WELCOME TO 2019 - WE BARELY MADE IT OURSELVES

For those who didn’t know, Bombtrack Treadly Racing is a small-time cyclocross team with a handful of riders racing across different grades here in Australia. We’re based in Adelaide, and have raced the National Cyclocross Series the last couple of years, starting in 2017. Well, actually starting in Summer 2016/17 as we’re lucky enough to have a Summer CX race series here in Adelaide thanks to the wonderful Port Adelaide Cycling Club!

The Blind Date CX race that PACC put on at the Adelaide Superdrome was a highlight of the off-season for us. Photo c/o Andy Rogers

The Blind Date CX race that PACC put on at the Adelaide Superdrome was a highlight of the off-season for us. Photo c/o Andy Rogers

2017 saw a super successful season for us, with a number of National Series wins, a couple of National Championships, and more podiums than you could poke a stick at under our belts. The 2018 season was really hard, with some of the things that came easily to us in 2017 taking a fair bit more effort to pull off this time around, some big life moments coming and going for some of us, and a couple of long-term injuries really doing all they could to wreck our morale.

The Summer break over 2018/19 was a little subdued from us, with some unsuredness about the future of the team and a reduced Summer season here in Adelaide. When it came time for me (Jake) to leave my job at Treadly earlier this year I knew it would be difficult to keep the team up, and so we toyed with changing the name, doing a full re-brand, finding new sponsors, keeping old sponsors, ditching the whole thing, but the only thing that made sense was to keep Bombtrack and Treadly on board so that we could keep going with the name we’d made for ourselves in the Aussie ‘Cross scene, and leave the door open for a revamped team structure in 2020. That said, it wasn’t long before we had a kit brand and a helmet/eyewear brand on board, in Ornot and Smith, and all of a sudden here we are!

It’ll be interesting spending the season on this sparkly beast! Photo c/o Jake Thomas

It’ll be interesting spending the season on this sparkly beast! Photo c/o Jake Thomas

In 2019, I really want to focus on what we missed the last couple of years - that last 10%. We were so busy behind the scenes organising racing, sponsorships, dealing with stuff that we neglected to keep updating y’all with what’s going on, how we’re doing, and what it all means to us (as you can see by the last post I made on this website being from before we even started the 2018 season!). I also want to shed some light on what it’s like racing and running a team down here in Australia! Over the course of the season, I’ll cover what bikes we’re riding, who makes up the team, what the Australian ‘cross season is made up of, recap the racing we make it to, and then wrap it all up at the end.

I hope you’ll keep coming back for a season of BTR news, and that I can keep it interesting over the course of the next few months!