mobius BridgeLane welcomes Russell Finsterwald to the team for the remainder of the 2018 season. Russell is the team’s first non-Oceania rider and will be a part of the seven-man team to race the UCI 2.HC Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah.
Future Racing, the seed from which mobius BridgeLane grew from, is not just something you join or follow from year to year; it is designed to draw you into a long-standing commitment. We prove this through the support of our mobi-mates who have moved onto other teams, you see this with the support we receive from fans, and through the ongoing long-term commitment from our partners.
While all eyes are focused on the biggest race in cycling – Le Tour de France – we have some news for you that will help you get over those post-tour blues in two weeks time. After all those late nights staying up to watch Le Tour, get used to early mornings as mobius BridgeLane races the 2018 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah from August 6-12.
A mobius BridgeLane rider to watch our for and one who is relishing in the opportunity to shine in Utah is Angus Lyons. Angus has been an exceptional teammate throughout the 2018 season, earlier this year he won the Young Riders jersey at the UCI 2.2 Joe Martin Stage Race in Arkansas after finishing stage one with the fastest time up Mount Sequoia to finish 4th overall on the stage – just a few metres short of catching the remainder of the breakaway who stayed away to win the stage.
This year, much to the dismay of his university (college) professors, Angus deferred his engineering degree to give cycling 100% of his focus. A decision that has seen Angus rarely finish outside the top ten in any race he’s competed in since the Tour of Tasmania in 2017 where he finished 2nd overall. After a successful stint with the team in the earlier block of racing in the USA, Angus headed to The Netherlands for some criterium’s where the team has notched up two win’s and a 3rd place, before traveling to Utah last week, to get acclimated to the high altitude prior to the race start.
Angus has proven to be an instrumental player in the success of the team over the past two years and will get the chance to take a shot at his own results in Utah being one of the teams protected riders.
“At the moment I have some good endurance and there are three weeks to work on refining that at the top end. Obviously, with five World Tour teams in attendance, any result is going to be a huge challenge. It is going to be a case of assessing over the first few days and then playing to my strengths as best I can over the final stages.”
The UCI 2.HC Tour of Utah is arguably the toughest stage race on the American calendar; starting in southern Utah, the race takes the peloton north, covering 857km over 43,780 feet (13,344m) of elevation gain and nine KOMs across seven days of racing.
The race is undoubtedly designed for pure, high altitude climbers but there will be some opportunity for all-rounders and sprinters in the first couple of flatter stages. The final three stages are iconic to the Tour of Utah with the Salt Lake City circuit, the finish up Snowbird on the penultimate stage and the thrilling final stage starting and finishing in Park City.
“I think all eyes are going to be on stages five and six. They both have big climbs within striking distance from the finish line. Historically the winner of stage five into Snowbird hasn’t been able to hold onto the jersey but it is certainly one that suits pure climbers. Stage three into Payson has the ability to break the field up a lot, I think. But with the climb topping out at 45km from the finish it would be a tall ask for a solo rider to create a gap and then hold it to the line.”
“So it would be those last two stages that I would be really looking at.”
While you see many Australian teams heading to Europe and Asia to race, Director Tom Petty has set his focus on gaining invitations to the challenging and exciting racing that America has to offer. The invitation to the prestigious Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah is a testament to not just the exceptional results the team has achieved this year but also the hard work of all the staff and sponsors that come together throughout the season to fulfill the mission of the team to provide a pathway for Oceania riders.
“As a team, we are determined to continue growing and developing the talent we have here in Oceania while also increasing our international racing and exposure,” said Tom.
“The invitation to Utah is a reward for the collective effort made by everyone involved, not just this year, but also in the development years leading up to this season. Everyone knows running a team these days is not easy, especially managing the change as you grow, and staying true to the community values we have. Everyone makes sacrifices to be here, and we are really fired up to capitalize on any opportunity within this race.”
“Utah is extra special, it feels like such a reward for the work behind the scenes from the staff, Astrid does an incredible job coordinating media through mobius marketing, Scott Bradburn managing additional logistics and rider communications, even Harry Wiles at Peak Creative creating incredible videos to give fans insights into the team. The effort of the guys on the road, and the belief from all of our sponsors that have made Utah a possibility. Hopefully, we can use this invitation to open doors to even more opportunities in the future as we continue to develop and build on what we have achieved over the past four years.”
After a breakout first half of the year, Alexander Evans will be joining BMC Racing Team as a stagiaire for the remainder of the 2018 season.
So the story goes, for our humble Oceanic athletes to “make it” we must depart the golden soils of Australia (We’re not sure what New Zealand offers in this equation (sorry)) and no better place than where cycling history is incredibly rich – Belgium, right? The Muur’s, the Belgian pavé, town kermesse’s and, well actually that’s about it.
Like the smooth changing gears of our SRAM eTap group sets, 2018 has felt like a seamless transition of races; from Australia to New Zealand to the USA and back again. Now we are ready to open the 2018 Australian National Road Series (NRS) with a win.
mobius BridgeLane is excited to end their USA campaign with the 34th edition of the Redlands Bicycle Classic in California this week. After a weeks break from racing, the team have arrived in Redlands for the five-day stage race starting on Wednesday, May 2nd.