Australian duo Amber Pate & Alyssa Polites to step up into the Women’s WorldTour peloton with Team BikeExchange-Jayco

Australian duo Amber Pate & Alyssa Polites to step up into the Women’s WorldTour peloton with Team BikeExchange-Jayco

Team BikeExchange-Jayco is pleased to add two more Australian talents to its women’s team roster, with the signing of 27-year-old Amber Pate and 19-year-old Alyssa Polites.

Pate is a familiar face, having joined the team as guest rider during the Santos Festival of Cycling in January. The former South Australian triathlete of the year had a standout ride at the 2021 Australian Road Race Championships with a fourth place and more recently finished on the podium in both the road race and time trial event at the Oceania Continental Championships. 

The rider from Adelaide has experienced some overseas racing this year with a stint in Belgium, including a win at the Grote Prijs Albert van Leuven and seven top-five finishes. The Australian outfit is motivated to show her the ropes in European and see what the talented 27-year-old can achieve in her first professional season with the squad next year.

Continuing along the development pathway, 19-year-old Alyssa Polites is a young talent for the future, having already won the road and time trial event at the Junior Australian Championships, and having enjoyed an outstanding ride earlier this season in the elite category, where she sprinted to an impressive third place behind the seasoned professionals.

With their clear talent and determination, but inexperience of racing in Europe, Team BikeExchange-Jayco riders and staff are looking forward to welcoming the duo into the WorldTour peloton in 2023 and assisting them to reach their full potential.

Gerry Ryan – Team Owner
“We’ve seen some top results from these two riders over the past year and they are clearly two very talented riders. Hopefully we can give them the right support and environment that they need to develop into top international riders. 

There are a lot of role models on our women’s team, and we have seen many young Australian riders become very successful in the Women’s WorldTour peloton, so it is exciting for us as an organisation to be adding more Australian riders to the roster and together, I believe we can achieve great things.”

Brent Copeland – General Manager 
“Getting top results at Australian and Oceania Championships is no easy feat, and we can see that these two riders, Amber and Alyssa, have achieve just that and have therefore shown some great qualities that we are honoured to bring into our women’s team. 

Continuing to grow and develop riders from Australia is of course important for us as an Australian organisation and it is inspiring to be a part of this development of the new generation of riders as women’s cycling is on a huge wave upwards.”

Amber Pate:
“I am extremely proud and excited to be joining GreenEDGE cycling. I have always admired the way GreenEDGE Cycling run as a team, their values, and the way the riders present themselves both on and off the bike. 

I have so much respect the riders on the team and I am so excited to learn and gain experience from each of them and it will be a perfect fit for me to continue my development as a rider. 

My objective for the new season is to find my strengths and weaknesses in the professional peloton, establish myself further as a rider within the team, and build from there with the support of GreenEDGE.”

Alyssa Polites:
“I am super excited and grateful for this opportunity to join GreenEDGE Cycling. Having already met and trained with some of the Aussie girls on the team, it’s a great introduction into the pro-peloton for me. I’m looking forward to contributing to the team’s success and getting to know how it’s done properly over in the Women’s WorldTour peloton!”

Amber Pate
Date of Birth: 21st April 1995 (27)
Nationality: Australian
Joins GreenEDGE Cycling: 2023 & 2024

Alyssa Polites
Date of Birth: 2nd February 2003 (19)
Nationality: Australian
Joins GreenEDGE Cycling: 2023 & 2024