Strong Butterfields – Appselec Team ready for “the Warny”
After a one year hiatus, Australia’s most prestigious one-day race is back on the calendar. The Powercor Melbourne to Warrnambool kicks off the 2019 National Road Series and Butterfields-Appselec are looking to get it off to a flying start.
With a new course which will take the riders from Avalon Airport through Colac and then along the Great Ocean Road, it is hard to predict exactly what will happen but a heavily reduced bunch kick is expected. Light winds are forecasted which shouldn’t impact the race too much but are always a threat once you hit the coast.
After an impressive ride from the team in the last edition where they took it upon themselves to control the race before a hectic bunch kick saw the team roll a top 10, they will be looking to put that experience to good use this time around.
Headlining the squad is Iven Bennett who comes into the race on serious form. There aren’t many races which suit Bennett much more than the Melbourne to Warrnambool and he should definitely make his mark on the race and be expected to be in contention for the finish. Jason Thomason will present a strong second option with the newly turned Australian looking to kick off his season after an untimely bike crack saw him sidelined for nationals.
Rylan Dowdell has ridden himself into form over summer and with some strong showings in the local criterium scene, he should not be discounted to sneak into a late move along the Great Ocean Road.
Young guns Tristan Saunders and Liam Lawlor are some of the youngest in the field and will mainly be given an open role throughout the day. The 20 olds will be looking to gain as much experience as possible over the 262km race.
Rounding out the team is Lachlan Darch and David Randall who will play the vital supporting roles in a race this long.
The team will no doubt rise to another level in the fear of getting beaten by Assistant Team Manager Matthew de Vroet, who will take a quick break from triathlon to line up for the local Race Atlas team.
Keep an eye on the National Road Series facebook page as the final kilometers of the race will be livestreamed for the first time in the event history. Tune in from 7:10am for the pre-race show before the action kicks off at 7:30!