There's good news this week for organisers of the Trust House Men's Cycle Classic, with confirmation that South Australia.com-AIS Cycling Team will compete in this month's event around the Wellington region, New Zealand, taking place from January 25-29. The Oceania Continental team will line up as part of their schedule of UCI classified events, which also include stops in Asia, Australia and North America.
"The team is full of world, Olympic and national champions," said race director Jorge Sandoval. "Amongst them they have an incredible record of 12 world championship wins, two Olympic gold medals, two Commonwealth Games golds and over 24 Australian national titles."
The team is led by current Olympic and Commonwealth champion Peter Dawson who was awarded the OAM in last week Australia Day Honours List. Dawson has achieve stage wins in the Giro Regioni in Italy, a win in the 1999 World Junior Championship and several Australian National Championship victories.
Current Commonwealth and Olympic Games champion Stephen Wooldridge is also part of the team, as is 2004 World Teams Pursuit Champion and 2003 Junior Points race Champion Miles Olman, and current Victorian road champion Sean Finning, 2004 and 2005 World teams Pursuit champion Ashley Hutchinson and Wesley Sulzberger complete the team line up.
"Over the 19 years of the Trust House Cycle Classic, I have never seen a team with so many top riders coming to our event. There are other top riders in the tour but if this team ride as they should, they have to be top contenders to take the title to Australia once again," Sandoval said enthusiastically.
Also see: Official team site