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THEY'VE won multiple national
titles together and have been
there to support each other every
step of the way, but next week
Evanston Park cycling brothers
Miles and Callum Scotson will
compete against each other at the
Tour Down Under.
Miles will debut as Australian
champion for the event, riding
for the BMC Racing Team,
after winning the National Road
Cycling Championships in Ballarat
at the weekend.
Callum, meanwhile, makes his
Tour Down Under debut, riding for
The Trinity College old scholars'
mother, Donna, said both boys are
looking forward to the event.
"They both seem pretty keen -- it's
a good learning experience for
them," she said.
Mrs Scotson said Miles will be on
a high after what has been a "huge
week", following the 22-year-old's
gold medal win at the nationals.
Despite lining up for opposite
teams, Mrs Scotson said Miles
has been giving advice to Callum
ahead of his debut, having raced
in the event for the same team last
"Callum was pre-selected for the
UniSA team because the BMC
development team don't race at
world level," she said.
"The UniSA team is a chance to
give younger racers an opportunity
and have a go."
It's been a successful past
12 months for the brothers,
culminating in Miles' national
championships success on the
This time last year, both Callum
and Miles enjoyed success at the
national road championships,
placing first and second,
respectively, in the under-23
time trial, and backed it up with
a record-breaking victory at the
Track National Championships in
Miles was selected for the 2014
Commonwealth Games team, but
he missed Olympic selection last
He was replaced with his 20-year-
old brother for the Rio de Janeiro
Olympic Games 4000m team
pursuit squad, that went on to win
a silver medal.
Callum said he is confident going
into the race, but does not know
what to expect.
"I'm feeling really confident with
how my condition is, especially
after having good results
recently at the National Road
Championships," he said.
"At the same time, it is very
unknown for me to be racing
against professional riders at the
top level, so I'm open-minded.
"Competing against Miles is going
to be really exciting, even for my
whole family to support us -- I've
only ever raced on the same team
as him so it will definitely be
"I'm hoping to just have a good
crack against these top professional
performance that really surprises
myself, that will be a very
successful Tour Down Under, in
"Other than that I just look to learn
and take in the experience.
Miles told the BMC Racing Team
he couldn't wait to debut on home
"It's going to be nuts," he said.
"I just want to do the best I can and
starting in Adelaide in front of the
home crowd, I'm really looking
forward to that."
The first stage of the Tour Down
Under travels from Unley to
Lyndoch on Tuesday, January 17.
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TOUR DOWN UNDER
Saturday, January 14
Stage1: Hahndorf to Meadows
Sunday, January 15
Stage 2: People's Choice Classic
Circuit (32.3 km)
Monday, January 16
Stage 3: Tanunda to Lyndoch
Tuesday, January 17
Stage 4: Victoria Park Criterium
(1 hour plus 2 laps 1.2 km circuit).
THE Barossa will be part of women's
cycling history next week as, for
the first time, the Santos Women's
Tour will be part of the International
Cycling Union (UCI) International
Female cyclists will travel from all
corners of the globe to compete in the
challenging four-stage event, from
Ten international teams from countries
including Germany, the USA, United
Kingdom, Italy, the Netherlands and
New Zealand, plus five national teams,
will battle it out in two Adelaide-based
stages and two regional -- including a
mix of sprints and climbs.
Minister for Tourism Leon Bignell said
the event has attracted a great deal of
"There has been a huge amount of
interest in the Santos Women's Tour
since it started," he said.
"We have worked hard to elevate it
to be part of the UCI International
Calendar as a 2.2 class race."
Women's Tour race director Kimberley
Conte said the event presents a great
deal of opportunity for South Australia.
"I am thrilled to be returning as race
director for the Santos Women's Tour
for the second year and am excited by
the growth of this event," she said.
"South Australia will be welcoming 10
international teams to compete, along
with our best national teams to traverse
the Adelaide Hills and Barossa regions.
"The teams confirmed to date show the
great support and global reputation the
race is building internationally."
Stage three of the Santos Women's
Tour will travel 93 kilometres from
Tanunda, finishing at Lyndoch, on
Womenʼs tour arrives
2017 Santos Women's Tour Race Route
Local cycling champs Callum (left) and Miles Scotson will go head to head at
the Tour Down Under next week.
Miles is going to
be really exciting, even
for my whole family to
support us ‒ Iʼve only ever
raced on the same team as
him so it will deﬁnitely be
- CALLUM SCOTSON
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