Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling is delighted to announce that Macey Stewart will be joining the team in 2018, as she makes her return to the professional peloton. The 21-year-old from Devonport, Tasmania, was Junior Time Trial World Champion in 2014, as well as taking two junior Rainbow Jerseys on the track the same year in the Omnium and Team Pursuit. She turned professional the following year, at the age of just 18, before stepping away from the highest level of the sport in 2016.
“Macey Stewart is an exciting signing for Wiggle High5,” said Team founder, owner and manager, Rochelle Gilmore. “She has won three Junior World Championships and, after a little down time, has decided to join Wiggle High5 in order to make her come back into the highest level of women’s World Tour racing.
“Any three-time Junior World Champ must have a lot of talent and Macey will be thrown into a team absolutely full of knowledge and wisdom regarding today’s world of women’s cycling. We’re all super excited to see what Macey can achieve in 2018!
“Macey’s teammates and staff believe in her ability very much!
“We’re all looking forward to having her bubbly smiley attitude amongst the team,” Gilmore added “We’re all committed to becoming the strongest ‘team’ in the peloton in 2018… We have some work to do with 8 completely new signings (plus 8 remaining) however we’re overwhelmed with everyone’s enthusiasm and desires to make our 2018 team something special.
“I welcome Macey with high expectations,” Gilmore continued. "I believe in her very much and hope to see the best of her during the 2018 season.
“Our partners also value Macey’s social media presence vey much, she’s very kind and grateful with her time when it comes to thanking those who support her…. This is so simple but so important in our sport.
“We have landed a great package in Macey Stewart and can’t wait to start working with her!
As she makes her return to the top level of cycling, Stewart has her sights set on success on both the road and track. With her first target as making the Australian team for the Glasgow 2018 Commonwealth Games, Macey will be fully supported by Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling.
“I’m so excited and grateful to get the opportunity to race for one of the most professional teams out there!” Stewart said.
“I’ve been working extremely hard to return back to professional level over the past 9 months and I can’t wait to prove that to my teammates and the world. I’m ready for the challenge and eager to learn as much as I can from my experienced teammates.”
“At the moment I’m doing everything I can to make the Australian Commonwealth Games Team on the Track, then I hope to use that momentum to smash out a solid 2018 road season, finding my feet again at a World Tour level.”
Jo Taylor, Head of Brand at Wiggle said: "A former junior track and road world champion, Macey is a very exciting addition to the Wiggle High5 team for 2018. With bags of potential, we're excited to see her make her mark in the peloton in the orange and black jersey.
"We're confident the young rider will blossom with the help of a highly qualified support team and teammates."