14th June 2017
Written by David Fell
The Veloroos have signed up for Revolve24 at The Bend Motorsport Park on 13-14 January 2018!
They will be taking part in the 24 hour challenge as a team of four. With their backgrounds in endurance sports they are definitely a team to watch.
The Veloroos are a team of non-professional female endurance cyclists, passionate about riding bikes and pushing the boundaries of what you can achieve if you let go of fears, take a step outside your comfort zone, and dedicate yourself to your goal. The Veloroos are keen to encourage more females to get involved in cycling so they too can experience the fun, adventure and sense of achievement that this sport can bring.
In 2015, a team of 4 Veloroos won RAAM (Julie-Anne Hazlett, Nicole Stanners, Natasha Horne and Sarah Matthews)! They were the first place female team of 4 in The Race Across America, breaking a 19 year record for females under 50.
Before they get to Adelaide a new team of Veloroos are heading over to Ireland for their next adventure - The Race Around Ireland another non-stop race around the entire coast of Ireland.
Julie-Anne Hazlett - better known to her friends as JA has a full time job as a consultant but in her spare time loves to ride her bike. Originally from Ireland, she has lived, travelled and worked her way around the world, before eventually settling in the Eastern suburbs of Sydney 17 years ago. JA has always loved sport and used to ride horses, play hockey and snowboard before buying her first road bike in 2010 and deciding to give triathlons a go. Since then she’s raced in 2 x ITU Olympic Distance Age Group World Championships and 3 x Ironman 70.3 World Championships. She has also led various female cycling teams to victory including the Veloroos team that won and broke the record for Race Across America in 2015 and the Cheeky Chicks team of 9 girls who won the first L’Étape Australia in 2016. In 2017 she qualified for the 70.3 World Championships in USA and the UCI World Championships in France but will be heading home to Ireland instead to take on the Race Around Ireland with a new team of Veloroos.
Di Jones - Di moved to Australia in 2012 from London, leaving the world of corporate law and late nights in the office for a better work life balance in the Eastern suburbs of Sydney. Always being involved with sport (hockey, netball and women’s rugby in the UK), Di embraced the outdoor culture Sydney had to offer and soon became heavily involved in surf lifesaving and triathlon. It soon became apparent that her main love was for the bike and in the past year she has fully embraced life on two wheels, training consistently with local cycling groups and focussing on her strength on the bike. Di has raced in sprint, olympic and half Ironman distances, regularly podiuming. She is hoping to qualify to compete in the 2018 Age Group World Championships in the Gold Coast. She also takes part in ocean swims, trail runs and crit racing. Di is hugely passionate about encouraging women to ride and sees the Race Around Ireland as a fantastic opportunity to show women that anything can be achieved if you set your mind to it! She is thrilled to be part of the adventure and can’t wait to put her training to the test as part of such an enthusiastic and driven group of women.
Sarah Anne Evans - originally from the UK, Sarah Anne now calls Australia home, splitting her time with a toe dipped in the ocean of Sydney’s northern beaches, and her heart grounded in the breath-taking scenery of the Snowy Mountains. She is the founder and head coach of endurance training company, Karmea, working to support athletes in their sporting adventures.
Sarah Anne is an accomplished endurance athlete that laps up mental and physical challenges. Her triathlon and duathlon career success has seen her podium across all distances from sprint to Ironman, and race at both the age group European and World Championship level for Great Britain. The bike leg quickly became her strength and she has built up her racing experience by racing as part of a women’s team in her first cycling season, competing in multi stage races, time trials, and 250km grand fondos. Just as at home on the trails as the road, she had completed 100km ultra trail marathons, 100km and 24 hour mountain bike races, 24 hour adventure racing, and represented Australia at the Xterra World Championships in Maui.
Pippa Lyon - Pippa moved to Manly from the UK 5 1/2 years ago. She has always loved sport but only got involved in endurance events and really challenging herself in sport since moving to Australia. After completing 3 Peaks in Victoria (a 235km ride with 4000m of climbing) a couple of years ago she realised that you can do anything that you put your mind to and so decided to sign up for North Face 50km run. Things spiralled from there! After doing the Big Red Run (a 250km run over 6 days in the Simpson Desert), she turned her mind to mountain biking and has been trying to improve her skills and confidence on the mountain bike since then. She recently completed the Mont 24 hour mountain bike race and won the mixed 4s and had been trying to decide what her next challenge was going to be when she got a call from us.
We look forward to meeting the team in January!
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