When Dave Sanders (Victorian Institute of Sport) rolls up in Toowoomba later this week, don’t be fooled by the fresh faces among his riders.
Two years ago, he pulled off a 2nd place overall in the Tour of Toowoomba with Dale Palmer, and last year he came close again when Calvin Watson climbed onto the podium in third place, both talented U19 riders at the time.
This year, he will be racing the Toowoomba leg of the National Road Series with four U19s and two young seniors, all of whom will be capable of gaining stage wins and finishing high on the GC.
The Jayco-VIS roster:
Alex Morgan - 2011 World J19 Teams pursuit Champ/ World record; 2011 National J19 Road Time trial Champ; 2012 National 3 k Pursuit champ, and selected in 2012 National Team for the World Track Championships. Climber/Time Trialist
Jack Cummings- 2011 World J19 Teams pursuit Champ/ World Record and selected in 2012 National Team for the World Track Championships. All rounder.
Evan Hull - 2012 National 10k scratch race Champion and selected in 2012 National Team for the World Track Championships. Sprinter.
Tom Hamilton- 2010 National J17 road Champion and targeting the 2012 National J19 Road team. Climber/Time Trialist
Luke Parker- 2011 National track team Rep. Former track sprinter who holds the National J19 record over 200m( 10.1) Also 2012 Austral wheel race winner. Sprinter.
Liam Dove - Up coming road specialist who has recently competed in a series of Asian International Tours). All rounder.
Dave Sanders told CSN that his riders have had a great preparation for the Tour of Toowoomba, and are looking forward to the Queensland experience.
“Both Alex and Jack have just won stages in the Bendigo Open Tour this last weekend. And Jack was 2nd overall with 1 stage to go. Alex also won a major Open Handicap in Victoria two weeks ago and set the fastest time, so the guys are fit and ready to race”.
Apart from meeting Genesys and Budget head-on this week, Dave has a few memories of the how tough the terrain can be on this Tour.
“I have vivid memories of the Bunya mountains climb from the old Golden West Tour days of the 90’s.
I think it will surprise many riders but we have a couple who will get up it . I hope…”