We are proud to announce that Corbin Strong will move up to the professional ranks with Israel-Start Up Nation. “I’m really excited to make this step up and switch my focus from the track to the road. The last two years have been far from what I had imagined with being in NZ preparing for the delayed Olympics, this has just made me really motivated and hungry to prove my talent on the road” highlights the 21-year old. 

Over the past two seasons, the Academy has monitored and guided Corbin throughout his different goals, resulting in a dominant performance by the young talent. Strong has proved to be dominant not only in the UCI Oceania Tour, where he won a stage and the overall of the New Zealand Cycle Classic in 2021 and two stages of the Tour of Southland in 2020 but also at worldwide level as he became World Track Points Champion in Berlin last year. 

“I’ve been extremely lucky to have the guidance and support of the Academy over the last 2 seasons. They’ve really elevated my profile and continued to accelerate my development in a multitude of ways. Being in the Academy isn’t just about racing, it’s the whole package and I’m really grateful I have been able to benefit from all the programs and specialists within the team”. 

A long-term deal with the Israeli WorldTour squad will allow the talented rider from New Zealand to keep on developing and to properly transition to road racing. “For now I look forward to making road my priority and gaining experience in Europe. Then eventually become a winning rider in the pro peloton. I’m really humbled to be given this opportunity with Israel-Start Up Nation, I can’t wait to prove my talent and reward the academy and all my supporters for theirs help in my journey so far.

Sven Jonker, SEG Racing Academy Director: 
“Despite the distance, we involved him in everything we did, from online webinars to coaching. We supported him with his Olympic ambitions, working towards the best potential preparation for the event. We’re really happy and proud to see him making the next step towards Israel-Start Up Nation, and we’re also looking forward to having him here in Europe racing with the team until the end of the season once the Olympics are done!”

Eelco Berkhout, SEG Cycling Director and & UCI Registrated Agent:
“After Corbin’s GC win in New Zeeland Cycle Classic, he was one of the U23 hotshots on the market. This gave us the chance to go for the best possible option for Corbin. Israel Start-Up Nation offered a great long-term development plan perfectly. Fitted into Corbin his long-term vision. I’m proud we could help Corbin develop towards his next step despite the difficult U23 seasons because of Covid-19”.