Woolley rides to lead in state cycling series

Mortlake cycling export Darcy Woolley is leading the Victorian Road Series and hopes to continue his winning form  on the national stage in Queensland this week. Picture: JARROD PARTRIDGE

Mortlake cycling export Darcy Woolley is leading the Victorian Road Series and hopes to continue his winning form on the national stage in Queensland this week. Picture: JARROD PARTRIDGE

MORTLAKE export Darcy Woolley hopes his strong form in the Victorian Road Series  (VRS) will culminate in success on the National Road Series’ (NRS) stage.

The African Wildlife Safari cyclist leads the VRS with three rounds remaining.

He flew to Queensland yesterday for two upcoming NRS events — the Battle of the Border and Tour of Toowoomba. 

Woolley, who is now based in Melbourne, said he was thrilled to elevate himself to the VRS lead at the weekend.

“I took the lead on Saturday at Phillip Island,” he said.

“We had a team time trial in the morning and we won by 43 seconds so that was good and I got third in the road race.

“I hope to (hold on to my lead). We’ll wait and see how the form is later in the season.

“The next VRS race isn’t until August. Hopefully the form is still there and hopefully I keep on track.” Woolley said a better diet and confidence were catalysts behind his form.

“It’s my second year in the team now and I am starting to find my feet riding for a team,” he said. “Last year was a little bit messy and I didn’t know what to do and how the team operated. 

“My weight is down a little bit too from where it was this time last year so that’s good but I still have to lose a bit more to be where I want to be at.”

Woolley, a sprinter just as comfortable riding endurance races, said African Wildlife Safari had made a solid start to the NRS series which kicked off in Perth in March.

The Battle of the Border, which starts tomorrow, is the third of its 11 stages. 

“We are still third on team classification,” Woolley said.

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