MTB RacingTorq MERIDA Mountain Biking Team

Torq is the longest standing National MTB team in Australia. Since 2006, they have developed more junior riders into national champions than any other team in Australia. More importantly being a part of the team has helped these riders achieve their goals & work towards developing their cycling careers.

Many Australian National Championships have been won by this team and it has been a breeding ground for some big names that you are probably familiar with – Dan McConnell (rode with the team from 2006-2011), Steel Von Hoff (rides World Tour for Garmin), Jack Haig (has been signed by Orica Green Edge) just to name a few.

The Torq MERIDA Team has a good mix of male and female riders across all age groups. This team will allow them to development & prepare for the next level of racing whilst ensuring they have fun in a great team environment.

The Torq MERIDA Team riders ride the MERIDA Big Nine Team Bikes.

 

get to know some of the TORQ MERIDA Riders:

Tasman Nankervis

Age: 21
Hometown: Bendigo, Victoria
Discipline: Cross country, marathon mtb and Road
Years riding: 10 years
Bike: Large Big nine team and 96 Dually for the rough stuff
Favourite race: Cape to Cape or Bendigo Epic
Favourite place to ride: Queenstown, New Zealand

Follow Tasman in Instagram: @tasman_nan

Riding my MERIDA 96 feels like I am on an XC rocket ship. It has the efficiency's of a hard tail but yet can absolutely transform on the descents, making shredding trails not only more enjoyable but also that much faster. It feels nibble though the tight sections and when the tail opens up is able to generate speed purely off its own suspension platform making the trails feel like one long pump track. Overall I know its the bike for me when it comes to XC racing, marathon events and just pure trail enjoyment, with the classic black and green color scheme just to make the bike a little more badass.

Read Tasmans Cairns World Champs wrap-up.

Holly Harris

Name: Holly Harris
Age: 22
Height: 190cm
Home town: Armidale NSW 
Years Riding: 7 years
Occupation: Co-owner of Bicycle Central on Marsh
Chainring size: 32
Bikes:
MTB -  MERIDA team Ninety Six because who doesn't need a little extra suspension in their life ? I am also running a SRAM Eagle Drive train (which is heavenly), with a Quarq power metre.
ROADIE: MERIDA Scultura 9000
Discipline: Nill although I do dabble in XCO. Wish I could go enduro with my blessing of wild unicorns. Also I did an XCM race once, I am also very rarely spotted on my Merida Scultura 9000.
Favourite Race: Obviously the UNE 12hrs in the Piney ! Actually any  race in Armidale because the NEMTB crew is a bunch of legends and they can't put a foot wrong!
Favourite place to ride: Armidale Pine forest, mostly just because I don't get lost :)

I love riding my Team Ninety Six, it feels smooth and comfortable yet snappy and fast at the same time. My confidence on the bike has improved massively since riding this rocket ship, in my opinion it is the ultimate XC weapon.

Follow Holly on Instagram: @hollyharris_7

Ryan Standish
Age: 23
Discipline: Cross Country and Marathon
Years Riding: 10 ish
Current Home: Bendigo, VIC, Australia
Hometown: Alice Springs, NT, Australia
Bike: MERIDA Big Nine Team
Favorite Race: Iron Horse Bicycle Classic in Durango, Colorado
Favorite Place to Ride: Alice Springs

For me, the bike is a tool to go out and leave the real world behind. A chance to go on an adventure, big or small, seeing things that not many other people get to. I feel at home on the trails and will enjoy the ride as long as I can. This year I'm riding the Big Nine, my first time on a hardtail in a while, and it's been fast and responsive with the flex stays providing enough comfort on longer rides. The bike feels like it is a step ahead of me on the trail and knows exactly where I want it to go and it does it with ease, letting me enjoy myself even more.

Follow Ryan on Instagram: @ryanstandwich