Ewan, Wiasak take nationals wins, road race to be shortened: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

January 4, 2018

Caleb Ewan wins his third-straight Australian criterium title; Rebecca Wiasak wins 2018 Australian women’s criterium title; Australian road race championships to be shortened; EF Education First begins season with ‘obvious areas of excitement’; Buchanan recovering from fractures after vehicle accident; Memorial ride on Thursday for Jason Lowndes; Video: Peter Sagan – Cycling Motivation: Ready for 2018; Video: Passo del Mortirolo (Mazzo) – Cycling Inspiration & Education

Memorial ride on Thursday for Jason Lowndes

by VeloClub

Talented Australian rider Jason Lowndes will be remembered on Thursday at the route of the national championships in Ballarat, Australia, with a large group of riders to ride a lap of the course in his memory. Lowndes died just before Christmas after he was hit by a car while out riding near Bendigo.

He was tenth in the under 23 race in 2017, months after taking a superb sixth in the world under 23 championship road race. He raced with the Israel Cycling Academy team last season and was due to compete with JLT Condor in 2018.

One of the latter team’s riders, Brenton Jones, is organising the tribute ride. “To all those who knew Jason, I am sure you’re all just as speechless and empty as I am. On my flight home from Europe last weekend, I had time to think, time to reflect and time to plan something for a champion bloke!” he wrote on Facebook.

“With the blessing of Jason’s family, we are doing a “Lap for Lowndesy” around the Nationals course in Buninyong, in memory of the big friendly giant with the brightest smile, who touched the hearts of so many of us.

“The cycling community is incredibly close knit despite being spread all around the world. Considering there will be so many riders, team staff, family and friends gathering in Ballarat for the National Championships, we would love to see as many of Jason’s friends unite for a ‘Lap for Lowndesy’. We will meet in De Soza Park, Buninyong, adjacent to the road race start/finish line at 8:30am sharp on Thursday, 4th January 2018.”

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