New Zealand’s sole professional road cycling team has settled on its line-up for the 2010 season to
commence January 1st. Re-titled Subway – Avanti Pro Cycling Team will again be registered with world cycling
governing body Union Cycliste Internationale as a UCI Continental team for a second successive term. Each
athlete from the ten-rider roster has signed a contract for its Christchurch-based team owner Off The Front
Promotions Limited that has released four athletes from the 2009 team and signed three new faces.
New Zealand Elite road champion Gordon McCauley (Auckland) remains with the team. McCauley is
considered the country’s most prolific winner having won close to 20 races this year that include the Elite national
title, two rounds of the Benchmark Homes series, and a stage of the PowerNet Tour of Southland. Perhaps his
best result however came in the recent 9-day UCI 2.HC Tour of Hainan in China when he finished fourth overall
and led the team to second in the Team classification ahead of such powerhouse national teams from Russia,
Kazakhstan, Slovenia, Netherlands, and a number of other respected professional teams.
Co-team owner Hayden Godfrey (Christchurch) also remains in the line-up. The 2008 track World champion won
two important events on the 2009 domestic calendar crossing the line first in the North Shore City Grand Prix and
the senior event at the New Zealand Club Championships.
Also retained for his fourth year is Joseph Cooper (Wellington) who won the 10-day Tour of New Caledonia in
September, Eric Drower (Cambridge) who finished second in the same event last year, and current New Zealand
Under 23 Elite road champion James Williamson (Alexandra).
The final two re-signed athletes are 2009 New Zealand Under 23 road and time trial club champion Sam Horgan
(Christchurch) who also won the time trial stage of the New Caledonian event, and rising star Michael Vink
(Christchurch). Eighteen-year old Vink is the national Under 19 time trial champion and recently finished third in
the Festival of Cycling criterium.
New signings to the team that now enters its fifth year in existence are Ryan Wills (Whakatane) fresh from two
years competing professionally in Belgium, talented all-rounder Mathew Gorter (Hamilton), and Nick Lovegrove
(Auckland) who is relatively new to the sport by international standards.
The ten athletes assembled from around the country bring a wealth of experience and various attributes to the
team that will again target New Zealand’s leading road cycling events that include the Elite road
championships, the UCI-ranked 2.2 Tour of Southland and 2.2 Trust House Classic, mass-participation
commercial events, and the eight-round teams-based Benchmark Homes series.
Christchurch Police Sergeant and co-team owner Greg Hume (Lyttelton) continues to manage and direct the
SUBWAY® International Franchisee Advertising Fund (New Zealand) is again the team’s principal
sponsor again joined by bicycle brand Avanti in the title name. Balance nutritional products has returned as a
sub-sponsor after a 12 month absence along with new sub-sponsor Kenda tyres. Champion System remains as
the clothing supplier, as do Specialized helmets remain.