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Historic Invitation for Israel’s First Pro Cycling Team

Cycling Academy gets a wild Card to the world Championship in Qatar

Israel’s first pro cycling team makes its own history again: The Team was just confirmed to race in the world championship Team Time Trial to be held in Doha, Qatar.

The team who was founded just 20 months ago is of only 4 Continental teams that received the coveted Wild card invitation from the UCI to compete in the October 9th TTT.

“To have the chance to race with World pro teams in the top stage of pro cycling is a great honor and the utmost recognition of how far we have got from our first days less then two years ago” said team founder Ron Baron. His young team enjoyed a breakout season with 14 wins and in its second year has recorded a many more “Firsts” , only recently winning the first tour race in Hungary.

In fact, the team rapid growth have pushed its Board of directors to recently decide to turn the team to pro continental next season.

The team view of the TTT race in Qatar as one of the hardest challenges it faced and it will organize a special training camp in Israel for its riders, trying to simulate racing the scorching heat conditions expected in Qatar.

“We will do everything to justify this invitation” said Team manager Ran Margaliot. “But we welcome the challenge since it will demand everything from us: perfect coordination, top shape and the ability to bring a group of individuals to perform brilliantly together. We will sent to Qatar riders from 6 different countries, so the challenge will be even more complicated”.

Leading The Team TTT will Be Israel’s TT Champion Aviv Yechezkel. “It will be very special for me and the whole team to race in Qatar . For me, racing in this top level is a dream come through”.

Expected to race for Academy is its Namibian Road champion Dan Craven who said that “The way the team has grown over the season and the riders that have come together as a unit, its only fitting that the TTT will be our last race, one last hard effort to remind us all what lies ahead for us next year as a pro continental team”.


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