RIDE Issue #54 Launch Party


Start with a brand new issue of RIDE, combine a mix of readers, contributors and sponsors together, then finally add the General Manager of Australia’s first ProTour team, Shayne Bannan – that was the first RIDE ‘Issue Launch’. Held on Wednesday 7 December at 3 Weeds in Rozelle, the event brought together a wide variety of people with a shared passion: cycling.

As proof that cycling is not limited to the bike nor lycra, everyone there that night quickly struck up conversation with fellow readers, members of the cycling media, representatives from major brands and got a chance to chat to the general manager of the GreenEdge team, Shayne Bannan.

Following a couple of drinks and some delicious food (the arancini balls were particularly popular), Will Levy (below) talked to a full room about his experience of the Haute Route. Jealousy was perhaps the crowd’s first response as Will detailed his participation in the seven-day cyclosportif that started in Geneva, Switzerland and worked its way through the most prestigious cycling areas in Europe, to finish up in Nice, France.


Will Levy from Two Wheel Tours elicited jealousy from the audience as he described his time in Europe on the Haute Route.

Accompanied by a slide-show that could bring a suburban cyclist to tears, Will described how the Haute Route offered its participants a gran fondo with a general classification. You can read all about Will’s adventures climbing 17,000m in the week in the current issue of RIDE.

After receiving confirmation of his team’s spot on the UCI World Tour on Tuesday, the guests present on Wednesday night listened to a relieved Bannan talk with Rob Arnold (Publishing Editor of RIDE Cycling Review, below) about the year ahead for the team and all were particularly interested in hearing about the team’s Eritrean recruit, Daniel Teklehaymanot. Obviously proud of the young African rider, Bannan explained the incredible change in circumstance that has been brought about by cycling and of the potential that this cyclist has in the sport.


Rob Arnold, Publishing Editor of RIDE Cycling Review, welcomed everyone to what was a great night.

Rob Arnold introduces Shayne Bannan.

Rob Arnold introduces Shayne Bannan.

Rob and Shayne talked to a captivated audience.

Rob and Shayne talked to a captivated audience.

The room was filled with cyclists of all ages, from right around Sydney.

The room was filled with cyclists of all ages, from right around Sydney.

Toby Shingleton, General Manager, talks to a full bar.

Toby Shingleton, RIDE Cycling Review‘s General Manager, talks to a full bar.

This was the first RIDE Issue Launch but it won’t be the last. The next one is planned for Melbourne at a time to be decided but send an email to admin@ridemedia.com.au to indicate your interest for the night.

With RIDE Cycling Review now available in a digital format through Zinio, more people than ever before can find out why RIDE has the reputation it does. For more information click here.


Author: design@ride

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