BCS takes on record field of female riders

RIDE ON: Building Champions Squad team cyclists Minda Murray, Nicole McNamara and Tayla Evans. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

RIDE ON: Building Champions Squad team cyclists Minda Murray, Nicole McNamara and Tayla Evans. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

THE Bendigo-based Building Champions Squad will be part of a record field in the Sam Miranda Tour of the King Valley this weekend.

The  three-day race has attracted 86 entries - the largest ever for a women’s round of Cycling Australia’s National Road Series.

With BCS co-founder Nicole McNamara recovering from a back injury, the in-form Minda Murray from Echuca will head the team.

Murray was its leading rider in the Tour of the Murray River last month, finishing 17th overall.

The women start with a 20km time trial at Whitfield on Friday morning and a 38.4km criterium at the Wangaratta Aerodrome in the afternoon.

Riders will also tackle a 100km road race on Saturday and an 85km loop on Sunday.

The BCS team includes young gun Tayla Evans, who claimed a top-20 finish in the Tour of Adelaide, and new member Emma Pane, originally from Wangaratta, who continues to improve.

Time trial specialist Von Micich has signed on as a guest rider for the King Valley event, while New Zealand teenager Georgia Vessey will contest her second race with the team after joining midway through the season.

Vessey, 17, is a climber who will play a key role on the hills, with a 6km dirt climb from Myrrhee to Whitlands a feature of Saturday’s course.

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