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by Shane Stokes
September 21, 2017
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A new Queensland-based squad will launch in 2018, with the Brisbane Continental Cycling Team project getting underway for next season. It will be run by former Budget Forklifts rider Josh Prete, while individual pursuit world champion Jordan Kerby will be one of the key riders.
Seeking to be a top NRS team and to secure invites to races such as the Herald Sun Tour, the team will build on the previous Cobra9 squad. “I really want to see this team take off and be something I would have wanted to be a part of when I was racing in Queensland,” Prete told Cyclingnews.
“I think there are too many talented cyclists that don’t get picked up or decide to give it up before they should. It is not through the fault of another teams or anything really.”
Opportunities were limited for many Queensland riders after the Continental Budget Forklifts team stopped at the end of 2015, and Prete hopes that this will fill the gap. “I’ve wanted to have something based out of Brisbane to support the catchment ahead of Queensland for cycling, but also to attract talented riders to come to Brisbane to race as well.
“I want create a high level-racing scene like what is already established in Melbourne or Sydney. There hasn’t been that team that people aim for. I feel it is really important for people to see what a good team can do in races. There are heaps of talented guys in Queensland but they all seem to be individuals.”
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