Team Coop – Hitec Products are proud to announce that their 2023 season will begin on the other side of the world in Australia! The team will compete in two UCI Women’s World Tour races, the highest level of women’s cycling in the world.
The first race is the Santos Tour Down Under, taking place on the 15th to the 17th of January in Adelaide, consisting of 3 stages. The second being the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race on the 28th of January taking place near Melbourne.
Santos Tour Down Under: 15 – 17th January
Stage 1: Glenelg – Aldinga, 110km (sprinters stage)
Stage 2: Birdwood – Uraidla, 90km (punchy stage)
Stage 3: Adelaide – Campbelltown, 93km (climbers stage)
Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race: 28th January
Geelong – Geelong, 143km
Team Manager Karl’s reaction:
“We have our first invitation to the Australian races in January since 2016. That year we ended up on the overall podium. Australia is a beautiful country, and I loved the people there. An invitation to the first 2 World Tour races of 2023 feels like a reward for our impressive 2022 season, where we showed that we can compete at the highest level of women’s cycling, just like in the old days! I’m excited to see what we can do in 2023!”
A once in a lifetime opportunity
For many riders, it is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be able to race on the other side of the world in Australia and the team feel very lucky to be a part of these globally recognised races. The six rider line-up will be announced closer to the time, so keep an eye out on our social media channels!