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Trans-Tasman Battle heats up at Oceania’s

By March 20, 2018 No Comments

mobius BridgeLane is sending a strong eight-man team representing both Australia and New Zealand to race for Oceania titles, bragging rights and UCI points.

“We are bringing a well-rounded squad with many options,” said team manager, Tom Petty, “We love racing in Tasmania. Our objectives are to keep fine-tuning our processes, further indoctrinate our new riders into the team culture and to help them to execute their roles. We have won races this season and we want to continue to build on that.”

Tom and the team have been successful in the past at Oceania’s, particularly in the U19 category with Jackson Carman winning in 2015 and James Fouché taking the title in 2016.

Silver medalist at the U19 Australian National Championships road race, Ben Metcalfe will be looking to go one better as he lines up in the U19 road race. Ben comes from a mountain biking background so will be relishing the conditions presented by the course in Tasmania.

Ben Metcalfe | U19 Road Race | Photo: Con Chronis

Ben Metcalfe on his way to a silver medal at the U19 Australian National Championships | Photo: Con Chronis

At just 17 years of age, Ben is an exceptional talent and proved this in Ballarat in January.

However, at such a young age, he is still learning and it is going to be a hard-fought battle for the title with our former teammate, Mitchell Wright and Australian National Champion Tyler Lindorff the pre-race favourites.

In the U23 competition, we have a great lineup with Kiwis, Connor Brown and Carne Groube and Victorian, Angus Lyons, racing both the time trial and road race. Connor comes into the time trial with added confidence after finishing fifth at the Tour of Mansfield ITT this past weekend. Joining the trio in the 152km road race on Sunday is Alex Evans and Liam Edwards.

“A key factor for the weekend is clearly going to be the weather,” said Tom. “It looks straight out of the wet, windy, cold spring classics mold and we are lucky to be bringing a couple of New Zealanders who will thrive in these conditions.”

“Carne has shown he thrives in the wet miserable conditions, winning in similar conditions in junior tours and Connor has consistently gone well in Tasmania, finishing in the top ten up Poatina in 2017.”

Coming off a groundbreaking performance at the Jayco Herald Sun Tour and with the course suiting his abilities, Alex will be a marked man throughout the 152km U23 Road Race.

“Our team has always excelled here, we won the Tour of Tasmania in 2016, and we were second in 2017 with Angus. Alex returns here after his Poatina victory last year.”

Spirit of Tasmania Cycling Tour Team Classification Winners 2017

Spirit of Tasmania Cycling Tour Team Classification Winners 2017

“This race is going to be a hard race to win, but that’s what we are there for. We are realistic in the sense that the only two riders who have raced together for a real period this year are Alex and Angus.”

“These are two fantastic options, but to me the course suits Angus. I believe he will easily climb with the best and still have a fast finish. He’s got the experience of a 30-year-old but he’s still only 22.”

"So you need to take Brad and get him up to the breakaway" | Jayco Herald Sun Tour Stage Four | Photo: Harry Wiles, Peak Creative

Angus Lyons played a key role in the teams success at the Jayco Herald Sun Tour. This weekends Oceania’s course will suit him well | Photo: Harry Wiles, Peak Creative

With two top-three finishes at the Tour of Mansfield in Victoria last weekend, Alex has shown his form is coming together leading up to this weekend’s racing. “I’m really looking forward to getting back into racing with the team this weekend at Oceania’s. The road race course is undulating and hilly, so this really suits my riding abilities. It will also be a really good gauge of where I’m at for the upcoming racing block in America.”

In the elite men’s competition, Conor Murtagh will race both the time trial and road race and Ben Carman makes his come back from injury to start his first race of the season. He aims to better his 2017 performance; “Oceania’s is kind of a big one for me for a couple of reasons. It has been a big goal of mine to better my 10th place from last year. But, it is also my first big race since my injuries last June. It is my first real test to see where I am at.”

“We are excited to welcome Ben Carman back to the fold,” said Tom. “He has shown great determination to re-start from scratch. We’d say he’s ‘training the house down’ but the reality is he has not only laid the foundations for a great season, but he’s built a mansion on those foundations with the quality training he’s been doing.”

Oceania Championships Schedule

Friday 23rd March
U23 Time Trial – 40km
Connor Brown (NZL)
Carne Groube (NZL)
Angus Lyons (AUS)
Elite Time Trial – 40km
Conor Murtagh

Saturday 24th March
U19 Road Race – 105km
Ben Metcalfe

Sunday 25th March
Elite and U23 Road Race – 152km
Connor Brown (NZL – U23)
Ben Carman (AUS – Elite)
Liam Edwards (AUS – U23)
Alex Evans (AUS – U23)
Carne Groube (NZL – U23)
Angus Lyons (AUS – U23)
Conor Murtagh (AUS – Elite)

Alistair Donohoe chases rainbow stripes on the track in Rio de Janeiro

Alistair Donohoe winning the Australian National Championships C5 Para-Cycling Road Race | Photo: Ernesto Arriagada

Alistair Donohoe winning the Australian National Championships C5 Para-Cycling Road Race | Photo: Ernesto Arriagada

While the team is in Tasmania, Alistair Donohoe will be racing for Australia at the UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championships in Rio de Janeiro. Alistair will be chasing the rainbow stripes across three events.

“I’m looking forward to blowing out the cobwebs in the kilo, coughing up a lung in the pursuit, and taking a lap in the scratch race! And of course, hopefully, bringing home some rainbow bands!”

In 2015, Alistair won the Scratch Race World Championships, he finished runner-up in 2017.

UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championships Schedule
Thursday 22nd March
C5 1km Time Trial – Final

Saturday 24th March
C5 4km Individual Pursuit – Qualifications and Final

Sunday 25th March
C4-5 15km Scratch Race – Final

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