We announce the contract extension of Australian rider Neve Bradbury through to the end of 2022. The winner of the 2020 Zwift Academy, Neve impressed in her first season and grasped her chance to continue with the Women’s World Tour team.
“I know this career is what I want to do. I’m as sure as the day I decided I wanted to be a professional cyclist that I want to continue with the team,” explains Neve.
“CANYON//SRAM Racing and the Zwift Academy gave me the opportunity to become a pro cyclist and I’m very excited to have my contract extended for 2022. The team is so well supported by its many partners, and this support in turn assists in my development as a rider. My teammates have been welcoming, and most are very experienced riders in the peloton. I’m keen to continue to learn as much from them as I can.”
Like many first-year professionals, Neve admits it hasn’t all been smooth sailing.
“On the positive side, I’ve been able to race with, and learn from, some very inspiring people all around the world. On the other hand, living away from my family and friends back in Australia for most of the year, and not knowing whether I’d be able to return home due to the pandemic travel restrictions has been difficult. I had three crashes in three consecutive races which meant I lost my confidence and I had to work hard to regain it,” adds Neve.
“My first year racing at this level has been a steep learning curve! There are many things I can work on moving forward into 2022 such as being assertive in the bunch, my raw strength and sprint power, and utilising my energy more efficiently. I feel fortunate I have the opportunity to do that at CANYON//SRAM Racing.”
Neve was able to return home to Melbourne, Australia and is currently busy training and preparing for the upcoming season.
“The Australian road national championships in January aren’t a specific goal because they’re so soon after my off-season, but I would still love a good result there. I hope to be selected for Australia to race the UCI Esports World Championships on Zwift in February. After these two, my main priority for the season is to race consistently well, with the goal of being selected in the team’s roster for either the Giro d’Italia, or the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift. The Giro, with its mountains, is a race I’ve always wanted to do, and being a part of the women’s Tour de France avec Zwift would be a dream come true! I’m excited about the racing possibilities in 2022!”
CANYON//SRAM Racing’s fifteenth and final rider in its 2022 roster will be announced later this month following the 2021 Zwift Academy finals held in Spain.