TDU thrill kickstarts a big month for Edwards

A whirlwind few days on the Uni SA women's team at the Tour Down Under proved a top experience for SASI graduate  Sophie Edwards. Now it's a short rest before tackling the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race and Race Torquay.

Sophie Edwards TDU

BACKING up day after day as a member of Uni SA women's team at this year's Tour Down Under was an amazing experience, says rising star Sophie Edwards.

Edwards, 19, ticked off another milestone by winning a place on the team and lapping up everything that goes with riding in the iconic TDU.

"It was definitely challenging doing it day after day," Edwards said.

"But it was so great to be involved. the atmosphere in the City and the stage in Stirling was just awesome.

"To have people cheering you on and have some of my family there was great.

"I got to race with a lot my teammates earlier in the year in Belgium so I knew them well."

The Uni SA team is a Cycling Australia development team which gives athletes the chance to be tested in tough, race conditions. Athletes were chosen on the back of strong National Road Series results.

After a short break Edwards will line up in two key events over the next month in the Cycling Australia Summer of Cycling program.

They are the KordaMentha Real Estate women's teams in the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race and Race Torquay, the events scheduled for early February 2020.

At the time of her selection Edwards, a member of Cycling Australia's Podium Potential Academy, said she had learned a lot in the past 12 months about her sport.

"I spent some time in Belgium in July and August and had some good results so I think that helped a lot to get noticed,'' Edwards said.

SASI Head Coach Cycling Brett Aitken said Edwards had worked very hard to get her chance.

"It is a fantastic opportunity for Sophie to mix it with the big girls," Aitken said.

"These opportunities don't come along too often.

"Having spent time in the academy also is a big plus. It just shows the calibre of the athlete she is and what an allrounder she is becoming."

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