High hopes for Team UniSA-Australia

Team UniSA-Australia comprises Scott Bowden, Alex Porter, Nathan Earle, Sam Welsford, performance director Mark Fenner, team manager Andrew Christie-Johnston, Zak Dempster, Tim Roe and Steele von Hoff. COMMUNITY
Team UniSA-Australia comprises Scott Bowden, Alex Porter, Nathan Earle, Sam Welsford, performance director Mark Fenner, team manager Andrew Christie-Johnston, Zak Dempster, Tim Roe and Steele von Hoff.

Team UniSA-Australia is hoping to repeat the success of last year’s Santos Tour Down Under (TDU) in which it won the team classification in the first UCI WorldTour race of the cycling season.

There are high hopes for the Australian development team which has traditionally been a proving ground for Australian cycling talent, though team manager Andrew Christie-Johnston says Team UniSA-Australia goes into the Tour with underdog status.

The 2018 men’s team includes some familiar faces – Tim Roe, Steele von Hoff, and Zak Dempster – and some promising newcomers, including Adelaide's own Alex Porter who’s racing in his first TDU.

Dempster and Roe both featured in an early breakaway in the People's Choice Classic, held in Adelaide’s East End.

Team UniSA-Australia men’s teamTeam UniSA-Australia men’s team

The Team UniSA-Australia men’s start list:

  • Scott Bowden (Australia)

  • Alex Porter (Australia)

  • Steele von Hoff (Australia)

  • Timothy Roe (Australia)

  • Sam Welsford (Australia)

  • Zak Dempster (Australia)

  • Nathan Earle (Australia)

UniSA built on its partnership with the Santos Tour Down Under in 2018 by becoming naming rights partner for the national women’s team.

The women’s team at the start of Stage 3 in Tailem Bend, before racing to Hahndorf. Photo courtesy Kirsty Baxter. The women’s team at the start of Stage 3 in Tailem Bend, before racing to Hahndorf. Photo courtesy Kirsty Baxter.

It’s the first time UniSA has officially supported the women’s team, strengthening an 18-year relationship between the southern hemisphere’s biggest cycling race and UniSA.

UniSA Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd says the University is a proud partner of the tour.

“As one of Australia’s leading sporting and tourism events, the tour is extremely important in presenting all that is wonderful about South Australia to the world,” he says.

“As Australia’s university of enterprise, we are in the business of supporting people to reach their career goals and with the tour we feel we are doing that for some of Australia’s most talented cyclists.”

Team UnisA-Australia cyclist Katrin Garfoot (AUS) had a convincing win atop Mengler's Hill at the end of a rain soaked 102 kilometre stage through the Barossa Valley wine growing region. Photo courtesy Santos Women's Tour Down Under.Team UniSA-Australia cyclist Katrin Garfoot (AUS) had a convincing win atop Mengler's Hill at the end of a rain soaked 102 kilometre stage through the Barossa Valley wine growing region. Photo courtesy Santos Women's Tour Down Under.

In 2018, the women’s race was upgraded to a UCI 2.1 event, one level below UCI WorldTour status.

Team leader Katrin Garfoot claimed the sprint jersey in the final stage of the women’s tour (the same East End circuit as the People’s Choice Classic), and also won the first-ever uphill finish in Stage 2 at Mengler’s Hill in the Barossa Valley.

Australian Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott) claimed her second straight Santos Women’s Tour Down Under crown.

The Team UniSA-Australia women’s start list comprised:

  • Katrin Garfoot (Australia)

  • Shara Gillow (Australia)

  • Rachel Neylan (Australia)

  • Tiffany Cromwell (Australia)

  • Lauren Kitchen (Australia)

  • Lauretta Hanson (Australia)

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Visit the Team UniSA-Australia Supporters Club page for team profiles, history, merchandise and stage previews.

Driving equity and diversity across UniSA

Katrin Garfoot and her UniSA-Australia team mobilised to help her claim all four primes to win the southaustralia.com Sprint Classification. Photo courtesy Kirsty Baxter.Katrin Garfoot and her UniSA-Australia team mobilised to help her claim all four primes to win the southaustralia.com Sprint Classification. Photo courtesy Kirsty Baxter.

UniSA is committed to gender equality and proud to stand with and support Cycling Australia’s women’s team for the first time in 2018. In late 2017, the University also became an official partner of the Adelaide Football Club, supporting both the women’s and men’s teams for the next three years.

UniSA is also a part of an Australian pilot program to improve the promotion and retention of women in science, technology, engineering and maths. The Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) program rates gender equity policies and helps to develop ways to promote and retain women and gender minorities.

For more information visit UniSA’s SAGE Athena SWAN website.

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