We caught Roman in the middle of a pretty full part of his season, a period that has seen him remove himself from the European scene and instead race everywhere from Kazakhstan to China, Taiwan to Indonesia. “I am sort of midway through part two of my racing year,” Roman told RoadCycling. “It started 8 weeks ago with a couple of tours in Indonesia. I went to Taiwan for a bit of training and networking with some industry people [for his work with Black Inc Wheels], and then went to Kazakhstan for the one day Tour of Almaty. I have just finished a 10 day stage race, the tour of PoYang lake in China which has been perfect for my Southland preparation.”
While in New Zealand, van Uden will switch to one of New Zealand’s longest standing teams with the Tour of Southland in the Powernet outfit. “This is only my second year racing with Powernet, but I think they are one of the longest running partners with the tour so it’s pretty special to be a part of their company,” he says. “We have four guys who were on the squad last year: Paul Odlin, Tim Rush, Brad Evans and myself. Ryan Wills is back after missing last years race due to injury, but he has been with Powernet in the past, and we have a new addition in Robert Huisman, bringing to the team a bit of local knowledge.”
Last year was a solid year for the riders in blue as Roman van Uden edged out Cameron Karwowski for victory in stage 1. From here Roman and the Powernet team will be looking to build on that. “I think the team will be looking to improve on last year’s results,” he says. “We picked up a stage win and raced hard for the KOM and sprint jerseys but came up empty at the end of the week. It would be nice to finish up in Invercargill on the podium.”
Roman van Uden
Catch up on our other previews for the SBS Tour of Southland from our previews of the Breads of Europe – All About Plumbing team, to GMC Coaching/Hawkins Cycling Team and Total POS Solutions. Take a look at the stages for the Tour or catch up with riders Taylor Gunman and Michael Torckler as they too prepare to race in Southland.
By: Ed Wright