The men’s peloton will begin the 2017 Subaru National Road Series (NRS) at the Battle on the Border later this month, with 2016 team’s runner-up mobius Future Racing set to get to taste the best of both worlds with a split-squad to tackle a challenging Australian domestic and US race schedule.
mobius Future Racing has received invitations from some of North America’s most prestigious races including the UCI 2.2 Tour of the Gila, The Tour of Redlands and the Dana Point Grand Prix.
All three races feature on the US National Racing Calendar (NRC) and will provide exposure to the top level of racing available on the US domestic circuit.
“We’ve spent the past two seasons concentrating on establishing the team domestically and I feel like we’ve done that,” said mFR General Manager, Tom Petty, who is understandably excitement by the opportunity.
“We have a talented team and it’s important to continue to provide development opportunities that are appropriate for the level of the team.
“We still have much to learn and gain from racing in New South Wales and Australia so that focus remains, however we’ve received some great opportunities this year internationally and we’re excited to be in a position to take them.”
These opportunities began with an early season trip to the UCI 2.2 New Zealand Cycle Classic and Gravel & Tar Classic in January and will now continue in the US in April and May, before the team returns back to Australia for the Grafton to Inverell.
The US races will see the team travel through New Mexico, Arizona and California and should provide riders and staff with a valuable cultural experience over and above the expected benefits of the racing experience.
The team is hoping it will work both ways, with multiple school visits planned during their trip.
“We’ve been preparing flat-out but it’s hard to know where we’ll sit amongst such a talented field,” added Petty, commenting on their aspirations for the events. “I expect it will be difficult to score a big result but that’s what we will be aiming for. We’ll always race to win.”
The likes of rising Kiwi track star, and four times junior world champion, Campbell Stewart, could certainly surprise a few of the bigger names. Stewart will be seeking to take advantage of his preparation for the upcoming UCI Track World Championships in Hong Kong, before flying to join the team in LA.
Joining Stewart will be his 2016 World Road Championship teammate, James Fouché, as well as a strong Australian contingent of Sam Burston, Conor Murtagh, Ethan Berends, Ben Carman, Peter Livingstone, Aaron Bicknell and Scott Bradburn.
mobius Future Racing General Manager Tom Petty will direct the team, with support to be provided by experienced soigneur, Marcus Arnold.
The mobius Future Racing team line-ups for the Battle on the Border and Grafton to Inverell will be available closer to the event.