Riders ready for opening round of virtual NRS

Maeve Plouffe
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ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast are “amped” to get their competitive juices flowing again with the opening round of the virtual National Racing Series.

With road races delayed until September due to the coronavirus pandemic, riders will jump on their bikes to battle their rivals at home online via Zwift.

Cycling Australia announced the new NRS series earlier this month with the first race on Saturday, held in Crit City on the Dolphin Circuit.

Featuring dead turns, an uphill prime section, a lap counter, and sharp corners with sightlines on city streets, this route’s layout nicely replicates the visuals of a downtown crit.

“The whole team is amped to be back racing and there’s a real buzz about this series,” team sports director Stu Shaw said in a press release.

“Make no mistake the series is virtual but this is going to be some of the toughest racing the NRS has ever seen.

“Zwift is something we have previously used regularly but not to the level we have since the pandemic began and I think that we have a few red hot chances with Taj Jones and Maeve Plouffe for the Dolphin Criterium.”

The women’s race starts at 9am and the men’s at 10am, with the broadcast live streamed on the NRS Facebook page and Zwift app.

Article by Tom Threadingham – Sunshine Coast Daily