Hosking to finish 2013 season with NSW GP
Chloe Hosking has confirmed that she will finish the 2013 season leading an all-star team at the NSW Cycling Grand Prix at the end of November. The talented team of women will be racing together as Roxsolt Sydney Uni.
“I really love racing when back home,” said Hosking when asked about racing on Australian tarmac. “It is exciting to get the chance to compete against some of the best female cyclists in the world.
“Races like the NSW GP are just as tough as some of the races in Europe and are a great opportunity to showcase the strength and depth of women’s cycling in Australia.”
Joining Hosking will be 2013 NSW Criterium Champion, Sarah Roy. Roy is racing off the back of a highly successful criterium and road race season in the Netherlands and Belgium that has resulted in being signed to the UCI Pro Women’s team Vienne Futuroscope for 2014.
“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to race with Chloe,” shared Roy. “I gained a lot from my stint in Europe and am excited to see how my experiences transfers to a strong Aussie field.”
Racing along with Hosking and Roy will be Lucy Martin from Great Britain. “This is my first time racing the NSW Grand Prix and I am really excited to spend the summer down under. The Aussie women always have a strong start to the season in Europe so it will be good to get some racing and training over the European winter” said Martin.
2013 NRS teammate Brittany Lindores is being re-united with Roy. “I have had some time off the bike at the end of season, so NSW GP will be my first race back. Chloe would have to be one of the fastest women in the world, I’m fortunate to be racing with, rather than against her.” stated Lindores.
Sydney Uni Velo U23 rider Gina Ricardo rounds out the team. Ricardo has spent the 2013 season riding as an individual rider in the National Road Series, was runner up to Roy in the NSW Criterium Championships and is 2013 NSW Club Team Time Trial Champion. “This is my second year racing the NSW GP,” said Ricardo.
“Last year was a steep learning curve. The race was much tougher than I expected. I have had some strong results this year including a top 10 NRS stage finish, so it will be good to see how I go.” After NSW GP, Ricardo heads to the USA for some collegiate racing before returning in time for the 2014 NRS season.
President of Sydney Uni Velo, Andrew Best explains the purpose behind the team “Sydney Uni is a great supporter of cycling by providing elite athlete scholarships that give students valuable assistance to progress their cycling careers. The team is an extension of our commitment to help nurture women’s cycling across all ages and abilities in Sydney”.
“Through the ongoing assistance of Sydney Uni we are fortunate to have the chance to bring together such a strong team and we are very grateful for the riders time and enthusiasm in how they help support and grow women’s cycling.”
The NSW Grand Prix is a two stage criterium race starting on the 30th of November in Cronulla and concluding on the 1st of December in Wollongong.