Coffs cyclists high expectations
WITH cycling increasing in popularity over the Coffs Coast, an elite group of members of the Coffs Harbour Cycle Club have high expectations in 2010 to put Coffs Harbour on the map.
The group known as the Rainbows Cycles/NAB/McDonalds squad have set themselves to target a number of key road races leading up to the 2010 Grafton to Inverell Classic.
Squad member Nathan Chiswell has been instrumental in obtaining local sponsorship from two large Australian corporate businesses is excited about the group’s potential to improve in 2010.
“We are keen to really show that Coffs Harbour has quality cyclists who can compete on a State and Australian level,” Chiswell said.
“Coffs Harbour Cycle Club has a number of outstanding and up and coming juniors who will allow the squad to grow in strength over the next few years.”
Joining Chiswell in the squad are Dan Alcock, Aaron O’Grady, Reece Edwards, Erin Rogers and Chris Jahnz.
The most recent event the squad attended was the Battle of the Border Tour De Tweed on the Tweed Coast/ Valley in early May.
The event was a competitive four-stage tour held over three gruelling days and catering for all grades of riders.
Alcock, O’Grady, Edwards, Rogers and Jahnz competed in the Elite A Division category against a top field from across Australia.
Unfortunately Chiswell who is a key squad member was unable to participate at the Tweed.
The squad worked hard to assist team leader Dan Alcock to an overall fourth place finishing just 58 seconds behind the winner in a time of 7 hours 10 minutes and 23 seconds.
The next major event will be the Grafton Cycle Club Time Trial event to be held this weekend.
The event is a 100km team time trial event with the squad keen to show their dominance at this event.