It has been a great month for the WRAS Cycling squad hosting the Regional Academies of Sport Road Cycling Camp and securing some excellent results from the Goulburn & Port Macquarie Tours
RASi Road Cycling Camp
The WRAS cycling squad was joined by over 30 athletes and coaching members from the Hunter, Illawarra and Southern Academies of Sport for a live-in inter-academy camp.
The three-day event held from Friday 20th May to Sunday 22nd May included education workshops on recovery practices and on-road racing skills. Graham Seers the AusCycling Pathways Manager was also in attendance, to share his knowledge on cycling pathways and racing strategies.
Thank you to Bathurst Cycling Club for allowing all the athletes in attendance to participate in the Jack Mackay X-Roads Handicap race, and to local club member, Craig Hutton for attending the camp and speaking to the athletes about his experiences as a professional cyclist.
A big thank you to everyone who attend the camp, it was an incredible weekend.
The Goulburn Junior Tour was held on the weekend of 30 April/1 May in unusually mild conditions. The Tour is a long-standing event on the calendar and riders accumulated points for selection for the State Road Team and the AusCycling National Junior Road Series.
The two-hour, 68km long road race saw quality riders shelled out the back of the peloton, with WRAS cyclists securing impressive results.
Isabelle Russell shone in a very strong field in the U17 Women, hanging on until there were only three left to contest the sprint. Cadel Lovett, a rider renowned for his attacking style of riding, would have slept well in the car on the way home after weaving through a mass sprint finish in the U17 Men’s Road followed up by an excellent Handicap race. Lara Allen has been developing her race craft and building her strength and endurance and produced one of the rides of the weekend. She was given a good handicap and used it to her advantage sticking with the more fancied riders as they caught her group. In a bunch sprint, she kicked and came home strong. Xavier Bland, Charlotte Lovett, Ebony Robinson rounded out the WRAS team and all came home with commendable results and some miles under the legs after a long track season.
Isabelle Russell – 3rd Overall
Cadel Lovett – 2nd in the Handicap event & 4th Overall
Lara Allen – 4th in the Handicap event
Port Macquarie Tour
The tour was a three day General Classification race, with the overall results calculated on the points collected throughout each day. During this event, it was clear that the squad had adopted some key learnings from preparation to race execution from the discussions held at the Regional Academies of Sport Road Cycling Camp.
Xavier Bland 3rd
Cadel Lovett 4th
Cameron Crump 16th
Isabelle Russell 2nd
Ebony Robinson 7th
Charlotte Lovett 11th
Lachlan Crump 6th