Van D’am Racing p/b Butterfields Tour of the Great South Coast Preview
Twelve Months after making our NRS debut at the Tour of Great South Coast, Van D’arm Racing is back once again looking to take on the biggest race in South Australia outside of the Tour Down Under.
Making the line up for the 2017 edition is Callum Pearce, Tom Allford, Matthew de Vroet, Liam Lawlor, Iven Bennett and Jason Thomason, with Ethan Egglestone a late withdrawal with illness. With GC man Ben Andrews in Europe for few more weeks, the team won’t be focusing on the GC category this year.
The real challenge to the TOGSC is not the course, but the inclement weather which can hit the race. With roads close to the coast, the driving wind can do as much damage to the race as a HC climb at the Tour de France. These conditions are where road captain Jason Thomason will prove invaluable as he uses his experience and racing nouse to ensure that we are in a position to contest every finale.
Allford and de Vroet have just returned from a stint racing and training in Belgium and Italy, so have racked up more race days in the last two months then most can in a year. They’ll be looking to capitalise on this form as they work to infiltrate breaks and control the peloton.
Lawlor will be making his NRS debut, and at only 18 will be one of the youngest riders in the race, and Bennett makes the line up where he will no doubt make an impact on the race.
Joining team manager Lachlan Ambrose for the race is Bruce-John McIntosh. BJ is taking the DS chair for the first time with the team and will be using his experience from racing in some of the biggest races in the world including the Tour Down Under, to guide the team through the often Challenging conditions of the race.
The five day, 6 stage tour starts in Mount Gambier, before working its way through Port Macdonald and Casterton on its way to its finish in Portland. To follow the race, stay tuned to the team’s social media, as well as coverage through the Subaru NRS and Cycling Australia Social Media accounts.