Racing without a team: Santos Festival of Cycling’s lone raider Alana Forster

Alana Forster accepting her second most competitive award at the Santos Festival of Cycling on stage 3
(Image credit: Sarah Reed)

As all the teams lined up in the women’s race at the Santos Festival of Cycling this year, there was a figure that stood out in the peloton and breaks. It wasn’t because she was high profile, well known or even featuring in one of the big teams. It was the exact opposite. Amid the sponsor clad riders the single plain light jersey of the relative unknown, Alana Forster, couldn’t be missed especially when it was out the front so often. 

The 34-year-old Forster was one of two individual riders in the peloton but was certainly not content to sit back and just hold on for the ride, instead launching an audacious raid lasting to the final climb on stage 1 and then backing it up with another dig on stage 3 that was swallowed up on the run up to Willunga Hill.

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Simone Giuliani
Australia Editor

Simone is a degree-qualified journalist that has accumulated decades of wide-ranging experience while working across a variety of leading media organisations. She joined Cyclingnews as a Production Editor at the start of the 2021 season and has now moved into the role of Australia Editor. Previously she worked as a freelance writer, Australian Editor at Ella CyclingTips and as a correspondent for Reuters and Bloomberg. Cycling was initially purely a leisure pursuit for Simone, who started out as a business journalist, but in 2015 her career focus also shifted to the sport.