Jenna Merrick is the latest graduate from the Mike Greer Homes Women’s Cycling set up to the international.  The Kiwi will join Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport in 2020, an outfit who have featured regularly in some of the biggest World Tour races on the calendar.

In 2019 Jenna Merrick has had an exceptional year.  The 19 year old won the U23 National time trial title in Napier before finishing second in Gravel and Tar La Femme and winning the best young rider jersey at the Women’s Herald Sun Tour; a race where she also took fourth overall.  A European campaign followed, that saw the Kiwi take her first European UCI top ten finish in the SwissEver GP Cham-Hagendorn.

The European campaign was dampened slightly with injury, as a mass crash in June saw the Kiwi teen come away with a broken jaw, having taking in racing in Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium prior to the accident.

Jenna Merrick on the podium as winner of the young rider classification at the Herald Sun Tour, photo MGHWC

Speaking about the opportunity to join Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport, Merrick said, “The team offers very good opportunities and support for racing in Europe, unlike any current teams from New Zealand.  The best racing is that in Europe, so I am excited to have this opportunity and learn from the more experienced riders from the team.”

In 2019 Mike Greer Homes did embark on a European campaign to further bolster the hopes and futures of their young talented riders, however, they have been forced to disband and will not continue in 2020.  

Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport have been involved in racing at the highest level of the sport, with plenty of World Tour outings to their name.  The team took in a large compliment of Belgian and Ardennes Classics racing including the Tour of Flanders, Gent-Wevelgem, Amstel Gold, Liege-Bastogne-Liege and Fleche Wallonne.  They also tackled La Course by Le Tour de France, the Ladies Tour of Norway and the Tour of Guangxi in China.

We look forward to seeing Merrick’s progression on the international scene and wish her all the best in the Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport set up next year.

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