SA cyclists set for busy time on track and road

18 Jul 2017

SASI cyclists will hit the road and track next week, aiming for top results at the Tour of the Great South Coast and the International Track Series Melbourne.

Fourteen SA riders are expected to line up at the ITS event between July 25 and 29, while five locals will face the starter at the Tour of the Great South event between July 26 and 30.

Injured riders Brayden O'Shea and Jarrad Drizners will return to the bike after long lay-offs through injuries.

SASI lead cycling coach Brett Aitken, said the team and the injured riders were set to go.

''Both Brayden and Jarrad are back into it and looking good,'' he said.

''It will be an important preparation for them and the team. It will be good to see them back again.''

O’Shea and Drizners will join Josh Harrison, Liam Nolan and Mount Gambier rider Angus Maddern for the South Coast series.

The Tour of the Great South Coast event is a 565km eight-stage tour which will see riders race within the District Council of Grant with a 137km road race beginning and finishing in Port MacDonnell on Thursday, July 27.

About 20 teams from all Australian states, and New Zealand, will line up in the tour.

Leading the Australian and SASI charge at the ITS event will be Rio Olympians and reigning Commonwealth Games champions Matthew Glaetzer and Stephanie Morton. Rising stars set to fly include reigning sprint national champion and Rio Olympian Pat Constable, plus multiple national champion Dani McKinnirey.  

The program kicks into gear from early Tuesday with two days of sprint and endurance battles in the elite and under 19 categories.

On Thursday the rising stars grab the spotlight with a key Tasman Cup featuring Australia and New Zealand under 19 cyclists.

The action continues on Friday and Saturday with sprints, keirins, and the elite.

The Saturday night session will also feature the 81st edition of the prestigious Melbourne Cup on Wheels handicap race.

To follow results for the ITS event click HERE

To follow results for the Great South Coast tour click HERE

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