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The nation’s capital is set to play host to a thrilling round of the 2016 Subaru National Road Series season when both the women’s and men’s peloton light up the roads of Canberra in the National Capital Tour.
Comprising four stages across three action-packed days the racing will be intense as the women’s National Road Series titles will be decided.
Men’s Start List
Stage 1 ITT Start Order
Women’s Start List
Stage 1 ITT Start Order
Fresh from her dominant display at Amy’s Otway Tour, High5 Dream Team’s local rider Rebecca Wiasak is eager to continue her hot run of form on her home roads.
“I love racing at home. It’s so special to race on roads that we usually train on,” said Wiasak, a world champion on the track.
“This year the National Capital Tour includes a new course that takes in some of our iconic Canberra attractions. The Yarralumla Embassy loop with the finish on Black Mountain will definitely deliver some surprises, and the location and atmosphere will make that stage pretty hard to top.
“There is a definite hometown advantage. We have done some recon of the opening time trial at Googong Dam as it has changed slightly from last year. That stage could really set things up for the general classification on the weekend.
“With only a few seconds in time bonuses throughout the tour, I imagine both the time trial and the Black Mountain stage will be decisive,” added Wiasak.
Buoyed by today’s announcement that the Phoenix Cycling Collective have been recognised by the ACT Government as the official Canberra men’s cycling team for developing pathways for young ACT men to progress to racing in the Subaru National Road Series, team owner Andrew McCosker is excited about leading the team in their home tour.
“This partnership with the ACT Government is the result of the combined effort of over three years from riders and team staff past and present, as well as the support of the Canberra cycling community,” said McCosker.
“We are going into our home tour on a real high with this announcement, and will be looking to develop Canberra’s cycling profile in the Subaru National Road Series as well as NSW and Victorian open races.”
The 2016 National Capital Tour begins on Friday with a short yet punchy 7.27kilometre individual time trial in the Googong township.
On day two the men’s second stage Embassy road race covers 99.6 kilometres for the men, and 77.38km for the women.
The final day is a double-stage day, featuring a kermesse in the morning followed by an afternoon criterium at the purpose built Stromlo Forest Park criterium circuit from1.45pm.
Racing gets underway Friday with the women’s time trial commencing at 10am. Follow @Subaru_NRS and hashtag #NCT16 on Twitter for live updates.