Nowra Velo Club’s 2018 Robbie Williams Memorial Cyclist of the Year is Jade Colligan. This year Jade has raced from club races to international events as she continues to improve in her chosen sport.
Jade started the year in January racing in the Australian Elite Women’s road championships for a first time finish position. As part of the Sydney Uni/Staminade team, Jade then raced in the international events, the Tour Down Under in South Australia and the Herald Sun Tour in Victoria.
In these events Jade raced alongside international stars like Annemeike Van Vleuten, the Dutch world number one road cyclist. Jade showed her aggression in this class of racing with sprint wins and an overall sprint classification podium position.
With her team being in the National Road Series, Jade raced all of these events from the Battle on the Border in northern NSW through to Victoria’s Tour of King Valley, Amy’s Otway Tour in Geelong, the Tour of Gippsland and the most recent Tour of Tasmania.
Despite racing in heavy rain and dodging crashes, Jade was awarded the most aggressive rider on the Tour of King Valley’s first day.
Jade posted top ten finish positions in National Road Series events this year and proved a most valued team rider for the Sydney Uni/Staminade team.
She also raced the NSW elite women’s road championships, the elite women’s individual time trial championships for a silver medal, the NSW open women’s team time trial for a team win and the Great Divide road race for another second placing.
Jade finished a close fourth over the line at the Ride For Robbie elite women’s road race in July where her Sydney Uni/Staminade team took out the top five finish positions.
On the local scene Jade raced club road races, time trials and criteriums and also assisted in an official capacity when available.
Jade then made history for the Nowra Velo Club when she won the club’s A grade road championship over 80 kilometres, being the first female to ever race A grade in the Nowra Club and to win a club A grade championship.
Jade also placed third in the club mountain championship and fourth in the club individual time trial championship for 2018.
When racing on the local Nowra Velo Club scene, Jade was chasing points for the local Hanlon Windows team for a second overall team position in this year’s Optus Series.
Jade already has plans in place for 2019 which include the national championships, the National Road Series with the Sydney Uni/Staminade team and another start in the Tour Down Under and the Sun Tour of Victoria.
Congratulations Jade Colligan.