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


Grafton to Inverell - Detailed Race Report
Author: Scott Bradburn

The night before the Grafton, as we sat down to discuss our objectives and plans for the race, it was decided not to second guess the likely race scenario. Grafton is a very unpredictable race and once again, it proved to be so. There was no early break, the racing was fast from the gun and it didn’t really relent at any time.

What we did decide, was to cover only dangerous moves until the climb and focus on getting as many guys as possible over the climb so that we could race with a numbers advantage over some of the other strong teams when the real race started. With the team we had, we thought it possible to have five or six up there if the field was whittled down to 30 or so. They say disappointment is an outcome of reality not meeting expectations. After the climb we were disappointed.

The speed of the climb was reasonably quick but in a very ‘surgy’ way. We had Ethan Berands go with the early move up the climb which allowed the rest of us to sit in while St George reeled it back. This led to the inevitable counters and after 5km of fairly easy climbing it was on. Isowhey and St George were very active while ourselves and NSWIS were covering. We weren’t keen to up the pace ourselves as we didn’t have as many guys up front as we’d planned. At the halfway mark I heard an Isowhey rider behind say quietly to Sean Lake “they look tired, have a go”. I won’t quote my inner thoughts as I realised what was about to ensue. Sure enough, five seconds later Sean is gone and I’m in a position to follow so off I go too. It’s funny how long it can take to close down 20m. I think it took me about two minutes. It had splintered behind and selections were being made. Some counters kept the speed high for the next 5km and I was very thankful to have Aden Reynolds and Jesse Coyle there going with moves while I recovered from getting ‘Sean Laked’. Towards the top Sam Crome (Isowhey) and Sean Trainor (AMR) rolled off the front as everyone rested for a moment and assessed the damage. About 25 guys were left over the top, and we had three. Not perfect but OK. NSWIS also had three, St George had two, but Isowhey had four and a guy up the road.

Between the top and the feed the pace came off as not enough teams could get coordinated to begin a chase of the front two and to consolidate the gap to the rest of the pelo. This was a little frustrating but with so many teams with so few, to sacrifice a couple of riders at that point was a difficult call to make. The result was that the front guys (now three after a solo bridge by Peter Milostic) built a lead of 3:30 and a large group of about 30 riders made contact from behind us to create a peloton of about 50 or so. I rolled back to see how we were looking and was disappointed to see that our numbers had gone from three in 25 to three in about 55. There is no sugar coating this outcome for us, it was bad and we were not in good shape.

Shortly after the feed, NSWIS, St George and ourselves began to coordinate the chase. Despite several other teams having similar or more numbers than us it was a little disappointing not to get more help but we were there to try to win and you don’t do that by watching a bike race unfold in front of you all day. We helped begin the chase but didn’t have the resources to pull as much as we’d have liked. Dan Bonello from St George was a powerhouse over the next hour and put it on the line for his St George team. NSWIS took the brunt of the responsibility though and were successful in bringing the gap down, and ultimately the break back, just outside Glenn Innes with 70km to go. With Isowhey, quite rightly, getting a free ride everyone knew what to expect and it was delivered. The Isowhey team began pinging riders up the road and the next hour was incredibly difficult. Jesse and Aden were huge during this period as the three of us took turns going with the moves or closing down those we’d missed. During this period it was again Isowhey, St George and NSWIS that were the most positive with Pat’s Veg aligned riders also in everything and riding in a well coordinated way for a team of individuals (bizarre technicality).

With 40km to go the elastic broke and five riders managed to form a gap and what looked to be a race winning move. Last year’s winner, Pat Lane, was there as well as Brodie Talbot (St George), Ayden Toovey (NSWIS), Matt Ross (Pat’s Veg) and myself. We pulled out a lead of over a minute, however all was not well! Pat had instruction to sit on so we were down to four turning. It was a curious call from Isowhey but with their strength and numbers behind ‘1 in 5’ must not have been a situation they were happy to settle for. Either that or they were playing the old ‘I can’t work because we are chasing’ card while also playing the ‘we aren’t chasing because we have a guy up the road’ card. I still don’t know which it was actually but good luck to them if they pulled off the double card trick.

Up ahead we could see the gap closing and with 20km left we were joined by about half a dozen riders - Sean Lake and Neil VDP were therefrom Isowhey, Jesse Coyle (Mobius), Josh Taylor (NSWIS), Jordan Davies (St George) and a Pat’s Veg rider (sorry didn’t catch who). Being so close to the finish, there wasn’t much coordination and Brodie launched up the decisive Wire Gully climb. This caused a split and once again there were five in front – oddly enough, the same five as in the original break. Jesse bridged across soon after and for a short time we had the numbers but of course the others weren’t loving that and we weren’t able to maintain the gap so there was a re-gathering of sorts with Jordan, Neil and Josh rejoining to form the final race winning break of nine. Over the final 10km there was a lot of cat and mouse which put things at risk but the break stayed clear. We were happy to have two in it and not be outnumbered by any other team, however Jesse and I just weren’t good enough to pull off the result the team were chasing.

In the end it was Neil VDP who scored a very popular win, over Matt Ross and Ayden Toovey. I came home in 7th, with Jesse 9th after pulling some huge turns to keep us clear.

Critically, though the results were solid, we didn’t get the result we are capable of and we weren’t celebrating that night (although we weren’t curled up in the foetal position weeping either). The two main positives to take from the race were the way the guys executed the race plan in the lead in to the climb with Pete, Ethan, Aaron and Aiden all very active to make sure we were represented in anything dangerous and, secondly, the way that we pulled ourselves into a race winning position in the final hours despite the setback of low numbers. With half the team overseas, we were thankful for Aiden Kampers for filling our guest spot and we look forward to working with him more in the future. Also worth a mention are the efforts of Pete, Aaron and Ethan to back up and race after flying home from the US just a couple of days prior to the race. Massive thanks to Dave and Maree Carman for filling the DS and Feed roles (with Tom in Tasmania with the juniors) and to Marcus Arnold for his help over the entire weekend.

Finally, on a personal note, the Grafton was my final race for the team so I’d like to thank the team management (Tom!), sponsors and riders for the last three years. I look forward to the reallocation of training and racing hours to other enjoyable things, namely family, camping, getting back on the dirt for some recreational mountain biking and food. Lots of food. I’ll be staying on with Mobius in various capacities, not the least of which is making sure none of our food on tour ever contains onion. Finally, massive thanks to my wife for her support (words don’t really cover it) and my coach, and very good friend, Aden Reynolds for teaching an old dog some new tricks since taking over my coaching in October. Aden now has a spot available for anyone wanting to up their game – I can’t recommend him more highly.
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Tour of the Gila Stage 2

After workshopping some of the problems that led us to be caught out behind crashes in the first stage we set off on a 122km loop course around Silver City and the surrounding hills.

The first hour of racing was brutal consisting of two big climbs and technical descents stretching out the peloton, and causing big splits. The race entered the valley and the pace lulled meaning that the team was able to regroup. We took position behind Rally who had taken up chase of a small break defending their GC lead. With two hard climbs before the final 20km Pete Livingstone and James Fouché pulled our train to the front to set a strong pace over the final climbs allowing Ethan Berends (our highest placed GC rider) to sit safely at the front of the peloton. For us to be able to set the pace of the peloton at just our second UCI race was impressive and bodes well for both the rest of the tour, our American campaign and our NRS racing at home. Even more impressive is that James and Pete have both crashed this tour and have continued to work for the rest of the team keeping them in position all day when many other riders would have stopped.

A fast and chaotic finish made it difficult for the team to stay together, but most of the team were able to arrive in the front bunch. It was Eric Young of Rally who took the stage win despite the leadout of UHC who took second with Travis McCabe with Jose Aguirre rounding out the podium.

Words by: Sam Burston and James Fouche

James Fouché's Ride File:


Photo's by: Jonathan Devitch, Tom Petty and Ethan Berends
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(Pre)Tour of the Gila and Stage 1!

We have come to the Tour of the Gila a little earlier than we do to most races. The benefits of having an extra week to check out the course and adapt to the altitude were fantastic. However this trip to the USA is also a fantastic way to see the sights New Mexico and California has to offer! Part of exploring the town we are staying in, includes visiting 6th Street Elementary School. It’s always fun having excited school kids asking plenty of questions about our training, bike safety and what it’s like to live on the other side of the world! The favourite activity for the kids was easily seeing them do some weightlifting with our feathery Focus race bikes!

Stage 1
Ride File:

After a week of training and trying to acclimatise to altitude, it was finally time to race bikes. The first stage at Gila looked on paper like a fairly tame 140km stage with a short but steep climb 3km from home to make things more interesting. The aim of the team was to be present at the front, stay attentive and position some of our better GC hopes well for the potentially selective climb. As anticipated, it was a very fast first hour, however the second hour was much more pedestrian after a non threatening group of four finally broke the elastic.

The team focussed on position during this period as a chase began to gain momentum and the peloton lined out for the third hour. Pleasingly, the guys rode toe to toe with the larger American teams and took up position third in line behind the chasing United Health Care and Rally Pro Cycling teams. This may look academic when watching the pros on TV but requires constant adjustment and small efforts to hold position and formation against half a dozen other teams who want to be where you are.

Into the final 10km things were looking good, however a large crash near the front took out James Fouche and held up most the team. Only Ethan Berends and Scott Bradburn were left in a reduced group of 50 as the climb neared. Unfortunately Scott was soon getting better acquainted with the beautiful flora of the Gila valley as he ended up in a shrub after running out of room while trying to move up for the climb. In the end, Ethan did a great job to finish in the front group and now sits 7th in the U23 classification. Ben Carman, Sam Burston and Scott chased hard over the climb and sit 1:00-1:30 back.

Notable mention - Conor Murtagh. A shifting issue resulted in Conor riding 50km of mostly downhill roads in the little ring (massive thanks to his moto pacer back home in Melbourne for getting him through that one!). Thankfully, Shimano neutral service, enabled us to do a bike change, back in the big ring, and a long chase, Conor got it done and immediately looked after the team with bottle runs and moving the team forward. A selfless ride that was appreciated by the team.

Photo's by Ethan Berends

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As a Sydney based team, the Blayney to Bathurst cycling festival is always an important part of our early season. The weekend plays host to a number of events, namely the NSW hill climb championships on the Saturday and the B2B Gold Wave Road Race on the Sunday. This was my third start for the B2B, and in mFR’s third year since inception, we looked to follow Ben Dyball’s 2nd place last year with some big results. Adorned with our brand new Cuore 2017 team kit, we hoped that function would follow form and we’d be riding at a level befitting the best looking kit in the NRS peloton.

We had six riders make the trip down who covered the spread of events. The hill climb time trial on Saturday featured a bigger and arguably stronger field of riders than previous years. In the U23 division our riders Ben Carman, Peter Livingstone and new addition Aiden Kampers finished 5th, 6th and 7th in the event. Scott Bradburn, who had had this event in his crosshairs following some great early season form, put in a strong showing but had to settle for 2nd behind a very impressive Brodie Talbot.

The next event on the program was the twilight criterium, which had been moved this year to take place in the town centre of Bathurst. The central location and large crowds meant the atmosphere was electric, and so too was the racing. With a 600m long course and 4 right-angled corners, the NSWIS team took to the front early and drove a pace which proved to be incredibly discriminating to all but the most seasoned crit racers. Peter Livingstone and Ben Carmen were able to roll with the punches and played a part in hectic affair, with Ben eventually coming in 7th in a race that was won by Canberra rider Aden Toovy.

With the Saturday squared away, our attention turned to the 110km road race on Sunday morning. With a squad relatively light on numbers, but high in quality, we resolved to ride a largely reactionary race with an eye on featuring in whatever breakaway made it's way up the road. After an uncharacteristically short (or maybe even non-existent) neutral zone, the race started with a series of darting attacks. After only 10 minutes of racing, a large contingent with all the colours of the NRS rainbow broke clear. We wanted numbers in the break, and after some enthusiastic hand gestures from road captain Scott Bradburn, I made my way across the growing gap to join Pete Livingstone in a break that initially numbered 16 riders.

Despite the risks of such an early move, the breakaway members worked cohesively and relentlessly to build the lead, keeping a tight formation and stomping over the undulating course. Our first time check came at 50 seconds, and over the next 70km built up to a maximum of 4 minutes and 40 seconds. The winds were firm however, with consistent head and cross winds forcing us in and out of echelon formation as we pressed on. After 85km of racing, 80 of which were in the breakaway, our gap had been eroded to 2 minutes 30 seconds by the time we reached the climb at Rockley. At just over 5km and with pinches of 13%, the Rockley climb is often the defining moment of the B2B, and with a handy lead it looked like we were set to stay away.

Being training partners back in Sydney, Pete and I had stuck close together in the break all day, keeping communication open and looking out for each other in the tough conditions. By the time we hit the climb, Pete was well rested (relatively speaking of course) and we put our plan in to action as I set the pace on the lower slopes. The inevitable turn of speed as the road pitched ever upwards split the already reduced group, as Dylan Sunderland dragged 5 riders up the road, including the seemingly tireless Pete Livingstone, who even after a hill time trial and criterium the day before, showed the elite selection a clean pair of heels as he crested the climb and took out the King of the Mountain category for the event.

Over the final 20km the splintered breakaway came together in two groups. In the highly technical run in to the finish, Pete was able to cross the line in 5th, while I followed in the next group in 9th place, just holding off a fast finishing peloton. The result is obviously not we set out hoping to achieve, we always aim to put our best foot forward and we race to win, but ultimately there was some great racing from the whole team. It is an ongoing privilege to be part of such a cohesive and talented squad, and early signs are pointing towards an exciting and competitive season of racing.

As always, a huge thankyou to our tremendous support network of sponsors and supporters who provide the best components, kit, bikes and nutrition to keep us pedalling. A special mention to Cuore for our latest instalment of race-wear and to Guy and Jane of mobius, whose ongoing support and interest in our development keeps this team on the road.

Stay tuned for our next race report following the NSW State Road Titles on Sunday 9 April.

Written by Aaron Bicknell.
Photos by Matthew Dinham
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