SASI cyclists hit road for nationals

15 Jun 2017

SASI will have a small but select group of riders aiming for their best results at the 2017 Cycling Australia Under-19 Road National Championships in Geelong between June 16 and 18.

Maeve Plouffe, Liam Nolan, Sophie Edwards and Cooper Sayers will fly the flag for SASI and SA after a solid training camp in Adelaide for some of the Australian under-19 athletes.

Brayden O'Shea will not be a part of the championships in Geelong as he continues to recover from a broken collarbone suffered a couple of months ago.

Brayden mainly worked on the ergo bike during the camp in a bid to resume full training and competition.

The young riders heading to Geelong will aim to build on strong efforts at recent meetings, says SASI head cycling coach Brett Aitken.

''They are all looking good and hopefully can do well,'' he said.

"It's not as big a squad as what we normally would have but in some ways a smaller squad makes it easier for tactics. They are progressing well.''

The nationals kick off on Friday with the Individual Time Trial. The Under-19 women will compete over 15km, while the Under-19 men will line up over 22km. The Road Race is programmed for Saturday in Anakie, Geelong, with the Under-19 Women racing over one lap and the Under-19 men with two laps to cover.

The championship finishes on Sunday where heats of the Criterium will be held for the Under-19 men before the final. The Under-19 Women will have a straight out final to end the three days of competition.

Meanwhile, the Australian junior track team for the world championships in Italy between August 23 and 27 is expected to be announced within weeks.

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