Cadel might have retired from active cycling since 2015 but invites still continue to come in for him to participate in different events.
He currently took part in a mountain biking challenge along with a teammate in South Africa. As he stated, the invite had come last year, but he could only make it this year as he was down with a knee problem. Now he is back on the saddle again and is being seen among different cycling events in and outside the country. For instance, three cycling icons in Tasmania are gearing up to represent their state at the Australian Masters Games. Tim O’Shannessey, John Gregory and Michael Wilson have been experts in road, Australian track races as well as in mountain biking, similar to Cadel’s accomplishments. They are looking forward to competing again at the biennial sporting event that would be held in the month of October in Northern Tasmania.
O’Shannessey had won bronze in 1996 Olympic Games while Wilson represented his country Australia at the Olympics in the year 1980. All of them are in their late forties or fifties and have different lives now.
The team projected to replace British UCl continental team have failed come up with a sponsor, as a necessity to partake in next year season.
Tom Barras, the team’s manager has been making efforts to secure a top sponsor, which the team will need to provide the €300,000 required to earn the team a place in the race next year.
He explained that the team had earlier secured a sponsor in November. Unfortunately, the sponsor withdrew support from the team blaming their action on the unpredictability of the country’s economy, in the wake of the Brexit vote.
He has expressed hope that if a sponsor was to materialize within the next few week, he could still set up a team of professional riders to compete under an elite license. Stating clearly that he would not like the idea of running a team with a low budget, where he would have to use riders who are not professionals.
He says it is a familiar occurrence in cycling where today you have enough sponsorship, and the next day you are looking for sponsorships. He pointed out that it is simply impossible to run a team without sponsorship. (more…)