Budget Send Quality Team to Battle on the Border
Australia’s premier cycling team, Budget Forklifts, are looking to continue a stellar 2014 in the next few rounds of the Australian Road Series. Describe by manager Cam Watt as one of the best years ever, the team will be looking for strong results in the Queensland rounds this month. The team will begin their pursuit for success in the beautiful area of Tweet Heads, and then head inland to battle it out on the typically windy roads found in the FGK Tour of Toowoomba.
The team will have added motivation racing in Queensland with the majority of staff and riders being based in the Eastern State. There is no doubt that the team will be looking to close the gap to Avanti Racing Team on the rankings as the competition heats up.
The team will be sending a team full of depth and strength with the objective of winning both tours overall. Unfortunately Queenslander, Alex Wohler is a late withdrawal from the team as he was hit by a car out training and will be replaced by New Zealander Myron Simpson, showing the depth that the team has.
The team will be looking for their climbers to take hold of the tour early with the epic hill top finish up Mt. Warning. The team will be looking for in form climbers, Tim Rowe, Josh Prete, Kristian Juel and Marc Williams to be active when the road tilts upwards.
Watt has also gone for Adelaide stage winner, Jesse Kerrison knowing that some stages of the tour could come down to quick sprint finish. Kerrison will have massive support in the sprint finishes with experience in front of him, including; Tommy Nankervis, Dan Barry, Myron Simpson.
The three day tour will start on the 15th of May.
Budget Forklifts go in Search of Gold
One of Australia’s best domestic teams will be joining Australia’s best cyclist in Ballarat in search of Gold in the Australian National Titles. The team will start the blue ribbon elite men’s event on Sunday as ‘underdogs’ which does not worry the Queensland based team as they prepare for the race.
Manager Cam Watt was quick to point out their strength in the men’s field before the commencement of racing in Ballarat today. “We are not the favourites as we are coming up against some of the world’s best cyclist. However we have a strong team that are willing to ride for each other and that is something uniquely special in cycling. We have it, and will certainly be competitive come Sunday”
Even though not dubbed as one of the favourites, Budget Forklift’s will be confident in Tim Roe who is joining the team for the 2014 season. Tim is returning to the NRS after a stint with Pro Tour team BMC and looking to turn his misfortune around with a leadership role in Budget Forklifts. There is no question of Roe’s form and was impressive in the lead up to the Australian Titles at the Budget Forklift’s training camp on the Sunshine Coast. He is suited to the demanding national’s circuit but being surrounded by Orica GreenEdge and Drapac riders might see him face a very hard numbers game at the conclusion of the event. This is something Cam Watt is not worried about.
Cam Watt seemed confident not only that Tim will have the support, but also other riders will be competitive around the circuit. “We are sending a strong team, and trying our best to be competitive come Sunday. Tim (Roe) has proven he can race at this level, and we are certain that we can support him when it is getting tough. Mick (Cupitt) is showing his 2011 form, and Marc (Williams) was very impressive last week at the Bay Crits, We also have more power in Tommy, and Sammy if they are needed. We have big goals, and would love to start the year off well on Sunday” Concluded Watt.
Watt and the Team will have a very busy day on Sunday, with a strong team also entered in the New Zealand National Road Title in Christchurch. The Budget Forklift’s New Zealand squad will also be looking to surprise the favourites on the demanding looped circuit. The squad will be spearheaded by Michael Vink who is looking forward to taking his opportunities on Sunday. He will be surrounded by a wealth of experience and strength with team mates who have equal opportunity to take out the event. Wes Gough, Sam Horgan, Myron Simpson, and Dan Barry will all take the start line on Sunday and be ready to take it to the bigger names in a first for the Australian based cycle team. “We have a real chance in the New Zealand title” Watt stated. “It is such a big day for us, and we are very excited to see what the New Zealand riders can do. It would be a dream come true to win both titles, but we will not get excited yet”.
The team will continue preparing for the big one as they settle into camp for the week. Blair Windsor is the last to join the camp after a serious crash at the Bay Crits last week. Blair was sent home to treat his injuries and will fly back into camp in the following days to support Roe on Sunday.
Young Australian Sprinter Jesse Kerrison
has recorded his first UCI Pro Win in the Changxing Stage 6 of the Tour of
Taihu Lake in China. The Budget Forklifts sprinter praised his team mates who
always believed he had the ability to win in China, it was just a matter of
demanding the respect from the other teams to get the young Queenslander into a
Kerrison was actually second over the line however the Australian was soon declared the winner after the rough and tumble finish.
The Aussie get the chance to celebrate the win also with one of the shortest transfers of the 2013 tour – tomorrows stage starting at Yixing.
Certainly Kerrisons win is one to celebrate as he became only the second Australian to win a stage in UCI Tour of Tiahu Lake behind former Australian Champion Aaron Kemps who won a stage in 2011 after success with his ill fated Fly V Australia team in 2010. Drapacs Floris Goesinnen was the best placed Australian team member in 2012 with a stage podium and runner up overall while Tom Parmer and Stu Shaw have top 10 finishes.
Tour of Taihu Lake - Stage 4&5
After averaging almost 50km per hour for Stage 5 - Yuriy Metlushenko has finally be beat in the Tour of Taihu Lake with Alois Kankovsky taking the win amazing Jesse Kerrison again finished 4th in the sprint finish
Stage 4 is another win for Yuriy Metlushenko and another 4th for Jesse Kerrison and Team BudgetForklifts.. Jesse continues to lead the young rider competition and is getting plenty of practise at the champagne celebrations
Budget Forklift Manager, Cameron Watt has stated that a Budget Forklift victory on Saturday’s Grafton to Inverell Classic would be the perfect end to a brilliant season for the Team. The team have still two races remaining of the 2013 season, including this weekend’s Grafton to Inverell Classic and the eight day Tour of Taihu Lake in China starting a week later.
The team have settled nicely in Grafton and Watt believes the key for the team is not to become content after achieving the amazing trifecta at the Melbourne to Warrnambool Classic. “The team have been on an absolute high after our amazing result in Warrnambool” said Watt. “It is easy to relax and become complacent after such a result, but the team remain motivated and hungry to succeed come Saturday” Watt stated.
The Budget Forklift Team should be motivated as the historic Grafton to Inverell Classic has been a great stomping ground for the Queensland team and will start the race as defending champions. The 2012 winner Peter Herzig will spearhead a formidable team over the tough 228km course and will be looking to continue building on the remarkable history the team is building in the Australian Road Classic.
If the team manage to reclaim Saturday’s epic race they will firmly place themselves as one of the best domestic teams in Australia especially in one day races. The team have been solid over the long one day classics in the Australian season. So it is not a surprise that Watt and the Budget Forklift team are keen to back up their Warrnambool classic victory with a Grafton win. Watt claimed that this is a major goal and is more than possible to achieve. “We set out some major objectives at the beginning of the cycling year and two of those were, winning the Warrnambool and reclaiming the Grafton. These races mean a lot to our team and offer an aggressive style of racing that our team love. There is no reason to conserve or race for the next day, you need to attack and race together which really suits our style” stated the Forklift manager before the Grafton.
The team will start with a strong eight man rooster that will have some serious contenders for the overall win. No more so than Jack Anderson in his last appearance in the Yellow and Black colours. Anderson will be hungry for success in his last appearance for the team and try to repay the support he has been given throughout the year.
The race starts early tomorrow morning.
In a massive display of power and tactics, Team Budget Forklifts have achieved the unthinkable by filling the podium at the 2013 edition of the Melbourne to Warrnambool The team rode a perfect race to out muscle the field in the final 5km to finish off the cruelling 265km one day race.
Eventual winner Sam Horgan was more than deserving of the win when he and fellow rider Jack Beckinsale (Huon Genesis) joined a dwindling lead group on the outskirts of Warrnambool. Horgan was on a mission and rode straight past the leading group which included Budget Forklift teammate, Jack Anderson. Horgan was quick to open up a gap which looked dangerous as the lead group tried hard to reel in the flying New Zealander. Eventually it was team mate Jack Anderson who reached Horgan first, which sent alarm bells to the rest of the riders. Horgan and Anderson went to work straight away and started building on their lead as Alex ray made a late charge to join the Budget Forklift tandem. Anderson and Horgan proved to strong and rode away to take out the classic in true Budget Forklift style.
In yet another amazing twist, Budget Forklift’s Jake Kauffmann showed the team’s depth and class by completing the Budget Trifecta. Kauffmann outsprint Victoria Robbie Hucker and New Zealander Alex Ray in the dash to the line. The Budget rider himself was deserving of the win by being in dangerous moves all race and playing the team roll in the final 10km of the race.
Budget Forklifts now become one of the most successful Domestic teams by winning all major Australian ‘Classics’ and Cycling Tours. The team have made a massive contribution to Australian Cycling and in the process ticked of some major team goals that were set by the team in its beginning. This is an amazing feat considering both riders and staff hold full time jobs and the team has had the same independent sponsor since its existence to cycling back in 2008.
The team will celebrate over dinner before tackling the next round of the National Road Series starting tomorrow.
The recent results from the 2013 Tour of Tasmania may have suggested a disappointing performance from the Budget Forklift Team; however the team take the opposite approach, taking on a very positive attitude after the conclusion of the eight day tour.
There was no relief for the Queensland based team with a large amount of bad fortune hitting the camp during the tour. Windsor and Juel were forced to withdraw early from the event which eliminated any aspirations of the teams overall chances. Unfortunately the bad news was not over for the team with new recruit Jordan Kerby forced to watch from the side lines with a Gastro bug hitting hours before stage six of the tour. Then finally, climber Marc Williams hit the ground hard during the “queen stage” of the tour and was also forced to withdraw, suffering cuts and abrasions.
With all hopes of an overall win dashed a decimated team was forced to battle on. The objectives changed for the remaining riders to focus on individual results in each stage, and didn’t they deliver. Both Karl Evans and Josh Prete were very active for the remaining stages of the tour, not missing a break during each stage. Evans aggressive riding also resulted in him taking a lead in the KOM competition but was unable to defend successfully due to the lack of team mates to assist in holding the lead.
With the pressure on the much reduced team, it was the experienced Peter Herzig who made the most of the opportunities. The Grafton winner has taken a back seat in 2013 to focus on completing his Master Degree in Nutrition. Herzig entered the tour with a question mark over his form and was to play a support role for his team over the course of the week. However with the team’s key riders exiting the tour, Herzig role changed which proved to be no problem for the man.
Herzig rode aggressively putting himself in a number of race deciding breaks and showed that he still has the form and race craft to be competitive, placing an outstanding 9th overall in the hardest tour of the year. The team were thrilled to manage such a high result considering the lack of luck the team had and in particular the riding of Peter Herzig who showed his class. Herzig was impressive in his performance and showed that maybe the old boy still has a few tricks up his sleeve coming into the Australian one day classics.
The team are very excited to have a fully fit team for next weekend’s Melbourne to Warrnambool, which is a classic the Budget Forklift Team has never won in their long history. The iconic Australian cycling classics remain a big objective for the team for 2013 and they will be sending a very competitive team to both races.
Teams to be announced shortly.
Mid-way through the Tour of Tasmania the Budget Forklift Team has been facing an uphill battle on and off the bike, with the team suffering from illness and injury before the tour had even started. The team have fought gallantly through the first three days of racing with a number of hard kilometres raced around the Capital City of Hobart.
The hard luck started for the team with Danish climber, Kristian Juel, crashing out training two days prior to the event. Juel was a key member for the team and after finishing 4th on the tour’s queen stage up to Great Lakes in 2012, he was a strong force to be used by the team in 2013. Unfortunately Juel fell hard after hitting a hole whilst riding, suffering bruising and abrasions making it impossible to continue after stage one Teams Time Trial. The news went from bad to worse as Budget Forklift’s Captain, Blair Windsor was forced to abandon after falling ill to a viral infection moments before the start of the Tour.
Despite being understrength the team put in a brave performance in stage one, finishing 4th on the epic Mt.Wellington Teams Time Trial. The team finished 1.57sec down on the eventual winners Huon Genesis, keeping the team in the general classification hunt.
The second stage was a very active stage for the riders with the team being apparent in most moves, including the most dangerous one late in the race. Josh Prete was joined by a small group with 5km remaining which was reeled in with only 500 metres from the line. This opened the doors for the fast men and the Euride train took full advantage, delivering Alex Edmerson to another bunch sprint win. The Budget forklifts boys were not far behind with Jordan Kerby and Blair Windsor both in the top 10 on the stage and motivated to get the sprint right in the next few stages.
With the weather turning bad overnight, stage three was set for the hard men of Australian Cycling to put their stamp on the Tour of Tasmania, and they didn’t disappoint! Drapac’s Darren Lapthorne and Robbie Hucker put in a strong attack over the final climb of the day which only Jack Haig and Boadie Talbot followed. The Budget Forklift boys were left to pick up the chase and as they tried in vain the foursome out front started applying the pressure and building a commanding lead. The team were left with the thought of what could have been at the finish, in particular Josh Prete who was showing his strength early in the stage.
A new looking Budget Forklift Team has started the journey down to Tasmania in preparation for arguably the hardest tour in the Australia calendar. The team have had a busy schedule in the past month including tours in Japan and Canberra with very pleasing results. The team will now look to make the most of the added race kilometres with a strong showing in the eight day tour starting Sunday in Hobart.
The team will also have the bonus of the Australian u23 road champion, Jordan Kerby who joins the team for the remainder of the cycling season. Kerby has been linked with the team for some time and after a lack of European racing has returned to Australia to rebuild his cycling season. Kerby is enjoying being back on home soil and joining the Budget Forklift Team which has been a nice transition from the European scene. Jordan will be a great asset in the remaining months and will prove to be of great value in the Tour of Tasmania.
The tour will also see the return of the Grafton to Inverell winner, Peter Herzig. Peter is one of the success stories of Budget Forklifts and after focusing on his studies will make a return, bolstering the team with strength and experience. The team will also have power in the hills with a horde of very strong climbers, including: Josh Prete, Kristian Juel, Karl Evans, Blair Windsor, Marc Williams and newest recruit Brodie Talbot.
The team will be looking to start the tour well when the road heads upward in the stage one’s teams time trial up the famous Mt Wellington Mountain. From here the tour will travel around the Tasmanian Island which will be the most demanding course ever seen in the tour’s history.
Stay tuned for ongoing news results over the week.
The 3 day National Capital Tour began today with a cold and windy 17.6km time trial around Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra. The course was suited for the strong men with a very fast out and back style circuit, that promised the best riders in Australia a chance to fight it out for the overall victory.
In the end it was World Champion and promising young rider, Alex Morgan (VIS) taking the victory in the narrowest of margins to Sam Horgan (TBF) and Miles Scotson (ERD). Scotson started early in the day and posted a time that would not be challenged until the final riders of the day. The Euride rider held the lead for over 2hrs, fighting off challenges from riders like; Nathan Earle, Kristian Juel and Jack Anderson. Scotson was starting to look like his time was enough to be crowned the winner until the flying Victorian, Alex Morgan soared over the finish line in a time of 21:21, more than 18 seconds quicker than Scotson. In the end it was Budget Forklifts Sam Horgan who was the only one on course who was able to challenge the new best time. It was a nail bitting finish with Horgan stopping the clock only two seconds slower than the young Victorian. Horgan was disappointed to loose by such a small margin, but was happy to be so close to the win after a lack of time trialling in recent months.
Horgan’s result now helps the team plot an attack when the roads face upwards in tomorrow’s 120km stage to Mount Honeysuckle. The team will now rest up and look to go one better in tomorrow’s first road stage of the tour.
Budget Forklifts Podium in Japan
Team Budget Forklifts rode a remarkable final stage in Japan showing their strength and unity to move Josh Prete up in the general classification to finish 3rd overall in the 2013 Tour of Hokkaido. The tour finished today with an epic 176km stage which was made even more difficult with the heavy rain falling throughout the race.
Prete started the stage 1:25 seconds down on the tour leader Thomas Lebas and was able to turn the tables and claw his way onto the podium to finishing behind Lebas and Damien Monier in the final classification. Amazingly the team untied perfectly with Karl Evans and Kristian Juel escorting Josh flawlessly over the final day to have him move up the leader board and in a first for the team place him on the podium.
Adding to the impressive results, Budget Forklifts placed second in the Teams Classification Competition. This was a remarkable result considering that this was the first year the team have raced the tour, and were also focused on the individual prices.
The team will now fly straight to Canberra to begin the next round of the Australia Road Series beginning Friday.
Tour of Hokkaido
After Jack Anderson started The Budget Forklift results with a 5th on a very hard stage one in Japan. Team mate Josh Prete has gone one better, placing 4th in another wet and wild day of racing in the Tour of Hokkaido. Queenland based Prete proved to be one of a handful of strong riders who fought it out for the win over the demanding 130km circuit. Prete was unlucky at the finish but was happy to be in contention for the win on such a difficult course.
The team have one more chance tomorrow with the 176.8km final stage, taking the riders over more challenging terrain.
Looking at the results from the latest round of the National Road Series you would be disillusioned to hear that Team Budget Forklifts tour was filled with adversity for the beginning. The Tour of Murray River has proven to be a successful stomping ground for the Forklift team in the past with ex-rider, Luke Davison claiming overall honours in 2012, and numerous stage victories from the fast men in the Budget Forklift colours.
2013 proved to be no different with young Sprinter, Jessie Kerrison proving that he is one of the quickest riders in Australia on two wheels. Kerrison with the help from his team, were able to claim stage four line honours (Kerang to Cohuna) in a frantic final sprint. Kerrison proved too fast for the peloton narrowly beating Luke Davison (DPC) and Anothony Giacoppo (HGP) in the dash to the line.
Kerrison dedicated the win to both, Sam Horgan and Shaun McCarthy who both were forced to withdraw from the tour in dramatic circumstances.
The tour turned sour for the Queensland team when South Coast Winner, Sam Horgan was disqualified after illegally changing his seat height after a crash early in the tour. The team were disappointed to lose the strong New Zealander; however it was not going to get any better for the team who lost Shaun McCarthy to a nasty crash on the roads to Cohuna the day after Horgan’s departure. This crushed all hope of overall victory for the team but opened the doors for Kerrison to show his speed.
Kerrison eventually took a stage win and the customary Sprint King Competition in which he has made his own throughout the year. Kerrison’s Sprint competition victory in the Tour of Murray makes it his sixth for him and the team.
The team will now focus back on their Asian program, with the Tour of Hokkaido in Japan starting this week for a 3 day tour. The team will then fly back to Australia to tackle the next round of the National Road Series in Canberra.
In what has been a truly memorable month for the Budget Forklift team winning both the Tour of Gippsland and Tour of Great South Coast, the riders can briefly take the helmets off and relax before tackling the remainder of the cycling season.
Team Budget Forklifts proved to be untouchable in the month of August winning every race they entered in, making 2013 an already very successful year for the Queensland based team. The team started the winning streak by winning both rounds of the Queensland Road series, followed up with Jack Anderson’s nail bitting win in the tour of Gippsland and concluding with Horgan’s impressive win at the Great South Coast Tour. Budget Forklift manager Cameron Watt, was ecstatic with the results in particular The Great South Coast victory as his team rode brilliantly together in defending the lead for the entire tour. “It was an impossible ask”, said Watt. “Defending the Yellow from the very first day of a tour is almost suicide for the riders; however the team rode for each other and were willing to ride through a lot of pain to keep Sam in Yellow. It was a great display of unity, team work and strength showing exactly what our team is about” Stated Watt.
The team displayed massive courage and team harmony throughout the week as they fought off the challenge from Genesis Wealth and later in the week a spirited Drapac and Euride team. However the Budget boys stood strong and were able to deliver New Zealander Sam Horgan to a heroic overall tour victory and the maiden South Coast Tour victory for the team.
The team however will not be celebrating for long, as many of the riders were back to work on Monday whilst others started preparing for the remainder of the season. The next race will see the boys heading to the New South Wales and Victorian boarder to compete in the Tour of Murray River, a race the Budget Forklift Team won last year. The team will then get a quick week recovery before heading to Japan to race the U.C.I Tour of Hokkaido and the Australian Goulbourn to City Classic.
The team will be announced in the coming days.
It seems that the success of the recent Tour of Gippsland is a distance memory for the Budget Forklift crew who are well into their preparation for the upcoming Tour of the Great South Coast commencing Wednesday.
Manager Cam Watt and team members, Jessie Kerrison and Josh Prete flew down on Sunday to visit regional Victorian schools, promoting healthy living and encouraging the sport of Cycling to the local primary students. Even though this is a good chance for the team to relax and have some fun, the preparation has been good for the team with a healthy eight riders due to take the start line come Wednesday.
The team are on a high after winning the Tour of Gippsland over the very impressive Huon Genesis outfit last week and the team will be out to secure good results again. The team will be without both, Gippsland winner Jack Anderson and 8th placed Blair Windsor who have been replaced by the strong Karl Evans and consistent Jacob Kaufmann, who will thrive in the tough conditions. Alex Wohler is also unable to start due to injuries sustained in a Gippsland crash and will be replaced by Josh Prete who is riding into some strong form coming into the end of the season.
The team can feel a little more relaxed heading into the Great South Coast tour after snatching there first tour victory of the year in Gippsland. The monkey is off the back and a refreshed team will look to make the most of every opportunity presented in the 5 day tour.
The team will face some hard opposition with the usual contenders being present and the return of The Drapac Cycling Team, who are entered for the tour. With rough weather expected and a tough few days around the South Coast, the tour is built for a rider who can handle the conditions well and enjoys the wind.
More updates to come.
There was no dislodging Team Budget Forklifts from the winner’s podium in the latest round of the Queensland Road Series. The impressive results over the two days were enough for the Budget Forklift team to be crowned overall round winners, and continue their unbeaten record in 2013 Series.
Budget Forklifts did not get it all their own way throughout the Kingaroy round with GPM Data3 and Pro Tour Down Under riding very aggressively and at times putting the series leaders under stress. However the experienced Budget Forklift team were able to hold their rivals at bay winning both the Saturday and Sunday races.
The 110km Saturday Road race proved to be an exciting event, with GPM Date3 applying the pressure by putting two riders in a break of four for the duration of the day. Budget Forklift realised the urgency of the break and with 40km remaining sent a chase group containing both Windsor and Kauffmann to regain control of the teams based race. The lead four powered on and Budget forklift rider Alex Wohler made the most of the break away, powering away to win the sprint and claim his first race win of the year. Both Windsor and Kaufmann finished 30seconds behind to claim team honours for the day’s event.
The Sunday’s event proved to be a day for the hard man with a demanding 145km rolling course for the riders. The race didn’t disappoint with only 15 finishers on the cold and windy day in Kingaroy. Budget Forklift with Pro Tour Down Under were able to take full advantage of a tiring peloton in the latter half of the race and created a small bunch of 9 riders battling for the win. A winning trio soon formed from the tired bunch with some 20km remaining which was represented by all the bigger teams. The trio soon build a 45second lead, before Windsor jumped from the bunch to make it two riders from Budget Forklifts in the winning break. The Budget team were able to use their numbers and launch the “gorilla” Jake Kaufmann with 2km remaining to win the stage.
Anderson was able to claw his way across in the final and finish a solid 2nd with Windsor 4th enabling Budget Forklifts to win the Fourth round of the Queensland Road Series.
The team will regain the series again in 2013 with now an unbeatable lead when the race heads to the centre of Brisbane for the final round.
Cervelo S5 or Cervelo R5
In 2013 a new looked Budget Forklift team made a strong statement with solid top 10 results and winning competition jersey’s in the “Summer of Cycling” in January. The team showed in both the Australian National titles and Suntour that even though small in stature they can still race big and match it with the world’s best. However, even though the team’s results were impressive in the early months, it went rarely noticed due to the new bikes in which the riders showed up on in January. 2013 saw the dawn of a new partnership with arguably the world’s best bike manufactures, Cervelo. The bikes were quickly noticed by the wider cycling community which follow all the cycling news ever so intently. The Cervelo bikes are stiff, fast and extremely comfortable so it came as no surprise that the riders from Budget Forklifts stubbornly suggested that these were the best bikes in the world. The team might have agreed on the quality of the bikes they were riding, but in direct contrast the team became divided as soon as the Cervelo cycling boxes arrived. You see, the line was quickly drawn in the sand and war within the camp began. A small issue arrived along with the new Cervelo bikes, as there was an option of what bike you would like to ride. It was simple; A choice that was to be made by each rider which decided their fate in the team……..R5 or S5?
There is no doubting each bike offers special qualities for the individual rider, but after much debate within the team, it is time to finally work out which is the better bike? The team have been divided with one side of riders promoting the lightness and comfortably the R5 bike offers, whilst the S5 enthusiasts argue that the stiffness and aerodynamic design is what matters in a bike.
As for me, a proud owner of a very nice Cervelo S5. I’m glad to say that there has been a slow shift in the team with more team riders joining the S5 club in recent months. Now this current trend might not be sufficient evidence to suggest that S5 is a better bike but nothing can argue with cold hard facts.
Fact: This year all major Budget Forklift victories have been achieved on the very fast S5 machine. Adding to the three National Road Series wins, Sprinter Jesse Kerrison has been able to win every sprint competition he has been involved in. It comes as no surprise that Kerrison rides a Cervelo S5.
Fact: Budget Forklifts have also been able to bag several U.C.I points with 70% of the total gained by riders on the noble S5 bikes.
Fact: The team were able to achieve against the odds in Indonesia and conquer the ultimate goal by winning a U.C.I tour stage. Jake rode brilliantly to allow his S5 bike the opportunity to power to victory. He was able to position the bike well before it took over to do all the work. Jake should be noticed as well as he showed great skill balancing on the bike as it shot away to win the stage.
I’m being very biased and should make reference that in all hill top finishes the R5 has held its own against its S5 brother. In fact, more oven than not finishing much higher in hill top races than the S5. This was proven with Marc Williams consistently placing himself in the top 10 during mountain stages. Kristian Juel, also riding the R5 lead the KOM competition in the Queensland Series and found himself fourth overall in a very hilly Singkarak Tour.
It is hard to draw an accurate conclusion from this information, as the Cervelo S5 and R5 continually seem to excel in their chosen fields. Honestly, to compare these bikes is impossible as the only thing they have in common is the ability to go fast. The Cervlo S5 is extremely fast, and ability to cut through the wind can’t be matched. Whilst the R5 lightness and smooth ride makes you feel like you have ridden the bike for years, even after one ride. Both bikes and gear are something else and we at Budget Forklift are very grateful to be riding Cervelo.
With only two rounds remaining of the Queensland Road Series, Budget Forklifts have put themselves in the box seat to take out the 2013 Queensland title. The reigning champions started the series placing a massive emphasis on regaining the team title in which they comfortably won last year. The team are now one step closer to winning the Road Teams Series with Jesse Kerrison and Jack Anderson securing wins in last weekend’s Brisbane round, securing the team’s lead at the top of series competition
The proudly based Queensland team have been a dominate force in the series by winning every stage but two in the 2013 series. Adding to success in 2013 the team also hold on to a number of the individual categories, including: Young Rider Jersey, Sprinters Jersey, Teams Classification and the Overall Jersey. Queensland rider Jack Anderson has taken the lead in the overall series and is hopeful in holding the jersey until final round in September.
The series will now head to the South Burnett Region for found four, and conclude with the famous Murarrie circuit race in September. The team will be trying to secure Anderson overall title and the team’s classification series in the upcoming round.
Budget Forklifts continue on Winning Roll
Budget Forklifts continue to impress in 2013, with more victories coming off the back of a busy month of racing for the cycle team. Budget Forklifts have made the most of their race program, boasting a remarkable winning record sheet over the last month, as they have won a stage in every race they have entered in. The winning formula continued over the past week with young sprint ace, Jesse Kerrison showing that he is able to match it with the best, winning stage two of the North West Tour.
Budget Forklifts did not disappoint at the Tour of North West bagging a stage win, 5th in general classification and yet another overall sprint competition victory.
The ever reliable Jack Anderson once again showed his class by finishing 5th overall behind tour winner Nathan Earle. A great result for Jack and the Budget team who fought hard to claim victory over the ever impressive Earle.
Budget Forklifts results did not finish there, with Jesse Kerrison once again stamping his authority over the green jersey competition. The victory at North West knocks up his third sprint victory of this year (Battle on the Border and Tour of Adelaide) making him the most consistent sprinter in Australia.Jesse’s sprint win capped of another successful tour for the Budget Forklift squad who will now turn their attention to defending their lead in this weekend’s round of the Queensland Road Series. Manager Cam Watt is very happy with the team and the performances of each rider in 2013 and hoping the winning form will continue this weekend. The team will then get a small break before continuing on with the remainder of the season.
Kerrison Sprints his way to Maiden Win
Budget Forklifts sprinter, Jesse Kerrison powers his way to his first NRS victory in stage two of the Tour of North West today. Kerrison was able to cross the line first in a frantic bunch finish to cap off a memorable day for the young Queensland sprinter.
Kerrison has quickly established himself on the National Road Series scene, by winning numerous green jersey in previousv2013 tours. However, today’s victory proves that he can match it with the fastest in the country and able to win a big bunch finish.
An excited Kerrison was quick to praise the work of his team mates, who rode an impressive stage setting up Kerrison for the win. “I owe this one to the whole team” stated Kerrison. “The team have fully supported me from the very start of the year and believed I could win sprints. This is a reward for everyone’s hard work in the team from the staff to the riders”. Kerrison was able to take advantage of the team’s lead out to hold off the fast finishing Brenton Jones and Russell Gill. Budget Forklift riders, Jack Anderson and Sam Horgan were the last to deliver Kerrison to the final sprint which proved to be vital in crossing the line first.
Adding to the successful day, Kerrison will wear the green jersey heading into tomorrow’s stage three. The Budget team will be at it again hoping for another victory as the road turns upwards.
After Budget Forklifts strong performance in the 2013 Tour de Singkarak, it is worth checking the records --- Unbelievably in 2009 Budget
Forklifts also finished with two riders in the top ten and a stage win –
Strangely it was also behind the same rider with Ghader Mizbani winning in 2009
as well as this year
In 2009 former Budget Forklifts stars Cameron Jennings finished 3rd and Cameron Hughes 9th behind Ghader Mizbani while in 2013 Kristian Juel was 4th and Blair Windsor 8th behind Ghader Mizbani.
Budget Forklifts stage win in 2009 came in the Team Time Trial prologue when Cameron Jennings, Cameron Hughes, Jack Anderson, Mal Rudolph, Cody Stevenson & Craig McCartney defeated Aisan Racing and Tabriz petrochemical.
In 2013 the Budget Forklifts stage win came when flying Jake Kauffmann won the second stage adding to the joy was Karl Evans second placing in the stage.
Of course Budget Forklifts second place in the Teams Class behind Tabriz is another achievement in 2013 worth celebrating likewise Karl Evans top 15 overall (incidentally so was Marc Williams in the Top16 before he withdrew sick with sprinter Alex Wohler who was in the top10 in Sprint Jersey.
South Australian Karl Evans has finished third in the final stage, (which was Evans second podium of the Tour after finishing Runner up in stage2). The Budget Forklifts rider was part of a 3 rider break away finishing behind Tabriz rider Mehdi Sohrabi and Jerry Aquino (7Eleven) on the Padang circuit.
All the Jersey winners finished in the bunch behind the trio with Tabriz Petrochemical rider Ghader Mizbani’s winning his 3rd Tour of Singkarak yellow jersey.
It certainly was a much better day for Budget Forklifts after Sickness Falls and Fights marred a dramatic stage 6.. Budget Forklifts lost 2 riders with Wohlor and William withdrawing from the tour while Jeul had to receive medical attention for sickness. Stage Winner Jake Kauffmann (in fact the only Australian ever to win a road stage at the tour de Singkarat) was flat out looking after GC Riders Blair Windsor Juel and Evans with Windsor in 2 falls.
All honours with all-conquering Tabriz Petrochemical Team at Singkarat 2013 but the Australian Budget Forklifts team could be well pleased finishing runner up behind Tabriz in the tour – along with their Stage win and podium finishes; Plus 3 riders in the top 15 overall leaded by Queenslander Kristian Juel.
FINAL YELLOW JERSEY Rankings: 1.Ghader Mizbani (Tabriz), 2.Cohan Coenen (Differdange) 3.Amir Kolahdozhagh (Tabriz), 4.Kristian Juel (Budget Forklifts), 5.Alireza Asgharzadeh (Tabriz), 6.Pujol Munoz (Polygon), 7.Hossein Askari (Tabriz), 8.Blair Windsor (Budget Forklifts), 9.Aiman Cahyadi, 10.Robin Manulang.
Budget Forklifts on Fire at Round 2 Queensland Road Teams Series
After round 1 of the Queensland Road Teams Series at Lockyer Valley in April - Jack Anderson and Josh Prete both of UCI Oceania Continental Team Budget Forklifts Team lead the Overall GC – While Team mates Jesse Kerrison was leading the Points Classiciation and Kristian Juel the KOM.
This weekend (8th & 9th June) Round 2 of the series was contested at Southern Downs with a TTT and Road Race on the Saturday and Road Race on the Sunday.
With official results yet to be posted both Jack Anderson and Jesse Kerrison and the whole Budget Forklifts team with a super win in the TTT where in great form and look to have extended their lead in the Series.
The cream is certainly coming to the top of the yellow jersey ranking at the UCI 2.2 Tour de Singkarat with only 2 stages to go.
The super powerful Tabriz Petrochemical Team has 3 riders in the top 8 including current leader -Veteran Asian Tour Superstar Ghader Mizbani who is already a two times winner of the tour. His teammates Amir Kolahdozhagh and Hossein Askari who has won the Tour of Qinghai Lake and finished on the Podium in the Tour de Langkawi sit 3rd and 7th respectively.
Differdange Losch rider Johan Coenen was expected to perform well at the Tour de Singkarat after his podium finish behind Alberta Cecchin in the recent Fleche Du Sud holds 2nd place overall. While defending 2012 Tour de Singkarat winner (and former Grand Tour Rider with Cervelo and Omega Pharma Lotto) Oscar Pujol Munoz of the Polygon Sweet Nice team currently holds 6th place overall.
Team Budget Forklifts has established itself with the top teams with two riders in the top8 – the very promising Kristian Juel and Tour of Adelaide stage winner Blair Windsor 4th and 8th overall.
The Australian team also showing its depth with Marc Williams (16th) and Karl Evans (17th) both in the top 20 overall. Other team members Alex Wohler sit in 54th place and in the top 10 in the Green Jersey Classification while impressive stage winner Jake Kauffmann is in 66th place overall.
As expected the all-conquering Tabriz Petrochemical Team leads the team classification from the Australian Budget Forklifts team and the Indonesian National Team
Belgium’s Johan Coenen (Differdange) has not only took the stage win but finished stage 3 in yellow after an impressive solo display.
Away from the winner Australian Continental Team Budget Forklifts had a great day moving to the lead in Teams competition. Star of the day for the Aussies was Kristian Juel who had a great stage finishing second and moving to third Overall. Marc Williams great 5th placing and Blair Windsor top 20 pushing the Aussies to the top of the leader board in the team competition.
Team manager Cameron Watt couldn’t be happier with the Budget Forklifts team after Jake Kauffmann and Karl Evans finished first and second in stage 2 and sprinter Alex Wohler moved into the top 10 in the green jersey competition
Jake Kauffman wins Stage 2 at Tour de Singkarak
Great Stage for the Australian Budget Forklifts team in Singkarak not only winning the second stage but taking the top 2 positions and 3 riders in the top 8. Jake Kauffman backed up his great result in stage1 with a win in Stage 2 after he and team mate Karl Evans broke clear to win by 45second and move the big NSW Time trailer to within 35seconds of yellow. South Australian Evans also featured in the hill sprints on Day 2.
Bathurst’s Blair Windsor (8th) also in the top 10 for Budget Forklifts meaning they were easy winners of team class into Lake Singkarak moving them to with a couple of seconds of Polygon who sit second on team class behind the powerful Tabriz Team.
The 5th TOUR DE SINGKARAK is expecting some dramatic racing with 16 International Teams and 6 National teams contested the 2013 event including Australian Continental Team Budget Forklifts which will consist of Blair Windsor, Karl Evans, Kristian Juel, Jake Kauffmann, Marc Williams and Alex Waohler.
Very Tough Course for the 2013 TOUR DE SINGKARAK:-
The Tour starting with a 122km stage from Bukittinggi – to Equator, Bonjol, followed by 215km hike from Padang Panjang – Istano Basa which almost drops to sea level at the 85km mark, but then climbs to 1214m above sea level at the Sungai Lladih KOM.
Stage 3 is 213km from Payakumbuh to Lake Singkarak with the lowest point approx. 200m above sea level but has 2 climbs will over 1000m.
Stage 4 is another 205km from Sijunjung to Pulau Punjung, Dharmasraya, the stage starting at just 165m above Sea level with the main climb of the day at 43km Gunung Puding Paru 600m. While riders will be looking forward to the shorter 138km Stage 5 course from Sawahlunto to Muara Labuh, Solok Selatan but have to content with a 250m above Sea level starting point and a climb to 1600m at the 60km mark.
After all that there is a well-deserved rest day on the Friday
Rest Day followed by a flatter 146km Stage 6 along the coast between Pariaman and Painan with has 2 cat3 climbs.
The final Stage from Padang Pariaman to Padang Circuit 140km and only has 1 cat 3 climb.
Blair Windsor (Budget Forklifts) takes stage 2..
After and Aggressive ride Blair Windsor has won the “Stuart O'Grady” Stage 2 Road Race at the Adelaide Tour. The Bathurst cyclist broke clear with Nathan Elliot (Target Trek) and Cam Bayly (search2retain) with the trio hanging on to sprint it out for the podium positions.
The Budget Forklifts Team went into the final stage a few seconds behind local boys Euride and although throwing everything at the Adelaide NRS Team couldn't make up the time and had to settle for a close second in the Inaugural Tour of Adelaide.
See Video Package of the stage here
Team Budget Forklifts have started the tour in fantastic style finishing second behind local South Australian team (Euride Racing) in stage one of the Tour of Adelaide’s team’s time trial. The Budget boys showed their strength around the technical course, averaging a speed tipping over 51kmph, placing the team second and 16seconds down on the eventual day’s winner.
The team have always been competitive in the race against the clock and have finished no worst than third in the team’s history in such event. The team pride themselves on their teamwork and unity, which has been a company and team philosophy since its inception into the NRS and a reason for their success. Team Sprinter, Jessie Kerrison highlighted this and contributed today’s result to great team work, and everyone contributing to the job at hand. Kerrison also stated that having all eight riders finishing together will be a distinct advantage going into stage two and the remainder of the tour.
The team were no match for the local Euride Cycling team, who stormed around the course in a very impressive time of 24.19 to claim their maiden victory this year. Team Budget Forklifts were a further more 16seconds behind (24.35) and Huon Salmon- Genesys were third, 41 seconds behind in a time 25.00. The boys will now recover before tackling a 160km road race around the outskirts of Adelaide tomorrow.
Check out Jessie’s version of the race with his post-race interview.
Team Budget Forklifts are in final preparations for this weekends, 4th round of the Australian National Road Series. The 4th round of the series takes the elite riders to South Australia for the newly created Tour of Adelaide. The 3 day tour takes the riders on a difficult route around the stunning outskirts of Adelaide that will play into the hands of the strong all-round bike rider who has a capable team of stamping their mark of the tour early.
Team Budget Forklifts are taking a very strong eight man team, with a number of potential tour winning options that manager, Cam Watt can choose from when racing gets under way come Friday. One Key rider for the Forklift team is Victoria Shaun McCarthy. Shaun, a very capable all round bike rider will thrive around the courses in Adelaide, and spending a majority of his time around the area has the knowledge and motivation to aim for the top step come Sunday. Shaun has highlighted this tour as one he would like to win as the tour suits him and one he considers to be special to him. Another chance for success in the Budget Forklift team will rely on the young shoulders of sprint ace, Jesse Kerrison. Jesse will also be looking for his maiden NRS stage victory this weekend, after his recent green jersey winning performance at Battle on the Border.
McCarthy and Kerrison’s chances of winning the Adelaide tour will start from the very first Kilometre of racing with a 20.9km point to point (Cudlee Creek to Rezz Hotel) Teams time trail. This will prove to be a vital stage for all contenders to the overall tittle, and a strong team will make a big time difference over their rivals around the fast Adelaide circuit. The race then takes the riders on a 158.6km road race around the beautiful Woodside area of Adelaide and concludes with an exciting Kermesse circuit to decide the 2013 tour winner.
The final members of the team will arrive into Adelaide today and manager Cam Watt is very optimistic of a successful tour for the team. The late inclusion of team captain, Blair Windsor is the only change to the team after Adelaide based rider, Karl Evans failed to be fully fit after crashing heavily in Toowoomba.
The annual Indonesian international cycling race held in West Sumatra on 2nd June to the 9th June 2013 contest with 7 stages totalling 1173 km. The prize money of 1.2 billion Indonesian dollars attracting 220 cyclists from 18 countries; Australia, Brunei, Canada, Taipei, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Netherlands, Philippines, Singapore, Spain, Thailand, United States and Uzbekistan. SEE Video -----
As the weather cools down the cycling action heats up, with a number of important races sneaking up quickly in the 2013 cycling calendar. The month of June is set to be a busy time for the Budget Forklift Cycling Team as both riders and managers spend some quiet time at home before embarking on a series of important cycling tours for the team. The team begin racing late next week with the 3 day tour of Adelaide. This is then followed by the 7 day UCI Tour de Singkarak, concluding with the New South Wales North West Tour. The team is set to have a very busy program which is highlighted by the return to Asian racing for the professional outfit. After a dominant season last year the team have been invited to a number of Asian tours, in which the team have handpicked to fit around the demanding Australian NRS calendar.
The team are delighted to return to Asian racing once again, which reflects the hard work and professionalism of the team over a period of years. Manager, Cameron Watt has decided to break the team into two separate groups for the month of June, so that each rider can handle the workload of each tour and be competitive all month.
Adelaide Tour (Start list) - Shaun McCarthy, Luck Ockerby, Peter Loft, Sam Horgan, Jack Anderson, Karl Evans, Josh Prete, Jesse Kerrison
Tour De Singkarak (Start List) - Blair Windsor, Marc Williams, Kristian Juel, Alex Wohler, Jake Kufferman, Karl Evans & Shaun MaCarthy
A tour summed up by team members as “eventual” has left the Budget Forklift team with mixed feelings after the recent round of the National Road series in Toowoomba. The tour finished on Sunday with a 50km circuit race around the stunning Queens Park which was won by Neil Van Der Ploeg (search2retain p/b health.com.au) after a very active and entertaining race. After the stage the team were left disappointed after losing the sprinters jersey on the final day of competition. Van Der Ploeg’s win in the final rush to the finish line was enough to snatch the sprinters jersey off Budget rider Jack Anderson placing him second overall in the competition. The team rode brilliantly in defence of the sprint lead and sent members of the team up the road in an attempt to steal points from the fast finishing Van Der Ploeg. However, it was all done in vein with a big bunch sprint determining the winner of the stage and eventual sprint competition winner.
The team were starting the day at a disadvantage with one of the team’s tough men and General classification hope Mick Cupitt crashing heavily early in the tour. Mick was forced to withdraw, leaving the team a member down for the remainder of tour. Even though a member down the team were still able to produce some impressive results which was highlighted in the 29km team time trial where they were able to finish 3rd behind the other two Australian continental professional outfits, Huon Genesys Wealth Advisors and Drapac professional cycling.
Tour of Perth stage winner Jack Anderson stepped up without the support of Mick Cupitt and impressively went on the attack on stage four of the tour which moved him up on general classification and also finished the day leader of the sprint classification. The team defended the sprint lead brilliantly on the last day, however Van Der Ploeg was too strong in the final sprint for Anderson and the rest of the field claiming the win.
Manger Cam Watt was still very positive after the tour suggesting that bad luck and misfortune put the boys on the back foot before the stage had even started, but was still very happy to see the boys positive and competitive each day. Watt said there are some really good signs leading into the Adelaide tour starting on the 24th of May.
Check out the article on Budget Forklift's rider, Karl Evans on the eve of the Tour of Toowoomba.
Mick Cupitt talks to the Toowoomba Chronicle all things cycling on the eve of the Tour of Toowoomba
Round two of the National Road Series takes the riders north of the New South Wales in the hot and humid Battle of the Boarder. The race itself has been around for some years but this year has been granted the prestige of being a round of the National Road series. The tour is set to be an extremely changeling with a few very demanding stages and a very difficult hill top finish up the very steep Mt Warning to start the tour.
STAGE1 - Stage 1 of the 2013 Battle of the Boarder was built around the infamous Mt Warning climb. The climb was going to be vital in determining not only the winner of the stage but also setting up general classification for the remainder of the tour. The peloton got away to a very fast start with a number of breakaway attempts trying to get a head start before the very hard Mt Warning finish. Eventually after the 70km mark a group of fourteen riders clawed away from the main peloton. With all major teams represented including Budget rider’s Alex Wohler, Shaun McCarthy and Jessie Kerrison the break was set to battle it out. Eventually the break whittled down to eight riders as the shadows of Mt Warning loomed over the riders. Jack Haig proved to be too strong for his break away companions winning the stage in just over 3hours. Budget Forklift rider Alex Wohler rode fantastically to come home in 5th place and Jessie Kerrison faught hard to put himself in the green sprinters jersey.
STAGE2 - A weary bunch of riders made their way from the coastal start into the Hilly region of Northern New South Wales for the 135km stage two of the Battle on the Boarder. With a tired bunch of riders and another demanding course it was set to be an interesting day. Budget forklift’s manager Cameron Watt made sure that the team were going to look to be aggressive which has become a Budget Forklift trade mark lately in the NRS competition.
The boys did not disappoint, riding a very aggressive race with all eight members being off the front at periods of the race. At the 50km mark Drapac’s Darren Lapthorn went away and took with him another rider for company. With the break established the Budget team changed the race plan to look after sprinter Jessie Kerrison, as the race looked like it would finish in a sprint. The break soon was swallowed up and with 15km to go the boys took control for a bunch sprint. The boys did a remarkable job in setting up Jessie for the sprint, but unfortunately Jessie fell short of the top step finishing a respectable third. The race was won by Anthony Giacoppo who proved he is still the man to beat in the sprints.
Jessie still holds a strong lead in the sprint competition and Alex Wohler still sits in 5th position heading into a hard day three tomorrow.
Budget Forklifts proved they are going to be one of the teams to beat this year in the Queensland Road Series with a dominant display at the series opener at Gatton. The team were fired up after a strong tour of Perth and were able to show their strength throughout the weekend of racing. The Budget Forklift team had a firm hold on the Gatton round after Saturday’s road race and time trial by leading every competition on offer including best team, and tour leader.
After a strong performance on day one, the Budget team were in a comfortable position to defend their lead coming into a hard final road race. A rather large lead group formed early in the Sunday 112km event and with each major team represented it was evident that the winner would come from this group. With 40km to go Budget Forklift’s turned the screws on the front group of 20 and soon a split of 7 was formed which included Budget’s Jack Anderson, and young sprinter Jessie Kerrison.
The Budget pairing rode perfectly in the final 40km, with Anderson continually wearing down his rivals with constant attacks which allowed Kerrison to sit on and save energy for the final sprint. With 1km to go the Budget lead out was on show with Anderson dropping Kerrison off in the perfect position to unleash his winning sprint and Anderson holding on for third.
Kerrison was thrilled with the win, and was quick to point out the amazing team work from the Budget Forklift team. He stated that the team was the reason he was able to win the race and dedicates the win to the team. Budget finished the weekend with a stage win and managed to hold onto all major race competitions heading into round two.
The very successful Budget Forklift team return to the 2013 Queensland Road Series for the fourth consecutive year. The team head to Gatton this weekend to begin the five round series which has become a very competitive series in recent years.
Budget Forklifts have had major success in the Queensland Road Series in recent years and being a proudly based Queensland team, plus having a number of sponsors located in the area the team will be ready to defend the road title in 2013. Team Budget Forklifts are proud to race around the Queensland area and having long time sponsor Scody and in recent years a newly opened Budget Forklift office located in Brisbane, the team are excited at the chance of winning in front of local supporters of the team.
Budget Forklifts are the defending champions in the Queensland Road Teams Series. Last year the team took out not only the overall team classification but took out all the individual honours including lead rider, young rider, sprint and KOM classifications. The team will be hoping to continue on the form from last year and start strongly this weekend with the three race tour being a chance to assert their dominance from the very start.With the growth of Yale forklifts on the East coast and Budget Forklifts proudly expanding to a national business the series provides a chance for the team to proudly display their Scody made Forklift colours in Queensland racing.
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Budget Forklifts have started the 2013 National Road Series in fine form at the recent Woodside Tour de Perth. The team impressed during the four day long tour which concluded in almost perfect riding conditions around the beautiful city of Perth.
The team finished the tour with a bag full of results including a stage win, overall sprint competition victory, and a very impressive 4 riders in the top 15 on general classification. The team lived up to expectation over the four days of competition and fought aggressively trying to secure overall honours. However, as much as they tried they could not recover the leader’s jersey, which was released to eventual winner Joe Cooper on stage two around the beautiful Rottnest Island.
The tour ended on a high when New Zealander Sam Horgan showed just how much power he has taking a handful of sprint on the final day to secure the overall sprint classification competition. Sam was extremely grateful of his team stating just how much he owed them in his post-race interview. Sam was quick to point out in particular Jake Kaufferman for his work in preparation for each sprint and the support that was given to him on his way to sealing the sprint title. Sam was delighted to win the competition and secure the team’s first competition win of the year.
The team will now have a few weeks to recover before hitting the road to contest the 2nd round of the NRS the battle of the boarder in May.
With the first round of the cycling National Road Series only weeks away, the Budget Forklift team have been completing their final preparations at home before flying west to kick off the year of cycling. In a first, the 2013 series takes the riders over to Perth to commence round one, which has created some excitement for both the staff and team.
The Perth round turns out to be a very special moment for the team as this is where the team started some six years ago, and home to the Budget Forklift Company. In a rare “Home race” for the team, manager Cameron Watt has suggested that the team is excited to get the racing under way after a solid performance by the team at the recent Oceanic titles held in Canberra. The team’s results were highlighted by Jack Anderson’s 2nd in the road race which suggests that the team is building well to be very competitive when the flag drops in Perth.
Cameron Watt has selected a very strong team to tackle the demanding Perth stages and seems that having options will be the key for the team come race day. The team have no clear protected rider, rather a team of strong contenders to try and take the overall title. Jack Anderson and New Zealander Sam Horgan will be looking for a strong performance in the individual time trial, while in form Shaun McCarthy, Alex Wohler and team captain Blair Windsor will be looking to be aggressive in the road races.
The 2013 Perth tour team:
Team Budget Forklift dominated round one of the Sizzling summer series in Brisbane on the weekend. Speedster Jessie Kerrison proved to be a man on a mission winning all the primes and eventually taking the final sprint with a burst to the line after a well drilled lead out from the team. Jessie writes from his position in the winners seat.
Last Sunday was the first race of the “Sizzling summer series” in Brisbane. Sizzling was definitely the wrong word to describe it though with the entire race being drenched and for extremely fast crit circuits that’s never a good match. The Team was Alex, Josh, Kristian, Jack and I (Jessie) as the team sprinter. The race started out tentatively with everyone getting the hang of the course in the wet and we found that if you took the corners sensibly they were all pretty safe. But when there’s cash and bragging rights up for grabs who rides sensibly!
The pace was high for the majority of the race and break away attempts had a really hard time of getting away. The first prime was dicey, with no real organisation going into the last corner, it was anyone’s game. With two budget riders (Alex and I) near the front we had a good shot. Thankfully I managed to get the first prime with Alex not far behind. The next two primes went like clockwork, with all the boys riding the last lap and a half to perfection and delivering Alex just before the last corner, and Alex delivering me into the finish. After the third prime the bunch opened up a little, and it looked as if a break might get away with a bunch of 10 riders up the front with nearly every team represented. We had Jack and Kristian, somehow the bunch was brought back and with 10 minutes to go, the rain really started pouring! 5 laps to go and you could barely see the wheel in front of you; it was like riding off feel. The boys decided it would be good to take charge early and keep it safe. The train led out all the way home from 5 to go. Down the back straight on the last lap Jack was stringing it out single file, then Alex kicked with 400 to go and going round the last corner it was the hardest thing to hold his wheel because we were doing 60+ and the wheels were slipping. Into the final straight and the sprint opened up, I held on to take the win(my first for Budget) and Alex had a huge effort holding onto 4th! The rest of the guys finished safe and in the bunch, personally I think it was a great team race with every rider represented in moves and helping each other out. I can’t thank the boys enough for the help into the finish
Till next time
Jesse Kerrison .
A mixed bag of results in New Zealand has the Budget Forklift team arriving back to Australian shores both happy and confident of winning results in the upcoming races. The team rode fantastically around the harsh New Zealand terrain bagging numerous top 10 results and helped look after local boy, Sam Horgan to place 7th in general classification for the tour.
Day one of the tour was for the speedsters, with a very quick 7km prologue around the university roads of Palmerston North. The boys performed well with Luke and Blair leading the Budget Forklift rider’s home in a very quick time of 9:55 for the looped course. Sam, Alex and Jake were not far behind with all the Budget rider’s finishing in and around the top 20 places for the stage. This was a good start for the team with all riders still in contention to battle for yellow in the coming days.
Day two was a crucial day in deciding the eventual winner of the tour and the battle for the general classification. The riders faced a demanding course and with the wind up it made for extremely difficult and tactical racing. After some 60km of racing a large group of 12 slipped of the front of the main peloton and with every team well represented the bunch were never going to see the group again. Sam Horgan of Budget Forklifts made the break and eventually took a more then impressive 7th on the stage. The stage was taken out by the tour winner Nathan Earl, who broke away from the lead group to solo to victory with some 20km to go.
Day three was another tough day for the cyclist with the longest day of the tour taking the riders over 4 major climbs before looping back to finish in the heart of Palmerston North. Once again the race finished in a break way which saw Budget’s Luke Ockerby finishing a very well deserved 5th place on the stage.
Day Four was the final day for any movement to happen on the general classification. Nathan Earle was very impressive in defending his tour lead on this day and was just too strong on the hill top finish handling every attacked thrown his was by opposing teams. Budget Forklifts rode a very impressive race and stayed true to their philosophy of hard work, aggression and team work which was on display in the stage. The team did everything they could in helping Sam move up on the leader board, and Sam rode extremely tough to finish 20th on the queen stage. The result saw Sam position himself to 7th on general classification. A more then impressive result considering the tough finish climb Sam was asked to climb. Earle won the stage for New Zealander Michael Torckler and Will Walker of Drapac in third.
A quick flat circuit on the final day was a chance for the fast men to flex their muscles with a course leading itself to a bunch sprint. A brave move by former Budget rider Malcolm Rudolph nearly stole the show from the sprinters, however the teams were well organised and caught him with a few hundred metres remaining. The infamous yellow and black budget forklift lead out train was back in motion and proudly on display in the final few kilometres of the stage, with the boys doing a fabulous job positioning sprinter Alex Wohler for the final run to the line. With a direct head wind to finish the sprint did not go to plan for Alex who lost a few positions close to the line to finish 7th on the final stage behind eventual winner Tomas Palmer of the Drapac team.
The team is very happy with the season so far and now looking onwards and upwards for the next upcoming races in March.
Budget Forklifts gear up for New Zealand
After an impressive Australian national campaign, the Budget Forklift team are getting ready to take on some of the best in the cycling business in the upcoming New Zealand cycle classic. The event caps off a big January for the team with some very high quality races only days apart from each other that has been titled, “the summer of cycling”. The NZ cycle classic is one of the only remaining UCI ranked races in the oceanic region and attracts some of the best cyclist in the world to take part in the five day tour.
After a few years of not attending the event, the Budget Forklift team are heading back over the ditch and looking to continue building on what has been a successful start to 2013. Budget Forklifts have had some success in New Zealand before, winning the opening stage of the tour of New Zealand and holding the yellow jersey for a number of days.
The team are sending a strong five man including newly signed rider and local Palmerston North boy Sam Horgan. Horgan’s knowledge and strength will be great for the team and will rely on him to spear head the team and continue on with his great form from last weeks New Zealand national titles. Horgan will be backed up by a strong Budget Forklift team which includes a mixture of youth and experience, will be made up of Australian riders: Luke Ockerby, Jacob Kauffmann, Alex Wohler and team captain Blair Windsor.The team are excited to get racing in New Zealand and looking forward to commence racing on Wednesday afternoon with the opening 7km prologue. Get behind the Budget boys in the coming week and stayed tuned for results.
Top Team effort by Team Budget Forklifts
National Road Race
Super effort by Karl Evans to finish at the front of the 2013 National Championships!!
Infact Team Budget Forklifts had 5 riders finishing with a top 40 national ranking – Evans, Shaun McCarthy, Marc Williams, Michael Cupitt and Jack Anderson. Peter Herzig another great ride for the team attacking when team mate Blair Windsor brave early attack was reeled in and then hanging on for 46th.
Australian National Criterium Title
Orica’s Cameron Meyer certainly dominated the event but Team Budget Forklifts riders featured in the action at the Australian National Criterium Title contested in the Ballarat CBD.
As expected Blair Windsor, Michael Cupitt and Marc Williams where all on the attack early with Meyer actually breaking clear after counter attacking one of Blair Windsor’s early moves.
With such a strong field Team Budget Forklifts celebrated getting a rider in the top 10 with Shaun McCarthy continuing his great early season form with an excellent in the championship event. However the team also happy to have 5 finishes with 29 Jacob Kauffmann 29th, Karl Evans 32nd, Peter Herzig 39th and Blair Windsor 42nd.
U23s MENS DIVISION
Under23s Men Road Championships
Team Budget Forklifts riders rode an aggressive race in the Under23s Men Road Championships to ensure they were in contention in the event right from the starters flag. Both Josh Prete and Alex Wohler getting clear in a big group that included eventual winner Jordan Kerby. Josh Prete remained at the front of the race and eventually finished 13th suggesting he will be a rider to watch his year. Tasmanian Luke Ockerby racing hard to also record a solid finish (43rd) in the tough 140km Buninyong event.
Under23 Australian criterium Championship
The 2013 the Under23 Australian criterium title was an aggressive event with a number of riders breaking clear early and dominating the title with Western Australian Bradley Linfield taking the gold. Luke Ockerby was on fire early in the race making the break and then Alex Wohler impressed by jumping across to the move, meanwhile sprinter Jesse Kerrison and Joshua Prete where riding near the front of the Peloton with race favourite Caleb Ewen. Kerrison disappointed that the break couldn’t be brought back as he looked super-fast in the bunch dash taking 13th overall. (Wohler 29th and Prete 30th).
The first day of the 2013 Australian national road titles turned out to be an amazing day for team Budget Forklifts, with not a rider finishing lower then 20th in the under 23 and Men’s events. The bench mark was set pretty high with the under 23 boys, whom are not noted time trialist but still managed to produce some incredible times in the 29km event. Young sprinting start Jessie Kerrison spear headed the Budget Assault finishing a very good 15th , behind eventual winner Damien Howson. Alex Wohler and Luke Ockerby finished not far behind Kerrison and were both very pleased with the result.
With the bench mark set high from the team’s young riders, it was time for the elite men to race and they did not disappoint. In what was one of the stand out performances of the national titles, Budget’s Jacob Kauffmann finished 5th in the Elite men’s time trial. Kauffmann was only 2:43 behind race favourite and winner Luke Durbridge, who stormed around the circuit in a time of 43:26. Kauffman is relative unknown by the cycling world, but Budget Forklift manager Cam Watt noticed his potential around tour of Murray last year. Kauffman praised his new team (Budget Forklifts) and made special reference to the Cervelo time trial bike he was riding, as Kauffman stated: “You can train and race all you like, but if you do not have the right equipment you are already at a disadvantage. Luckily we are riding one of the quickest bikes in the peloton this year, so thankyou Cervelo”. Kauffman who is based in Manly NSW, result was even more impressive due to his busy work schedule and fitting training around his work. Kauffman works and owns a building Company ran out of Manly and bases his training around his business. He produced an amazing ride not only defeating some of the well-known professional riders, but also being the first non-professional home in the race.
A very happy team Budget Forklifts celebrated the result which shows just how competitive the team has become after years of hard work. The team provides a stepping stone for riders in similar positions as Kauffman and the results reflects the hard work streamed down from the company into the team.
The team will continued forward into the next few races with confidence after a cracking result by all riders.
Often referred to as the world's fastest criterium series the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic has been the start of the Pro Cycling Year for decades.The 2013 Series will only consist of 3 rounds in 2013 with Aussie Cycling promoters battling to get their event in the very crowded Aussie Summer Cycling Season when the focus of world cycling concentrates on Australian Racing. The Series starts at the infamous Richie Boulevard Circuit in Geelong on January 1 before moving to Portarlington on the 2/01/2013 and the traditional final stage at Willliamstown on the 3/01/2013.
The legendary Ritchie Boulevard Circuit is historically one of the best spectacles in World Cycling, with a natural amphitheatre and a beautiful water backdrop allowing the crowd to relax and watch some of the world’s most intense cycling action.The Budget Forklift’s team started the year off in fantastic fashion with two riders finishing in the top twenty. Shaun McCarthy led home the Budget riders in 11th place with the rest of the team being very aggressive throughout the race. The new recruits rode extremely well in the yellow and black being very involved in the race and helping set up Shaun for a great result for the team.
Stage2- Portarlington 2/01/2013
Portarlington is renowned as one of the most demanding circuit events in Australian cycling and the elite men’s race lived up to the expectation. A very aggressive race saw the strong men of the race come to the front and Orica Greenedge rider, Luke Durbridge certainly showed off his class. Being off the front for a large part of the race, Luke eventually won stage two in a dominate display of power beating UK professional Kristian House and New Zealand rider James Oram.The Budget Forklift riders rode a very aggressive race with Shaun McCarthy and the boys being involved in a number of dangerous moves, however unfortunately the boys were left to race for 4th in the bunch sprint, with Shaun McCarthy getting 10th on the stage.
Budget Forklifts riders where on the attack early in the final stage of the 2013 Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic at Williamstown. Blair Windsor ensuring the team had someone up the road as he jump clear with brother Dean Windsor (Degani) early in the final stage, with the pair of the front of the pack for much of the star studded elite men’s event. However in the end it was Orica rider Mitch Docker and SASI’s Harry Carpenter that hung-on to win the stage when the main pack got serious late in the stage catching all but the winning pair at the finish line.
It was a still a good stage for Budget Fortkilts with inform Shaun McCarthy finishing 4th in the stage and moving him into the top 10 overall in the series. A happy Budget forklifts team after the race celebrated the results as only Harry Carpenter of SASI was the only other domestic team rider ranked in the top ten in the international level event; with the team ticking off the first event of 2013 as a success.
The Budget Forklift boys are getting prepared for a busy schedule of cycling over the next month, with three major races taking place in a matter of days. Described as the “Summer of Cycling” by many, the month of January will be jam-packed with three world class cycling races separated by only a period of days. The summer of cycling will commence on the first day in January with the Mitchelton Bay Crits and concluded on the 12th with the elite men’s road race around the historic town of Ballarat. The team have a number of possibilities for stage wins over the next few days and the mix of young speedsters and the experienced heads should make for a competitive combination on the roads. The Bay team includes: Peter loft, Blair Windsor, Shaun McCarthy and new Queensland recruits, Alex Wohler and Jessie Kerrison. Look out for young Kerrison who will indeed be mixing it in the sprints with the world’s best as well as the ever aggressive McCarthy who will be also be another opportunity for the team.
Budget finish season with NSW Grand Prix Series
Team Budget Forklifts are set to finish off the 2012 season in style this weekend, as the Budget Forklift boys are set to take on a world class field in the upcoming NSW Grand Prix Series. The two stage circuit based series is set to be fiercely contested, with a star studded international field due to be on the start line when the event kicks off in Cronulla on Saturday, and ends in Wollongong on the Sunday . Defending champion and tour of Spain stage winner, Chris Sutton will have his work cut out as he faces stiff competition from some of the best international and domestic riders in cycling. Orica-GreenEdge will be motivated to take the crown from Sutton with speeder Leigh Howard leading a strong five man team to contest the event, while team Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator and Rabobank will also be spirited for success with strong sprinters Kenny De Ketele and Canberra based rider Michael Mathews looking for a late season win. Domestic teams will also be looking to prove themselves against the larger world tour teams with the likes of Drapac Professional Cycling and Team Budget Forklifts sending very competitive riders to the event.
The Budget forklift boy’s will be very determined to perform well as they say goodbye to a very successful 2012 road season, and triumphant sprinter Luke Davison who will be joining team Drapac in 2013. The boys will be aiming to send off Luke in style and repay all those who assisted the team in 2012 with an end of season Victory in the series.
Racing will begin at 10.00am with support and events and conclude with the Men’s series starting at 2.30pm. The event will also be televised on channel Nine so make sure you tune in and support the team as they take on some of the world’s best cyclist.
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Check out this amazing video showing the Australian based team taking on the world's best cyclist. The video highlights the special values that are passed on through the Forklift company into the bike team, and the journey that is taken to reach the heights on the sport.
Team Budget Forklifts on Cervélo in 2013
International cycling web site “Cyclingnews.com” reported today that Team Budget Forklifts will be riding road and time trial frames from Cervélo in 2013.
The Budget Forklifts Team won more NRS Rounds than any other team in 2012, claiming the overall win in 6 of the 12 round of Australia’s Premier National Cycling Series. The team was in great from with Budget Forklifts Luke Davison winning the Men’s Elite National Ranking.
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NSW's ultimate cycling challenge
Team Budget Forklifts won every Classification on offer at NSW biggest Cycling Toucher Test – The Grafton to Inverell Cycling Classic. Particularly pleasing for team boss Cameron Watt was their win in the team section where Team Budget Forklift defeated GPM Wilson Racing & Erdinger Alkoholfrei - Downer EDi Mining.
The race was won Budget Forklift legend Peter Herzig infront of team mate Michael Cupitt after the pair counter attacking from a group that had broke clear of the peloton and included Team Mates Mark OBrien and Blair Windsor. After working together the winning pair did not sprint to the line and Herzic to the overall win and also the KOM Classification while Cupitt won the Sprint Title.
Tour of Tasmania Final Results
Budget Forklifts have finished the 2012 Caterpillar Underground Mining Tour of Tasmania (Round 9 of the Subaru National Road Series) with 2 riders in the top 5 overall with Mark O'Brien runner up to Drapac’s Lachlan Norris and Peter Herzig 5th behind Nathan Earle and final stage winner Jay McCarthy.
Both Blair Windsor and O'Brien finished 4th in the Sprint and KOM Jerseys, (won by Neil van der Ploeg and Norris), with Windsor also winning the Most Aggressive Classification.
The Team finishing 3rd behind Genesys Wealth Advisors and Drapac in the overall teams classification
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Santos North West Tour:
Another great tour for Team Budget Forklifts today with Mark OBrien remaining undefeated in the National Road Series and his team mate Michael Cupitt 4th place overall behind RBS Morgans Ben Hill and Genesys’s climber Jai Crawford 3rd ensuring he remains 2nd in the National Men Championship.
Confusion around the NRS points allocation due to the dramas of the final stage – where race organisers decided to only allow 1 rider per team to contest the final stage due to dangerous traffic conditions.
Tour of Toowoomba -
Round 2 NRS:Budget Forklifts have again dominated the NRS - finishing first and second at the Tour of Toowoomba, this came after a great team performance supporting Budget Forklifts leader Mark O’Brien’s who won the first round of the NRS – the Mersey Valley Tour in Tasmania
Mark O’Brien is the country’s leading domestic rider winning the Toowoomba event with team mate Michael Cupitt second in Queensland Tour and second overall in the National Road Series Rankings
Cameron Watt & Chris Savage take Budget Forklifts to NZ
Cameron Watt has stepped up to Manager of Budget Forklift for the Oceania Elite Road Championships in Queenstown, New Zealand. Watt will be working with Chris Savage to ensure the Continental Team stays at the top of the National Cycling Scene.
The elite mens road race at the 2012 Oceania Championships looks and interesting battle between Budget Forklifts and the other major teams Genesys and Subway Pro Cycling. Oceania Cycling Federation and BikeNZ will host Championships in Queenstown starting with the Time Trial Title on 16th March and concluding with the Road Race on the 18th March 2012 on a 25km Circuit in the beautiful Queenstown Southern Lakes District
2012 SmokeFree Perth Criterium Series:
Long time Team Budget Forklifts manager Jeremy Betts has gone out on a winning note
with his Perth Crits team leaving their best to last when Luke Davison won the final round of the series in Freemantle. Second in the stage was Genesys rival Anthony Giacoppo who won the series. The pair having got clear of the pack late in the race with the ever-present Eddy Hollands, who finished 3rd for his Hollands Bicycle Service Team
A happy Budget Forklifts Team Manager Jeremy Betts was excited the way the team (Luke Davison, Sam Witmitz, Shaun McCarthy & Blair Windsor) bounced back in Freemantle after Genesys Wealth Advisers had performed strongly early in the series.
The top level Manager is retiring from his management role at Budget Forklifts and fittingly went out on a winning note. Budget Forklift’s Shaun McCarthy won the Sprint jersey competition while Sam Witmitz finished second overall in the series behind Aussie champ Giacoppo
Exciting Start to the 2012 Cycling Season Ahead:
Signalling the start of the 2012 International cycling calendar The Jayco Bay Cycling Classic is referred to the world's fastest criterium series. Further adding to the hype in 2012 was the race debut of new Australian WorldTour team GreenEdge lead by 2011 Series champ Matt Goss.
Proof that Green Edge meant business at the 2012 Bay Classic was the entry of a second team under the banner of Mitchelton Wineries/Lowe Farms lead by Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist Allan Davis.
Yet as strong as Green Edge looks on paper going into the 2012 Jayco Bay Cycling Classic there will be plenty of opposition from the other strong international level Composite Teams, with Urban Hotel, BikeBug FourPoints and Degani Team all having very strong rosters for the 4 race series.
While away from the International teams, the domestic teams continue to get stronger; this year lead by Oceania Continental Teams Budget Forklifts and Genesys. Team Budget Forklifts new signings Peter Loft, Mark O’Brien, Sam Witmitz and recent Launceston International winner Luke Ockerby will join experienced Bay Crits performer Bathurst’s Blair Windsor in 2012. While the tough man of Aussie Crit racing Joel Pearson led the Tasmanian based Genesys team.