Rowney debuts and Stewart returns home as ORICA-AIS race in Launceston this weekend

Wed 2 Dec 2015

ORICA-AIS will field a team in this weekend’s Launceston Cycling Festival, pulling together some of the work achieved in their recent training camp.

Amongst the four-women lineup will be new recruit Loren Rowney in her debut race and Tasmanian Macey Stewart who will race in front of an enthusiastic home crowd.

2014 Australian criterium champion Sarah Roy and Chloe McConville join the pair.

“The girls are all still in a training phase ahead of 2016 so we don’t expect them to be racing at 100% fitness but it is a really good opportunity to introduce Loren into the team within a racing scenario,” sport director Gene Bates said.

“We have some fast girls in the group we are taking to Tasmania, girls we want to win races with next year, so this is a good chance for them to start working really well together.

“This is a home race for Macey and she loves heading home to race so she is motivated to give it her best over the weekend.”

ORICA-AIS’ first training camp for the 2016 season recently wrapped up in Bright, Victoria. Bates thrilled with the position the team is in so early in preparation.

“We are extremely pleased with how our first camp for 2016 finished up,” he said.

“We felt it was important to bring out our full team, including our two new internationals in Tayler Wiles and Annemiek van Vleuten, which is something we didn’t do last year.

“Not only did we get in some fantastic training but we also put in some great work to build the foundations for our team dynamic and culture, and having everyone involved in this process has put us in a really strong position from the very start. It was greatly beneficial and we are looking forward to seeing that come out of the road on the weekend and in the New Year.”

Bates said the weekend of racing in Tasmania is one to watch.

"The Launceston Cycling Festival is a great weekend for everyone, we always enjoy getting down there to race," he said. "The organisers have worked really hard and it's fantastic to see they will be awarding equal prize money for the men's and women's winners this year."

ORICA-AIS at the Launceston Cycling Festival (5-6 December 2015):

Chloe McConville
Loren Rowney
Sarah Roy
Macey Stewart