Alastair's Story

Words: Chad Childers Stripes Date: 10 March 2024

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The Hagens Berman Jayco Cycling Team completed its 2024 roster with the signing of Alastair Mackellar. Alastair joined the Axeon squad from Israel Premier Tech Academy.

“It means a lot to join Hagens Berman Jayco,” said Alastair. “I feel the team has been highly regarded as one of the best U23 teams in the world for many years now, so to be able to join such a well renowned team with such talented riders past and present is special.”

Alastair’s Palmares:
2023 Australian U23 National Championships Road Race - 1st place
2023 Australian U23 National Championships ITT - 1st place
2023 World U23 Championships ITT - 12th place
2022 Tour of Slovakia - 11th place GC

“Winning both national titles means the most to me with how much hard work I had put in prior,” said Alastair. “But my stage win at Torres Vedras in 2021 was also super special seeing as it was my first UCI win and was only within my first few months in Europe.”

The 22-year-old from Mooloolaba, Australia finds that he excels in breakaways and medium mountain days. He is always working on his time trail to improve in the discipline. “Next year, I hope to improve in all areas of cycling as well as growing as a person and athlete and embracing a new environment with the team change, which I’m really looking forward to,” he said.

“With all of the young riders we hired, I needed to add some U23 experience in the team,” said team owner and director Axel Merckx. “Alastair has had great results and will also fulfill a role as a captain for the younger riders on the team.”

  • What's your spirit animal: Axolotl
  • Favorite post-race meal: Pizza (when racing in Italy)
  • What doesn’t belong on pizza: everything goes, including pineapple
  • Top of your bucket list: visit New York, watch Monaco F1 GP
  • Most famous person in your cellphone: Axel Merckx
  • What country would you like to visit: Netherlands
  • Would you rather get paid $200,000 tomorrow or $500 per week for the rest of your life? 200k tomorrow. That’s 200k closer to buying a Porsche GT3 RS now, rather than in 7.5 years
  • If a song played every time you walked into a room, what song would you choose and why: Meltdown, Travis Scott & Drake
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