2013 TOS team biographies
Tour of Southland
KIWI VELO-ARMSTRONG PRESTIGE
- 1 Mike Northey (Auckland)
- 2 Daniel Barry (Christchurch)
- 3 James Oram (U23) (Auckland)
- 4 Fraser Northey (U23) (Australia)
- 5 Fraser Gough (U23) (Havelock North)
- 6 Matt Cronshaw (United Kingdom)
Mike Northey will be the rider to watch after claiming the Tour of Southland title on the final stage last year.
He is joined by his Node4-Giordana team mate Daniel Barry, while James Oram rides for the Bontranger under-23 team based out of Boulder in the United States and is a former silver medallist in the junior men's time trial at the world road championships.
Fraser Gough has been riding in Belgium for the Royal Antwerp Cycle Club and the BikeNZ team based in Europe, while Fraser Northey is based in South Australia and Matt Cronshaw is a former Node4 rider, who has been riding for Team IG-Sigma Sport this season.
- 11 Jeremy Vennell (Hastings)
- 12 Michael Torckler (New Plymouth)
- 13 Jason Allen (Christchurch)
- 14 Karl Murray (Auckland)
- 15 Sam Horgan (Christchurch)
- 16 Hamish Schreurs (U23) (Christchurch)
Could this be Jeremy Vennell's year?
The United States-based rider has come as close any anyone to claiming a Tour of Southland victory but has been unable to retain his grasp on the yellow jersey.
He will not lack for support this year with tour veterans Jason Allen and Karl Murray offering plenty of experience.
Michael Torckler is a talented rider and Sam Horgan won this year's Benchmark series and has had a couple of victories in Australia.
Hamish Schreurs is one of New Zealand's most promising riders on the road and track.
- 22 Alex Ray (Auckland)
- 23 Paul Odlin (Christchurch)
- 24 James Williamson (Alexandra)
- 25 Roman van Uden (Auckland)
- 26 Tim Rush (Oamaru)
- 27 Brad Evans (U23) (Mosgiel)
James Williamson has just completed his first season racing professionally in Europe and will have his eyes on a high finish in his home tour.
He will be supported by the likes of Christchurch cycling coach Paul Odlin and Node4 rider Roman van Uden.
Brad Evans seems to have been around for a long time, but is still an under 23 rider, while Tim Rush has been prominent on the New Zealand scene this season.
ASCOT PARK HOTEL KIA SOUTHLAND
- 31 Andy Hagan (Wellington)
- 32 Kieran Hambrook (U23) (Nelson)
- 33 Sean Hambrook (U23) (Nelson)
- 34 Lachlin Norris (Melbourne)
- 35 Tom Scully (Invercargill)
- 36 Dion Smith (U23) (Auckland)
The Ascot Park team suffered a blow when Pro Tour rider Clinton Avery had to withdraw due to illness, but that result could see them throw more resources into the ambitions of local rider Tom Scully, who is coming off a promising season racing for Team Raleigh in Great Britain.
Wellington's Andy Hagan is a former winner of the K2 cycle classic.
Dion Smith rides for the Champion System pro team and represented New Zealand as an under-23 rider at this year's world road championships.
Brothers Kieran and Sean Hambrook have been racing in Belgium and France, respectively, this year.
- 41 Craig Evers (U23) (Australia)
- 42 Craig Hutton (Australia)
- 43 Matt King (Australia)
- 44 Sam Friend (Christchurch)
- 45 Nick Miller (Auckland)
- 45 Robert Huisman (Invercargill)
Craig Evers is a talented allrounder from the Racing Kangaroos stable who has ambitions of one day being a professional cyclist, while Craig Hutton is a former New South Wales criterium champion and Matt King is a former Australian under-23 champion.
Robert Huisman is better known as a New Zealand triathlon representative, but is also a strong bike rider who finished 35th in last year's tour.
HUON SALMON GENESYS WEALTH ADVISERS
- 51 Joseph Cooper (Wellington)
- 52 Taylor Gunman (North Shore)
- 53 Brenton Jones (Australia)
- 54 Kane Walker (Australia)
- 55 Tom Robinson (Australia)
- 56 Sam Davis (Australia)
The Genesys team is a prominent one in Australian racing circles, taking out the overall standings in the NRS for the past four years.
Based in Tasmania, it has fostered a number of top professionals, including Richie Porte. Joe Cooper, who also rides for the team in Australia, is the reigning New Zealand time trial champion and has had a good season in Australia, including winning the Tour of Perth.
Taylor Gunman has been racing in France this season.
- 61 Jason Rigg (Australia)
- 62 Mark Jamieson (Australia)
- 63 Aaron Jones (Australia)
- 64 Joseph Langman (Australia)
- 65 Joel Strachan (Australia)
- 66 Nathan Elliott (Australia)
Team Polygon has been set up to provide a pathway for Australian riders into national teams and the professional ranks.
Jason Rigg is no stranger to the Tour of Southland his experience will be important for the young riders around him.
Aaron Jones started competitive cycling at six on a modified 26 inch track bike - he was so small the cranks had to be shortened from 170mm standard size to 140mm so he could reach the pedals.
CREATION SIGNS L&M GROUP RACING
- 71 Joe Chapman (Mosgiel)
- 72 Shem Rodger (Auckland)
- 73 Scott Thomas (Dunedin)
- 74 Tom Ashley (U23) (Nelson)
- 75 Tim Chapman (Mosgiel)
- 76 Grayson Napier (U23) (Nelson)
With few of the riders who challenged him last year, Joe Chapman will look to defend the King of the Mountain jersey he won in convincing fashion last year.
Shem Rodger is another former Pure Black Racing rider, while Scott Thomas is a Dunedin club rider.
Tom Ashley is in his third year as an under-23 rider and has spent his second season in Poperinge, Belgium riding for CT Tomacc.
Grayson Napier is a good man to have in your team as he's also a qualified massage therapist.
H&Js OUTDOOR WORLD AVANTI PLUS
- 81 Cameron Karwowski (U23) (Invercargill)
- 82 Matt Zenovich (U23) (Invercargill)
- 83 Luke McPherson (Invercargill)
- 84 Sean Finning (Invercargill)
- 85 Liam Aitcheson (U23) (Alexandra)
- 86 Tom Vessey (U23) (Alexandra)
Having missed out on the men's pursuit squad to contest the first round of the World Cup in Manchester this weekend, Cameron Karwowski will put his efforts into another top finish in the Tour of Southland.
Last year he finished seven in the under 23 standings and 15th overall.
Luke McPherson will be riding his first tour have made startling progress through local club racing.
Sean Finning is a former Commonwealth Games gold medallist, while Liam Aitcheson has starred for New Zealand on the track at junior world championships level.
- 91 Stefan Kung (U23) (Switzerland)
- 92 Thery Schir (U23) (Switzerland)
- 93 Zachary Baker (Australia)
- 94 James Smith (Auckland)
- 95 Matt Marshall (Otautau)
- 96 Jesse Ewart (U23) (Australia)
Stefan Kung, a strong time trialler and climber, finished 43rd in his first attempt at the Tour of Southland, but given he rates New Zealand as his second favourite country, it's no surprise the Swiss has opted to return.
Like his compatriot Thery Schir is also a talented track rider, who on a stage on the Tour of New Caledonia this year.
Southland rider Matt Marshall is a gritty climber who has done his apprenticeship in Australia.
BARRY STEWART BUILDERS
- 101 Gordon McCauley (Auckland)
- 102 Morgan Smith (Auckland)
- 103 Sam Lindsay (Auckland)
- 104 Josh Page (Hastings)
- 105 Logan Mort (Auckland)
- 106 Dan Waluszewski (Wellington)
Gordon McCauley won the first of his two Tour of Southland titles back in 1996 but he remains one of the strongest riders in the peloton.
These days busy fashioning a career as a cycling coach, McCauley can never be counted out, as he proved with a fourth-placed finish last year.
Sam Lindsay has spent three years riding for a division one team in France, while Morgan Smith made his debut in the Tour of Southland last year.
Logan Mort works alongside McCauley in his coaching business and is a former national junior representative.
Dan Waluszewski has ridden at trade-team level.
- 111 Mark Spessot (Dunedin)
- 112 David Spessot (Australia)
- 113 Alex McGregor (Dunedin)
- 114 Gavin Mason (U23) (Wanaka)
- 115 Jacob Grieve (Dunedin)
- 116 Mitchell Podmore (U23) (Christchurch)
This team features no shortage of experience with Mark and David Spessot and fellow Dunedin rider Alex McGregor, a national club elite time trial champion earlier this year.
Multisporter Gavin Mason is no stranger to the road, but can include a Motatapu mountainbike victory amongst his credits and Mitchell Podmore will be keen to test himself on the tough roads of Southland.
- 121 Jeremy Inglis (Christchurch)
- 122 Nick Clark (Christchurch)
- 123 Fraser Hewitt (Hanmer)
- 124 Ben Wortelboer (U23) (Christchurch)
- 125 Reon Nolan (Christchurch)
- 126 Andy van der Heyden (U23) (Waimate)
This composite team is based around riders well known in Canterbury cycling circles.
Jeremy Inglis is the son of mountainclimber Mark Inglis and a rep for a New Zealand bike company, while Reon Nolan has come to cycling from the other side of the tracks and returns to the Tour of Southland after claiming lantern rouge honours last year.
Andy van der Heyden is another young rider from the South Canterbury centre who is doing his cycling apprenticeship, including spending time in Belgium.
- 131 Kane McCollum (Wellington)
- 132 Ross Watson (Wellington)
- 133 Vaughn Pretorius (U23) (Porirua)
- 134 Callum Gordon (U23) (Gisborne)
- 135 Garth Cooper (Australia)
- 136 Sam Clark (Whakatane)
If any of the riders in this composite team are looking for advice on terrain or weather, they need only look as far as Garth Cooper.
He might be living in Australia these days, but Cooper spent plenty of time driving around the back roads of Southland as a Winton policeman before shifting across the ditch.
A handy road and track rider, the Southland masters representative will be a popular member of the peloton.
- 141 Logan Griffin (U23) (Auckland)
- 142 Ben Earnshaw (Napier)
- 143 Nicolas Monroy (Napier)
- 144 Travis Kane (Invercargill)
- 145 Brodie Catterick (U23) (Christchurch)
- 146 David McCormick (Christchurch)
Logan Griffin represented New Zealand at under 19 level at the Oceania road championship in Canberra earlier this year.
Travis Kane has been riding the Tour of Southland for well over a decade and knows the roads like the back of his hand.
Brodie Catterick was a top junior rider in Marlborough, with a stack of achievements to show for it, before shifting to Christchurch.
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