Rassie makes debut on road

ROCKHAMPTON'S Jack Rassie begins his introduction to road racing when he lines up in the Canberra Tour, starting today.

Rassie, who only entered the sport through the QAS (Queensland Academy of Sport) talent identification program two years ago, will join the under-19 men's title race.

Rassie will contest a 24km prologue and time trial today before tomorrow's 115km road race and a 108km trek on Sunday.

The Canberra Tour is the opening selection race for the Australian team ahead of this year's world championships and first event in the under-19 national road series.

The three-day event is a opportunity for Rassie to gain valuable road racing experience in preparation for the 2005 season, which starts this weekend.

A strong field has nominated for the Rockhampton Cycling Club's road season opener.

After a booming track season, riders will return to racing with scratch races on Belmont Road tomorrow afternoon.

Racing starts at 2pm with registration by 1.30pm.



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