Dietze and Agnoletto choose Van D’am Racing
Butterfields-Appselec p/b Van D’am Racing are proud to announce two of the most exciting youngsters on the Victorian scene will be joining the team next year. Following on from our recent announcement that Appselec were stepping up as a major sponsor, the team has decided to retain a larger Victorian rider base for the following season.
Henry Dietze has taken the infamously tough Melbourne criterium scene by storm this summer netting some impressive victories at both the St Kilda and Hawthorn club criteriums whilst regularly featuring on the podium. The 16 year old is a two time National champion on the track and scored two impressive overseas wins in Belgium this year. One of the quickest up and coming sprinters in the country, be sure to keep an eye out for Dietze at the under 19 National Criterium Championships where he is sure to be one of the favourites.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to race at an elite level in the VRS and NRS with a supportive team and a great bunch of guys. I’m really excited to race hard and learn a lot.” Dietze said about the opportunity at joining Van D’am.
Dietze will continue his education at Maribyrnong College in 2019 where he holds a sport scholarship.
Blake Agnoletto will also join the team with the 16 year old from Bendigo recently netting an impressive podium at the Tour of Bright TT in B grade showing his rapid progression which is set to continue into the elite ranks.
A national champion on the track and a fourth at the u17 National criterium champs in September showed his potential as Agnoletto will use 2019 as a year to gain experience from the elder team members and he looks to make his mark on the VRS and NRS.
“I’m really looking forward to gaining experience by being taken under the wings of the older riders, and learning to race as a team.”
Team manager Lachie Ambrose was equally excited about the young riders joining the team.
“We didn’t set out to sign U19’s, in fact it’s something we’ve actively avoided in the past, but in Henry and Blake we found two riders who really fit the team and our philosophies. We are really excited about guiding their development as both bike riders and people.” Lachlan Ambrose
Both Dietze and Agnoletto will make their team debuts at the upcoming National Criterium Series the “Shimano Super Crit” this weekend in Melbourne before representing the team at the under 19 National Championships in January.