Today we are pleased to welcome new sponsors to our amateur racing squad for 2017, with the launch of the MAAP-Basso Team.
The MAAP-Basso Team are a group of mates that ride and race together in Melbourne. The team is not just about racing and results; it epitomises what it's like to be an amateur racer, picking out events on the calendar but always finding time in between training for a coffee spin with mates or a weekend away.
We first started our lifestyle team 12 months ago as a way to introduce and test new products, and whilst we use State of Matter MAAP Racing for a lot of this testing now, MAAP-Basso represents the amateur racer, and the type of rider that our customers can relate to.
After visiting the Basso headquarters in Italy in early 2016, we discovered we had similar objectives around a lifestyle team, and we are excited to welcome them for 2016-2017. Our relationship with Basso has led to a limited edition MAAP colourway of the Diamante, designed here at MAAP. This frame will be for sale and details will be announced in the coming weeks.
“We have teamed up with MAAP because we like the style of the brand and the products. I think the team will be great at the local crits, and events. I hope we can always make nice and fresh bikes for MAAP.” - Alessandro Basso.
The team is also proudly sponsored by Shimano, who have supplied Dura-Ace Di2 and a range of wheel sets for different types of riding. This is complemented by components and accessories from PRO Components. The bike featured in this post features the 2017 Dura-Ace 9100 groupset and 2017 edition of the C24 wheels.
Coffee is an important part of cycling culture around the world, and that’s especially true here at MAAP. We’ve formed a solid partnership with Rocket Espresso, the Milan-based producers of some of the finest handmade espresso machines in the world. “We’re looking forward to our association with MAAP-Basso. From a meeting here in Milan earlier this year, things fell into place very quickly. That’s the advantage of working with like minded brands, we can get some pretty cool stuff happening because we all share similar goals in our respective businesses.” - Andrew Meo, Rocket Espresso.
You can expect to see MAAP-Basso at a number of events throughout Melbourne and Australia throughout the 2016-2017 season, including the Melbourne to Warrnambool Cycling Classic, the 2017 Road National Championships, and a number of criteriums over summer. The guys will also be going on some adventure trips; follow the #maapbasso tag to stay up to date.
All images courtesy of Jeff Curtes