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Team Skoda Racing head to the U19 NRS Mersey Valley Tour in Tasmania

10th May 2017

Following a successful New Zealand Age Group Championships, Team Skoda Racing head to Tasmania to compete in the three day, three race series known as The Mersey Valley Tour.

Lining up for Team Skoda Racing is some of the country’s best junior talent. Leading the Team will be recently crowned National Junior Road Champion Ben Hamilton and National Junior Time Trial Champion Oscar Elworthy. Joining Ben and Oscar are Team Skoda Racing team members Harry Waine and Daniel Reid. Corbin Strong and Aaron Wyllie will complete the line up as guest riders for the team after successful campaigns at the Te Awamutu Tour and the Age Group Nationals.

Team manager, Brad Tilby says “The Mersey Valley has been in our thinking for some time now since Robert Stannard (2016 TSR Team Member) won the Stage 1 time trial in 2016 and followed that up by winning the opening road stage. We thought this was a perfect fit for our racing plan in 2017 and our riders were very keen to take on the international race”. The tour consists of an opening 14.8km time trial and is followed by two road stages over the following two days. The Mersey Valley Tour is regarded as one of the biggest junior Tours in Australia and the terrain and weather conditions in Tasmania make for sure tough racing.

Team Skoda Racing head to the tour with plenty of depth and options to play across all three stages. Tilby says, “We go to the tour with the top 4 Overall finishers from the recent Te Awamutu Junior tour. Ben, Oscar and Daniel are our out in out road racers while Harry, Corbin and Aaron are on the build-up for the Junior Track World Championships in August. The team will travel over a few days earlier to review all the stages and make some decisions on how we will tackle each stage. We will look to Oscar, Ben, Harry and Aaron in the time trial. These guys have been in some excellent form across April and it will just be a case of knowing the tight course well. For the road races, we would like it as hard as possible. We have 6 really strong guys and will try to ride an attacking style of racing”.

The Mersey Valley Tour runs from the 12th to the 14th May and doubles as a round of the National Women’s Road Series. The three standalone stages are based out of Devonport, Tasmania