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PhysioHealth Swift Carbon Cycling Team take big step forward in National Road Series.

The PhysioHealth Swift Carbon Cycling Team continued its run of great results in the inaugural NRS Men’s Tour of the King Valley in North East Victoria over the weekend. The tour included a 9 km individual time trial, 40 km criterium, and two road race stages over picturesque country that matches anything in the Tour or Giro.

The team taking on the challenging course and field of 150 riders, included Jason Lea, Callum Gordon, Sam Fuhrmeister, Kyle Lierich, Aaron Ross, and our stagier from New Zealand Mathias Fitzwater.

The first stage time trial saw Jason Lea put in an incredible top 30 effort with a time of 12 minutes 24 seconds, finished ahead of most of his peers only beaten by specialist time trialists who have dedicated years of specific training techniques to master the craft. Callum Gordon also put in an exceptional effort and was placed alongside the genuine general classification contenders.

The team set out on the afternoon criterium with instructions to keep out of trouble and ensure that three riders finish with minimum time loss to ensure a good team classification. Kyle Lirich, Callum Gordon and Jason Lea met the plan to perfection, leaving themselves and the team in the perfect position for the two upcoming road stages.

Stage three included the famous strada nero and three other unsealed road sections, unique to Australian racing. A course designed to provide the riders with an experience similar to Paris –Roubaix. The result was spectacular racing with the teams preparing their equipment and riders for the conditions dominating some very aggressive racing.

The PhysioHealth Swift Carbon Cycling Team having bikes, wheels and tires and most importantly the athletes good enough for the conditions achieved the teams best results so far in the NRS. Ninth and fifteenth on the stage; Second in the King of the Mountains; Fourth overall in the under 23 general classification, tenth overall in the general classification and tenth overall in the teams classification.

This fantastic effort was celebrated with a fantastic country meal at the Tatong Tavern.The team set off on the final stage fired up to maintain their general classification standings. However, a high-speed crash involving more than half the field including every rider in the team resulted in the stage being cancelled at the 30 km mark, with overnight standings forming the final results.

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“Low fitness is as strong a predictor of mortality as other risk factors, including smoking and obesity. Physical inactivity is becoming the biggest public health problem as the proportion of overweight and inactive Australians continues to rise” says Rodney Dedman from CycleCityWest. Dedman refers to a recent report by the International Sport and Culture Association and the Centre for Economics and Business Research entitled ‘The economic cost of physical inactivity in Europe’ indicate that a lack of physical activity – along with unhealthy diets – is a key risk factor for major non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and diabetes. However, the study shows that even a moderate level of daily physical activity could yield high returns.

For example, taking up cycling could help health services save up to €1,300 ($2,000 AU) per person per year. The European Public Health Alliance, found that exercising 20 minutes per day would reduce heart disease by 12 % and reduce some types of cancer by over 20%. “Twenty minutes of active transport, like walking or cycling to work, school or the shop is exceedingly possible for most people in Melbourne’s west”.

The benefits of cycling extend beyond reduced healthcare costs too. “Reducing the number of people driving cars means less congestion, air and noise pollution, as well as many local business opportunities” says Dedman. Source: ‘The economic cost of physical inactivity in Europe’ by the International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA) and the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) published on 18 June 2015

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The PhysioHealth Swift Carbon Cycling Team commences its campaign for the second half of the National Road Series on 12 August with the start of the five day Tour of the Great South Coast. The team is in its first year of the NRS and is all about giving its young riders the experience to take the step into the top end of road cycling. The team enjoyed its first NRS race at the Tour of Toowoomba with Jason Lea achieving a top 10 in the under 23 category and the remainder of the team finishing strongly after a few mishaps in the early stages.

Jason Lea has been improving dramatically this year with some outstanding results in Victoria open races and the team will be looking to help Jason achieve a high result in the under 23 category for the remaining NRS races. You can also expect Sam Furhmeister, Aaron Bowe and Mitchell Dedman to be working hard to get into early breaks and Aaron Ross to be finishing fast in bunch sprints.

The team will be looking to build a stronger team for 2016 and will be welcoming a couple of internationals as guest riders in remaining tours to try out the Australian scene. Our first guest will be Mathias Fitzwater from the New Zealand National Cycling Academy who will race the Tour of King Valley. Mathias is a strong all round rider who will get a good time in the time trial and be near the front on the climbs.