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Xero Racing p/b Octagon 2018


Mission Accomplished. Xero Racing p/b Octagon earned promotion into the second division of professional cycling in 2017 as planned, however that simple two-word phrase doesn't do justice to the heart-stopping, pulse-racing, soul-crushing yet absolutely amazing season of racing the squad went through to get there. They hit the top early. They plunged to outside the promotion battle. But they Never. Stopped. Fighting. Many, ahem, accidents soured the season and left them outside the top 5, but moments of pure individual and team brilliance outweighed the pressure of the saboteurs among our rivals and secured promotion. Never less than entertaining.

So the squad faces the new challenge of survival in the second class of cycling and with a decent core of loyal men could tackle it in many different ways. Keeping much of their class of 2017, over half of the 2018 dogfighters will already be a tight-knit unit. 100% and a bit of panache is all we can ask for and by now expect from the Lionhearts.

Away from the sporting side of things, the management were delighted to announce the team will now be riding for Qhubeka, a South African charity using bicycles as both tools and incentives to support communities in poverty and to help people of any age move forward in life. The backroom staff and the riders are all passionate about the cause and can't wait to raise awareness and money in support of Qhubeka.


The Primary Sponsors

These are our (wo)men with the money. Our sugar daddies, if you will. But they're no random rich sheikhs. These companies all have a passion for the sport, and, just as important if not more, the project itself.


About: Octagon is the sports and entertainment marketing division of the Interpublic Group (IPG). The IPG is one of the "big four" advertising companies and so being sponsored by the South African arm of the sports arm of the IPG is a smaller deal but with big background.
Contract Until: 2018 *new contract
Focus Nations: South Africa, Africa*

Octagon help us get our name on the backs of buses, billboards, wherever, in our target countries. Good for publicity, finances and fans. They have given us one last chance to put our, in the words of the Eritrel manager, "pretending to have an interest in African riders" into practice. Otherwise, it's bye-bye time.


About: The overnight success that is Xero is now a international company still based in little ol' NZ. They develop online accounting software for small businesses (like our own?)
Contract Until: 2019 *new contract
Focus Nations: New Zealand, Australia, Great Britain (minor), United States (very minor)

Xero stepped in at the last minute in 2016, but have been a great asset to the team. They are happy to renew for two more years of primary sponsorship, and continue to be our main title sponsor.


About: A government-backed, state-owned sponsor, Kiwibank is a subsidiary of New Zealand Post. Of course as many of you know they were involved as a title sponsor for Becherovka, one of the best teams in the world. They left as the team pursued a more Slavic focus, and want to start helping building a team from scratch where no pesky Eastern Europeans will give them the boot.
Contract Until: 2018
Focus Nations: New Zealand

Kiwibank are still our third biggest sponsor and continue to be into 2018. They have taken the option in their two-year deal to become a primary sponsor upon promotion.

The Secondary Sponsors


About: My Food Bag is another hotshot emerging modern Kiwi company, an online food delivery service philosophising in “Eating food from the ground, sea or the sky. A sure-fire way to enjoy food the way nature intended, with less preservative, salts and a host of other artificial things. With recipes being focused on bringing natural ingredients forwards as the heroes”. We will help spread the word as they hope to develop this message with local (not always possible for us) and free-range produce.
Contract Until: 2019 *new contract
Focus Nations: New Zealand, Australia

They've now got a look at expanding abroad thanks to Octagon and we've loved the nutrition provided by the Kiwi upstart, and we're happy to keep going with this partnership for the 2018 and 2019 seasons!


About: Econet are an innovative company based out of Southern Africa but operate in the rest of Africa South America, Europe, East Asia and Australasia. Their core area is telecommunications and specifically broadband and fiber networks. They are also involved in other ventures in other sectors entirely
Contract Until: 2018
Focus Nations: Zimbabwe, South Africa, Africa (minor)*, Australasia (minor) East Asia (very minor)*, South America (very minor)*, Europe (very minor)*
*The choice of flags here means nothing

Econet are a truly innovative company which we are glad to be sponsored by. As a more worldwide company they don't demand any focus nationalities but will hopefully expand our influence even more in Southern Africa.


About: Telkom Indonesia is a majority state owned telecommunications company, the largest in Indonesia.
Contract Until: 2018
Focus Nations: Indonesia

Jamalidin Novardianto is a cult hero now and nowhere is this more clear, other than the manager's room, than in his home country of Indonesia. Not investing too much money, the government wanted in and will sponsor the team, just so they know we're tight and all, as long as Jams rides for us. So until he retires, then.

About: Qhubeka is a non-for-profit, the South African programme of World Bicycle Relief, distributing bikes to help connect people to schools, clinics and jobs.
Contract Until: 2019 *new
Focus Nations: South Africa

A charity which helps use bicycles to support communities in poverty, as well as as a tool to help people of any age move forward in life. Not a sponsor by any means, quite the opposite. We ride for Qhubeka to increase awareness and taking part in fundraising, both of them increasing their funds and reach.

ToshVan der Sande79SPR76.42Leader275,000
JamalidinNovardianto74FTR71.22Free Role50,000
H. R.Aguirre68MON67.17Talent10,000***

* Loaned in from Equinor Pro Cycling
** loaned in from bennelong-mitchelton
*** Stagiaire, joining 1/08


Xero Racing p/b Octagon
[CT] 6th


Team [20 riders]:
Dylan Kennett Igor Antón
George Bennett Marvain Tognama Kossouhorou
Hamish Schreurs Geremie Nzeke
Scott Ambrose [Stagiare] Tom Diggle
Tom Davison Egidijus Juodvalkis
Simon Clarke Carl Ngamoki-Cameron
Matthew Lloyd Rei Onodera [Loan]
Jonathan Salinas Jamalidin Novardianto
Anthony Roux Daniel Afoa [Stagiare]

Rider's Rider of the YearAnthony Roux
Fan's Rider of the YearGeorge Bennett
Ride of the YearTour de San Luis, Stage 7

Xero Racing p/b Octagon
[CT] 11th


Team [18 riders]:
Tom Scully Marvain Tognama Kossouhorou
Tom Davison Geremie Nzeke
Timothy Gudsell Jean Helwani [Loan]
Simon Clarke Tom Diggle
Matthew Lloyd Ole Hirschlein
Aleksandr Efimkin Nils Schomber [Stagiare]
Jordan Schleck Jamalidin Novardianto
Jonathan Salinas Ok Cheol Kim [Stagiare]

Rider's Rider of the YearTom Diggle
Fan's Rider of the YearJamalidin Novardianto
Ride of the YearTour of the Middle East, Stage 9

Official season goals and project goals yet to be revealed...

2016-17 Project Goals
- In 2016 place a solid CT ranking and develop young talents from our focus nations in particular
- Increase the popularity of all divisions of Cycling in NZ.
- In 2017 promote and come out trumps in the Oceanic CT battle.
- In 2017 continue to develop our younger riders.
- Have a team 75% from our focus countries


28/1 Apex Mountain ClassicPTHCRecap
31/1 Clasico Pico BasileC1Recap
5/2-8/2 Tour of the Middle EastHCRecap
6/2 Omloop Het NieuwsbladPTRecap
10/2 Gent-WevelgemC1Recap
14/2 Viana do CasteloC1Recap
18/2-23/2 Volta a CatalunyaC1Recap
2/3-5/3 KBC De Panne TourC1Recap
3/3 Roma MaximaC1Recap
11/3-16/3 Vuelta a ColombiaHCRecap
14/3-15/3 Tour of East JavaC1Recap
20/3 Strade BianchePTHCRecap
28/3-31/3 Jelajah SKLC1Recap
31/3 GP HerningHCRecap
1/4 Nakhon Ratchasima TrophyC1Recap
1/4-7/4 Tour of VancouverHCRecap
13/4-15/4 Tour of UkraineHCRecap
17/4 GP LiechtensteinPTRecap
20/4-23/4 Tour of CyprusC1Recap
26/4 Lisbon ClassicPTHCRecap
28/4-30/4 Corsica InternationalC1Recap
29/4 Veenendaal - VeenendaalHCRecap
1/5-5/5 Cheshire Cycling TourHCRecap
3/5 Fleche WallonePTRecap
12/5-14/5 Scandinavia Open Road RacePTHCRecap
16/5 Berlin ProRaceHCRecap
19/5-24/5 Tour of EritreaC1Recap
27/5-31/5 Tour of NorwayPTHCRecap
1/6-6/6 Tour of JapanC1Recap
3/6 Malopolski WyscigPTHCRecap
5/6 GP KigaliHCRecap
10/6-14/6 Post Danmark RundtHCRecap
18/6-23/6 Tour of South AfricaC1Recap
24/6 Paris-Tours EspoirsU23Recap
26/6 Ronde van Het IJsselmeerC1Recap
1/7-8/7 Tour de San LuisC2Recap
20/7 Kenya Mountain ClassicHCRecap
26/7-29/7 Tour of BeijingHCRecap
31/7 Liege-Bastogne-Liege EspoirsU23Recap
4/8 Macskako KerekparversenyC1Recap
7/8 Clasica San SebastianHCRecap
7/8-13/8 Int. Osterreich RundfahrtHCRecap
11/8-21/8 Volta ao PortugalPTHCRecap
17/8-21/8 Baltic Chain TourC1Recap
18/8 East Midlands CiCLE ClassicPTRecap
23/8-31/8 Tour de l'AvenirU23Recap
1/9-5/9 Tour of BritainC1Recap
27/9 Rheden GPPTHCRecap
30/9 Ronde van Vlaanderen BeloftenU23Recap
1/10-9/10 Tour du MarocPTHCRecap
3/10 GP MoscowPTRecap
3/10 Giro dell'EmiliaHCRecap
12/10-15/10 Barbados Bicycling BonanzaHCRecap
18/10 Japan CupHCRecap

Edited by jandal7 on 06-09-2018 05:07

Why change perfection? Another year in the absolutely stunning kit, by prolific and super-talented designer the_hoyle! Updated very slightly to reflect the new sponsor of Castle Lager and the new MGUCI size regulations.


whoops I edited this instead of our 2019 HQ :lol:l

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Yellow Jersey
Specially awesome jersey this year Cool
Still the best jersey in the peloton! Grin

Really hope you can sign some of the Africans available for the African side of your squad, though it probably doesn't matter who you sign, because Jams is going to ensure your promotion 100%. <3

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I love the focus, and eventhough you got snubbed with your Kiwi additions I think you got some solid plans for the team growth on your side. Great job mate!
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@Yellow Jersey - Sure is Cool

@trekbmc - I think so Grin Yeah many top Africans on the shopping list and I was super excited about this transfers until many of their old boss decided to make his PT team part African Pfft Still excited though, and I think I still have superiority over his team as I have Jordan Schleck, a better African than he has and soon to be a better Schleck than he has Grin And I am super excited as well about Jams being let loose in PCT <3

@Croatia14 - Yes, a shame for sure Sad Thanks a lot, I hope you're right Grin
Rolling Eyes

Renewals Update

Unlike last year in our promo bid, the phrase "the greater good" didn't appear in some of our rider's heads. However to be honest, other than one sad but not unfair departure, they did earn it.

We waved goodbye to Igor Antón and Simon Clarke, two loyal servants and successful Xero riders. The former wished to lead again in CT (like the pre-announced departure of Stijn Vandenbergh) but the latter felt that he deserved a higher wage as our probably sprint leader in 2018 again. We agreed, however we disagreed on what that higher wage should look like. We wish him luck on his next venture and would welcome either of them back if they so wished and the opportunity arose.

We also released Scott Ambrose, one of our stagiares. A young Kiwi talent, we may well see him in a Xero jersey in the future.

2017 Wage2018 WageProfit?
Total Change+€10,000

Rider Availability

An official statement concerning rider availability has been released by Xero HQ. Many of the core are not for sale and no rider is marked as having to go, but due to the need for progression within the squad some riders will likely be sold. Chiefly among these is Tom Diggle, the British puncheur who is either a very nice superdomestique in PCT or CT or a low-waged leader who can score in the top30 in CT for a team focused on other terrains. More eye-catchingly, perhaps, is Anthony Roux, 2nd in the CT Individual Standings last season. The Frenchman is still on a relatively low wage for his talents and has the capabilities to be a great PCT superdomestique or even leader for the non-puncheur squads, or one of the absolute best riders in the CT who can take you halfway to promotion or most of the way to the top 10.

Also maybe available are the domestique in the mountains for any terrain, Lithuanian Egidijus Juodvalkis, and two very talented potential CT loanees, Nils Schomber and Daniel Afoa. The former can score points already in prologues and be part of a sprint train/breakaways, whilst the latter showed in just 15 RDs last season as a stagiare his fantastic skillset for CT breakaways, getting himself involved in many and even scoring some points and getting into KoM jerseys.

Only two riders have the bold no of being off the market for any price, with some more 95% staying. If the right deal comes in for anybody but Bennett and Novardianto, they could depart, however most of the squad wish to stay together.

JonathanSalinas77 MON75.0495,000Unlikely
AnthonyRoux78 HIL74.85130,000Maybe
GeremieNzeke76 HIL74.0260,000Unlikely
TomDiggle77 HIL73.9860,000YES
MarvainKossouhorou73 HIL72.5850,000Unlikely
EgidijusJuodvalkis75 MON72.1050,000Maybe
TomDavison73 HIL72.0950,000Unlikely
HamishSchreurs73 COB71.4750,000No
JamalidinNovardianto74 FTR71.2250,000NO
CarlNgamoki71 COB71.1650,000Unlikely
DylanKennett73 SPR70.9150,000No
JordanSchleck71 MON68.8950,000No
NilsSchomber75 PRL67.5150,000Maybe (Loan)
DanielAfoa67 HIL67.3050,000YES (Loan)
That's a solid base to build on and looking forward to how you build your PCT team. You can be sure I'll be following closely!
Oh man I hope you sell off everyone except Jams and Train Bennett into a mountain goat Shock

Also good to see another team with an Indonesian sponsor - albeit Indosat's direct competitor Wink and a shame you didn't go through with the full re-name to Kiwibank! Jakstar and I will wait quietly in the corner for next season..

Anyway, as pre-mentioned looks like a solid base to build off, am interested to see how you go about it!
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"This Schleck sandwich is going to cause serious indigestion for Evans" - Phil Liggett
Some very good budget building blocks you've got there jandal - and a sexy jersey to put those blocks into.

Thanks for getting rid of Clarke, he wasn't good for your mental health - hope to have a happy jandal in the 2018 season!

Looking forward to competing Smile
Always an awesome jersey, maybe the best in the peloton! Gonna be interesting to see how you end up in terms of leaders post transfers, which is the case for a lot of us promoting teams without an 80+ climber Pfft
@Abhishek - Thanks, and the same to your team! I am so hyped for transfers Grin

@Eden - Haha always a possibility, would be very nice to have a top Kiwi for my team Grin And don't lie, you're just waiting for me to sell off Jams! Pfft Yeah, maybe when we are all the same division it will be Telkom-Kiwibank, that'd be a big rivalry Pfft And thanks Smile

@Booker - Oh yeah, can't wait to get some more sexy riders for my sexy jersey! Yes Clarkey and me had a very unhealthy love/hate relationship, but as with Vantomme and Netia I could also see us coming back together in FAs Pfft A happy jandal is all anybody but Aquarius wants, let's hope I can make it happen in transfers Pfft For sure, definitely really looking forward to competing with you and the rest of the 2017 promotion class, a lot of nice guys in there and also Aquarius who's fun to beat Smile

@whitejersey - I think so <3 It is gonna be interesting, aside from TTs we could go in any direction I guess Smile Haha yes, I'm sure there will b a lot of us searching for that top climber - or as Eden suggested above, maybe I'll just DIY one for myself Pfft

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If you manage to turn Bennett into a 80 climber this year I'd be quite amazed to be honest tho Pfft
@whitejersey - Yeah me too Pfft
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