Off the back of a super 2018 season where the 18-year-old won the under 19 Oceania road title, represented Australia at the Junior World Championships in Austria and completed year 12, Turnbull is moving up the ranks to the under 23 category in 2019.
Having the liberty of four years as an under 23, Turnbull will be able ease into the new environment, with results being a bonus, he is looking to adjust to the longer, and more difficult racing.
“Going up an age group makes it hard to have specific goals for next year, but I’m looking to try and perform well throughout the whole year, and of course, be looking to pick up as many results as possible along the way,” Turnbull said.
After a continental championship win, and flying the Australian flag overseas, doors were opening for Turnbull, but the Melbourne boy opted to stay at InForm TM Insight MAKE for several reasons.
“I feel InForm TM Insight MAKE are the best team for me to achieve the best possible results through the support and opportunities that they offer me. Also, having some older, more experienced guys in the team has helped me a lot and I hope to continue to learn from guys like Raphael Freienstein and Nathan Elliott.”
Team culture is a hot topic within sport now, and the environment that has been created by Cameron McKimm and Pat Lane hasn’t gone un noticed within the group of riders. Turnbull’s young head on young shoulders understands the importance of having a great team environment and cited it as a big factor for him to remain with InForm TM Insight MAKE.
“The team environment is super, I’ve always had a great team environment around me and I know at this team, it’ll stay that way for the coming year with the staff and riders we have working with the team.”
Off the back of InForm TM Insight MAKE’s fruitful 2018 season, the rewards include gaining starts for several riders at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race and the Jayco Herald Sun Tour. Races that Turnbull hopes to be pinning the numbers on at in January.
“It would be unreal to race at Cadel’s and Sun Tour. Obviously, the level will be extremely high and harder than anything I’ve done before, but I’ll look forward to testing myself against some of the best riders in the world,” Turnbull said.
Turnbull’s 2019 campaign kicks off in the first week of January with the Cycling Australia Road Nationals in Buninyong.