What is so special about the Mitchelton-SCOTT team?
I have been lucky enough to be a part of Mitchelton-SCOTT since its inception in 2012. For me, what makes this feel even more special is that from day one of the team Gerry Ryan and Shayne Bannan both believed in a women’s team. It’s great to see more men’s World Tour teams now including a women’s team, but I feel proud that our team had one from the start.
A women’s team is different to a men’s team – the core group that travels all year round together are 10 riders, 2 directors, 2 mechanics and 2 soigneurs. Whilst the men might have teammates they don’t see for an entire season, we only have one race calendar meaning that we see each other and race together almost every week. As an Australian living in Europe for 8-9 months of the year we spend more time with our team than with our family and friends back in Australia. This team has become like a family to me.
I love that we have a solid Aussie DNA. We have a lot of fun off the bike and probably use a little too much slang for our international riders… although their willingness to learn, and learn some more (insert Cards Against Humanity phrases here ;)) means there is never a dull moment when we are off the bike. Even so, when it’s time to get to business we know how to come together as a team and achieve results together.
The Giro this year was one of the highlights of my career. Annemiek won and I finished 3rd overall. We won 6 stages, the pink jersey and mountains jersey. On paper it was a dream run. But the best part about it all? The amazing teamwork by both staff and riders – this will always be the biggest highlight for me. It was a goal that had been in the works for a good couple of years – so much preparation and planning behind the scenes that by the time we got to the race itself everyone felt 100% ready. The appreciation and respect I have especially for my teammates who sacrificed their own chances to work for Annemiek and I over the 10 days is huge and I am so confident in saying that the results wouldn’t be the same without their tireless work. Look at any photos from the race and you can see how much time they spent at the front.
I’m a proud Aussie and I love to be able to sit back and reflect on how far our team has come in both professionalism and strength since our first season. We are now ranked number 2 in the World, and the season isn’t over yet. Life in the professional cycling circuit isn’t always easy. I have learnt some big lessons this year both on and off the bike. This is a team that understands me but also challenges me. They help me grow not only as a cyclist but as a person, and it is this kind of environment that motivates me and keeps me growing and progressing every year. I have some big goals coming up over the next 6 weeks and I’m confident that I’m in the right place to make them happen.
Always a team player, it is common to see Amanda sacrificing herself for her teammates.
The 2012 and 2016 Australian road race champion is known for her big heart and big engine. Amanda recorded her first European victory at the Giro del Trentino Alto Adige – Sudtirol in 2015 and has taken a big step up as a leader in the outfit following the retirement on Loes Gunnewijk.