2018 Cycling Australia Masters Road National Championships

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One of the attractions of cycling is its social and competitive aspects as a sport, and partners and Perth cyclists Amanda Nabi and Andrew Ballam who have discovered life together both on and off the bike.  

The pair will make a 3,000km trek to contest their first ever Cycling Australia Masters Road National Championships when the 2018 edition is held in Victoria’s Gippsland Lakes region.

“We have talked in past years about doing Masters Nationals, but it hasn’t fitted into the plans so far,” said Andrew.  “This year we have both trained hard through the winter to be ready for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships in Varese, so we thought that we would make use of that fitness and give Nationals a go.

At the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships, Amanda claimed the silver in the women’s 40-44 category, while also claiming sixth in the road race.

“Amanda had some success in Varese winning the silver medal and backing that up with sixth. I am riding as well as I have for some years, but didn’t achieve anything in Varese worth writing home about,” he joked.

“After Worlds, we spent a bit of time holidaying, but that also involved riding some of the iconic climbs in the Dolomites.  All of our holidays involve bikes, and the trip to Gippsland will no doubt be a part holiday as well!”

The pair will line up in all three 2018 Championship races, with Andrew hoping to post some strong all-around results.

“I like the fact that the Nationals offers competition across three disciplines. I like to describe myself as a ‘jack of all trades’, so the three event format should suit me,” he said, adding “We’re both active racers, racing locally on the DOME Coffees Cycling Team, and we both still ride in open categories.  It’s going to be nice to see how we fair against fields of our age on the national stage. Amanda will be targeting podiums, particularly in the ITT.”

Moreover, while the pair is very focused on their cycling, they are proud and very active members of the South Perth Cycling Club, sitting on the club management committee.

“We ride on the DOME Coffees Cycling Team, but we are both very proud South Perth Rouleurs (SPR),” Andrew explained. “Our team has a very close association with the club, with most riders also being members of the SPR.

“SPR is the biggest club in WA with more than 400 members.  The club has organised rides every day of the week, and there is something for everyone, from beginners through to A-grade racers.”

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The East Gippsland region of Victoria will host the 2018 Cycling Australia Masters Road National Championships from 18-21 October.
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