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mobius Future Racing is a Sydney based NRS cycling team focused on achieving results at a national level and providing a development pathway for leading juniors.

2016 mobius Future Racing Rider Results

New Zealand National Road Racing Championships

1st, U19 ITT, James Fouche
1st, U19 Road Race, Robert Stannard

Oceania Road Cycling Championships

1st, U19 Road Race, James Fouche
2nd, U19 ITT, James Fouche
3rd, Elite ITT, Ben Dyball

NSW Road Cycling Championships

1st, Hill Climb, Scott Bradburn
2nd, Team Time Trial, Aden Reynolds
2nd, Elite Road Race, Ben Dyball

Tour de l’Abitibi

2nd, Stage 3, James Fouche

NRS Tour of the Great South Coast

2nd Stage 3, James Fouche
1st Stage 6, Nick Kergozou
2nd Stage 6, Robert Stannard
1st Stage 7, Robert Stannard

NRS National Capital Tour

2nd General Classification, Robert Stannard
1st U23 General Classification, Robert Stannard
3rd Stage 2, Robert Stannard

NRS Tour of Tasmania

1st, Stage 4, Ben Dyball
1st, General Classification, Ben Dyball

Satalyst Tour of Margaret River

1st, Stage 1 TTT, Ben Carman, Aaron Bicknell, Peter Livingstone, Sam Burston and Tristan Cardew
1st, General Classification, mobius Future Racing

Taiwan KOM Challenge

3rd, Ben Dyball

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In what is becoming an annual tradition, the mobius team descended on Kangaroo Valley for its pre-season (technically in-season) camp on the weekend. Arriving on Friday afternoon, the team were greeted by grey skies and rain. Standard stuff for those living in Sydney and Wollongong. The camp was being marketed by Tom Petty (team GM) as an Adventure Camp which was code for ‘Expect some problems’ Camp. We had a few.

The access road to the property was closed for road works which meant walking through mud for 100m to another vehicle to shuttle people and gear to the house. No big drama. The house (which was otherwise awesome) also had some issues with no running water and no electricity. Drama. Fortunately we had the owner there who helped to resolve the electricity issue but not before a couple of indoor training sessions had to be run by candlelight. It was very romantic. The water took some problem solving as tanks, gravity fed pipes, valves and taps all needed checking. Fortunately, we had Sam ‘Call me if ya pipes aren’t workin’ Burston on the case and he tracked down the issue, fixed the valve and returned pressure to the system. We now had water.

Dinner on Friday night was a casual affair but was ruined by the GM who wanted to play 20 questions. We had to try to guess that he was thinking of English marathon runner, Paula Ratcliffe. Even after he told us who it was, 90% of the team were left staring blankly.

Saturday’s ride was a standard camp type ride with 5 hours in the saddle up several climbs including Barrengarry, Saddleback and Berry Mountain (East). Shots were fired up the early climbs but the last of the day was where things heated up. As we hit the early slopes Tristan Cardew took on the early pace setting only to be savagely attacked by the young Kiwi, James Fouche (who had been sand bagging all ride waiting for his moment). James led until the first hairpin and then swung wide. I’m not sure what happened to him after that but I did see a little mushroom cloud appear in my peripheral vision. The pace setting was then taken up by myself, local guest rider Aiden Kampers and ‘If ya pipes aren’t workin’ Burston. Not far behind was Tristen, ‘The enigma’ Ben Carman and Jesse Coyle pumping out the big watts. The battle continued to the top where most of us finished within 2 minutes of each other and a new Strava KOM (www.strava.com/activities/914715773) - or as I prefer to refer to it – the fastest time ever recorded by anyone in the history of the Universe.

After a soaking shower, soggy lunch and muddy trip back to the house we had some time to relax and wander around the property looking for mobile reception.

Sunday’s ride (www.strava.com/activities/914653627) was a mixed bag with a club race put on by the Southern Highlands club and some extra kms after. As we had 10 guys lining up we decided to make it interesting, and a little fairer for the other teams/riders, by splitting into two teams – the blue helmets and black helmets (massive thanks to Poc for the new black helmets.. they make us look a little less boy band and a little more rock n’ roll). The race was a great hit out and run at high speed. Neither the Blues nor Blacks could quite make anything stick and effectively neutralised each other. This was good for the race but bad for the prospects of a Mobius win. Anyone in the race who didn’t pick what we were doing must have thought we were a strange bunch. In the end, Marcus Culey showed a very impressive turn of speed to win a reduced bunch kick up the final climb. Congrats to Marcus and everyone who made it a tough race. Special mention to our young junior, Mitch Wright, who had completed the longest training ride of his life on Saturday and backed up to race on Sunday, showing a lot of grit to push through some tough moments to influence the race in the closing stages. Big future.

After 50km of extras we returned to the cars to debrief on race tactics and lessons learned and prepare for the drive home. Despite some challenges, it was a fun weekend and we look forward to hitting up the next few weeks of state racing in preparation for some bigger goals over the coming months.

Finally, a massive thank you to Tom and our sponsors for their continued support. Having quality bikes, equipment, team cars, apparel, helmets and nutrition all sorted really makes a difference to comfort and performance. It’s not taken for granted.

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Scott Bradburn
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Custom POC Octal for sale, light use, extra rear ventilation, perfect for Peter Sagan style pony tails.

Speedy recovery to Sam Burston who was unfortunately hit by a ute on the weekend, the good news; he is okay, the bad news; his Focus Bikes Izalco Max CUORE of Switzerland and Poc kit didn't survive. 😢
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One of the funnest events we raced in 2016 was the Tour of the Margaret River, loved spending some time in WA at Olio Bello Olive Oil and with the Geraldton Bikes, 2V.Net IT Solutions crew.

An awesome format, we can't wait to be back in 2017!
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News today that Mobius Future Racing will be returning to the 2017 Tour with the objective of defending their Group One title. To date we have added a total of twenty one new teams to the start list f...

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A nice start to his first year as an u19 Mitch Wright earns the bronze medal in the Oceania time trial. His first 25km tt, new bike and coming straight from track nationals meant less than ideal preparation but Mitch kept his composure right to the end to finish a great effort. Congrats to Seb Berwick on the win and Tom Jones on silver. Sorry we missed the actually podium!

In the u23, Ethan Berends showed his promise with a good effort in a strong field. Sam Burston had a stellar ride in the elite men to finish 6th place with Conor Murtagh in 12th.
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