A couple weeks ago we previewed the mens SASI team and how they were ready to set the field alight at the upcoming Super Series. This week we look at their extremely strong women’s team which has seen professionals such as Annette Edmondson and Tiffany Cromwell come through their impressive ranks.
Their squad will be headlined by Maeve Plouffe who has been a national and Oceania champion on both the track and road. Backed with a very young but strong team, the experience of Breanna Hargrave will be vital to the team as they chase stage victories.
The fast Victorian park circuit will suit the team who all have a track background and are fast finishers.
The team have prided themselves on developing young riders and the next crop of Australian females could very well be in this team. Sophie Edwards has impressed this year and is off to Junior World Championships and Chelsea Holmes and Olivia Wheeler are also young riders to keep tabs on for future success. No doubt will they learn lots from the 2018 series.
SASI have had a strong relationship with long term sponsor Cervelo who will continue to provide bikes for the team and they will also be protected by KASK helmets who sponsor some of the best teams in the world. Callidus and Prochem also return as sponsors and the team will be riding for the Little Heroes Foundation which raises funds to improve oncology treatment for South Australian children. The Foundation was established by former Adelaide football club players Tony McGuinness and Chris McDermott.
With a heavy criterium focused series and a team time trial, SASI could be considered one of the favourites for the overall classification with such an eager group of very capable riders.
The series kicks off on September 22 with what is sure to be a hotly contested criterium around Victoria Park.