Australian Cycling Academy announces continued partnership with ARA Group

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A successful year for the Australian Cycling Academy and ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast riders continues with the team announcing the continued support from their major sponsor and presenting partner, the ARA Group.

Based out at UniSC the Australian Cycling Academy is a not-for-profit cycling development program and UCI Continental Professional team ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast founded by former professional cyclists Ben Kersten and Matt Wilson. 

Taking an athlete-centric approach to cycling development the academy integrates high-performance, tertiary study and professional mentoring, from a single hub at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

The mens and womens teams have had a stellar season so far with wins in Europe, record gold medals at this years Australian Championships as well as currently leading the National Road Series for both men and women.

In recent weeks the team have announced riders Maeve Plouffe, Cameron Scott and Anya Louw have signed professional contracts for 2023 with some of the World’s top teams.

Australian Cycling Academy CEO Matt Wilson thanked ARA Group for their continued support and reiterated the opportunities the partnership will continue to create for young athletes.

“The Australian Cycling Academy is thrilled to announce that the ARA Group have committed to a further 3-year deal to remain the presenting partner of the Pro Racing Sunshine Coast Teams.

This partnership will allow us to continue to develop some of Australia’s best young cyclists, remain the leading racing development program and further grow our program nationally and internationally over the years to come.

We would like to thank the ARA Group and in particular Edward Federman, ARA Group CEO, for their unwavering support and belief in our program.”

ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast rider Zack Gilmore is grateful for the support of businesses like ARA Group who support the Australian Cycling Academy’s vision.

“Understanding the commitment and support we receive is extremely motivating for me,

Without this support and the support of all our partners I would not be able to pursue both of my dreams of becoming a European based professional cyclist and to begin my studies to eventually be able to pass on my knowledge to young children.

I'm so grateful for the opportunities and each of the connections I have made over the last few years.” Zack said.

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