On Top: InForm TM Insight MAKE Leads the NRS after a strong Tour de Tweed

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After another weekend of strong and successul riding at Tour de Tweed, the InForm TM Insight MAKE boys head into the business end of the National Road Series on top of the leader board. It’s a position that the team have collectively worked incredibly hard to get to, and DS Pat Lane says it’s no small feat.

“At the start of the year we set out to try and win the NRS. This was always going to be a very difficult challenge, but we wanted the guys to have a winning mentality,” says DS Pat Lane

“Now, we’re over the halfway mark and we’re where we wanted to be. To take the lead is an achievement that I struggle to put into words. Our normal line up has six out of seven riders under 20, so to be taking it to the older riders and leading overall is a real testament to our team spirit and the way the guys have come together to support each other.”

While the team didn’t walk away with the tour win, we now hold the most important spot in the NRS rankings, which was achieved thanks to some brilliant results from our young boys:

  • The ever consistent Jarrad Drizners won his first stage in the time trial, and is second overall in the general classification.

  • The increasingly strong Rudy Porter finished the time trial stage in third and collected a young rider’s jersey along the way. Porter was very consistent, finishing in 7th in stage two.

  • David Williams - another young rider who is constantly improving - finished fourth in the stage one road race, also picking up a young rider’s jersey.

Below, we share some of the highlights from an exciting weekend for the young guns, with commentary from DS Pat Lane along the way.

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Photography: Andrew Davies

DAY ONE – FRIDAY

Stage 1: Friday Tyalgum & Stokers Road Race

Distance: 127km

Elevation: 1597m

Aggressive racing early saw lots of splits in the peloton, with David Williams and Rudy Porter in the break of 12. With so many good riders from other teams represented, we sent Nathan Elliott and Jarrad Drizners across after 50kms of racing.

With four riders in the lead group, InForm was heavily marked in the group of 20 riders that blew out to 4 minutes. Even though he was sick, Elliott (as usual) put in some solid team work and got dropped leaving three in front. A small mistake left us on the back foot chasing a three rider break away in Thomas, Lyons and Hill.

Not only did he put in a sold race for his team, but David Williams was also able to cross the line for 4th. This also put the young gun in the young rider’s jersey.

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 DAY TWO – SATURDAY

Stage 2: Saturday Madura Tea Estate Road Race

Distance: 140km

Elevation:  2232m

Stage two was a tough race with lots of climbs, three of them being through dirt. Our guys marked all the moves early and tried to set up the finish for Drizners to have a sprint. Carter Turnbull spent most of the stage in the breakaway with Carter Beetles. When they were caught, another group got away with 30km remaining and this time Porter was in the move. Porter finished in 7th on the stage, finishing 1st in the young rider’s category.

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“The whole team was fantastic at Tour de Tweed. We didn’t win the tour but to see two of our young riders, David Williams and Rudy Porter come of age this week and show they can perform at the NRS was great to see. The team is all about developing young talents and for everyone involved that was like a victory for us.”

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 DAY THREE – SUNDAY

Stage 3: Individual Time Trial

Distance: 9.95km

Drizners and Porter rode fantastically, finishing in 1st and 3rd respectively.

Interestingly, this was Jarrad’s first NRS win after so many consistent results. Our Raphael Freienstein won this TT last year, so it’s been a good stage for us.

Their fantastic results put both of them in the top six.  

From Pat Lane:

“Jarrad and Rudy taking out 1st and 3rd in the Time Trial was phenomenal. This also set up a good general classification position for us with two in the top five.”

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 Stage 4: Stan Brims Criterium

Distance: 30 laps x 1.4km circuit (42km)

Elevation: flat and fast

We went into the criterium backing in Drizners 100%, and the team rode well to control the race while conserving energy to do a big lead out in the final laps. InForm took it up with six laps remaining and controlled it until the final lap. Unfortunately, Drizners got a flat tire that ended our chances.

“On the side lines, I was getting so nervous watching this one, the boys took it up early and controlled the whole race. It was as good as any lead out I’ve ever seen. When Jarrad punctured in the last lap it was disappointing, but they took a lot of confidence out of this race”

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Preview: InForm TM Insight MAKE boys ready for Tour de Tweed

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This weekend, the newly minted Tour de Tweed will continue the Battle on the Border legacy in near-perfect conditions in New South Wales.

With InForm TM Insight MAKE trailing just 28 points behind Team BridgeLane in the teams’ classification, and Jarrad Drizners leading both the individual and U21 classification, there’s a lot to race for.

The four-stage tour begins with a Road Race on Friday in Tyalgum, followed by another Road Race from the Madura Tea Estate on Saturday. An action-packed Sunday in Murwillumbah will feature a time trial course on Tumbulgum Rd and the event wraps up with the Stan Brims Criterium within the industrial estate.

Below, we dive into the tour and how you can watch it, stage-by-stage.

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The Challenge Ahead: Stage-by-Stage

For the tech guide and full course descriptions, visit www.tourdetweed.org

 

DAY ONE – FRIDAY

Stage 1: Friday Tyalgum & Stokers Road Race

Distance: 127km

Elevation: 1597m

Rolling out from the country village of Tyalgum, Friday’s course is centred on a diverse loop under Mt Warning near Stokers Siding.  With numerous hills to get riders out of the saddle, the course showcases a backdrop of beautiful country, farm lands, rivers and mountains.

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DAY TWO – SATURDAY

Stage 2: Saturday Madura Tea Estate Road Race

Distance: 140km

Elevation:  2232m

Rolling out from the Madura Tea Estate, Saturday’s course is a tough course characterised by a number of pointed climbs on classic Tweed Valley country laneways. 

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DAY THREE – SUNDAY

Stage 3: Individual Time Trial

Distance: 9.95km

The course will be held on a Y-shape course based from Wharf Street in Murwillumbah’s CBD.  Spectator-friendly, the course is close to plenty of cafes and good vantage points at the start-finish along the Tweed River.

 

Stage 4: Stan Brims Criterium

Distance: 30 laps x 1.4km circuit (42km)

Elevation: flat and fast

Sunday’s tour grand final features a pesky new course in the industrial estate south-east of the CBD.  With no climb to upset the bunch this year, the peloton will be challenged to pick a strong line and accelerate quickly out of corners to make push to the front of the pack.

Further reading: Read the NRS tour preview here.

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Tour of the Tropics: An Emphatic InForm Tour puts Jarrad Drizners in the NRS Leader’s Jersey

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Taking home two firsts, two seconds, and two thirds during the wet three-day, five-stage Tour of the Tropics, DS Pat Lane says he witnessed some of the best riding to date from the InForm TM Insight MAKE team.

This successful campaign now sees Jarrad Drizners leading the NRS overall going into the Tour de Tweed this weekend. Further, Drizners also claimed the second spot on the podium in the individual classification. As far as the team is concerned, InForm TM Insight MAKE placed second in the tour and holds second position overall; just 28 points behind Team BridgeLane.

Every single rider played a huge role throughout the tour, with our two stage wins coming from Nathan Elliott in stage two and Luke Plapp in stage four.

With the Tour de Tweed kicking off this weekend, InForm’s podium representation throughout all five stages of the Tour of the Tropics could not be better timed.

Here, DS Pat Lane gives us a quick stage-by-stage re-cap, and we hear from some of our podium-getters.

 

DAY 1 

Stage 1 - Milaa Milaa Kermesse

Distance: 114km

Elevation: 2350m

Set on an incredibly tough course with 2350m of elevation, Luke Plapp, Jarrad Drizners and Carter Turnbull spent most of the race in a 12-man breakaway group. With the break splitting on the final circuits, it was Jarrad Drizners who sprinted to third place, just behind Sam Hill and Jay Vine.

 

DAY 2 

Stage 2 - Lake Eacham Road Race

Distance: 95km

Elevation: 1870m

Nathan Elliott’s win at the Lake Eacham Road Race was emphatic, yet again proving his strength and cycling nous. His solo win (2mins44secs ahead of the peloton) moved him to 3rd position on the general classification, with Jarrad Drizners leading the bunch home for 7th.

Nathan Elliott:

“I got in the early break, which established really quickly. All the main teams were represented and we tried to put pressure on Nero. Coming into the circuits, they looked like they were going to get us back but it blew out a bit in the end and I just him them and went solo, so it was awesome to get the win.”

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 Stage 3 – TT

As Drizners and Elliott continued their prominence through the tour, the individual time trial saw the boys finish in 2nd and 6th respectively.

 

DAY 3

Stage 4 - Yungaburra Road Race

Distance: 95km

Elevation: 1520m

The Tour of the Tropics certainly delivered the tropical weather with plenty of rain during all stages, and day three was no different. Drizners and Elliott were both extremely aggressive all day in pursuit of breaking up the GC, and it was Carter Turnbull and Luke Plapp who made their move in a breakaway with five other riders.

With a condensed breakaway group just holding on, Luke Plapp took a stunning photo finish win over Angus Lyons. Adding to some solid stage four results, Drizners lead the group home for 3rd.  

Luke Plapp:        

“It’s great when you get to throw your arms up. It’s been a grim couple of days in the tropics so to get the win is great, especially when our team has been doing so well.”

 Watch Plapp’s win by clicking here.

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Stage 5 - Yungburra Criterium

Distance: 60 minutes + 3 laps

There was a lot that could happen in the final stage of the Tour of the Tropics, with a highly competitive leader board meaning the race was lit up very early. Sam Hill – who was donning the leader’s jersey going into the stage – was dropped 15 minutes into the race, meaning the general classification was highly coveted, particularly for Jay Vine and Jarrad Drizners who were in the breakaway group that took the race to the line.

With Van De Merwe just getting over Drizners in the dying seconds of the race, Drizners sprinted home for 2nd both for the stage and the tour.

Jarrad Drizners:

“It was pretty hectic out there, we smashed them with about 10 laps in. Godfrey Slattery did an absolute ripping turn and Carter Turnbull was up there too, so that was awesome. Then we just continued on with about four of us left. I went early and went hard but just got rolled on the line. Second place, but then I have the overall lead for the NRS so I am pretty stoked.

 

Next up: Tour de Tweed

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Preview: Tour of the Tropics Kicks off the NRS Tour Season

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After a huge month in Belgium, the boys are ready to sink their teeth into the tour component of the 2019 National Road Series tomorrow at the Tour of the Tropics.

Having arrived home from the warmth of Belgian summer last week, the team is now up north and ready for more racing in warm conditions in far north Queensland.

Five stages will be tackled over three days by a strong InForm outfit that DS Pat Lane is confident are ready for the challenge.

“Belgium provides a racing experience like nowhere else in the world, it’s the only country you can come to and have multiple high-level races on any day. This allows us to create an intense month-long block for the riders to maximise their time in Europe.,” Lane says.

“After what I saw the boys achieve over there, I know they’re going into the Tour of the Tropics well prepared.”


Team Lineup:

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The Challenge Ahead: National Road Series have broken down the Tour, stage-by-stage, here

The Tour of the Tropics will make its Cycling Australia National Road Series (NRS) debut when it opens the Tours season for 2019.

Tour of the Tropics will be set amongst the Atherton Tablelands over three consecutive days from Friday 2 to Sunday 4 August 2019.

The Tour commences with a kermesse race in Millaa Millaa and moves onto Lake Eacham on Day 2 followed by Yungaburra for Day 3. 

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Day 1 

Stage 1 - Milaa Milaa Kermesse

Distance: 114km

Elevation: 2305m

Racing will begin almost straight from the drop of the flag with a proper warm-up a definite prerequisite. The first of two KOMs greets the riders in the first 5kms. Gentle Annie, as is known to the locals, is a 2km climb at 9% taking riders to 1100m (300m) before descending towards Ravenshoe.

This is sure to split the field over the top; however, the road leading to Ravenshoe will limit the ability for the break to consolidate.

A technical 23km section of road, once the major arterial road, may favour the brave. Aggressive riding will likely place pressure at the back of the field once again as they pass through tropical rainforest and pastoral land before entering the Waterfalls loop for the first of 4 – 16km laps.

Theresa Creek Road then leads the riders to three of the major waterfalls of the region, on the way collecting 350m of elevation per lap. The first lap will be a case of becoming familiar with what lay ahead.

It is likely that the winning move will play out on the back half of the closing laps, with a long gradual rise to the finish sure to test after 114km and a total of 2350m of climbing.

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Day 2 

Stage 2 - Lake Eacham Road Race

Distance: 95km

Elevation: 1870m

After the Day 1 start, the NRS field will consider the beginning of this course rather sedate. Some beautiful country back roads will take them to the township of Malanda, with the racing likely to be full throttle as they exit. The exit out of Malanda is a constant uphill grade, before turning onto Hillcrest Road, taking the school bus route back towards Lake Eacham.

If you have your wits about you, you’ll be taking notes of the course as this will also be the battlefield for the individual time trial of Stage 3.

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Day 3

Stage 4 - Yungaburra Road Race

Distance: 95km

Elevation: 1520m

The Historic town of Yungabuura has been a long-time host to cycling in the region, with the community rallying behind the event each and every year. Five laps of this varied 19km circuit will ensure unpredictable, aggressive racing at every turn.

Stage 5 - Yungburra Criterium

Distance: 60 minutes + 3 laps

Yungaburra town centre will be the final showdown of the weekend’s festivities. If a clear leader has not been resolved, this technical course will once again provide another platform for aggressive racing. The course begins with a slight climb to a roundabout, before descending down the backside of the course to a hairpin at the foot of the Yungaburra Hotel before commencing up towards the Start/Finish.

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Belgium Bike Diaries: The Final Chapter

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Leaving Belgium with three wins, four seconds, and three third places, and a team that is now stronger than ever, our month in the heart of cycling was a big one for the boys.

In our final chapter of the Belgium Bike Diaries, DS Pat Lane reflects on the challenges and triumps of the last month. Plus, Jarrad Drizners and Tom McFarlane walk us through the final races.

With the tour component of the National Road Series kicking off tomorrow with the Tour of the Tropics, the excitement is only building for our team. (Read our tour preview here)

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Pat Lane:

“Belgium provides a racing experience like nowhere else in the world, it’s the only country you can come to and have multiple high-level races on any day. This allows us to create an intense month-long block for the riders to maximise their time in Europe. 

The style of racing in Belgium is very different to Australia, it’s characterised by a lot more attacking and aggressive racing. The bunch can be as many as 150 riders around very technical courses. This type of racing is a lot closer to World Tour and watching their improvement over the last month I can see that it has been well worth bringing the guys to Europe to prepare them if they ever get the opportunity to race at the highest level.

The whole team rode fantastically. We had three wins, four seconds, and three third places. It’s been great to see some of the guys really step up with the opportunity here and I believe they have a lot ahead of them. Everyone has had a great time and the bond between riders is even stronger after a month together.”

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The final races, as told by Jarrad Drizners and Tom McFarlane: 

Jarrad Drizners:

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It was a hard day out with hot conditions and a hilly course. The pace was on the whole race and the bunch became smaller and smaller. A lot of promising looking breakaways were unsuccessful. Dave and Carter did an awesome job in the last lap to bring back two riders for me to have a go in the sprint. I went in early and got rolled to end up in 3rd.

 

Tom McFarlane:

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This was a fast race on a very open course. An aggressive race in still conditions on open roads made it difficult for attacks to stick. Plapp was in a late break that got caught through the last corner at 200m to go, Drizners was 3rd after a big lead out from the team

 

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During the race the bunch split up multiple times with a number of different breakaways looking like they would survive to the finish. In the last it looked like it would come to a sprint and the team took control of the front and lead out Drizners, he was first around the last corner at 200m to go and held on to win the sprint

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Belgium Bike Diaries: Turnbull Turns it on for Third & Tour de France Stage One

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During their second week in Belgium, the InForm TM Insight MAKE boys have continued to enjoy the challenges and triumphs of European racing.

With plenty of impressive results, Carter Turnbull’s was the highlight. After riding in the break for most of the 115km Roeselare race, he dug deep to cross the line for an impressive third. The boys displayed some great teamwork, with Turnbull’s teammates instrumental in controlling the peloton, and Jarrad Drizners finishing with the second group in sixth.

Lucky enough to also catch stage one of the Tour de France as it took off in Belgium, the boys enjoyed watching some of the world’s best, as well as riding parts of the course pre-race.

Here, in their own words, David Williams, Tom Benton, and Ben Jones share some insights from the past week.

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David Williams:

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This was a super tough course with lots of climbing and crosswinds; a very, very technical course. Carter Turnbull, Rudy Porter, David Williams and Jarrad Drizners all followed the moves early on.

Eventually the winning break went away with Jarrad Drizners, who was able to follow the best eight riders all day.

A rider slipped up the road on the main climb on the last lap and held on the whole way, with two others shortly behind. Jarrad has a really strong ride, sprinting in for second in the battle for 4th

 

Tom Benton:

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Being the first race with high winds, thoughts of splits were evident in determining the outcome of the race. At lap 4 of 14, a group of six formed bringing together Luke Plapp, Carter Turnbull and Tom McFarlane.

With the gap blowing out quickly, there were constant attacks with aims of creating a chase group to get across. Eventually the hot pace meant a group of around 15 set clear from the remainder of the peloton, which contained Drizners, with it charging across to make the front of the race 20 riders strong with 4 laps to race.

From this group came another breakaway with Plapp and Drizners in a group of 7, which would go to the line. With Plapp controlling the break for a sprint, a late attack from the eventual winner was able to hold on after the masses of work from Plapp and Drizners.

Drizners finished in 6th and Plapp in 7th.

 

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The team of those favouring a flatter kermesse were met with what would become an unusual race relative to previous editions. The main break escaped on lap 4 of 15 which contained the ever consistent Luke Plapp in a group of 10. With this move blowing out, it looked follow the script of precious races, with the peloton never seeing that move again. However at lap 9 the break was well in sight with the gap coming down to around 50m.

With the boys thinking it was curtains for this original break, a group of 4 escaped across which motivated the break to work harder and peloton to sit up, allowing this original break to rapidly increase their gap again. A few laps later a group of 10 managed to escape the peloton containing Benton which would eventually reach the lead group with half a lap remaining. Unfortunately for our boys in the lead group, the eventual winner broke away solo on the last lap, with Plapp unable to gain any freedom due to being heavily marked all race.

He would be our best finisher in 5th place.

 

Ben Jones: Brakel kermesse & Tour de France Stage One

My first race up was a kermesse in Brakel, It was 10km by 9 laps of a hilly circuit. The pace was on from the gun and I found myself in a three-man break away. We were away for about four laps, then were brought back by a reduced bunch. By the 7th time around, the legs were feeling cooked from the break away at the start of the race, so while I didn’t finish the race the way I would’ve liked, I learned a lot from being competitive early on.


We were very excited to ride out and watch the world tour riders take on some iconic climbs in Belgium such as the muur van Geraardsbergen and the Bosberg. After finding a back road to the top of the Bosberg, we found a good spot to view the race after about 45mins the race came past and the atmosphere was crazy even more so because greg van avermaet was in the break. We then headed back into oudnardee to watch the finish of the stage, which saw Austrailan Caleb Ewan finish in third. 

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Pat Eddy off to Yorkshire for the 2019 UCI Junior Road World Championships

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It’s been an incredible year for Australian Under-19 Time Trial and Road Champion, Pat Eddy, and with the announcement of his selection for the 2019 UCI Road World Championships, it just got even better.

From September, 22-29, Pat Eddy will complete in road race and time trial events among the world’s best juniors, with his eyes firmly set on becoming a junior world champion. An incredible experience for any young rider, Eddy could not be more excited about the challenge that lies ahead.

Pat Eddy says:

“I'm super keen to get over to the UK and race at the worlds in September. Going into the year as a bottom age Under 19, I didn't really expect to do enough to be selected for the world champs in 2019.

It was more of a goal to be picked as a top age rider next year, so just to get the opportunity to race is unbelievable. I've had a great few months of training leading up, and still have much more time to prepare, so I definitely think I have a chance to get top five in the time trial.

The road course seems to suit me also so I could be in with a shot there as well. With the recent success of other Aussies at the world champs, it's definitely been a goal of mine to achieve a good result at the championships.”

Belgium Bike Diaries: Plapp and Drizners do the 1-2 to kick off a promising Belgium campaign

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The InForm TM Insight MAKE boys came together in Belgium early last week for their much anticipated month of training and racing in Belgium’s heart of cycling, Oudenaarde.

In what was a promising weekend of racing for the boys, it was Luke Plapp and Jarrad Drizners who started it off with a bang; crossing the line together in first and second at the 70km criterium race in Ostend.

“Everyone arrived in Oudenaarde on either Monday or Tuesday, so the first few days were used to adjust to the change of time zone and climate,” Carter Turnbull says.

“With Godfrey Slattery, Luke Plapp and Jarrad Drizners having arrived in Europe a little earlier, the three of them, joined by Conor Leahy and Nathan Elliott, began the racing campaign really successfully.”

Below, the boys share with us - in their own words - how week one panned out.

Thursday 27th June: 70km race in Ostend

The boys kicked off their Belgium campaign with a bang, with Luke Plapp and Jarrad Drizners doing the 1-2 on the 70km criterium course in Ostend; a course characterised by 40 laps of a 1.75km circuit. 
With a big weekend of racing ahead of the whole team, they were off to a flying start, with Plapp set for another podium come Sunday.

Luke Plapp:

“The crit was pretty eye opening – very different to what we experience in Melbourne. It was a really good experience. We had all the boys there – Nathan, Jarrad, Conor and Godfrey – who guided me through the race and helped me out. And Jarrad and I were able to run away with it in the end.”

Jarrad Drizners:

“It was a pretty hectic crit. We were in a few good moves that got brought back, with Plapp and I in a break together with about three laps to go. He was having a good night and with about a lap to go he just lit it up, and rode away and I went with him and we were able to get the first and second.”

 (Watch Plapp and Drizners cross the line here.)

Saturday 29th June: 117km Bever

Saturday was set to be the hottest day we would experience as well as the first race for a few of the riders, so it was always going to be a difficult day. With a large break of roughly 10 riders going clear in the race including Elliott and Drizners, the race was over within the first half hour for the main field. After a hard race with extreme temperatures, Elliott tried his best to set up Drizners in the final lap, however the hope for victory was over with one rider staying away in front of the break to take a solo win and then another two escaping late, meaning the sprint behind was for fourth place. Jarrad opened up early but wasn’t quite able to hold on and ended up in 6th place overall.

Sunday 30th June: 114km race in Hansbeke

At lap two out of 19 Plapp, Drizners and Elliott broke away with five other guys and worked together well to eventually get a 25-second gap back to the peloton. They continued to extend their lead to 45-seconds with three laps to go and the win was going to come from the break.

Luke Plapp hit it a 1.5-kilometres to go, but got caught just before the line and managed to sprint to second.

 

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Baysider Leader: Belgium beckons for bayside team

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InForm TM Insight MAKE was featured in the Bayside Leader last week, in an interview with Tom Benton and Patrick Lane as they prepare for a month of training and racing in Belgium later this month.

From the feature:

While 2018’s trip to Belgium may have left 19-year-old team member Tom Benton with a broken collarbone, the Melbourne University student and old Brighton Grammarian is hungry to get stuck into some challenging racing.

“After last year’s injury, I couldn’t be more excited to be given another opportunity to compete in Belgium again,” the commerce student says, who recently won the young rider’s classification at the infamous Melbourne to Warnambool Cycling Classic.

“The kermesses over there are brutal, but our team is going from strength to strength after some great wins at the Tour of Brisbane and the Tour of East Gippsland, so I think we’re equipped to be right up there amongst tough competition.”

No Podiums, but Plenty of Prowess at the 59th Grafton to Inverell

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They say it’s a race that can unfold in many ways, and the 59th David Reid Homes Grafton to Inverell proved that yet again. A course that highlights the intricacy and ever surprising nature of racing, the G2I was a spectacle from beginning to end.

Constant attacks and ever-changing breakaway groups were made all the more challenging by difficult hill climbs, cross and head winds, and debris on the long and infamous road from Grafton to Inverell.

With this level of animation, picking a winner for the 228km race was impossible right up until the finish line.

Having won the event in 2018, Nathan Elliott had a target on his back all day. Where he made moves, many followed, making it hard for the strong rider to ever truly get away.

While Elliott finished with the front group, it was a two-man race to the finish line between William Hodges and Dylan Sunderland that saw Hodges claim his first National Road Series win.

Elliott was in the strong chase group that nearly caught Hodges and Sunderland with Nick White, Troy Herfoss, Peter Milostic, Liam Magennis, Brendon Davids, Liam White, and Marcus Culey.

With no one willing to attack too early, it became clear that Sunderland and Hodges were going to stay away and take the race all the way to the line, with Nick White winning the bunch kick and Elliott crossing the line in ninth.

“It was quite an exciting race with the situation constantly changing,” Elliott says.

“We had Raph and Marko represented in the main early moves that were dangerous then Carter and Rudy did a monster effort chasing and putting me back into contention at the front.”

In an impressive example of teamwork, the InForm TM Insight MAKE boys rode smart all day.

Mark O’Brien was hugely influential to the race, and the experienced rider worked tirelessly for the InForm TM Insight MAKE boys as he rode up the front at many stages throughout the day. Freienstein animated the race early riding up front with O’Brien in the first breakaway group of the day.

Rudy Porter held his position impressively, and both he and Carter Turnbull powered at the front throughout many moments of their first Grafton to Inverell. Pat Lane set them the task to bring the breakaway group back, and the two 18-year-olds got to work.   

Just as Elliott rode for Turnbull at the Tour of East Gippsland last weekend, Turnbull worked hard to get Elliott back into a strong position after falling back a bit at the hill climb, which had him looking strong for the finish.  

While Elliott was disappointed not to podium, the G2I specialist (he’s finished in first, second and third over the years) rode an extremely strong race for a man that was being watched closely.

As DS Pat Lane put it, “that’s just bike racing. The boys did everything they could today and they rode very well as a team. Some days you win, some days you don’t.”

Elliott’s disappointment yet again proves his commitment and care for his team.

“Unfortunately we missed the front three that got away, I gave it a good crack at bridging to them on wire gully and got within 10 seconds but didn’t end up making it,” Elliott says.

“I was really proud of how the boys rode and despite not getting the result that we deserved I think we can be happy with how we rode as a team. “

With Grafton to Inverell the final one-day classic on the 2019 NRS calendar, many of the InForm TM Insight MAKE boys now have their sights set on a month of training and racing in Europe before an action-packed Tour season kicks off in August, with the Tour of the Tropics.

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InForm TM Insight MAKE Ready for Grafton with Last Year's Champions

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It's one of the biggest races on the cycle calendar, and the toughest one day course in Australia: the 59th Grafton to Inverell Cycle Classic. 

The unforgiving combination of being the second longest one-day race, and one of the hilliest, claiming victory on the 228-kilometre course is highly coveted; an iconic win for any cyclist.

While they may have fought for first and second respectively last year on different sides, InForm TM Insight MAKE teammates Nathan Elliott and Raphael Freienstein will now face the event together on Saturday, with a strong, hungry team who are ready for the challenge.

With 3382m of climbing, including the formidable 17km climb of the Gibraltar Range, 2018 winner Elliott knows all too well that the race can unfold in many ways, but is excited to take it head on with the InForm TM Insight MAKE boys.

“It’s really exciting to have one of the strongest teams in the field going into this race,” Elliott says.

“Raph and I came first and second last year, and our DS Pat Lane has won this event too. On top of that, we have O’Brien, Turnbull, Porter, Drizners and Plapp who will be right up there, so I am really looking forward to it.”

Experience in Elliott, Freienstein, and Mark O’Brien – who’s previously won the NRS – is complimented by a highly skilful young bunch. Lucas Plapp and Jarrad Drizners are members of the Australian Cycling Team’s Podium Potential squad, and Carter Turnbull and Rudy Porter are in fine form after claiming first and fifth at the Tour of East Gippsland last weekend.

For previous G2I winner and DS Pat Lane, it’s the best event on the calendar.

“It’s my favourite race in Australia for sure. It’s always a really tough one, and gets a good deserving winner with the distance and climbs on the course,” he says.

“With the team we have here, we have a lot of guys who can pull of the win and it’ll be an exciting day in the car.”

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The InForm TM Insight MAKE line-up for the Tour de Brisbane includes:

Nathan Elliott

Raphael Freienstein

Mark O’Brien

Carter Turnbull

Rudy Porter

Lucas Plapp

Jarrad Drizners

Links:

Start list

Course map

How to watch: 

The Grafton to Inverell will be streamed via the National Road Series Facebook page facebook.com/NationalRoadSeries

Opening Show – 7 – 7.30am: Watch pre-race interviews and the first 15 minutes of the race.

Replay & Highlights Show – 4 – 5pm: Watch one hour of ‘as-live’ coverage, including the finish plus post-race interviews.

Carter Turnbull turns it on at the Tour of East Gippsland

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A chaotic crash during stage one of the Tour of East Gippsland may have knocked seven of our riders off their bikes, but it didn’t deter them from getting organised for Carter Turnbull the next day, who took out tour honours with an impressive, consistent weekend of racing.

With third-places in both stage one’s road race and stage two’s time trial, Turnbull confirmed his tour win in stage three; where he crossed the line in second with great support from his team, and an instrumental ride from both Nathan Elliott and Tom Benton.

Strong rides from Rudy Porter and David Williams saw the young guns also finish in the top 10 in the general classification, and impressively, five of our riders finished in the top 10 in the stage two time trial.

With Turnbull, Elliott, and Porter all heading to Grafton for the celebrated 228-kilometre National Road Series Grafton to Inverell this weekend, the trio’s solid individual performances and impressive team efforts have them primed for a great day of racing.  

 

STAGE-BY-STAGE RESULT HIGHLIGHTS

Stage 1 Road Race

Carter Turnbull: 3rd

Rudy Porter: 5th

 

Stage 2 Time Trial

Carter Turnbull: 3rd

Nathan Elliott: 4th

Tom Benton: 5th

Rudy Porter: 7th

Patrick Eddy: 8th

 

Stage 3 Road Race

Carter Turnbull: 2nd

Will Moloney-Morton: 6th

Rudy Porter: 7th

 

General Classification

Carter Turnbull: 1st

Rudy Porter: 5th

David Williams: 10th

 

QUOTES

Carter Turnbull

“It was a shame having a number of guys come down in the crash during stage one but for the remainder of the stage everyone raced well to have Rudy and I in the winning break.  Going into the final stage after getting third in the previous two stages had me sitting 30 seconds down in GC in second place.

I was in the break again with Nathan Elliot and Tom Benton driving it for me to make up the time on GC, so all I had to worry about was staying close enough to Nick White who was in third and I was really happy to come away with the win for my team.”

Pat Lane

“Going into the last stage we decided as a group we would throw everything at the GC and try to come away with the tour win. Given we had Carter and Rudy close to the lead, we wanted to stack the break with strong guys and then send either of them across. Tom Benton, Nathan Elliott and Carter did this perfectly, with a great win by Carter and a great fifth in the general classification for Rudy.”

 LINKS

Next event: Grafton to Inverell (NRS)

VRS Calendar (next event in August)

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Tour de Brisbane: Drizners Dominates the Crit, Freienstein Fires in the Road Race

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In perhaps one of the most stellar performances the InForm TM Insight MAKE team has ever displayed, the boys walked away from the Tour de Brisbane with the win at both Saturday’s UCI Brisbane Blast Criterium, and Sunday’s inaugural NRS Tour de Brisbane Road Race.

Jarrad Drizners was the man who came out on top at the criterium, with Raphael Freienstein claiming honours in the road race. In a game of musical chairs, Freienstein also crossed the line for second in the criterium, while Drizners just missed out on the podium for fourth at Brisbane’s first ever road race.

This puts InForm TM Insight MAKE second in the team’s classification going into next month’s Grafton to Inverell. Further, Freienstein is now back in the NRS leader’s jersey – a jersey he feels comfortable in given his overall NRS win in 2018 – and Drizners now dons the Best Young Rider’s jersey.  

While the Brisbane Blast was not a National Road Series event – and therefore did not go towards the series points system – it put our boys in good stead for what would again be a huge day of racing the next day.

With a warm climate and exciting courses, here’s how the weekend panned out.

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UCI Brisbane Blast Criterium

The criterium course was smooth and flowing, with 55 minutes of racing the prelude to a final three laps that couldn’t have been more successfully executed by our team. With good legs and a tactical plan, Freienstein led Drizners into two of the sprint laps as practice rounds for the final showdown, and the pair looked like they had it down pat.

In an impressive line of white and black, all seven of the InForm TM Insight MAKE boys were up the front in a train going into the final lap, riding the rest of the sprinters off their wheel and allowing Drizners to get the job done.

Plapp and Elliott played a big part in this, and, on top of that, German gun Freienstein was impressively able to cross the line in second after his huge lead out efforts.  Completing the podium was Pro Racing Sunshine Coast’s Alex Porter.

Drizners says: “I was feeling confident that we’d be able to pull off the win, because Raph and I were able to pull off the lead out really well for the two intermediate sprints that I won. The whole team played a huge part in getting me across the line, so I’m glad that I was able to finish it off for us all.”

Tour de Brisbane Road Race

As a new addition to the NRS calendar, the fully-closed inner-city circuit that had been painstakingly planned for the inaugural Tour de Brisbane classic was a highly anticipated one.

Navigating steep descents, narrow roads, and tight U-turns, the course was a fast but technical one. Wide streets turned narrow, tunnels and bridges emerged, and the chase group came so close to mowing Freienstein and Sunderland down.

Starting in the city’s cycling hub of South Bank, the course was characterised by an inner city circuit, a challenging Mount Coot-tha climb, and the fast, undulating hills south of Brisbane.

After some early animation created by a small breakaway of Jesse Coyle, Jay Vine, Dylan Sunderland, and Dylan Newberry, it was Raphael Freienstein, Dylan Sunderland, and Liam Magennis who brought the heat to the men’s road race.

In a dramatic finish that nearly saw the peloton swallow them up, Freienstein and Sunderland dug deep to hold on. Having retired from the breakaway group some 15kms to go as Sunderland began to attack, Magennis left the two men up front and it all came down to a bunch kick for the third place.

Tristan Ward claimed the third spot on the podium just ahead of Jarrad Drizners, whose fourth place has put InForm TM Insight MAKE in a strong position going into round three of the National Road Series.

On top of his win, Freienstein also took home the sprint jersey.

Freienstein says:

“I’m feeling stoked. I’m glad that I got away with the win, but we had a good back up in the bunch. In my head, I couldn’t help thinking if you stay away and come away with second or third it’s always a pity, so it was either ride up front and give my team an easy ride so that Drizners could maybe get it in the bunch kick, or win it myself. I am super stoked that Sunderland and I managed to stay away from the chasing group, and that it was backed up by a fourth place for my teammate Jarrad Drizners.”

LINKS

Next event: Grafton to Inverell

NRS Rankings - Individual

NRS Rankings - Teams

NRS News

Read the Courier Mail cover story

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InForm TM Insight MAKE due north for Tour de Brisbane

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This Sunday, Brisbane will become the centre of Aussie cycling as the inaugural Tour de Brisbane, part of the National Road Series Classics, takes over the city.

For the first time in the city’s history, the 110-kilometre road course will be fully closed, with the riders enjoying 1,422 metres of climbing as they take in some of the city’s well-known landmarks.

DS Pat Lane says: “Tour de Brisbane is a race I’ve been really looking forward to for a while. The organisers have come up with a very exciting course. It’s a profile that could unfold in many different scenarios with the difficult climb up Mount Coot-Tha so early in the race. The roster we have selected should give us competitive options despite how it unfolds.”

Starting in the city’s cycling hub of South Bank, riders make their way across the Kangaroo Point Cliffs, offering a panoramic view of the city’s skyscrapers and river. The course then carries on down to the Story Bridge, leading into the city itself.

Riders will then make their way through the inner-CBD and onto the Riverside Express Way and Western Freeway, both closed for the first time for a bike ride. A challenging Mount Coot-tha climb then awaits, before continuing through the city and down through the undulating hills south of Brisbane.

InForm TM Insight MAKE newcomer and no stranger to NRS success, Jarrad Drizners, is confident that the boys are primed for a great road race.

“I’m really looking forward to getting stuck into my first NRS race of the season this weekend with the team! My last race with the team was at the Road Nationals where we had some good success, so I’m keen to keep the ball rolling.”

Lane adds, “It’s the first time we have the Podium Potential Academy guys joining us for the NRS, they have just finished the Australian Track Championships and are on great form.” 

Luke Plapp, Jarrad Drizners, Conor Leahy and Godfrey Slattery are the four InForm TM Insight MAKE riders who’ve joined the Podium Potential squad managed by the Australian Cycling Team. Track commitments will remain the priority for the talented youngsters but linking up with a National Road Series squad will allow the riders to gain greater exposure to all types of racing and will aid their progression towards lofty track goals.

Coupled with a diversely strong team and Rudy Porter’s return, Lane is confident with the InForm TM Insight MAKE line-up.

“Rudy Porter has also been improving quickly after his break and I think we will see a big ride from him.”

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The InForm TM Insight MAKE line-up for the Tour de Brisbane includes:

Raphael Freienstein

Nathan Elliott

Jarrad Drizners

Rudy Porter

Lucas Plapp

Godfrey Slattery

Tom Benton                                                                                                                    

 

Links:

Start list

Course map

How to watch: 

The Tour de Brisbane will be streamed via the National Road Series Facebook page facebook.com/NationalRoadSeries, and Kayo Sports.

Opening Show – Facebook only: Sunday from 6.05am (approx.). Pre-start interviews, the roll out and the opening 10km through Brisbane city of both Men’s and Women’s races.

Replay & Highlights Show – Facebook & Kayo: Sunday from 11.30am. Two hours of “as live” coverage including the start of both Men’s and Women’s races, the KOM’s, Sprints and all the action coming into the finish (plus post-race interviews and podium celebrations).

No Fairytale For Elliott While Freienstein Finishes Fifth In Warrnambool

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The 2019 National Road Series kicked off yesterday at the Powercor Melbourne to Warrnambool, the 262-kilometre classic was taken out by under 23 National Champion Nicholas White.

144 riders took to the start line in Avalon and the attacks started at the drop of the flag with InForm TM Insight MAKE represented in all the key moves. Throughout the first 70 kilometres there were several attacks but nothing managed to stick until the decisive 13 rider break pushed clear. All the major teams were represented in the escape, so the pace in the peloton was switched off completely. The slashing of the tempo in the peloton saw the gap balloon out to 14 minutes at one point. Will Moloney-Morton and Tom Jones began to ride a solid tempo at the front of the bunch after the main field had been threatened to be pulled from the race due to the significant time gap between the two groups.

Included in the winning break was 2018 NRS winner Raphael Freienstein, Oliver Martin (Drapac Cannondale Holistic Development Team), Harrison Bailey (GPM-Stulz), Nicholas White (Team BridgeLane), Brendan Johnston (Stitch and Dirt), and Cyrus Monk.

“With 13 riders in the move it would have been nice to have a second rider there. The guys did a great job following moves early and I think they relaxed a bit given we had Raph there,” Team Director Pat Lane said.

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With the major players in the front group having no teammates in support, the final 40 kilometres was a cagey, tactical affair with no rider being able to snap the elastic to gain the advantage to cause problems for the others in the front group. With much of the pressure being put on Freienstein and White to pin back the attacks, a cool head was required from the favourites at the back end of such a taxing race.

With two kilometres to go, it felt like there was only one outcome, a sprint finish. White kept his cool and timed the slightly uphill sprint to perfection, winning comfortably ahead of Bailey and Johnston, with Freienstein coming in for fifth.

“I was happy to have a sprint as I knew nobody would let me ride off the front. Unfortunately at the end of a big day, and not having any long races under the belt this summer, my legs were just cooked and once I launched my sprint I had nothing left and my legs started to lock up,” Freienstein said.

Freienstein who always has the teams best interests at heart, said he was disappointed to not repay the faith the team showed in him.

“I’m still upset that I let the team down as they fully backed me in the break and I couldn't finish off the job. Everyone in the team seemed really strong and had a great race. Big engine Tom Benton had a fantastic day and is now leading the under 21 NRS, so that’s a big positive to take out of the weekend.”

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“Nick White is the deserving winner, he was super strong all day and played a smart game. He is coming off a really big summer winning the under 23 National Championship and racing the Tour Down Under, I guess he also had the better racing preparation leading into the ‘Warnie’,” Freienstein said.

The National Road Series now heads to the sunshine state for the Tour de Brisbane on April 14.

Elliott chasing Melbourne to Warrnambool Three-Peat

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After a one year absence, the Melbourne to Warrnambool is back for 2019. The “Warny”, as it is known within the inner cycling circles is the second oldest one day race in the world, and the longest in the southern hemisphere at 262 kilometres.

This year, InForm TM Insight MAKE will have the winner of the last two editions of the Warny in Nathan Elliott on their side, along with defending National Road Series champion Raphael Freienstein. An all-star cast for the first battle of the NRS for 2019.

Starting at Avalon Airport, the riders will make their way towards Geelong, before passing through Colac. From here, the peloton will make tracks for the coastal town of Port Campbell. If crosswinds play a roll, then it’s here along the coast where the wind could slice the group to bits. Crosswinds after the best part of 200 kilometres, it’s a hard man’s dream scenario. For the final stages, the riders make their way from Peterborough to Warrnambool for the final showdown.

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A man who knows what it takes to win the Warny is Nathan Elliott, he has won solo here twice, and is a rider who has made a habit of winning on the grippy days.

“I think obviously, you need good endurance to win, which I’m lucky that it’s something that comes naturally to me. My power doesn’t really drop off that much after six hours so that helps a lot,” Elliott said.

 “The main thing I took away from my 2017 win was a fair bit of confidence knowing that after being in the break for 220 kilometres and getting caught, I still had enough to ride away at the end. Also with that, just never giving up, especially in a race this long.”

The new InForm TM Insight MAKE recruit is proud of his feats, and often looks back on his Warny wins with pride.

“It sounds corny but yeah I think about it (winning the Warny) all the time. On the bike training and off the bike. It’s something that I’m proud of, it means a lot to me and makes me happy any time I relive the race in my mind and crossing the line.”

When asked if he targeting then win on Saturday to make it back to back to back, Elliott responded,

“Of course, I’m targeting it,” with a grin on his face.

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2018 NRS winner Raphael Freienstein will be getting his defence underway on Saturday coming off the back of a low-key summer of racing. He is motivated for the year and as always, has the team’s ambitions at the top of his checklist.

“I'm excited to be back at the NRS, especially starting with a big one day race. I guess our biggest hopes are with Nathan for Saturday and it would insane if we could make the triple happen. I'm fully committed to team tactics and will do everything needed to get the job done,” Freienstein said.

Team Director Pat Lane, who is flat not to be pinning the numbers on this Saturday will have to settle for calling the shots from the team car. As a rider, Lane has fought out the finale of the Warny in the past and is the perfect man to be pulling the strings from behind the scenes.

“The guys are all hungry and always want to win, they put a lot more pressure on themselves then we put on them. I think we have the two best riders in the race and I know I’d rather have Nathan & Raphael on the team than be trying to work out how to beat them,” Lane said.

He also hasn’t ruled out giving license to some of the younger riders in squad to put their keys in the bowl for the finale on Saturday afternoon.

“Given most teams will race negatively against Nathan and Raphael, we might even see one of our younger riders step up, I wouldn’t lock them into a support role just yet. I have a lot of faith in the ability of the whole team to get the job done.”

 The race starts at 7.30am with the final stages to be streamed live on Facebook.

 

The InForm TM Insight MAKE team sheet for the 2019 Melbourne to Warrnambool is:

Nathan Elliott

Raphael Freienstein

Tom Benton

Tom Jones

Tom McFarlane

Will Moloney- Morton

Carter Turnbull

2019 Cycling Australia Road National Championships Recap

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The 2019 Cycling Australia Road National Championships were an incredible success for InForm TM Insight MAKE. Three gold medals and two silver medals across five days of racing was the perfect start to our 2019 campaign.

The under 23 men’s Criterium was our first race of the new season. The team rode the perfect team race, and the early work in the trenches was repaid by Jarrad Drizners who beat Kelland O’Brien in a two-man sprint for the green and gold jersey. In doing so, Drizners claimed our maiden National Championship. The performance set the standard for the rest of the championships.

“I was pretty nervous in the final sprint, to be honest, I didn’t really want to lead it out but I found myself on the front. I managed to pull it off which is just unreal,” Drizners said.

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On Saturday morning, the Eddy brothers, Sam and Pat were first and second in the under 19 Road Race. An incredible tactical display, saw the brothers work over their rivals in the final two laps around the testing Mount Buninyong circuit. Pat Eddy came in solo ahead of a group of three riders, in which Sam torched the others for the silver medal.

“It couldn’t have gone any better when Pat let it rip on the last lap, it was just so fast. I was already on the rivet but after the climb, I could just sit back and wait for the sprint,” S.Eddy said.

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A European start time of 3:50 pm saw the drop of the flag for the under 23 Men’s Road Race where we had a team of ten riders take to the start. The early stages of the race were riddled by crashes and mechanicals, which dented some of the InForm TM Insight MAKE riders chances for a shot at the finale of the race. In what was an incredible edition on the Men’s under 23 race, a group of three riders arrived at the finish just metres before what was left of a rampaging peloton. Jarrad Drizners hit out of the peloton with 500 metres to go, just falling short of a place on the podium, finishing in fifth place. First year under 23 riders Carter Turnbull and Rudy Porter finished 22nd and 24th respectively.

The blue-ribbon event, the Elite Men’s Road Race was held on Sunday afternoon. Nathan Elliott was the sole InForm TM Insight MAKE rider in the race and represented the jersey gallantly. Elliott made the major 30-man breakaway of the day and featured in the pointy end of the gruelling 185.6-kilometre test around Buninyong. In what was his best finish at the event, Elliott rolled in for 17th in a field that featured some of the best riders in the world.

In the under 19 Men’s Time Trial, Pat Eddy sliced through the field, adding the Time Trial crown to his Road Race win just a few days prior. P. Eddy won ahead of Harry Morgan by ten seconds, with Sam Eddy a further 30 seconds back in fifth.

“It feels incredible, I didn’t come here thinking I could do the under 19 Road Race and Time Trial double, but it’s a great feeling,” Pat Eddy said.

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In his first race with InForm TM Insight MAKE, Luke Plapp finished second in his first under 23 Men's Time Trial. The 18-year-old had set the fastest time of the day and looked to be pulling on the green and gold. Liam Magennis had other ideas though, coming home like a runaway train to topple Plapp’s time by 20 seconds, shifting the two time Junior World Track Champion into the silver medal spot.

“I was really stoked, I knew I had set a super time but Liam is such a class act so it’s not a surprise to see he came in quicker than I did,” Plapp said after the finish.

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Team director Pat Lane couldn’t have hoped for a better championships saying,

“It couldn’t have gone much better for us really. Plapp getting second in our last race of the Championships was a huge effort for a first year under 23.

“To see all the guys racing well together, having fun, and getting results at the same time, I couldn’t be happier.”

 A massive thanks to all the riders who contributed to these fantastic achievements at the National Championships over the past week. Also, a big mention goes out to all the staff who put in countless hours to help the riders achieve what they did. Pat, Linda, Alex, Chris, Matt, Brian and Cam, thanks for all your hard work in making this last week possible.

Australian National Team Announcements

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The hard labour of the 2018 season for InForm TM Insight MAKE has been rewarded in the form of multiple National Team selections for the rest of the Australian summer of cycling. We have riders selected for the KordaMentha Real Estate Australian Team in the Towards Zero Race Melbourne, The Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race and the Jayco Herald Sun Tour.

The squads for the races are below:

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Nathan Elliott (InForm TM Insight MAKE)

Michael Freiberg (Pro Racing Sunshine Coast)

Brenton Jones (Delko Marseille Provence)

Tom McFarlane (InForm TM Insight MAKE)

Will Moloney-Morton (InForm TM Insight MAKE)

Rudy Porter (InForm TM Insight MAKE)

David Williams (InForm TM Insight MAKE)

“I'm absolutely stoked to be lining up for the KordaMentha Real Estate Australian Team at the Towards Zero Race Melbourne and Jayco Herald Sun Tour. I couldn’t have done it without the support of the whole InForm TM Insight MAKE team, and of course, Pat Lane,” David Williams said about his selection.

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Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race January 26-27th

Nathan Elliott (InForm TM Insight MAKE)

Michael Freiberg (Pro Racing Sunshine Coast)

Dylan Sunderland (BridgeLane)

Harry Sweeney (CA)

Carter Turnbull (InForm TM Insight MAKE)

Ayden Toovey (BridgeLane)

Nick White (BridgeLane)

“I'm super excited to race the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race and Jayco Herald Sun Tour. Obviously, the level will be extremely high and harder than anything I have done before, but I'm looking forward to seeing how I measure up against some of the best riders in the world,” Carter Turnbull said.

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Jayco Herald Sun Tour January 30th - February 3rd

Nathan Elliot (InForm TM Insight MAKE)

Carter Turnbull (InForm TM Insight MAKE)

Rudy Porter (InForm TM Insight MAKE)

Tom McFarlane (InForm TM Insight MAKE)

David Williams (InForm TM Insight MAKE)

Brenton Jones (CA/ Delko Marseille Provence)

Sam Jenner (CA/Team Wiggins Le Col)

“I’m stoked, but also can’t believe the fact that only three years ago I was on the other side of the fence watching Chris Froome light it up on Arthurs Seat and take the stage victory. Now to actually be racing it is crazy, I can’t wait to take on the opportunity and make the most of it,” Rudy Porter said.

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Team manager Pat Lane expressed his genuine excitement on the announcements.

“The riders bought into our goals and worked so hard all season to make this happen. I can’t wait to watch the riders reap the rewards of their great team work. Pulling on the Australian kit is always something special, I’m really glad that my guys will get to experience that.”

Brighton Volkswagen On Board Again For 2019

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InForm TM Insight MAKE is delighted to be partnered with Brighton Volkswagen again for the 2019 season.

Brighton Volkswagen is another premium sponsor of the team, adding to the existing list of top tier partners on board for 2019. Brighton Volkswagen will be providing the team vehicles for what is a busy season on the road.

Jean-Yan Couronne, the Dealer Principal at Brighton Volkswagen talked about the reasons for supporting InForm TM Insight MAKE.

“We had a great relationship with InForm, they are clients of ours so Cameron McKimm and I knew each other well. Three years ago, he talked to me about his vision for the team, about providing kids with incredible opportunities within cycling.

“I thought his visions were amazing. Both the team and ourselves are within the same community so that was an important part of starting the relationship between InForm TM Insight MAKE and Brighton Volkswagen. I told him that when the team starts, we would be very interested in being involved. We are thrilled to be a sponsor again for the team in 2019.”

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As a keen cyclist himself, Jean-Yan gets out on the bike and enjoys watching cycling on the tv.

“I really enjoy riding the bike myself, and whenever I can, I watch the cycling on the tv. It’s great to be involved in the sport on so many levels.”

Thanks, Jean-Yan and everyone at Brighton Volkswagen for being apart of the team again for the 2019 season.  

Plapp Claims Silver

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Luke Plapp claimed silver in the Cycling Australia Road National Championships under 23 Time Trial today in Buninyong. Making it five medals for InForm TM Insight MAKE at the 2019 Championships.

With his first ride in his new team colours, Plapp headed down the start ramp like a man on a mission. The testing course posed no concerns for the 18-year-old as he set off on the 29.5 kilometre Time Trial.

Arriving at the turnaround with plenty in the tank, Plapp made the turn with his thoughts focused solely on the gold medal. His form remained the same until the final few kilometres where the two-time Junior World track champion really had to dig in. He punched over the last rise and set the fastest time of the day of 38 minutes, 23 seconds.

Plapp remained fastest, fighting off the time of Team Pursuit World Record holder Kelland O’Brien. Plapp had one hand on the gold medal, sitting firmly on the hot seat until Liam Magennis scorched the field. The Drapac Cannondale Holistic development team rider set the new benchmark of 38 minutes, 3 seconds taking the gold off Plapp at the eleventh hour. Sam Jenner was third, ahead of O’Brien, fourth.

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“I was really stoked, I knew I had set a super time but Liam is such a class act so it’s not a surprise to see he came in quicker than I did,” Plapp said after the finish.

“I had a great ride, my power was great so I really can’t be disappointed with the ride. Of course, I wanted gold, but I can be very pleased with silver in my first year as an under 23.”

It caps off a super championship for the team, winning the under 23 Criterium, under 19 Road Race and Time Trial, silver in the under 19 Road Race and silver today and in the under 19 Road Race.

DS Pat Lane spoke about the team’s incredible start to 2019.

“It couldn’t have gone much better for us really. Plapp getting second today was a huge effort for a first year u23.

“To see all the guys racing well together, having fun, and getting results at the same time, I couldn’t be happier,” Lane said.