The Mike Greer Homes Women’s Cycling Team (MGH) is set to reach for bigger and better things after a fantastically successful season in 2016 that landed three of their riders contracts overseas in 2017. New sponsors and riders are on board for the team that really has led the way in women’s cycling development in New Zealand.
It is a with combination of excitement and sadness that MGH Women’s Cycling say goodbye to Michaela Drummond who signed a professional deal with Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling earlier this month. There are also international pursuits for both Amanda Jamieson and Sophie Pulford who will both head off to Europe during New Zealand’s winter months.
However, the team will welcome a number of new riders to their roster in 2017 including one returning rider in Cassandra Harvey. Ella Harris and Jade Regan will add strength to the U23 line up that already includes Mikayla Harvey, Grace Anderson, Michaela Kerr, Maddi Campbell and Ione Johnson. Meanwhile, the U19 side of the team is bolstered by the arrival of Kate Smith, Britney Kerr and Niamh Fisher-Black. The three of them will join fellow U19 rider Nicole Shields.
Along with new riders on the team, the MGH Women’s Cycling Team are thrilled to be able to announce the list of sponsors who are partnering this year with the squad to further develop the outfit into its goals for 2017; cementing its reputation as the leading team for developing women’s cycling and arguably the number 1 team in women’s cycling full stop.
Mike Greer Homes retain the naming rights sponsorship of the team and will continue to partner the team alongside Specialized, with the two being the principle sponsors of the team. Red Stag Timber and Sandfield Associates will be co-sponsors of the team, with Specialized, Pure Sports Nutrition and Tineli joining the team as product/service partners. Meanwhile the team also welcome a new eye wear sponsor to the team; with Oakley choosing to come alongside the team and support them.
Richard McEwen of Mike Greer Homes has announced that he and Mike Greer Homes are very much behind the team as they progress into 2017. “As proud naming sponsors for the Mike Greer Homes Women Cycling Team, we wish the girls all the best as they compete on the national and international stage during 2017,” he said in a team announcement.
Patrick Harvey, team director of MGH Women’s Cycling, echoes the pride felt towards having the sponsors jumping on board to support the team. “All these sponsors embody the same values of striving for excellence and attempting to achieve greatness and we feel very privileged to have their support,” he said. “As the team evolves and the partnership with our sponsors grow we hope to further increase the value we can provide.”
Look out for the team to continue to make their presence felt particularly in New Zealand and on Australia’s National Road Series scene where they are expected to feature a lot more prominently in 2017 after making their presence felt in 2016.
To follow the progress of the Mike Greer Homes Women’s Cycling Team check out the team website.