The Navigators Insurance cycling team are headed back to Adelaide to contest the 2005 Jacobs Creek Tour Down Under, saying they feel privileged to return and honoured to be the first and only American team to have competed in the event.
Ed Beamon, Navigators team manager, said, "We are really looking forward to our second trip to the Jacobs Creek Tour Down Under. We did a lot of travelling with the Navigators Insurance Team in 2004, in fact the team raced on five continents during the season, but I have to say, the best event of the year was the Jacob’s Creek Tour Down Under.
Navigators is registered as a Professional Continental team, and will begin their season in Australia at the Jacobs Creek Tour Down Under, 18 23 January 2005.
We were so impressed with the quality of the field, the beauty of the course, and the tremendous organisation by the race committee, but the most memorable impression was the fantastic reception we received from the people of Adelaide.
The hospitality, enthusiasm, and support of the community and fans, combined with a first rate promotional organisation, have helped make the JCTDU one of the most respected cycling events in the world, said Beamon.
Mike Turtur, Race Director, 2005 Jacobs Creek Tour Down Under said, The Navigators Insurance team has had the benefit of quite a few Australian athletes over the past several seasons, resulting in the team developing a kinship with Australian cycling, and it is a special treat for the team to be able to support their Aussie riders in their homeland."
One of those is five times Australian time trial champion, Nathan ONeill, who fought back from a crash that almost claimed his life in 2003 to make a successful return racing with victory in the time trial at the 2004 Australian Open Road Championships.
The Jacobs Creek Tour Down Under is owned and managed by Australian Major Events, a division of the South Australian Tourism Commission.
NAVIGATORS INSURANCE CYCLING TEAM (USA)
ONEILL Nathan AUS
BALDWIN Chris USA
CLARKE Hilton AUS
OBEE Kirk USA
OLOUGHLIN David IRL
CAMPONOGARA Siro ITA
POWER Ciaran IRL
ZAJICEK Phillip USA