Year of birth: 1986
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 73 Kg
Hometown: Melbourne, Australia
Mitchell Docker has been a work-in-progress for Australian cycling, and whilst not a product of the Australian Institute of Sport, he has spent plenty of time in the Australian colours.
The 2011 season saw the 25-year-old Victorian come of age, with great performances in the Spring Classics where he displayed maturity and strength that has been developing for several years.
He’s aiming to continue that evolution in 2012 in the colours of GreenEDGE and vie for greater honours in some of the year’s biggest events during the European spring. “I’m looking forward to doing the classics and the build-up to those races with events like Paris-Nice or Tirreno-Adriatico, which is racing I haven’t had in the past. It will be interesting to see how that extra race preparation helps my performance,” Docker said.
“But it won’t be easy to make our team for the classics. This year I was fifteenth at Paris-Roubaix but that doesn’t mean I’m a certainty to ride it next year.
And after three seasons with Pro Continental squad Skil-Shimano, Docker will be reunited with some of the riders with whom he has competed as part of the national team set up in previous seasons.
“I’m looking forward to riding with guys like Matt Goss and Simon Clarke, who I rode with and grew up with in the juniors, as well as the guys I’ve always looked up to like Robbie McEwen and Stuart O’Grady,” Docker said. “It will also be good to work with the staff, who understand the Australian mentality and to be able to speak Aussie slang at the dinner table.”
Docker believes the competition for places in GreenEDGE’s classics lineup will have a positive effect on the squad, including himself. “Having this sort of selection pressure is good. One of the things that make just about any sporting team successful is that it’s hard just to make the team. We’ll have that at GreenEDGE. It will be hard to make the cut.