The Coast’s professional cycling team have set their sights on attacking and triumphing at top level events across the country after bolstering ranks ahead of the new year.
ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast announced a fresh line-up for the 2021 season at Venue 114 in Bokarina on Wednesday
A total of 10 new riders will join the team, with a number of the 2020 crew sticking around too.
ACA Director Ben Kersten said the improved line-up and new initiatives would take the team to new heightsnext year, with the men’s and women’s teams targeting victory on the National Road Series.
It’s set to be a big season, with the Coast team able to attack the series on home roads for the first time when the four-day Cycle Sunshine Coast Tour arrives in October.
“We’re committed to upholding our founding ‘live, learn, ride’ principles for next season by targeting some quality and consistent performers including climbers and time-trialists to strengthen the team where we’ve been weak in the past,” he said.
“Our two prime signings are Angus Lyons and Jay Vine who both cleaned up in the National Road Series last week, securing wins in a series road race and finishing in the top 10 in multiple stages.
“We’re sure they’ll layer the team and strengthen our capabilities in climbing and general classification.
“We’re also excited to have signed promising junior rider Declan Trezice, who won two gold medals at the national road titles this year, and two new riders from Perth – sprinter Craig Wiggins and up-and-coming rider Oliver Stenning – who will further strengthen the team.”
Alongside the new riders, many of ARA Pro Racing’s fan favourites would return including former World Omnium Champion and NRS winner Michael Freiburg, and 16-time Para World Championship medallist Alistair Donohoe.
A number of riders were on hand for the 2021 team launch including Anya Louw, Alex Martin-Wallace, Holly Lubcke, Daniel Di Domenico, Zack Gilmore, Craig Wiggins, Ryan Thomas, Angus Lyons, Alex Bogna, Michael Rice, Alistair Donohoe and Matthew Rice.
The men’s team sported the familiar teal gear while the women donned red jerseys.
The team’s launch day followed what was a scary start to the month for some.
It caused a mass pile up with numerous riders getting injured.
Original Article in the Sunshine Coast Daily