Announcing our second new signing for 2020: Curtis Dowdell

December 18, 2019

Not content with having one Dodwell on VDR, we are excited to add our second with Curtis being the next new rider to be announced for 2020. Like his cousin Rylan, Curtis joins the team from a long cycling family, known throughout the cycling community of South East of SA.

Curtis has been a passionate bike rider from a young age. An initial focus in off-road disciplines saw him achieve great results within elite BMX and downhill mountain bike racing. In early 2017 he progressed his focus towards the road, enjoying the transition from skill and sprint-based sports, to one with a more calculated endurance aspect. As what he views as in-valuable cross-training, he still regularly gets out on the trails and takes any opportunity to race cross country MTB and cyclocross, in which he landed a top 10 at in the elite National Championships earlier this year.

Currently in his final years studying Architectural Design at The University of Adelaide, His passion for bikes is shown not only on the bike itself, but through trail design and construction, playing a pivotal role in the development of recently constructed O’Halloran Hill shared-use trail network and as a designer of the hugely popular Brighton Pump track. He also works as a lead mechanic of Tuned by Titan Performance in Brighton, SA.

On his new signing:

“Having the opportunity to join the VDR squad for 2020 is something I’m hugely excited about. Seeing the progression and success of many key riders coming through the support network of VDR in recent years, I knew it was an environment I wanted to be a part of. Furthermore, Van D’am’s implementation of junior development teams amongst the local racing scene is also super promising and I would be stoked with the opportunity to collaborate the development of my own racing with the future generation of riders moving forward.”

Team Manager Lachie:

We set about building a particular type of team for 2020. Curtis is a rider I feel guilty about not giving a ride too last year – and his attitude to fight on in this sport with only small amounts of support is commendable. We gave him an opportunity at King Valley, and not only did he fit in really well with the rest of the boys, but demonstrated a hunger and an eagerness to work for the common goal. We feel Curtis has a bit of untapped potential. With a bit more guidance we hope that we can get the best out of him”

Stay tuned as we continue our 2020 countdown. There are plenty more big announcements to come!