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Four phases of racing around the Adelaide Hills and the Barossa, that includes two intermediate phases, the regular Willunga hill-best end and a criterium all around Victoria Park in the metropolis centre for the gentlemen and girls.

Men’s Race – January 21-24

There to gain:

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Australia’s WorldTour crew ordinarily goes in as one of the favourites from stacked WorldTour fields and they will once again be favoured in this article. Cameron Meyer is a previous winner and ‘Durbo’ is usually flying at this time of calendar year, but their probabilities will very likely rest on Groves in the sprints and Hamilton on the Willunga climb, nevertheless he downplayed his probabilities.

“Even if it’s not a WorldTour race anymore, it is continue to an Aussie race and an Aussie team,” said Hamilton ahead of the Competition of Biking. “We’ll go in just as determined. It is about striving to get some early wins on the board on dwelling soil.”

“It’s actually great that they are on, I can have my initial race on house soil, but possibly devoid of the emphasis likely for the gain. Also, there is just Willunga this calendar year, generally there are two climbing stages. We have bought rapid guys in Kaden (Groves) and Edmo (Alex Edmondson) to get maybe a couple sprint wins.”

Riders: Lucas Hamilton, Cameron Meyer, Luke Durbridge, Alex Edmondson, Damien Howson and Kaden Groves.

Group Garmin-Australia

The Australian countrywide crew usually goes into the Tour Down Underneath with the ideal riders from the top NRS crew in Australia, but this calendar year it will be the temporary household for the ‘King of Willunga’, Richie Porte. He’s the favourite when the race is comprehensive of WorldTour riders, and a shorter race must suggest that the Stage 3 ascent of Willunga is extra decisive this yr.

3rd-12 months experienced James Whelan could gain the race in his personal suitable and the remainder of the squad is made of the monitor stamina squad seeking to assist to their variety forward of the Olympics. They are going to be a formidable outfit in the sprints as very well as the climbs.

Riders: Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo), James Whelan (EF Training-Nippo), Sam Welsford, Kelland O’Brien, Lucas Plapp, Alex Porter and Leigh Howard.

Staff Bridgelane

A squad with depth and major-conclusion top quality. Jensen Plowright will rival Kaden Groves in the sprints, Nick White is also an choice on additional selective levels. The rest are all good quality climbers, with youngster Lindorff and Asian Tour veteran Morey in all probability the pick of the team. 

It truly is strange to have them not coming into an NRS race as an complete favourite, but they will be in the mix on all terrain. 

Riders: Nick White, Jensen Plowright, Ben Metcalfe, Tyler Lindorff, Alastair Christie-Johnston, Sam Jenner, Drew Morey.

Cervelo-Tonsley Village

Previously regarded as Lightsview, you’d only actually be mindful of this squad if you might be definitely into your domestic cycling action! Harper assumed he’d made his past NRS look as he dominated the queen phase of the Tour of Tasmania back again in 2019, but the next-12 months Jumbo-Visma rider is back banging bars with the locals right after a great debut yr versus the very best. He’s one of the premier Australian climbers and past summer season type has shown that he’s ordinarily in excellent variety at this time of 12 months.

A top quality squad outdoors Harper, Roe has ridden WorldTour, Bayly was not long ago a single of the major riders on the Asian Tour and there a good deal of solid regulars on the South Australian scene.

Riders: Chris Harper (Jumbo-Visma), Tim Roe, Chris Luxton, Cam Ivory, Cam Bayly, Justin Gassner, Oliver Anderson.


CCS Biking

Dwelling of 2020 National Highway Sequence champion, Brendan Johnston, the CCS squad have proved that they can fight towards the odds to take effects and this race could see them disrupt the a lot more highly-fancied groups yet again right after securing Johnston’s NRS title at the Nationwide Tour in the Tweed at the conclude of previous calendar year.


“For the CCS team we definitely want the momentum from the Tweed NRS function to go on,” explained Matt Darling, CCS group manager. “We have fielded a sturdy line up for overall rivalry and the assistance demanded from riders and personnel to accomplish this. 


“Our objectives for the race is to continue to establish as a crew and get any option that offers itself be it a breakaway (most aggressive jersey) or KOM jersey. A leading 10 consequence for our leader is our aim. “

Riders: Brendan Johnston, Cameron Roberts, Reece Tucknott, Kris McCreath, Nicholas Darling and Mackenzie Edwardson.

Oliver’s Authentic Meals Racing

A good deal of NRS practical experience in the squad, with Davids and White notably renowned in the hard races. Bolton, White and Pearce are no slouches in the sprint and Queensland TT champ Fleming may possibly be an outsider for an over-all journey.

“We are of class appreciative of everyone included in getting this function off the floor and on the calendar,” claimed team supervisor Sam Layzell. “We will normally be searching to make the most of any opportunity that provides by itself. We have managed to find a tremendous powerful workforce with loads of expertise – particularly with our a few Adelaide-centered athletes. Everyone’s on the lookout forward to it!”

Riders: Brendon Davids, Riley Fleming, Lachlan Glasspool, Campbell Jones, Callum Pearce, Thomas Bolton, Liam White.

St George Continental

A pretty expert squad that will be difficult to continue to keep out of the motion in the intermediate stages and the hilly complete on Willunga. Cavanagh is a multiple tour-winner in Asia, Crome has a Herald Solar Tour and Tour of Japan phase get to his identify, even though Mawditt has a Tour of Tasmania win. 

Barnhill will be a single to catch in Australia whilst you nonetheless can, the Wagga youngster is off to join Ljubljana Gusto Santic, previous group of Tour de France winner Tadej Pogacar, in Europe this calendar year. 

Riders: Ryan Cavanagh, Sam Crome, Connor Reardon, Lionel Mawditt and Zac Barnhill.

ARA-Pro Racing Sunshine Coast

A squad that will pass up the injured Cameron Scott, but even now packs a punch in the dash. Matthew Rice, Michael Rice and Wiggins are all fast on a flat complete, though the likes of Lyons, and kids Gilmore, Bogna and Stenning will search out breakaways.

Riders: Oliver Stenning, Alex Bogna, Matthew Rice, Zack Gilmore, Angus Lyons, Michael Rice and Craig Wiggins.


Excellent encounter at all levels of racing, combined with younger talent would make for the Advise squad. Von Hoff’s Commonwealth gold medal experience wasn’t so prolonged in the past, but he hasn’t race too a great deal in between, and the aptly-named Blake Rapid might be their guy for the sprints.

O’Brien proceeds to present that he’s a single of the ideal all-around on the domestic scene calendar year-in, calendar year-out and German Freienstein finally receives a likelihood to race in the huge South Australian event just after having the good quality, if not the correct citizenship, to do so in the past. 

Porter and Turnbull have revealed flashes of terrific means on the climbs in their youthful careers, and Johnson has been labelled by Richie Porte in the previous as a rider to view.

Riders: Mark O’Brien, Raphael Freienstein, Rudy Porter, Carter Turnbull, Zac Johnson, Blake Rapid and Steele von Hoff.  

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Grafton-Inverell winner Will Hodges has the runs on the board, but the squad is in close proximity to to bursting with young talent. Subaru-Big ride to help the Dementia Basis as well, a charity that staff supervisor Nick Locandro is closely included in.

“We are actually energized about the squad we have for this calendar year and come to feel we have extra some good riders,” said Locandro. “I am definitely fired up to see what Godfrey Slattery after turning his full interest to the road. Will Hodges has currently proven himself with solid effects at Grafton to Inverell and Melbourne to Warrnambool and proceeds to get better.

“We have good leadership and working experience with Josh Harrison and Dylan Lindsey. I consider Monthly bill Simpson will be a actual surprise packet for us this yr and riders like Alex Holden and Adam Blazevic who have been on the crew for a 12 months or two are seriously completely ready for split-out several years.”

Riders: Will Hodges, Adam Blazevic, Monthly bill Simpson, Josh Harrison, Godfrey Slattery, Dylan Lindsey and Alex Holden.

Nero Continental

A flexible workforce, but perhaps missing that out-and-out profitable rider with Jay Vine profitable the Zwift Academy and becoming a member of Alpecin-Fenix.

“After a broadly effective Nationwide Tour at the conclude of 2020, the Nero Continental squad will look quite distinct at this year’s TDU,” claimed team proprietor and rider Chris Miller, who’s caught in Sydney due to border limitations. “While the SA Covid Protocols have impacted the groups formation, it has furnished a exclusive possibility for our riders to expertise a unique design and style of racing.

“Cooper Sayers carries on to develop his highway racing confidence, while Dylan McKenna will consider in elevated management throughout the 7 days. It may not be the names you are applied to, but the mentality will not adjust.”

Riders: Cooper Sayers, Leigh Phillips, Dylan McKenna, Myles Stewart and Jonothan Farley.

Dark horses:

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The South Australian locals may possibly be superior recognized underneath their old identify, Van D’am. They have an NRS phase winner in Jason Thomason on the roster, but their youthful stars Saunders and Siwek will be their focus most probably for the racing. 

They’ve got plenty of local results on the Super Sequence, will that translate to this degree of levels of competition?

Riders: Tristan Saunders, Jason Thomason, Zachary Relationship, Rylan Dowdell, Daniel Siwek, David Randall and Will Golding.

Velofit Australia Racing Team

A combination of WA and Tasmanian talent on this roster, at the time the next significant factor in Australian cycling before discovery of a heart ailment Joshua Wilson is however a very excellent rider and Kaine Cannan is a wattage powerhouse. Lanigan is helpful across a selection of terrains, and will glimpse to mix it up in the selective dash finishes. Patrick Saccani-Williams will not be arriving short on variety, he is logged a number of enormous rides in new weeks.

Riders: Joshua Wilson, Kaine Cannan, Jacob Langham, Bryce Lanigan, Matthew Harvey, Xavier Cooper and Patrick Saccani-Williams.

This team checklist is issue to update with travel limits, you can find unquestionably a composite team that functions Israel Cycling Academy’s Taj Jones and Alastair Mackellar in addition to the higher than list. 

Women’s Race – January 21-24

There to acquire:

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Journey limits seemed to have kept Lucy Kennedy from attending the race, but very last minute border improvements signify that the rangy climber can make the journey. She and Grace Brown both have climbing pedigree and a heritage of dominating NRS fields on their way to qualified deals, but it will be a great deal additional complicated listed here.

Sarah Roy packs a punch in the sprint, and Alex Manly does a guest stint on the crew exactly where she rode for 5 years as a qualified. 

Riders: Jess Allen, Grace Brown, Lucy Kennedy, Sarah Roy, Ga Williams, Alex Manly (Visitor rider)

Crew Garmin-Australia

Sarah Gigante headlines the squad for the race. The proficient 20-12 months-previous will be tough if not unattainable to halt on the climbs immediately after showcasing scintillating form at the current NRS 9-day tour in the Tweed River region.

The monitor stamina squad options greatly once more, with seasoned rouleur/sprinter Lauretta Hanson and freshly minted WorldTour rider Neve Bradbury ones to view as effectively. Will they have way too much electric power for the relaxation of the subject? 

Riders: Sarah Gigante (TIBCO-SVB), Annette Edmondson, Georgia Baker, Neve Bradbury (Canyon-SRAM), Ashlee Ankudinoff, Maeve Plouffe and Lauretta Hanson (Trek–Segafredo).

Roxsolt Liv SRAM

Australia’s premier group under WorldTour amount, Roxsolt Liv SRAM, are perennial contenders. On the other hand, a handful of riders shed ahead of this event will possible see them confined to sprinting with workforce aspect-proprietor and star rider Peta Mullens, and acquiring a crack on Willunga Hill with Bree Wilson or previous professional Carlee Taylor.

Roxsolt will also triple up, racing the mountain bike and cyclocross for a good multi-self-control technique to the week’s motion.

“We’ve dropped a handful of regulars Neve (Bradbury) to the Zwift Academy, Emily (Herfoss) to being pregnant and Justine (Barrow) to a collarbone, so it can be a really ‘fresh’ roster for us,” stated Mullens. “Carlee Taylor returns to racing soon after 4 a long time of ‘retirement’ and we’ve been able to supply a several prosperous MTB’ers a likelihood to explore opportunities on the street. 

“Currently being able to race in this unstable COVID earth is a gift and we’re grateful to be at the Santos Pageant of Cycling.”

Riders: Peta Mullens, Bree Wilson, Carlee Taylor, Nicola Macdonald, Saffron Burton, Courtney Sherwell and Izzy Flint.

Specialized Women’s Racing

Raynolds completed 3rd in Phase 1 of the Tour Down Under past 12 months, a career large for her in UCI racing and she’ll be a single of the swiftest finishers at the race. A different line-up has track riders, young climbers and a triathlete using to the start. 

De Francesco and Harris notably amazed in modern NRS racing, getting a substantial step-up irrespective of substantial amounts of level of competition and will wanting to continue on that development listed here. 

Riders: Bree Hargrave, Matilda Raynolds, Lizzie Stannard, Laura Luxford, Ella Bloor, Holly Harris and Danielle De Francesco.


ARA-Pro Racing Sunshine Coast

A staff packed entire of pace with a range of up-and-coming keep track of riders forming the main of the squad. Ruby Roseman-Gannon is one particular of the ideal sprinters in Australian cycling at current and also not far off the best climbers, a incredibly fascinating prospect, but also one to watch ideal now! 

Riders: Alex Martin-Wallace, Anya Louw, Sophie Edwards, Ruby Roseman-Gannon, Holly Lubcke, Chloe Moran and Lauren Perry.

SASI (South Australian Sports Institute)

SASI are a single of the couple point out institutes that however often fields groups in NRS races, and have partnered here with Sydney Uni-Staminade to convey a powerful squad to the Santos Festival of Cycling.

Nicole Frain is clean off an extraordinary series of performances at the season-ending NRS Countrywide Tour, she’ll be 1 to check out on the climbs and there a amount of incredibly promising youthful riders like Haylee Fuller and Catelyn Turner who amazed mightily in the junior ranks and now get to check them selves against the greatest.  

Riders: Amber Pate, Katarina Chung-Orr, Celia Cowan, Fleur Wellings, Nicole Frain, Haylee Fuller, Jennifer Darmody and Catelyn Turner. 

Dark horses:


A combine of young riders and knowledgeable NRS regulars for the Subaru-Big gals racing in South Australia.

“We’ve acquired no expectations as a complete,” said crew supervisor Nick Locandro. “We have been hit tough with harm as well as COVID restrictions so never have the total energy line up we would of preferred to have taken.

“There hasn’t been racing for a very long time so it’s just about getting the come to feel for it once again and every single unique rider will have their individual plans in terms of what we are hoping to get out of the race for them. We will test and have a rider in the break at the some phase but this is additional about placing the year up as a entire for us.”

Riders: Chelsea Holmes, Ella Falzarano, Gemma Mollenhauer and Emma Viotto.

Velofit Australia Racing Workforce

The West Australian centered team provides a combine of global race encounter with riders who contend on the Asian continental circuit and in Europe, United states and New Zealand. Their 2021 Santos Festival of Cycling women’s crew will be led by previous Holden Gusto team member Erin Bertram (nee Keneally), who has raced the Santos Tour Down Underneath in 2017 and 2018, she’s placing in the base kilometres at the minute, owning just completed a 285-kilometre experience for charity.

Riders: Erin Bertram, Tori Barry, Jess Lawler, Kate Bonner, Darcie Richards, Cassia Boglio and Danica Wiggins.

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A squad that has showcased in previous summers of cycling in Australia and are regulars on the domestic scene, but they are going to have their do the job lower out against the leading riders right here. 

Riders: Emily Fowler, Pia Smith, Amalia Langham, Staci McCudden, Sharni Morley.

This workforce listing is matter to update with vacation restrictions delaying the announcement of squads in advance of the race, Cycling Central understands that there will be a Veris workforce present as nicely but not the whole facts.