Debutant Roy amongst ambitious ORICA-AIS team for Bay CritsSun 28 Dec 2014
Australian criterium champion Sarah Roy will make an ambitious debut for ORICA-AIS at the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic starting in Geelong this Friday, 2 January.
The ‘Bay Crits’, described as the fastest criterium in the world, will be Roy’s final race wearing the Australian green and gold jersey ahead of the 2015 national championships that begin on Wednesday, 7 January.
And the 28-year-old is keen to finish her reign on a high.
“I definitely want to take a stage win,” Roy said. “And also support my new teammates to take wins in the races that suit them.”
“I have said all along that I am excited to work with a team of girls that really trust each other and I am really looking forward to my first race with the ORICA-AIS team.
“I’m feeling pretty confident and really excited to wear the (national) stripes in the ORICA kit. I know a lot of people wish they were wearing the stripes so I will be feeling pretty privileged to have that on my back.”
Roy will be joined in her first race for ORICA-AIS by four teammates, including 2003 Australian criterium champion Lizzie Williams who will also make her debut for the team, following a return to racing in 2013 after a 10-year hiatus.
Riding alongside the debutants will be current and two-time Australian road champion Gracie Elvin, 2012 national champion Amanda Spratt and Dutch team leader Loes Gunnewijk.
ORICA-AIS will tackle the four-day series with individual goals for each of criteriums but also as a loading period ahead of a heavy January of racing.
Despite being their first race for 2015 sport director Gene Bates is confident the team will have impressive form.
“I know first hand that all of the girls have had a great off-season,” Bates said.
“They have all put in a lot of work and we saw at the camp that they are all coming up really well with their training and are really motivated for next year.
“We would expect to see a fair bit from the girls in the first week. In each of the days we will see different things from different girls, but across all of the days we will see something from all of them, definitely.”
Bates is also looking forward to welcoming the two debutants into the line up and building towards a successful 2015.
“We have two new girls in the team in Roy and Williams and we are excited just to have them in the group to start to lay the foundations for later in the spring,” he said.
“In terms of training, it's probably going to be the most intense thing the girls have done for a little while now so it will be a great block they will use to top up their training.”
ORICA-AIS at the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic