ORICA-AIS ready for a London showdownTue 26 Jul 2016
Having raced along the Champs Élysées last weekend in Paris, ORICA-AIS head to London for Prudential RideLondon Classique, another city centre circuit race.
The widely anticipated event has stepped up it's status this year by becoming part of the Women's WorldTour series and with that comes a longer distance, covering a five and a half kilometre lap starting and finishing on the Mall with Buckingham palace as a spectacular backdrop.
The race takes place the day before the Men's London Surrey Classic and the women will be treated to the exact same size prize fund as their male competitors, with the winner taking home 25,000 euros.
ORICA-AIS continue with the same team that raced in La Course minus American rider Tayler Wiles, making it an all Australian squad. The fairly young five-rider team will be lead by experienced sprinters Sarah Roy and Loren Rowney.
"It will be my first time racing Ride London," explained former Australian criterium champion Roy. "I've heard nothing but great things about the race so I am very much looking forward to it."
"After some bad luck last weekend in Paris the team is really motivated and prepared for a good race."
"I am certainly very hungry for a victory and after a much needed mid-season break and a good hit out at La Course I am feeling really good and looking forward to the challenge."
The race is part of the Prudential ride London weekend with various events taking place including amateur races, a sportive and the elite men's race, therefore like previous editions the organisers are expecting a huge turn out which provides another great opportunity to showcase women's cycling.
"It's really special to race in the centre of such a big city," continued Roy. "We race along the Mall in front of Buckingham palace and it starts and finishes in the same place as the London Olympic road race which is pretty special."
"From my experience at the Aviva Women's Tour, the crowds in the UK are fantastic. So many people come out and support the racing. It should be a really great atmosphere so hopefully we can deliver a good result."
The team's newest members Jenelle Crooks and Jessica Allen will join 20-year-old Alexandra Manly in the team's debut of the event which takes place on Saturday 30th.
ORICA-AIS riders in Prudential RideLondon Classique (30th July):
Jessica Allen (AUS, WA, 23)
Jenelle Crooks (AUS, WA, 21)
Alexandra Manly (AUS, WA, 20)
Loren Rowney (AUS, QLD, 27)
Sarah Roy (AUS, NSW, 30)