NEWS | Jayco-AIS World Tour Academy changes shape in 2016
A number of changes introduced in 2016 to Cycling Australia’s Jayco-AIS World Tour Academy will place a greater emphasis on unearthing and developing Australia’s future one day and classics specialists.
In a change to previous seasons the year will be split in to two distinct racing periods, with an initial 14-week block starting in mid March and running through June will be based in Belgium which, as one of the worlds most popular cycling regions, will offer some of Australia’s brightest stars the opportunity to test themselves and gain racing experience in traditional classics style.
“The northern European program through spring provides more quality racing and opportunities for a young group of Australian talent to adapt to a higher level of road competition and ultimately transfer their ambitions to professional careers,” explained National U23 Men’s Road Coach and Jayco-AIS World Tour Academy Director Sportif James Victor.
“Ahead of a busy Olympic year, this new young group of aspiring road cyclists have a great opportunity to focus on unlimited days of quality European international competition and accelerate their development towards a professional career,” added Victor.
The program and before the Academy the Jayco-AIS continental team has developed some of Australia’s top young talent on to professional teams. Time trialists in Rohan Dennis, Damien Howson and Luke Durbridge, sprinters in Caleb Ewan and Michael Matthews and GC riders Jay McCarthy, Jack Haig and Robert Power among others have all been through the team.
Ben O’Connor (WA)
Lucas Hamilton (VIC)
Michael Storer (WA)
Callum Scotson (SA)
Daniel Fitter (QLD)
Rohan Wight (SA)
Samuel Jenner (NSW)
Jai Hindley (WA)
Alistair Donohoe (VIC)