Tasmanian Nathan Clarke, a winner of the Australian team pursuit title in both 2005 and 2006, will spearhead the local challenge at the National Grid Christmas Carnival Series. As one of the few riders continuing to compete at elite level and still work full time, Clarke will concentrate on the scratch races while also hoping to reach the finals of some of the major wheel races. "It might be a bit tough this year with only six or so guys off scratch but you can never tell what is going to happen so I'll be giving it my best shot to get into the finals of the wheel races," he said
Grant Atkins, President of the Sports Carnivals Association of Tasmania, believes that Clarke should be commended for his unique work ethic. "There are not many cyclists that can compete at an elite level and work full time," he said. "Nathan is a fantastic role model for younger riders. He is extremely well respected by all and every time he gets on the bike you know he puts 110% into it, it's great we have this sort of talent at a local level".