Sydney’s woman cyclist Rochelle Gilmore will lead a potent team of other female riders in the coming Women’s Cycling Tour of New Zealand. Being a winner for the sprint category and initial two stages of last year’s tour, she will arrive fit and healthy after competing tough at the Tasman events. She placed fourth during the previous Ladies Tour of Qatar.
Gilmore’s worldwide success has allowed her to triumph over two World Cup rounds and a silver medal for the world track competitions. She rides with her Italian Lotto team from February 24 to 28 along with her team members in the names of Josephine Tomec, Rachel Neylan, Vicki Whitelaw and Lynette Burger and Ashleigh Moolman who are both are South Africans.
On this year’s New Zealand competition, about 30 Australian female riders are expected to join in who mostly belong to all-Aussie teams. One is from the national squad, the other from the Australian Institute of Sport, trade teams and the RACE team. The directors, Jorge Sandoval says this is the biggest number of Aussie participants he has ever gathered up for cycling tours.
According to him, the entire course will be a hilly one so everyone is expecting some one of a kind thrill and excitement for the audience and a more demanding competition for the riders.