Van D’am Racing take on Tour of Brisbane
With colder temperatures starting to hit the southern states it’s no surprise that most of the team were keen for a trip up to BrisVegas for the inaugural edition of the Tour of Brisbane. The split two days of racing will mark the first time the National Road Series has ventured up to Brisbane and the first time in a long time a major city has hosted an event.
Team selection is always going to be hard when eleven university/school students see a potential few days off but we come to Brisbane with a couple of very strong options.
A Saturday morning criterium provides a spectator friendly way of getting your pre-race efforts done before the main event on Sunday features the second NRS race of the season.
The Sunday road race course features one of the most popular climbs in the region, Mount Coot-tha, but with the crest at only 27.5km into the 110km race it is likely to stretch the bunch out but likely come back together for a reduced bunch kick in the heart of the Brisbane CBD. Racing through a major city is a no doubt a huge step for the NRS and we are hoping this becomes a regular occurrence.
Baby-faced sixteen year old Henry Dietze will make his National Road Series debut and will present the team with their strongest sprinting option. Coming off two fourth places at the recent National Track Championships, Dietze is looking to use his speed in a technical last few kilometres. He’ll no doubt be licking his lips at the anticipation of taking on the best domestic riders in Australia to see where he stacks up.
Jason Thomason has been lapping up the Queensland sun for the past week and will have no excuses with the predicted heat. Thomason will be the experienced head expected to guide Dietze over the main climb before being given a free role to follow late moves and be the captain on the road.
Coming in with some red hot form is Tristan Saunders who will be another man looking for a sprint. After embarrassing some of the team climbers at Mansfield a couple weeks ago, Saunders will be hoping his sprinting legs haven’t disappeared.
Rylan Dowdell and Liam Lawlor will look to make a mark on the race around Coot-tha as will Iven Bennett who cannot resist an early move or a cheeky turn or two on the front.
David Randall reckons he’s been pumping PBs in the gym and promises that’ll translate to results on the bike. He rounds out the team and will provide assistance to the boys throughout the race.
The team are super excited to be joined by Queensland based sponsor Survey3D for the weekend and hope to leave an impressive mark on them.
Be sure to follow the teams social media platforms over the weekend as they bring the latest from the race as well as the National Road Series Facebook page where the Sunday race will be streamed.