Eyes on the Santos Pageant of Cycling Teams

Four levels of racing all around the Adelaide Hills and the Barossa, that includes two intermediate stages, the classic Willunga hill-prime complete and a criterium all around Victoria Park in the city centre for the men and females.

Men’s Race – January 21-24

There to get:

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Australia’s WorldTour crew commonly goes in as a person of the favourites against stacked WorldTour fields and they will once more be favoured below. Cameron Meyer is a previous winner and ‘Durbo’ is commonly traveling at this time of 12 months, but their chances will most likely relaxation on Groves in the sprints and Hamilton on the Willunga climb, although he downplayed his probabilities.

“Even if it is not a WorldTour race any more, it’s nevertheless an Aussie race and an Aussie staff,” explained Hamilton forward of the Pageant of Cycling. “We’ll go in just as determined. It is about hoping to get some early wins on the board on house soil.”

“It is actually fantastic that they are on, I can have my first race on house soil, but maybe without the need of the emphasis going for the get. Also, there is just Willunga this 12 months, usually there are two climbing stages. We’ve received rapidly guys in Kaden (Groves) and Edmo (Alex Edmondson) to get maybe a couple dash wins.”

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

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The Australian countrywide team usually goes into the Tour Down Below with the ideal riders from the major NRS group in Australia, but this yr it will be the short term dwelling for the ‘King of Willunga’, Richie Porte. He’s the favourite when the race is whole of WorldTour riders, and a shorter race must signify that the Stage 3 ascent of Willunga is much more decisive this yr.

3rd-calendar year skilled James Whelan could gain the race in his possess appropriate and the remainder of the squad is made of the track endurance squad searching to aid to their variety forward of the Olympics. They’re going to be a formidable outfit in the sprints as effectively as the climbs.

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

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A squad with depth and leading-stop top quality. Jensen Plowright will rival Kaden Groves in the sprints, Nick White is also an selection on extra selective phases. The relaxation are all quality climbers, with youngster Lindorff and Asian Tour veteran Morey probably the decide of the group. 

It really is odd to have them not coming into an NRS race as an absolute favorite, but they will be in the combine on all terrain. 

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

Cervelo-Tonsley Village

Previously recognized as Lightsview, you would only genuinely be aware of this squad if you might be actually into your domestic cycling motion! Harper thought he’d created his last NRS overall look as he dominated the queen phase of the Tour of Tasmania back in 2019, but the next-year Jumbo-Visma rider is again banging bars with the locals after a superior debut yr against the greatest. He’s a person of the leading Australian climbers and previous summer season type has shown that he is generally in good kind at this time of 12 months.

A good quality squad outside Harper, Roe has ridden WorldTour, Bayly was recently one particular of the top riders on the Asian Tour and there a great deal of sturdy regulars on the South Australian scene.

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


CCS Cycling

Household of 2020 Nationwide Street Collection champion, Brendan Johnston, the CCS squad have proved that they can battle from the odds to choose results and this race could see them disrupt the a lot more hugely-fancied groups once more following securing Johnston’s NRS title at the Countrywide Tour in the Tweed at the close of very last calendar year.


“For the CCS crew we really want the momentum from the Tweed NRS function to continue on,” reported Matt Darling, CCS workforce supervisor. “We have fielded a potent line up for overall rivalry and the help essential from riders and employees to achieve this. 


“Our aims for the race is to proceed to establish as a staff and acquire any opportunity that presents by itself be it a breakaway (most aggressive jersey) or KOM jersey. A leading 10 consequence for our chief is our goal. “

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

Oliver’s Real Food Racing

A lot of NRS working experience in the squad, with Davids and White particularly renowned in the really hard races. Bolton, White and Pearce are no slouches in the sprint and Queensland TT champ Fleming may possibly be an outsider for an overall trip.

“We are of program appreciative of everyone involved in receiving this party off the floor and on the calendar,” stated group manager Sam Layzell. “We will by natural means be hunting to make the most of any option that offers itself. We have managed to pick out a tremendous strong team with hundreds of working experience – notably with our 3 Adelaide-based mostly athletes. Everyone’s wanting ahead to it!”

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

St George Continental

A quite expert squad that will be difficult to retain out of the action in the intermediate phases and the hilly complete on Willunga. Cavanagh is a several tour-winner in Asia, Crome has a Herald Sunlight Tour and Tour of Japan stage earn to his identify, when Mawditt has a Tour of Tasmania get. 

Barnhill will be 1 to capture in Australia while you however can, the Wagga youngster is off to join Ljubljana Gusto Santic, previous group of Tour de France winner Tadej Pogacar, in Europe this year. 

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

ARA-Professional Racing Sunshine Coastline

A squad that will miss the wounded Cameron Scott, but continue to packs a punch in the sprint. Matthew Rice, Michael Rice and Wiggins are all fast on a flat end, when the likes of Lyons, and youngsters Gilmore, Bogna and Stenning will lookup out breakaways.

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


Fantastic expertise at all concentrations of racing, blended with young talent tends to make for the Notify squad. Von Hoff’s Commonwealth gold medal trip was not so lengthy back, but he hasn’t race way too much in in between, and the aptly-named Blake Quick may well be their man for the sprints.

O’Brien proceeds to present that he is one of the very best about on the domestic scene 12 months-in, yr-out and German Freienstein at last will get a opportunity to race in the huge South Australian event following having the good quality, if not the right citizenship, to do so in the past. 

Porter and Turnbull have shown flashes of excellent capability on the climbs in their young professions, and Johnson has been labelled by Richie Porte in the previous as a rider to watch.

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 operates on the board, but the squad is close to to bursting with youthful talent. Subaru-Big experience to support the Dementia Basis as very well, a charity that crew supervisor Nick Locandro is closely concerned in.

“We are genuinely psyched about the squad we have for this 12 months and sense we have extra some fantastic riders,” mentioned Locandro. “I’m truly fired up to see what Godfrey Slattery after turning his whole attention to the street. Will Hodges has presently tested himself with strong benefits at Grafton to Inverell and Melbourne to Warrnambool and proceeds to get greater.

“We have good management and experience with Josh Harrison and Dylan Lindsey. I feel Bill Simpson will be a authentic surprise packet for us this calendar year and riders like Alex Holden and Adam Blazevic who have been on the group for a year or two are actually completely ready for break-out several years.”

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

Nero Continental

A flexible team, but maybe missing that out-and-out profitable rider with Jay Vine successful the Zwift Academy and joining Alpecin-Fenix.

“Right after a greatly profitable Countrywide Tour at the stop of 2020, the Nero Continental squad will glance extremely different at this year’s TDU,” explained workforce operator and rider Chris Miller, who’s stuck in Sydney due to border limits. “Whilst the SA Covid Protocols have impacted the groups development, it has furnished a unique option for our riders to practical experience a diverse style of racing.

“Cooper Sayers carries on to build his highway racing self confidence, whilst Dylan McKenna will choose in amplified leadership throughout the week. It could not be the names you are employed to, but the mentality will not alter.”

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

Dark horses:

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The South Australian locals could be improved identified under their aged name, Van D’am. They have an NRS stage winner in Jason Thomason on the roster, but their young stars Saunders and Siwek will be their target most possible for the racing. 

They’ve bought lots of area results on the Super Sequence, will that translate to this amount of competitors?

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

Velofit Australia Racing Group

A mixture of WA and Tasmanian talent on this roster, after the upcoming huge point in Australian biking ahead of discovery of a heart affliction Joshua Wilson is still a really excellent rider and Kaine Cannan is a wattage powerhouse. Lanigan is helpful across a selection of terrains, and will glimpse to combine it up in the selective dash finishes. Patrick Saccani-Williams won’t be arriving quick on sort, he’s logged a number of huge rides in current months.

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

This staff list is matter to update with vacation limitations, there’s surely a composite team that capabilities Israel Cycling Academy’s Taj Jones and Alastair Mackellar in addition to the previously mentioned listing. 

Women’s Race – January 21-24

There to gain:

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Vacation limitations looked to have saved Lucy Kennedy from attending the race, but past minute border alterations imply that the rangy climber can make the journey. She and Grace Brown both of those have climbing pedigree and a history of dominating NRS fields on their way to specialist discounts, but it will be a good deal a lot more difficult here.

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

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

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Sarah Gigante headlines the squad for the race. The proficient 20-calendar year-previous will be hard if not not possible to stop on the climbs right after showcasing scintillating variety at the current NRS 9-working day tour in the Tweed River location.

The monitor stamina squad features seriously all over again, with knowledgeable rouleur/sprinter Lauretta Hanson and freshly minted WorldTour rider Neve Bradbury types to look at as perfectly. Will they have far too a lot power for the rest of the field? 

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 staff below WorldTour degree, Roxsolt Liv SRAM, are perennial contenders. Nevertheless, a handful of riders misplaced in advance of this party will probable see them confined to sprinting with group part-operator and star rider Peta Mullens, and obtaining a crack on Willunga Hill with Bree Wilson or former pro Carlee Taylor.

Roxsolt will also triple up, racing the mountain bike and cyclocross for a suitable multi-self-discipline approach to the week’s motion.

“We have misplaced a several regulars Neve (Bradbury) to the Zwift Academy, Emily (Herfoss) to being pregnant and Justine (Barrow) to a collarbone, so it truly is a very ‘fresh’ roster for us,” explained Mullens. “Carlee Taylor returns to racing immediately after four yrs of ‘retirement’ and we have been in a position to offer you a several prosperous MTB’ers a probability to take a look at chances on the highway. 

“Being in a position to race in this unstable COVID world is a reward and we are grateful to be at the Santos Festival of Biking.”

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

Specialised Women’s Racing

Raynolds completed third in Stage 1 of the Tour Down Less than past yr, a job superior for her in UCI racing and she’ll be one of the fastest finishers at the race. A varied line-up has track riders, younger climbers and a triathlete taking to the get started. 

De Francesco and Harris specifically impressed in modern NRS racing, having a considerable move-up even with significant degrees of competition and will searching to keep on that development right here. 

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


ARA-Professional Racing Sunshine Coastline

A staff packed total of velocity with a selection of up-and-coming monitor riders forming the core of the squad. Ruby Roseman-Gannon is a single of the best sprinters in Australian biking at current and also not significantly off the best climbers, a pretty thrilling prospect, but also one to view appropriate now! 

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

SASI (South Australian Sports activities Institute)

SASI are a person of the few condition institutes that even now routinely fields groups in NRS races, and have partnered in this article with Sydney Uni-Staminade to convey a sturdy squad to the Santos Pageant of Cycling.

Nicole Frain is refreshing off an remarkable sequence of performances at the year-ending NRS National Tour, she’ll be one to view on the climbs and there a number of quite promising young riders like Haylee Fuller and Catelyn Turner who amazed mightily in the junior ranks and now get to take a look at themselves towards the very best.  

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

Dim horses:


A mix of younger riders and expert NRS regulars for the Subaru-Large gals racing in South Australia.

“We’ve got no expectations as a complete,” said workforce supervisor Nick Locandro. “We have been hit challenging with injuries as properly as COVID limitations so do not have the complete power line up we would of preferred to have taken.

“There has not been racing for a prolonged time so it is just about acquiring the really feel for it yet again and each personal rider will have their personal aims in phrases of what we are hoping to get out of the race for them. We will test and have a rider in the crack at the some phase but this is much more about environment the yr up as a whole for us.”

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

Velofit Australia Racing Group

The West Australian based mostly workforce provides a mix of intercontinental race practical experience with riders who contend on the Asian continental circuit and in Europe, United states of america and New Zealand. Their 2021 Santos Festival of Biking women’s group will be led by former Holden Gusto group member Erin Bertram (nee Keneally), who has raced the Santos Tour Down Less than in 2017 and 2018, she’s putting in the base kilometres at the second, getting just performed a 285-kilometre journey 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 highlighted in earlier summers of cycling in Australia and are regulars on the domestic scene, but they’ll have their do the job cut out versus the top rated riders below. 

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

This staff record is matter to update with travel constraints delaying the announcement of squads in advance of the race, Cycling Central knows that there will be a Veris crew existing as perfectly but not the comprehensive particulars.