Fresh off some good results at the Tour of the Great South Coast (ToGSC), the Subaru NSWIS & MS Development Cycling Team will this weekend tackle the Tour of the King Valley (ToKV) as Cycling Australia’s National Road Series (NRS) continues.
The ToKV sees Jackson Law, Harry Carter, Jordan Payne, Tirian McManus and Nick Yallouris back up from last week’s event, with Sam Jenner also joining Subaru NSWIS & MS before heading to the UCI Road World Cycling Championships in the USA. Team captain Nathan Bradshaw remains in doubt after crashing during the ToGSC.
The ToKV will be Law’s second race as part of Subaru NSWIS & MS, with a podium finish in the final stage of last week’s ToGSC capping off a memorable debut.
“I came third in the stage eight criterium which was really good. The boys were trying to get me on to the podium all week and we had a few close calls but we pulled it off on the last stage,” Law said.
The ToKV was a last minute addition to the men’s NRS calendar following the cancellation of the Tour of Gippsland, and both the men’s and women’s NRS events will combine over the course of three days.
“The women’s NRS has had this tour here for a couple of years and now they’ve brought the men down. It’s good to race on these roads because there’s a few gravel sections, and Saturday’s stages should be pretty hard because of that,” Law stated.
Gravel and dirt racing on road bikes is not a regular occurrence, especially for a track cyclist, but Law said he is looking forward to mixing it up.
“It’s a bit of fun more than anything, and it’s good we get to change it up and have something different.
“We don’t have any cobblestones here in Australia and there are a lot of cobblestone races in Europe, so I guess it’s our equivalent to get the hard racing without necessarily going uphill. It will be really hard going across a few of the sections and that might split the bunch up a bit, but it will be a good challenge,” Law predicted.
“This will be the first time that Nash has been Director while I’ve been on the team, so it’s exciting to work with him.
“He’s got a lot of knowledge and experience in racing, so I’m excited to hear what he’s got to say and what his plan is for the week.”
Law said the team has been doing their homework over the past couple of days, driving both road race courses (stages three and four) before riding a few of the hills that await. The team is confident and has already earmarked where they can push for success.
“Last week we really started to get our lead outs working really well and we were up the front of the race on the last stage, so I think if we can carry that formation into tomorrow’s stage we have a good chance of a podium.”