7. RIDE AMBASSADORS

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We're really excited to have some talented local riders participating in the 2017 Dams Challenge. Get to know them a little better.

TRAVIS MEYER

Travis is an Australian recently retired pro racing cyclist. He started out his career as a fresh faced young junior back in 2000 when he was only 11 years old and it wasn’t long before he was wearing his first State championship gold medal, the rest as they say, is history.

In 2010 Meyer turned professional after securing a contract with the Garmin Transition team, he rode for Garmin for two years before the formation of the Australian backed Professional team, GreenEDGE.

Meyer signed with GreenEDGE in 2012 and in that same year he successfully completed the Vuelta a Espana Grand tour, an achievement Meyer rates as one of his most memorable moments in his cycling career. Meyer was contracted with GreenEDGE for two years.

Since 2014 Meyer has been racing for the Pro Continental Australia Drapac squad, allowing him to compete on both the Australian shores and some key International events.

To date, Meyer has won a total of 8 Australian National Championship titles, his last back in 2010 when he won the Open Australia Road Championship on the tough Victorian Ballarat circuit, beating home David Kemp and Damien Turner. Meyer has drawn a close to his professional racing days.

Travis feels very privileged to be announced as a ride ambassador for the Dams Challenge in 2017. He is super excited to being joing from the back of riders at 2017 Dams Challenge and work his way through the groups.

This event is a great initiative to allow people to not only set themselves an epic challenge, but to put back into cycling in Western Australia by helping BWA put more people on bikes and lobbying to make cycling easier, safer and more accessible to everyone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

JACK THOMPSON

Jack was fed up with life behind a computer screen, little satisfaction in life and not content with the pathway his career in the construction industry was taking him.

During 2016 following the completion of the Transcontinental Ultra Endurance Race across Europe, he decided that he would focus his life around the bike, ultra endurance racing and exploring the world on two wheels.

He suffers from an obsessive compulsive personality, ultra endurance racing suits him perfectly.  Jack's obsession is fed daily, training towards reaching set out goals.

In 2017 Jack will complete various shorter, one to three day adventure rides.  This includes the 5 Dams Challenge, albeit, with a twist.  Jack will ride the 5 Dams Challenge course on the Saturday evening (in reverse order) and then ride out again the next morning on event day with no  to join with hundreds of others and do it all again!

In 2018 he hopes to receive an invite to compete in the Red Bull Trans Siberian Extreme, the longest bike race in the world, a gruelling 9,300km across 14 stages.

With all this in mind the end goal is to share his knowledge of endurance/adventure cycling, and is planning to run various pre-arranged adventure rides both while at home in Perth and abroad, taking people to places they have never been before in order to give them a taste for adventure cycling.

None of the above would be possible without the help of Jack's sponsors: MAAP, Apidura, POC, Victors Cycle Club, Melody Wheels and NeuroPhysics Perth.

Jack will be speaking at the 2017 Dams Challenge information nights to give riders some tips and tricks on getting the most of the Dams Challenge.