INTERNATIONAL cycling talent Chloe McConville has reaquainted herself with the Victoria Park criterium circuit ahead of next week’s Tour of the Goldfields.
McConville, who rides for the Jayco VIS in the elite women’s National Road Series, finished fifth in the criterium to open the Ballarat event last year.
She was part of a bunch sprint for second in the first staging of the event and went on to finish second overall to Nettie Edmondson in the three-day tour.
While she would like to go one better this year, she said her main priority would be supporting teammate Katrin Garfoot, who is a major contender for the NRS title.
The Tour of Goldfields, which will feature 72 riders, is the last event on the NRS calendar.
As well as the criterium, it will feature a team time trial, road race at Burrumbeet and road race at Dunnstown.
McConville, 25, said the variety of the tour ensured aggressive riding. She is confident Garfoot can hold to her narrow lead over reigning NRS champion Ruth Corset.
“She only recently came to the team. It’s gelled really well in the Shipwreck Classic (at Warrnambool on Sunday), but hopefully we can get her up for the overall victory,” McConville said.
McConville trained with the national cycling team in Europe for three months earlier this year and was pleased with her progress.
Cycling Victoria general manager Kipp Caufann said Ballarat continued to play a major role in the national road cycling with the Tour of the Goldfields complementing the nationals in January and longstanding Melbourne to Ballarat classic.