The Subaru National Road Series is celebrating a new champion with Victoria’s Shannon Malseed (Holden Women’s Racing) claiming the individual honours for the 2017 season.
In a season that saw seven different winners across the seven events, Malseed’s consistency secured her a maiden crown with one Tour win, two seconds, a fourth and eighth in the five events she contested.
Malseed finished on 710 points, with Lucy Kennedy (High5 Dream Team/640pts) just edging teammate Rebecca Wiasak (High5 Dream Team/635pts) into third.
Tasmania’s Macey Stewart (TIS Racing), who finished fourth overall, was crowned the Young Rider’s (Under 23) Champion for 2017.
In a superb overall season for Holden, the team celebrated both individual and team’s classification wins with four different riders claiming Tour victories in 2017 in Malseed, Louisa Lobigs, Grace Brown and Kimberley Wells.
“We are so proud to wear this jersey, not just for me to wear it personally, but for the team,” said Malseed, 22. “It is great to take out the jersey, but as a team, we have proven our strength time and time again and that is pretty awesome.”
Malseed opened the season in February with second overall behind teammate Lobigs at the Tour of East Gippsland before the Portland-native grabbed a Tour win and the Subaru NRS leader’s jersey at the Tour of South West in May.
One week later at the Mersey Valley Tour, Malseed was edged into second for the second time by a teammate with Brown breaking through for her maiden NRS Tour victory.
Malseed’s steller season was rewarded with a European stint on the High5 Australian Women’s Development Team during which she celebrated first UCI podium at Tour de l’Ardeche.
Despite missing the season’s fourth event – August’s Tour of the King Valley which was won by Stewart (TIS Racing) – due to her European commitments, Malseed’s hold on the leader’s jersey remained strong.
Upon her return to Australia, Malseed grabbed fourth overall behind Wiasak (High5 Dream Team) at Amy’s Otway Tour in September.
A planned mid-season break unfortunately saw her miss the rescheduled Battle Recharge where Kennedy (High5 Dream Team) claimed the victory and pegged bag the lead on both the individual and team’s standings.
In the series-deciding finale, the Tour of Gippsland, a strong and calculated Holden team drove Wells to the Tour victory and despite a couple of scares in the final few laps, Malseed safely completed the Tour to finish eighth overall and secure the Series crown.
“Coming into the final NRS event, we (Holden) knew that our main threats were Macey and Bec,” said Malseed, who crashed heavily twice in the Tour’s final stage. “But the night before the final stage, did the calculations and worked out that I would win if I could finish the stage.
“Yes, there were a few hiccups in the final stage, I crashed twice, but got back up both times.
“Full credit to the team, they played a really great race this week.
“We have had an awesome year and it just shows our versatility with four wins with four different riders.”
It was a double triumph for Holden who took out the team’s classification on 1845points over High5 Dream Team (1517pts) and TIS Racing (1045pts).
2017 Subaru NRS Tour – Individual Winners
- Tour of East Gippsland – Louisa Lobigs (Holden Women’s Racing)
- Tour of South West – Shannon Malseed (Holden Women’s Racing)
- Mersey Valley Tour – Grace Brown (Holden Women’s Racing)
- Tour of the King Valley – Macey Stewart (TIS Racing)
- Amy’s Otway – Rebecca Wiasak (High5 Dream Team)
- Battle Recharge – Lucy Kennedy (High5 Dream Team)
- Tour of Gippsland – Kimberley Wells (Holden Women’s Racing)