Fresh from winning the team pursuit world title in Korea a little over a week ago, Wollongong’s Josie Talbot will return to the Subaru National Road Series, when the fifth event on the calendar begins on Friday in Wangaratta.
Talbot will turn her focus back to the road at the Sam Miranda Tour of the King Valley, when she lines up alongside her Specialized Securitor teammates of Ashlee Ankudinoff (NSW), Sophie Mackay (NSW), Verita Stewart (VIC) and Cassandra Dodd (QLD).
“Coming off such a high is always a good feeling and I will try and take that into the race,” said Talbot who claimed gold in the team pursuit at the 2014 UCI Junior Track World Championships.
“It was a dream come true, we really wanted it. I’m really close with all of the girls so it was great to share it with them,” said Talbot of her world championship teammates Macey Stewart (TAS), Lauren Perry (TAS), Danielle McKinnirey (SA) and Alexandra Manly (SA).
The Tour, which consists of four stages across three days, includes a 20km individual time trial in Whitfield, a criterium in Wangaratta and two road races through Victoria’s northeast. Stage three's 100km road race will test riders as they tackle the infamous 'Strade Nero' dirt section before the event concludes with a fast 85 kilometre race through Moyhu and Myrrhee on Sunday August 24.
“I always enjoy racing criteriums because I’m more of a sprinter, but I’ll just see how I go and who is performing well in the team and if I can help them out as well,” said the reigning under 19 criterium champion.
2013 Tour victor Katrin Garfoot has since graduated to the Australia ranks, where she recently earned bronze in the women’s time trial at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
This year, 86 riders will compete for overall honours including Subaru National Road Series leader Ruth Corset (Holden Women’s Cycling) and 2014 national time trial bronze medallist Bridie O’Donnell (Totally Rush Hyster).