Australian based StepFwdIT Suzuki is an elite women’s cycling team focused on rider development and will be out to impress at this year’s Lexus of Blackburn Herald Sun Tour.
Formed in 2010, the team was established with the purpose of identifying talented female cyclists and providing them with development opportunities and pathways through to the elite level of racing in Australia and overseas. They’ve seen great success in their mission over the last few years with Shannon Malseed (TIBCO-SVB), Grace Brown (Mitchelton SCOTT) and Sarah Gigante (TIBCO-SVB) all moving on the women’s WorldTour.
The team has evolved over the past 9 years to become one of the most powerful domestic cycling teams in Australia with a strong pedigree of developing riders into successful professional athletes.
StepFwdIT Suzuki has had a lot of success on the WorldTour stage, with stage wins at the Santos Tour Down Under in 2018 and their riders have a tendency to animate the peloton by chasing down breakaways and working hard for each other.
Imbued with the uniquely Australian larrikin spirit, they will be a team keen to impress at this year’s tour.
Team co-owner, Tom Reynolds, is looking forward to the team’s prospects at the women’s Tour. “We’re really looking to show that the local teams – when given the opportunity- can really step up and have a red hot go. We like the look of stage one and we will select a team that can bring our sprinter to the line. Stage Two is one for the climbers and we’ll also have a go there- look to the early break and show we’re a force in 2020.”
They are one of the youngest teams in 2020 and we’re excited to see what these new riders will do.
RIDER LIST – BIOS in sheet
- Bre Vine
- Pia Smith
- Amalia Langham
- Sharni Morley
- DS Kendelle Hodges