Cycling Australia (CA) is pleased to announce Australian Cycling Team Podium Potential Academy members Maeve Plouffe (SA), Alexandra Martin-Wallace (QLD), Samantha de Riter (VIC) and Sophie Edwards (SA) have been selected to take part in a winter road racing program in Belgium.
Four National Road Series (NRS) riders will join them in Sarah Gigante (Roxsolt Attaquer), Josie Talbot (Roxsolt Attaquer), Ruby Roseman-Gannon (St LukesHealth TIS Racing Team) and Anya Louw (St LukesHealth TIS Racing Team).
The riders will contest a combination of Belgian kermesses, Belgian and UCI criteriums, and one UCI four-day tour across July and August.
The program follows a successful partnership between CA and NRS teams in the 2019 Summer of Cycling which saw riders contesting the Santos Women’s Tour Down Under, Deakin University Women’s Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race and Lexus of Blackburn Women’s Herald Sun Tour.
Gigante stunned the field at the 2019 Road Nationals while also performing team roles during the Cadel’s Road Race and the HeraldSun Tour, while Talbot played a pivotal team role during the Tour Down Under as a leader both on and off the bike.
Roseman-Gannon’s international potential on the road shone with a top ten at Race Melbourne, while Louw’s displayed her character, skill and determination during her introduction into the elite ranks at the TDU and HST.
Launched by Cycling Australia in November 2018, the Podium Potential Academy focuses on long term athlete development with the current cohort aiming for success at the 2024 Olympic Games and beyond.
Since joining the Academy, Plouffe has claimed three national titles on the track and led the outfit to fifth in the team pursuit while on debut at the UCI Hong Kong Track World Cup in January while Martin-Wallace stormed to individual silver.
“The primary purpose of the program is to provide an international racing experience for Podium Potential Athletes and for emerging and developing athletes competing in the NRS,” said Donna Rae-Szalinski.
“This opportunity will provide a platform for the development of race skills, tactics and physiology required, as well as exposure to the lifestyle demands of international competition.”
National Road Series Riders
Josie Talbot (Roxsolt Attaquer)
Ruby Roseman-Gannon (St LukesHealth TIS Racing Team)
Anya Louw (St LukesHealth TIS Racing Team)
Sarah Gigante (Roxsolt Attaquer)
Australian Cycling Team Podium Potential Academy
Maeve Plouffe (SA)
Alexandra Martin-Wallace (QLD)
Samantha de Riter (VIC)
Sophie Edwards (SA)
Jul-14 GP Sofie Goos Borgerhout 1.15A
Jul-17 Arendonk 1.15A
Jul-18-21 Bene Tour UCI 2.1
Jul-19 Vrasene 1.15A
Jul-23 Zottegem-Strijpen 1.15A
Jul-26 Bambrugge-Erpe Mere 1.15A
Jul-27 St Maria-Lierde 1.15A
Jul-29 Boezinge WE UCI Crit
Jul-30 Kapellen 1.15
Jul-31 Antwerpen WE UCI Crit
Aug-01 Herentals Fietst WE UCI Crit
Aug-03 Erondeg Pijl (Erpe Mere) UCI 1.2