The 2008 Goulburn to Citi Cycle Classic, to be held on Saturday, September 13, has attracted a record number of teams with every State of Australia represented with one of the world's future rising star, Luke Davison in the mix.
After the success of the Tasmanian team Praties in the 2007 Classic they have decided to double their representation and will have ten riders competing this year. Last year the Tasmanians were unlucky not to finish on the podium, but came second in the team's classification and took out the King of the Mountains title.
The newly formed Virgin Blue Cycling team from Queensland has recently celebrated a victory in the Australian Road Team Series and they will be making their first appearance in the Goulburn to Citi along with Jayco-VIS of Victoria, Team Budget Forklifts and Plan B from Western Australia, ACT Academy of Sport and Citi-Velofix from New South Wales.
The New South Wales Institute of Sport (NSWIS) is again vying for a podium finish and they are expected to enter two teams. One of the most exciting talents in World cycling, Luke Davison, the current Triple Junior World Champion will be in the NSWIS team.
Davison who is 18 has just returned from the World Championships in where he spearheaded the Australians to the top of the table with the most successful junior team to ever represent . The Australian Coach, Gary Sutton has given the young rider a special clearance to ride the 170km Classic against the senior riders.
"It's great to see Luke use the greatest one day classic to enter the senior ranks. He has a wonderful future ahead of him in world cycling," said quadruple world and Olympic Champion, Stephen Wooldridge.
(Additional editorial assistance provided by Susan Westemeyer.)