Bumper field for upcoming Spectacular
CYCLING: A decision to delay the Auswide Bank International Cycling Spectacular could have been a smart one, according to event director Jason Templeman.
Organisers have begun naming some of the riders who will compete at the Spectacular on January 12 and 13.
It is usually held in December, but it was decided in August to move it away from other cycling events.
Templeman said that with all 30 elite spots pretty much filled the decision was right.
"The Queensland Academy of Sport has just agreed to send their team, which is huge for us,” he said.
"Six male riders and two female riders will be coming.
"We've had riders chasing us, which has been good.”
Among the QAS line-up is Sunshine Coast's Alex Martin-Wallace, who won a bronze medal in the scratch race at the junior track world titles in Italy earlier this year.
She will be joined by fellow Queenslanders Blake Quick and Eliott Schultz.
Headlining the event are four New Zealand youngsters - Corbin Strong, Harrison Waine, Nicole Shields and Emily Shearman.
"Corbin is a superstar, he will be in the next Olympics and is the next great hope for New Zealand cycling,” Templeman said.
They will be joined by Victorian riders Callan Douglas, Angus Collins, Nathan Bof and Connor Sens. Junior silver medallists Bill Simpson and Ben Foster also are coming.
"Nathan Bos and Angus Collins will be in the Australian High Performance soon with their talent,” Templeman said.
"This in my opinion will be one of the hottest fields I've seen at the Spectacular.
"It's a great opportunity for Bundy to get out there and see some of the best riders in the world.”
Templeman expects more than 120 riders to ride. Nominations are open until January 5.
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There is more on the event in tomorrow's NewsMail.