Neylan eyes Great Ocean Road prize - Subaru NRS Australia
World champion silver medallist Rachel Neylan (NSW) has predicted a tough and dynamic elite women’s race at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race this Saturday, January 31.
Neylan, who won silver at the 2012 UCI world road championships, believes the 113km course along the Bellarine Peninsula and the Geelong area has a bit of everything for the riders.
“It’s going to be quite dynamic due to the nature of the roads, the winds, the openness and the sharp, steep climbs towards the end of the race,” said Neylan who also clinched silver at the Mars Cycling Australia Road National Championships earlier this month.
“The course naturally will make it quite hard and make it selective.”
Neylan will guest ride for the Building Champion Squad, using her experience to guide teammates Lydia Rippon (NZL), Minda Murray (VIC), Veronica Micich (VIC) and Amy Cundy (QLD).
The addition of professional teams Wiggle Down Under and Orica-AIS to the field will create a more dynamic and aggressive race.
Italian Giorgia Bronzini, who won the first of her two world titles in Geelong in 2010, will lead the British professional team Wiggle Down Under while two-time road national champion Gracie Elvin (ACT) will spearhead the Orica-AIS squad.
“I’m feeling pretty positive about Saturday. It is such a fantastic opportunity to race such a high profile race and something that has been put together so well.”
“I’m really thrilled and happy that we have some of Australia’s best male cyclists really backing women’s cycling in Australia,” said Neylan of the support Cadel Evans has given women’s cycling.
The elite women’s Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race will begin at 11.30am on Saturday, January 31. View the entry list.
The Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race will be held on Sunday, February 1. Channel Seven will broadcast the elite men’s race live from 11.00am.
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