DYLAN Lindsey says he is more excited than nervous for his Melbourne to Warrnambool Cycling Classic debut on Saturday.
Lindsey will be one of 238 cyclists making the 256-kilometre journey from Werribee Park to Warrnambool and said he was feeling good about the mammoth task.
“I’ve been doing between 500 and 700 kilometres a week in training,” he said.
“I’ve been building up to it all year. It’s been my main goal this season.”
The Portland resident is the son of 1983 classic winner Andrew Lindsey and said while he wasn’t expecting to reproduce his father’s success just yet, he hoped he could in years to come.
“I don’t think there has been a father-son winning combination yet,” the 19-year-old said. “It would be great to emulate his success, but this year I just want to finish.
“Hopefully in a couple of years’ time I can equal his efforts.”
Lindsey said even though the course has undergone significant changes in the 30 years since his father’s victory, his dad was still able to provide him with some useful advice.
“He’s basically been able to give me a few tips about preparing for the distance. He’s passed on a few tricks as well,” Lindsey said.
“I’ve heard a lot of stories from other people that have done it. I’m expecting it to be tough.”
Lindsey rides with the Anchor Point South Coast Cycling team, a locally-based development squad which has been given a wildcard National Road Series entry for the Classic.
He will line up with teammates Allan Satchell, Todd Satchell, Damien Cook, Mark Scouller and Michael McGee.
He said it was a new line-up for the team, which rode for the first time together in August’s Tour of the Great South Coast.
Lindsey said riding in the National Road Series tour together had been beneficial.
“You learn a lot riding in bunches with those guys,” he said. “I think we have a pretty good team, we work well together.
“We did the Midlands Tour together in Anglesea a few weeks ago and we have been doing lots of local club races.”
Lindsay said in a perfect world, he would love to come up Raglan Parade with the main bunch on Saturday.
“Last year (former teammate) Dan Herrewyn sprinted home with the main bunch,” he said.
“It would be good to do that, but this year I’ll just be happy to finish and use the experience to prepare for next year.”