With the 2018 NRS calendar having been announced, RIDE Media will profile some of the teams that are contesting the series. This is part one: AMR Renault Racing Team.

We wrote to a host of managers of teams that have registered to race the NRS in 2018 and asked 10 questions to help provide some background. In the coming weeks, we’ll post a series of responses.

The first to reply was Russell Menzies of the AMR Renault Racing Team.

Below you’ll see RIDE’s questions and his answers.


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  1. Can you please provide a list of riders on your team?


AMR Renault Racing Team
Name State Club Age
Sean Trainor QLD Brisbane CC 28
Jay Vine ACT Canberra 22
Julian Thomson VIC Bendigo 22
Dylan McKenna VIC Castlemaine 19
Nic Simpson VIC Bendigo 19
Ryan Standish NT Alice Springs 24
Sam Mobberley NZ Auckland 21
Jake Marryat NZ Christchurch 21
Blake Sunde NZ North Harbor 19
Ben Spenceley  NSW LACC 18
Nic Darling ACT Canberra 19
Sam Eddy VIC Bendigo 17
Connor Reardon QLD Gold Coast 19
Ivan Michelin-Beard ACT Canberra 25
Chris Hamilton NSW LACC 31
Jasper Albrecht VIC Castlemaine 18
Kris Johnston NSW LACC 34

Get to know the AMR Renault Racing team, based in NSW.

  1. Can you please list the staff/management of your team?

  • Russell Menzies: “Team founder and general dogs body, principle driving force behind team.”
  • Peter Maniaty: “All things communication and a cycling tragic.”
  • Hamish Gorman: “The sports nut and all things training and coaching.”
  • Kris Johnston: “Rider and good guy that mentors the younger riders.”


  1. Can you please list your title sponsors and what their line of business is?

  • AMR Renault (cars)
  • Pushys (bike shop)


  1. Can you please list your co-sponsors?

  • FTP
  • Today’s Plan
  • Lidcombe Auburn Cycling Club (LACC)
  • Premax
  • Pro4mance,
  • Prism
  • Krush

Russell McKenzie is the team director. He has been involved in the NRS since 2013.

  1. Do you expect that your team will contest all events on the NRS calendar in 2018?

“We will compete in as many races as possible. With a number of particular races being targetted. We are targetting The VRS as well.”


  1. Can you please list relevant social media links that are associated with your team?

Stay tuned to RIDE Media for more team profiles…

  1. What is your team’s main motivation for being part of the NRS?

“The main reason for competing in the NRS is to give the riders an opportunity to compete at a high level and develop their skills. Get them noticed and help them grow as young adults. To support them in the journey…”


  1. What could be done to improve the NRS?

“Some decent exposure for our riders and sponsors – TV and other media outlets. Some good stuff with those live feeds from last year, but more needed.

“Featured teams would be great throughout the season.

“We had the pleasure of racing in New Zealand earlier this year and the organisers of those events went out of their way to make us feel part of the event. The day-to-day things were taken care of for us such accommodation, transfers. I have to take my hat off to them for that.”


  1. How many years have you and your team been involved in:

“Since 2013-2014.”

See the NRS calendar for 2018: click here.

  1. Miscellaneous comments…

“We are a young developing team that always punches above our weight.

“As a team we get better as the season gets going and will always a get result that that seems impossible.

“We will continue to give those young riders that fit into our team opportunities to develop. We are as much about the riding and racing as we are friendship and building a supportive environment to enhance the experience.

“As a small team I acknowledge that I can’t always hold on to all my riders from one year to another but what I can say is that those riders that do move on to bigger teams will have the building blocks to be a great rider but more importantly a terrific human.

“We are looking at building the team and taking the team to another level of development such as competing in some international races. It’s about levels of support and, if that happens, the riders are motivated and the ability to achieve great things.

“As the team director I have recently taken on supporting an organisation that does good things within the community. This involvement with the Humpty Dumpty Foundation will allow the team to engage in community. We had an opportunity to help with the organisers last year in Tassie and the local schools. The riders got a real buzz out of answering questions and talking to the school kids.”