Article submitted by Cycling Australia
Subaru National Road Series primes Australia’s RoxsoltAttaquer Team for US racing debut, while former professional Loren Rowney joins the team as Sport Director for the international season.
Now in its fifth year, the 2017 season promises to be the best yet for Australia’s #RoxsoltAttaquer team.
Newly appointed Sports Director, Loren Rowney will join the team at the UCI Winston-Salem Classic weekend (May 27-29), followed by the Oklahoma City Pro-Am Classic weekend (June 2-4), Saint Francis Tulsa Tough (June 9-11) before finishing with the Tour of America’s Dairyland (June 15-25).
Before their international black of racing, RoxsoltAttaquer will utilise the Subaru National Road Series (NRS) Battle on the Border and Mersey Valley Tour as critical race preparation.
In particular, the time trials of both races will be crucially important for RoxsoltAttaquer with the distances replicating the time trials that will be raced in Europe.
“The Australian Subaru NRS is of a very high standard and while the racing is a little shorter and size of the peloton smaller it serves as great preparation for international racing,” said Kelvin Rundle, Team Owner RoxsoltAttaquer.
“We know that a top 10 in an NRS stage means we will be competitive overseas.”
RoxsoltAttaquer’s purpose is to develop riders from Australia and New Zealand to be European race ready. 2017 represents the teams third year as an NRS team and the second year the team has embarked on overseas racing.
The team finished fifth overall in the 2016 NRS, with three riders in the top 25 for the series and multiple top-10 general classification results.
Overall, the team claimed 12 top-20 UCI results during the 2016 season and nine top-10 stage results in the Subaru National Road Series, while also racing in Belgium and the Czech Republic, where Peta Mullens found the podium on Stage 4 of the Tour de Femin.
April’s Battle on the Border, the second women’s event of the Subaru NRS, marks the start of the RoxsoltAttquer 2017 NRS season.
The team has also been racing locally supporting races both in New South Wales and in New Zealand with Josephine Meldgaard grabbing asecond place in the New South Wales Criterium Championships.
The team boasts solid results from the 2016/17 summer season, with Sharlotte Lucas grabbing top four placings at both the New Zealand National Road and Oceania Road Championships, while emerging riders Rylee McMullen had strong races. Lydia Rippon and Ruby Livingstone also showed strong form with top ten finishes.
With the majority of the RoxsoltAttaquer team coming from New Zealand this already shows that overseas riders are seeking out the National Road Series as the perfect proving ground for a pro cycling career.
“You just need to see the quality of both male and female riders that have come from the NRS that are now racing the UCI WorldTour and UCI Women’s Tour to see that the NRS is a very solid platform for producing exceptional riders,” added Kelvin Rundle, Team Owner RoxsoltAttaquer.
“I can see within a few years a situation where teams from Asia and New Zealand will be racing in Australia as part of the NRS.”
Following the US racing RoxsoltAttaquer will depart for Europe for further racing during July, before returning to Australia for the Tour of the King Valley and the second half of the Subaru National Road Series season.
International RoxsoltAttaquer Roster
NRS Battle on the Border RoxsoltAttaquer Roster