After an extended mid-year break, AMR Renault Racing makes its full return to the 2016 National Road Series this Friday, sending a strong 5-man squad to Victoria for the Sam Miranda Tour of the King Valley.
The team secured 5th on overall GC in the 2015 race, and following an outstanding result in Round 1 of the NRS (Grafton to Inverell), securing second overall on the Team’s Classification behind only Avanti-IsoWhey, it heads to King Valley once again full of confidence. But the season’s main targets lie slightly further ahead.
“Several of the boys have been racing overseas, while those who stayed home have been training the house down through winter,” said Team Director, Russell Menzies. “King Valley provides a great opportunity for us to switch firmly back into NRS mode with plenty of big targets on the near horizon. We’re hunting stage wins and a high team classification, but whatever we do this weekend, we know we’ll be doing even better come Gippsland, the National Capital Tour and Tasmania where we’ve always performed well.”
After four months competing in the UCI World Cup MTB series in Europe, U23 rider Tasman Nankervis is being rested. While NZ-based Joshua Aldridge is expected to return in a week’s time for the Tour of Gippsland.
The 4-stage 2016 Sam Miranda Tour of the King Valley starts with a 9km ITT on Friday morning, followed by a 39km criterium in Wangaratta. Road races on Saturday (incuding several dirt sectors) and Sunday round out the Tour.
AMR Renault Racing squad – 2016 Sam Miranda Tour of the King Valley:
Tim Cameron, Tristan Ward, Aaron Watts, Kris Johnston, Jason Thomason.