The Holden Women’s Racing team has been a powerful performer in Australia’s Subaru National Road Series (NRS) all year. That’s why it came as no surprise that the team finished the season with more than another tour win to wrap up a successful year of racing.
Holden’s Kimberley Wells won the Tour of Gippsland, making it four tour wins for the team in 2017 with four different riders. Though, more was at stake than tour honours. As it was the final women’s NRS event, points for the entire year were tallied. It ended up being a double victory for Holden’s Women’s Cycling, taking the top spot in the team classification while long-term rider Shannon Malseed – nicknamed Dash – won the 2017 NRS series.
“Shannon’s NRS win is the culmination of four years of persistence and hard work,” said Julien Knuppel, directeur sportif at Holden Women’s Racing.
“We talent spotted Dash as a green 17 year old back in late 2012. She’s been on the journey with us, and us with her, since then as she’s honed her craft racing our National Road Series and overseas racing with the Australian development team,” said Knuppel. “I’m proud of her and our entire squad’s achievements this year.”
You can find out more about the newly-crowned 2017 NRS winner, and the team that helped her to victory, in the interviews below.
It’s been a big year for Malseed. She not only took out the national series, but also snagged her first European race podium after again being selected for one of the five positions available in the High5 Australian Women’s Development Team.
Brown is a runner turned cyclist who shifted to the sport in 2015. She threw herself wholeheartedly into racing in 2016, winning the Victorian Road Series in her debut year before moving to the national level with Holden in 2017. That transition to the next level of racing helped provide her with the foundation she needed to join team mate Malseed in a successful European stint with the Australian development team.
The Western Australian farmer picked up the sport of cycling as a 29 year-old and has not looked back in the four years since. Kinnealy joined Holden this year, after a stint racing among the world’s best in Europe in 2016.
The talented youngster launched herself into the elite series this year at the age of just 16. And she hasn’t been just dipping her toe in the water for experience, but has been a player right up at the pointy end of the field. Gigante has had a number of top ten finishes, took out the young rider classification at Amy’s Otway Tour and managed an impressive second place in the final stage of the series.
Photography by Con Chronis