Up Next: Tour of the Great South Coast

Thursday, 22 August 2019 posted by Sally Prowd

Following on from our successful Tour of the Tweed earlier this month, next up in the National Road Series calendar is the Tour of the Great South Coast. 

The 8-stage tour from Mount Gambier, South Australia, to Portland, Victoria, begins on Tuesday 27 August and finishes on Sunday 2 September.

The tour includes a mix of road races, criteriums and a team time trial. 

We are sending a strong team to the tour, including our five riders who are also in the National track program. It will be the first race back in Australia for our track guys following their two month racing program in Europe earlier this year, and one of their last road races ahead of their preparations for next year's Tokyo Olympics. 

Stages

Stage 1 - Mount Gambier criterium, 36km (Tuesday 27 August)

Stage 2 - Mount Gambier road race, 65km

Stage 3 - Port MacDonnell road race, 128.5km 

Stage 4 - Naracoorte Lucindale criterium, 31.5km

Stage 5 - Naracoorte team time trial, 16km

Stage 6 - Casterton to Heywood road race, 93km

Stage 7 - Cape Bridgewater road race, 121.4km

Stage 8 - Portland criterium, 48km (Sunday 2 September) 

ACA Team for Tour of Great South Coast

Leigh Howard

Sam Welsford

Kelland O'Brien

Cameron Scott

Alex Porter 

Jono Noble

Zack Gilmore

Follow us on Instagram for race updates and results. 

That's a wrap on Europe and North America

Tuesday, 30 July 2019 posted by Sally Prowd

It's been a huge two months at ACA, with the men's team racing in both Europe and North America, and the women's team also heading to Europe for the first time.

We landed in the US in early June for 4 weeks of racing, and headed straight into the Tour of America's Dairyland. After 11 long days of racing and several podium finishes for the team, Matt Rice was crowned the overall winner of the Tour. It was the first international race for Rice, who joined the team at the beginning of this year, having just finished high school last year. The team then moved on to Canada for two weeks of racing at BCC Super Week.

The second squad landed in Europe late May for an 8 week block of racing through Belgium and The Netherlands, with back to back one day kermesse style races throughout the two months. We landed several podiums to Michael Freiberg, Sam Welsford, Cam Scott and Kell O'Brien throughout the racing, which has given our guys invaluable experience racing against some of the best young riders in Europe.

Leigh Howard hot favourite for Big Kart Track criterium sprint series

Wednesday, 17 July 2019 posted by Sally Prowd

Tour de France cyclist and world champion Leigh Howard has arrived on the Sunshine Coast ahead of our inaugural Fast Track Big Kart criterium series.

Howard will be the hot favourite for tomorrow night's event (Thursday 18 July), a fast circuit style race around the iconic Sunshine Coast race track.

Howard has returned to the Sunshine Coast this week direct from riding with the Pro Racing Sunshine Coast squad in our European block of racing. Following the weekend's racing, he will commence a local training camp as part of his preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Entries are still open for the Big Kart criterium, with both male and female elite, masters and junior categories. Huge cash prizes are up for grabs, with a $2,500 prize pool per round of the two-series event.

Pro Racing Sunshine Coast Managing Director, Ben Kersten, said it will be a great event for the entire family.

"I rode the track recently and it was an exciting experience; it's seriously one of the best criterium circuits I have ridden across the world. It's a great chance for spectators and fans of the sport to watch a seriously talented cyclist in action too, with our own Leigh Howard now confirmed to race.

"The event has been designed to be all about the experience for riders and spectators. It will be all under lights and the whole race can be viewed from the decks overlooking the circuit, or bring a picnic rug and sit on the grassy hill. We will also have food stalls, licenced bar by local brewery Boiling Pot, live music and commentary. It's an event for the whole family and the kids will be able to ride the supervised junior track and best of all it's free for spectators to come and enjoy all the action," Ben said.

Gates open at 5pm, Big Kart Track, Landsborough Sunshine Coast. 

To enter to race, visit here.

https://www.aca-cycling.cc/events

Cam Scott places second in Melle Pro Kermese

Friday, 12 July 2019 posted by Sally Prowd

Cameron Scott has claimed second place in the Melle Pro Kermesse in Belgium.

Scott was narrowly beaten in the 156km race in the final lunge for the line by Michael Van Staeyen of the Roompot-Charles Cycling team.

It is an excellent result for Scott, who has been in strong form throughout the team's two month European block of racing. 

Michael Freiberg was instrumental in Scott's podium finish, having rode the front of the peloton to bring the break back in the final kilometres.

It was then Freiberg who led Scott out in the bunch sprint for the line. 

Kelland O'Brien also worked together with Freiberg to set Scott up in the final sprint, and himself placed in the top 20 overall.

Sports Director, Stuart Shaw, said the team worked phenomenally well together throughout the long day.

"It was a great team ride, and a great ride for Michael Freiberg particularly who rode back the break in the final 10km, and then also went on to do the lead out for Cam Scott," Shaw said.

"Cam is in super, super form, and the boys are getting closer every race to a victory. In the last week we've had a fourth place to Freiberg and now second to Cam, a victory won't be far off," he said.

The team, which also includes Michael Potter, Alistair Donohoe, Sam Welsford, Leigh Howard and Alex Porter, now move on to the Ninove race in Belgium on 18 July.

Matt Rice wins Tour of America's Dairyland overall

Wednesday, 3 July 2019 posted by Sally Prowd

Matt Rice has taken out the overall classification at the Tour of America's Dairylands in the US this week.

Rice placed second in several of the stages throughout the week, and won the overall classification by just one point on the final stage. 

It is the first international win for the 19-year-old rider, who joined Pro Racing Sunshine Coast at the start of 2019. 

The young rider, who hails from Canberra, relocated to the Sunshine Coast to ride for the team at the beginning of this year and began studies at the University of the Sunshine Coast. 

The Tour of America's Dairylands is an 11 day tour throughout the US state of Wisconsin. Rice's PRSC teammate, Taj Jones, also picked up a stage win on day 5 of the tour.

PRSC Managing Director, Ben Kersten, said it was a huge result for Rice in one of his first races for the team.

"It's been an absolutely huge first two weeks over here for us, and for Matt to win the way he did by fighting right until the end of the final stage shows just how much promise he has as a bike rider."

"He will gain so much confidence and momentum from this win, especially going in to BC Superweek next week where they will be up against even more top professionals."

"The team have all been outstanding over here and we're really proud of the commitment and dedication they've shown to arrive here in such great form. The guys are all really young, from 17 to 23, which makes it even more impressive. They really worked hard for this win, working together as a team all week, and they deserve every bit of it. They have also all learnt so much and that's what we're here for, at the end of the day," Kersten said. 

The Tour of America's Dairylands is the first race in a month-long block of racing for the team, who now move on to Canada's BC Superweek, one of the most prestigious cycling events in North America. It is also one of the richest, with $140k Canadian dollars in prize money on offer. 

With 9 races over 10 days, BC Superweek gets underway in Vancouver on 5 July. 

Matt Rice leads Tour of America's Dairyland after team secures 5 podiums from 6 starts in USA

Wednesday, 26 June 2019 posted by Sally Prowd

The Pro Racing Sunshine Coast team have had a flying start to their racing block in North America, with 5 podiums from 6 starts in the first week of racing. 

The highlight included a stunning win from Taj Jones in day 5 of the Tour of America's Dairyland yesterday, where he overcame horrendous conditions including torrential rain and lightning in the final laps to take victory. Teammates Matt Rice and Zack Gilmore also placed in 4th and 5th positions.

Matt Rice has collected a string of second place podiums throughout the week, and now leads the tour overall after day six, while Jones sits with 4th place overall. 

The Tour of America's Dairyland is an eleven day race with individual criteriums each day throughout the US state of Wisconsin. 

In Europe the team's squad has finished the UCI ZLM Tour, with the best overall place to Cameron Scott who finished 6th on the final stage in the Netherlands this week.

The European team will now head on to the UCI 1.1 Halle Ingooigem, a 200km one day race in Belgium on Wednesday 26th June (EU time). 

Follow us on Instagram for race updates for both our European and US racing this week. 

Up Next: ZLM Tour, Netherlands

Thursday, 20 June 2019 posted by Sally Prowd

Up Next: ZLM Tour, Netherlands

The biggest challenge of our 2019 European racing block is underway, with Stage 1 of the ZLM Tour today in the Netherlands. The tour began with a prologue on 19 June (EU time), and continues today with the first of 4 road stages.

Several WorldTour teams consider the ZLM Tour as the ideal preparation for the flat Tour de France stages, and teams in the 2019 edition include Lotto-Soudal, Team Jumbo-Visma, Team Sunweb and Team Katusha-Alpecin. 

Kell O'Brien is second placed in the Young Rider's classification after the prologue, with just a half a second between him and the current leader. 

The race will be live streamed daily via the ZLM Tour Facebook page.

Lineup PRSC

Michael Freiberg, Leigh Howard, Sam Welsford, Cameron Scott, Kell O'Brien, Alistair Donohoe and Alex Porter. 

Stages

Prologue Wednesday 19 June: Yerseke (6.8 km)

Stage 1 Thursday 20 June: Bredene – Heinkenszand (197.9 km)

Stage 2 Friday 21 June: Etten-Leur – Buchten (168.1 km)

Stage 3 Saturday 22 June: Buchten – Landgraaf (171.4 km)

Stage 4 Sunday 23 June: Eindhoven – Tilburg (170.1 km)

​Pedal Power set to take over Big Kart Track with launch of criterium sprint series

Friday, 31 May 2019 posted by Sally Prowd

 

Landsborough’s iconic Big Kart Track is set to be overtaken by cyclists with the announcement of a brand new criterium series – The Fast Track Criterium Sprint Series - with competitors vying for up to $5,000 prize money.

 

An initiative of the Sunshine Coast based Australian Cycling Academy, the innovative criterium series is expected to be a major hit with the cycling community with divisions for juniors, masters and the elite A Grade division which will attract leading male and female cyclists from across Australia. With the support of Ironman, the first two events have been strategically placed on the eve of two of the region’s major cycling related events; Velothon Sunshine Coast and the Noosa Tri Weekend.


Australian Cycling Academy Managing director Ben Kersten said he was delighted to be able to undertake the inaugural criterium at the Big Kart Track.

 

“Everyone knows about the Big Kart Track, it’s the largest kart track in Australia and over the past thirty years the owners have created a brilliant track which has specifically been designed for high speed karts.


“We had this idea that it could be great for cycling also and we were excited that the Big Kart Track were so supportive of the concept. I rode the track recently and it was an exciting experience; it is seriously one of the best criterium circuits I have ridden across the world. The prize money on offer is at the higher end of events and we expect that it will attract some really exciting riders including our own Pro Racing Sunshine Coast riders. Prize money is on offer for the Masters division while the Men’s and Women’s divisions will have parity in prize money.

 

“We have designed this event to be all about the experience for riders and spectators. The great thing about this event is that whole race can be viewed from the decks overlooking the circuit. It’s going to great under lights, with live DJ, bars and food options. It’s an event for the whole family and the kids will be able to ride the supervised junior track and best of all it’s free for spectators to come and enjoy all the action,” Ben said.


The Fast Track Criterium Sprint Series is being delivered with the support of the McKean Group, Metsure Insurance Brokers, Sunshine Coast Cycling Club and Cycling Queensland.


 

The first event will be held on Thursday night July 18 with second series event on Thursday night October 31. Entries are now open for both events with early bird entry prices available until June 30.
Register here.

 

 

Team geared up for toughest race of the year this weekend

Thursday, 9 May 2019 posted by Sally Prowd

Pro Racing Sunshine Coast geared up for toughest race of the year this weekend

The Pro Racing Sunshine Coast team will head to northern NSW this weekend for the toughest one-day race on the Australian calendar, the Grafton to Inverell Classic on Saturday 11th May.

The 228 kilometre National Road Series race is renowned as the toughest in Australia, and this year includes a brutal 3382 metres of climbing.

PRSC will take a strong line up of riders to the Classic, with Buderim local Jonathan Noble leading the team.

The USC Commerce student has been a stand out rider locally this season, and has raced with the team in China, Japan and Malaysia so far this past year.

His strong recent form, including a 10th place in the Tour de Langkawi last month, makes him a huge threat for line honours ahead of Saturday’s race.

PRSC Sports Director, Stuart Shaw, said the young local rider was in the best form of his career in recent weeks.

“We’ve selected a young squad for this weekend, 6 of them are students at USC, and I’m excited to see what they can achieve in the Grafton,” Shaw said.

“The whole squad are in really good shape, and really it’s an opportunity to show how far they have come.”

Supporting Noble will be Michael Potter, Ashley Mackay, Zack Gilmore, Amarni Drake, Taj Jones and Matt Rice.

The Classic will be live streamed for local fans of the team to watch via the National Road Series Facebook page from 4 – 5pm on Saturday 11th May.

Velothon Sunshine Coast

Wednesday, 1 May 2019 posted by Sally Prowd

It's just two and a half months now until the Velothon Sunshine Coast!

Join us for one of our bespoke Velothon camps, where we take all the planning and stress away so you can focus on what you're there for: riding.

The Velothon is an amateur multi-stage event gran fondo style event, throughout the beautiful terrain of the Sunshine Coast hinterland. Our camps let you experience racing like the professionals do, with full team support including meals, accommodation, massage, soigneur support, mechanic, follow cars and support from professional race directors who run our PRSC race team.

We have two camp styles available, the Velo Team experience and the Velo Lifestyle experience. Each cater to those doing either the three day or one day Velothon. Both from 18 - 21 July, 2019. 

For bookings or to find out more, click here.

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