SASI teams look for a super start to the season

29 Sep 2017

THERE will be little time to rest for SASI athletes taking part in the Cycling SA Super Series over the next two months.

From Sunday, October 1, to Sunday, December 10, SASI athletes will mix it with some of the strongest riders in SA and interstate over 10 rounds of testing terrain at city and country venues.

SASI will field one men's elite team and two women's elite teams as part of a big program ahead for the athletes.

SASI development coach James Glasspool said the riders should get plenty out of the series.

''They are effectively racing the best riders in Adelaide,'' he said.

''We entered two women's teams and they will be racing each other. This should be one of the most competitive series ever held here and should provide some top competition and experience.''

Glasspool will be watching and monitoring the SASI teams while also competing in his own team, Oliver's.

He said he and head coach Brett Aitken would take a slightly different approach to the series.

''We want our riders to manage their tactics and take responsibility for what they do in the various rounds,'' he said.

''The team series will be decided on a points system so the riders will need to be consistent over the stages of the series.''

The SASI teams are:

Men: Josh Harrison, Braden O'Shea, Jarrad Drizners, Lewis Walker, Kael Thomas, Cooper Tye, Cooper Sayers.

Women: SASI Red: Chloe Moran, Dani McKinnirey, Sophie Edwards, Hannah Osborn.

SASI: Blue: Bree Hargrave, Maeve Plouffe, Olivia Wheeler, Nicola MacDonald.

The series begins this Sunday at 9am with a Criterium at Victoria Park (long course) and the follows on Sunday, October 8, with a Hill Climb event on the Old Freeway. Riders will head to the country for the Copper Coast Cup on the weekend of October 28 and 29 at Wallaroo and Kadina respectively.

Several SASI riders also will compete in the Tour of Gippsland between October 19 and 22.

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