Bauer, Bewley & Williams hoping to bring the New Zealand jersey to Mitchelton-SCOTT for the 1st timeWed 3 Jan 2018
Mitchelton-SCOTT will show-off their new black and yellow outfit this week in New Zealand at the three-day National Championships in Napier, which begins on Friday, 5th January.
For 2018, Mitchelton-SCOTT will have three representatives for the first time in the championships with new signing Jack Bauer making his debut for the team, Sam Bewley and Georgia Williams, all hoping to bring the striking national jersey to the team for the first time.
Friday, 5th January - Time trial Women
- Georgia Williams
Having finished in second place in 2017 and third in 2013, Williams has been close to taking the title and hopes 2018 is the year to finally clinch her first victory in the 20kilometre event.
After putting in solid performances throughout the 2017 European season, and with the defending champion not on the start list, Williams is one of the favourites for the race against the clock and is motivated for the challenge.
“I feel my form is pretty good, I think the long hard season of racing in Europe has definitely helped me bounce back fast after my off-season.
"The time trial course suits me and I would love to win it as the TT always shows the strongest rider.”
Saturday, 6th January - Road Race Women
- Georgia Williams
The 114kilometre undulating course begins with a 55kilometre opening rural loop before heading back to Napier city centre where the women complete five laps of a 10.5kilometre circuit, featuring ‘Bluff hill’ where the race is usually won or lost.
Like the time trial event, Williams has been close before, placing second on three occasions and returns this year, hungry to try and make it on to the top step.
“After three second place finishes in the road race I feel like surely it’s my year for the win. They have added an extra hill lap this year and taken out a finishing flat lap so I will try play this to my advantage.
“Bringing the jersey to the team would be awesome and extra motivation to know I will be no longer mistaken for an Aussie, which all the European’s assume with me being in an Australian team.”
Sunday, 7th January - Road Race Men
- Jack Bauer
- Sam Bewley
Like the women’s race, the men’s race begins with lumpy rural lap of 87kilometres before the riders tackle eight laps of the city circuit, totalling 171kilometres.
As former road race champion back in 2010, on a different circuit, Bauer knows what it takes and is looking forward to starting his 2018 season with a tough home race.
“I always enjoy kicking off my season with the NZ National championships and am really looking forward to competing for the first time in the colours of Mitchelton-SCOTT.
“The technical nature of the race in Napier makes for a really difficult, and gruelling day out. I expect a fast, solid day of racing that will stretch everyone to their limit. It definitely is a course that throws up a worthy winner, especially with the back to back climbs each lap in the city centre.
“With a strong Mitchelton-SCOTT presence in Sam Bewley and myself, we'll aim to leave our mark on Sunday's race and take home the title.”
Having raced multiple times as the sole representative of the team, Bewley is pleased to have a teammate for the first time as the pair line-up against a strong field which includes three other WorldTour riders.
“I’m looking forward to the race and it is going to be great to have a teammate alongside me this year. It is a pretty hard circuit and there’s plenty of strong domestic riders on the start list that you can never under estimate, so I know it is going to be a really tough race like always.”
“It’s the only race I get to do in New Zealand, so I always like to be able to race here and each year there’s more and more Kiwi WorldTour riders from different WorldTour team’s lining up which is really great to see and motivating for guys coming through the ranks.”