NSWIS TT Project athletes Stewart and Tuckwell to race in Europe

Posted on March 9, 2022 by

Bronte Stewart and Luke Tuckwell will join nine other Australian junior cyclists to get a taste of life as professional athletes when they travel to Europe on AusCycling’s under-19 endurance camp this year.

From their base in Belgium, the teenage riders will represent the Australian Cycling Team during a month of road races in May.

The camp will give them a snapshot of what it’s like to live abroad while competing in an international peloton, riding on unfamiliar roads and encountering different cultures.

While the schedule is subject to confirmation, it’s hoped the squad will race UCI Junior Nations’ Cup events in France, Switzerland and the Czech Republic.

Belgian one-day races, including the under-19 women’s Ronde van Vlaanderen, are also on the provisional calendar.

It’s worth noting that good results in the Nations’ Cup would help Australia qualify for more starting spots at its home UCI Road World Championships in Wollongong.

The home-based championships, which will be held in September 2022, have been at the heart of the NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) TT project which aims to fast track the development of NSW cyclists, including Bronte and Luke, who have the potential to represent their State and Australia.

Working toward the event and beyond to Paris 2024, the project has focussed on the determination of the young riders involved, enhancing their development as they take the next step towards becoming full-time professional athletes into the future.

The under-19 camp will be the first overseas development opportunity that AusCycling has organised since the COVID-19 pandemic began, with riders due to depart for Belgium on May 1.

“This project is a vital part of our elite endurance development pathway,” said Donna Rae-Szalinski, who is leading the camp for the Australian Cycling Team. “It will provide under-19s with exposure to the European race environment, including larger fields and technical courses.

“It will also provide insights into the lifestyle requirements when competing at an international level. We are excited to be able to provide this opportunity!”

For more information or the full list of Under-19 Endurance Camp Riders, see AusCycling.

Article and image courtesy AusCycling, Photo credit Con Chronis

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