Cycling Australia (CA) have today announced the initial KordaMentha Real Estate Australian National Team, which will contest the Lexus of Blackburn Women’s Herald Sun Tour (HST).

Overall, six men’s and women’s teams are being prepared by CA for the Australian Summer of Cycling which will compete in the Tour Down Under, CEGORR and Race Melbourne, and the Jayco Herald Sun Tour.

“Cycling at the elite level is a sport that demands dedication, resilience and teamwork under intense pressure,” said managing partner of KordaMentha Real Estate, Berrick Wilson. “These are the kind of attributes we value in the workplace and often lead to success in life. To win at the elite level you need more than just a talented team.

“You need a clear strategy, defined roles within the team, strong leadership, mental toughness and an instinct for an opportunity. I’ve noticed that winning teams often have an uncanny knack of being able to identify and make the most of their opportunities before them, as we saw with Brodie Chapman’s win in the women’s race of the Herald Sun Tour last year. Most of all, winning teams seem to realise they are greater than the sum of their parts and this often enables them to propel their leader onto victory.

“We wish all of the KordaMentha Real Estate Australian National Team riders the best of luck and congratulate them on their selection to represent our country.

“It’s no small feat to get to this stage, and they should be proud of their place on the team.”

Overseeing the performance strategy is CA Performance Director Simon Jones, Summer of Cycling Road co-ordinator Donna Rae-Szalinski, CA Technical Director Road Brad McGee, and CA General Manager Sport Kipp Kaufmann.       

“These teams support the ongoing development of athletes who are on an upward trajectory within the Cycling Australia performance pathway,” explained Simon Jones.

“We know that the route to being a world-class road rider takes time, persistence and patience.

“Our framework for future success supports athletes and teams, and this selection process supports our overall strategy. That strategy involves developing domestic racing and building a strong NRS.”

The Jayco Herald Sun Tour runs from January 30 to February 3.

Confirmed Selections


Jayco Herald Sun Tour

  • Emily Roper (Road Captain) (QLD)
  • Anya Louw (TAS)
  • Ruby Roseman-Gannon (VIC)
  • Georgie Whitehouse (NSW)
  • Jessica Pratt (QLD)

The final women’s selections and the full men’s team will be announced following January’s FedUni Road Nationals.

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