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NRS team profile: SASI Cycling Program

NRS team profile: SASI Cycling Program

The series of profiles about teams that will ride the NRS in 2018 continues. This time, we hear from the South Australian Sport Institute’s cycling program.

Simon Cain is the senior high performance coordinator at the South Australian Sports Institute (SASI). He has taken a moment to respond to RIDE Media’s survey of teams that will be contesting the NRS in 2018. It is the first in the series that includes both a men’s and women’s program.

As long as teams keep sending in their information, we’ll keep publishing their stories.

It is a chance for the line-ups to talk about their sponsors, their ambitions, and what they expect from the national road series that begins in May with the Grafton to Inverell and includes eight other races for the season.


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  1. Can you please provide a list of riders on your team?

SASI Cycling Program (Men)
Jarrad DriznersSAKilkenny CC31/05/1999
Josh HarrisonSACentral Districts CC15/06/1995
Emerson NugentSANorwood CC8/09/2001
Braden O’SheaSACentral Districts CC15/03/1999
Tristan SaundersSANorwood CC22/02/2000
Cooper SayersSASturt Holdfast Marion25/02/1999
Kael ThomasSANorwood CC7/08/2001
Cooper TyeSACentral Districts CC21/01/2001
Lewis WalkerSASouth Coast CC19/04/2001
Luke WightSAMt. Gambier CC19/12/2000


SASI Cycling Program (Women)
Sophie EdwardsSANorwood CC25/02/2000
Breanna HargraveSASkinny Lattes CC9/02/1983
Chelsea HolmesSASouth Coast CC5/03/2001
Danielle McKinnireySANorwood CC23/01/1997
Chloe MoranSACentral Districts CC16/11/1998
Maeve PlouffeSAPort Adelaide CC8/07/1999
Olivia WheelerSAPort Adelaide CC26/07/2001

Other team profiles can be found on

  1. Can you please list the staff/management of your team?

• Brett Aitken Head Coach
• James GlasspoolAssistant Coach
• Andy Holmesby Soigneur
• Kerryn Holmesby Chaperone
• Jenny McPherson Assistant Coach
• Aaron Draxler Mechanic
• Lynne Munro Coach
• Simon CainSenior High Performance Coordinator


  1. Can you please list your title sponsors and what their line of business is?

  • Callidus
  • Prochem


  1. Can you please list your co-sponsors?

  • Cervélo
  • Kask
  • Scody


  1. Do you expect that your team will contest all events on the NRS calendar in 2018?



  1. Can you please list relevant social media links that are associated with your team?

The SASI colours have also been worn by a number of riders who have links with the Australian Cycling Team.

  1. What is your team’s main motivation for being part of the NRS?

“Developing South Australian Cyclists to deliver on the World Stage.

“The South Australian Institute of Sport (SASI) Cycling Program works closely with our partners Cycling Australia (CA) and Cycling South Australia (CSA), to deliver programs that will develop and assist identified high performance South Australian athletes and coaches to achieve excellence and success at an international level.

“The SASI Cycling Program provides internationally recognised programs, coaching and services to achieve world-class performance as part of an effective, nationally coordinated, high performance sport network. SASI supports progression of targeted South Australian athletes through the CA pathway and prepares them for longevity in cycling.

“Based at the world-class Superdrome in Gepps Cross and at the SASI facility at Kidman Park, the SASI Cycling Program provides world-class coaching, training and competition, facilities and support services to improve athlete development in events for males and females included in the Olympic Games and World Championships from the disciplines of track and road.

“SASI has delivered superb performances on the road and track at state, national and continental levels over many of years and this is testament to the coaching team that is in place. In the recent 2016 Rio Olympic Games eight of the 16 Rio 2016 Australian Olympic track squad were SASI scholarship holders.

“SASI is endeavouring to develop the program further and have identified many areas in which we can make positive improvements and in return boost our representation on National Olympic teams even further.”


Key objectives for SASI cycling

  1. Deliver quality and regular coaching opportunities for young riders in training and competition environments
  2. Increase the volume and quality of SASI riders selected onto Cycling Australia programs
  3. Continue to develop the best state institute cycling program in Australia.



  1. What could be done to improve the NRS?

(No comment offered.)


  1. How many years have you and your team been involved in:

  2. a) Cycling? Since 1982
  3. b) The NRS? Since 2014


  1. Miscellaneous: 

(No comment offered.)


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