Australian MTB champion Mullens turning pro with Wiggle Honda
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Monday, October 28, 2013

Australian MTB champion Mullens turning pro with Wiggle Honda

by Shane Stokes at 6:57 AM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling
 
Road career beckons for Australian rider

Peta MullensMultiple Australian national champion Peta Mullens has taken the decision to turn pro for the 2014 season, and will join the Wiggle Honda team in order to boost double world champion Giorgia Bronzini’s chances of success.

Mullens has a natural turn of speed which the team feels confident will be an asset to Bronzini, who has proven on numerous occasions that she is one of the fastest finishers in the bunch.

“Peta is one of the fastest lead-outs in the World so I was super excited when I heard she was interested in joining Wiggle Honda,” said team manager Rochelle Gilmore. “As a team manager you need to sometimes give some thought to adding a new rider into a near perfect mix, I didn't hesitate when I got the opportunity to sign her.

“Peta is fit, fast, energetic and a generally very happy bubbly person, she will fit in perfectly at Wiggle Honda.”

Bendigo rider Mullens is 25 years of age and has clocked up Australian titles in mountain running, track cycling, road cycling, plus cross country and marathon mountainbiking. She previously competed in Europe with the Australian Institute of Sport team in 2008, and is now ready to step things up with the successful women’s squad.

“I'm excited to be joining the Wiggle Honda team for the 2014 season,” she stated, talking about her next step in the sport. “To come on board with such a successful outfit in my first year is a privilege and I hope that I can bring some good legs and a new personality into an already amazing team.

“I have worked with Rochelle Gilmore before and know that her professionalism and athlete support are unrivalled and I value that.”

In addition to trying to help Bronzini exceed the seventeen wins she clocked up this season, Mullens will also continue to focus on mountain biking to some extent. She wants to defend her national cross country title and has her mind set on a strong performance in the Commonwealth Games next July.

Mullens is clear that moving to Wiggle Honda is a big step up. “I'm really eager to meet the line-up of girls this year and will probably be a little star-struck at first,” she said. “But I only see good things ahead for the team this season and I'm thrilled to be a part of their winning ways.

“I am motivated and determined to embark on this journey and write another chapter of my life, and I thank Wiggle Honda for allowing me to juggle my dual ambitions.”

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