantly we know our guys are race hard, and very much suited to the tougher races like Tasmania. Dylan (1st, U23) and Tim (6th, Elite) rode superbly at the recent NSW Championships near Goulburn – despite both crashing pretty hard on stage two in Canberra. John, Aaron, Matty and Ben have also proven they’re in good shape for what promises to be an unforgiving week of racing. There’s nowhere to hide in Tassie – and as we saw last year that really suits us.”

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In the 2014 Tour of Tasmania, Dylan Sunderland finished 6th in the Young Rider classification, while the team claimed 5th overall, as well as taking out the King of the Mountains jersey. The 2015 race begins next Tuesday with a 2km prologue at the Baskerville Raceway in North Hobart.

AMR Renault Racing squad: 
Dylan Sunderland (U23), Tim Cameron, John Freiberg, Matt Slee, Aaron Watts, Ben Carman (U23). DS: Russell Menzies.

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2015 Jayco Tour of Tasmania:
Prologue: 2km, Baskerville Raceway, Tuesday, October 6
Stage 1: 120km, Strathgordon to New Norfolk, Wednesday, October 7
Stage 2: 106km, Ulverstone to Penguin, Thursday, October 8
Stage 3: 120km, East Devonport to George Town, Friday, October 9
Stage 4: 93km, Launceston to Grindelwald, Saturday, October 10
Stage 5: 48km, Symmons Plains Criterium Sunday, October 11.

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