One of Tasmania’s most experienced cyclists has returned home to help mentor the state’s next generation...
Bernard Sulzberger has recorded victories in America, Europe, Asia and Australia in his decorated career but will be back on familiar terrain from Wednesday when he tackles the 365.4-kilometre Tour of Tasmania.
And although he remains contracted to Drapac Cycling, Sulzberger will take on a new responsibility in an event he has been taking part in for more than a decade.“Drapac are not doing it this year so I got clearance to ride for the Tasmanian Institute of Sport with the young fellas,” said the 32-year-old.
“They said did I want to and I said I’d love to. It will be great to show them the ropes and should be good fun.”
Sulzberger will join Launceston trio James Robinson, Isaac Probert and Harrison Musgrave, Hayden Dicocco-Grant, of Hillwood, and North-West Coasters Michael Astell and Jake Oliver under the guidance of TIS coaches Matthew Gilmore and Ron Bryan.
Sulzberger’s lengthy involvement in the event includes stage wins spanning from 2005 to 2013, third overall in 2007 and victory in 2009 but the National Road Series veteran and former national criterium champion is downplaying chances of becoming a two-time winner.
“We’ll see. I would like to go for a stage win if I could. I’d be happy with that.
“We’ll see how we go after the first few stages. We’ll help each other out and see who’s where. I’m just happy to mentor the young fellas.”
The five-day tour, which helped launch the careers of former winners Cadel Evans and Richie Porte, begins with a gut-busting individual time trial prologue up Launceston’s Brisbane Street West from 4pm on Wednesday.