Two amateur riders join Katusha-Alpecin for Bay Crits

The two amateur riders who will guest-ride for Katusha-Alpecin at the upcoming Lexus Blackburn Bay Crits near Melbourne, Australia, in early January have been announced by Katusha pro Nathan Haas.

Tom Chapman from South Australia and Dylan McKenna of Victoria were the lucky winners of a competition launched by the WorldTour team in mid-December, with Haas announcing their names on sports radio station 1116 SEN on Christmas Eve.

The pair will now be able to choose which of the three Bay Crits races – in Geelong on January 1 and 2, and in Williamstown on January 3 – they wish to participate in, joining their Katusha teammates Haas, Alex Dowsett and Marco Haller.

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“We had over 100 entries, so we were a little bit overwhelmed by it, and we couldn’t pick just one winner,” Haas told 1116 SEN. “So in the end we actually spoke to the Bay Crits organiser, John Trevorrow, and he gave us permission to actually have two riders, which we’re super excited about.”

After announcing McKenna and Chapman, Haas gave some insight into how the two riders were chosen. The conditions of entry were that riders had to already be ‘A grade’ – elite – riders, but not professionals.

“What we particularly liked about Dylan is that he’s a younger rider, and I think just out of the under-19 category, so this is his first chance to race with the big guys,” explained Haas.

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