Drizners to hop in saddle with US pro-cycling team

A chance to test himself in a new cycling environment has seen promising SASI graduate Jarrad Drizners win a place in the Hagens Berman Axeon team - an UCI Pro Continental Cycling team based in the United States

OUTSTANDING South Australian cyclist Jarrad Drizners is about to hit the road and he couldn’t be happier.

The South Australian Sports Institute (SASI) graduate scholar has just signed a contract to join professional cycling team Hagens Berman Axeon.

The team, based in the United States, has a stable of elite under-23 international riders and competes mainly on the European circuit in under-23 and open events.

To take up the one-year offer Drizners had to withdraw from the Cycling Australia  Podium Potential Academy which could have led to an Olympic Games appearance, in time to come, on the track.

But the 20-year-old, who plans to leave Australia in early February after the national road series in Ballarat in January, said the opportunity was too good to pass up.

"My manager Gary McQuaid made a few inquiries, got in touch with their management and they seemed happy and made me an offer, so here I am," Drizners said.

"I will be living in Girona, Spain, and then travelling to the various competitions.

"I’m very excited. It’s a big decision to be leaving the track program and it’s going to be a big learning year. I made the call to go on the road so I will do that.

"Apart from that I don’t know what to expect but my family, friends and club mates are excited for me.

"It will be full on but it will be a great stepping stone from Australia to Europe.

"There’s still an option to continue on the track but I'm not sure what the future holds, hopefully still the Olympics one day."

SASI coach Brett Aitken said Drizners had the drive to succeed.

"To get on to one of those teams you have to put the results on the board, which he has done," Aitken said.

"He looks like winning the national road series and his versatility is impressive – all credit to Jarrad.

"He is the most meticulous athlete I have come across. I hope to see him win some big events."

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