Procella Sports always set out as a development team, and since our start in 2014 our path has taken us and our riders to achieve some huge goals and wonderful results, both in Queensland and beyond. 2017 has been no different, and we are stepping up again, with huge thanks to naming sponsors Mainline Waterproofing and AllenCon and major supporter Belbaker Bus Charter we can do this. Next week sees us head to the National Road Series six stage Tour of the Great South Coast, on the South Australia/Victoria border, after our application for a Wildcard Team entry was accepted.
This is our first mens NRS Tour (after the women raced a weather affected Battle on the Border last year), and a huge step up for us and our riders. We are sending a small but high quality team of Queenslanders to the race featuring four U23 riders, Tom Gough, Daniel Luke, Patrick Kennedy (U19s in 2016) and Bradley Soden and elite rider Travis Simpson. Each has there own attributes and have been racing well. The tour will give each them an opportunity to shine with the mix of criterium and Kermesse stages, as well as the tough point to point road races. Certainly seeing the way we rode at the recent QRTS Round fills us with confidence, if we can get a podium place in a stage it would be huge result.
Make no mistake, the NRS is a big step up, and this second tour of the NRS calendar will be rock hard. Competition comes from highly professional teams such as IsoWhey Sports Swiss Wellness, Drapac Pat’s Veg and Oliver’s Real Food Racing and many other solid squads, including overseas teams racing.
Ultimately we want to be contesting the NRS with the likes of these top teams, so our riders need the exposure to the racing, coping with the travel, the courses, the climate changes, and building experience to help that transition from junior to senior, and Australian racing to the end goal of making European professional circuit. We will be posting updates from the race, make sure you follow us on facebook, instagram and twitter to see how the #bluetrain gets on!