A team of professional cyclists headed up by the youngest of the Sutton brothers travelled to Moree at the weekend for training.
Steel Sutton, brother of Australian Olympic cycling coach Garry Sutton and British cycling coach Shane Sutton, brought his team of four cyclists down to train with his friend and former professional cyclist Andrew Noakes.
This is about the sixth year the team has trained in Moree with numbers training over the years ranging from 10 to 40 cyclists.
Sutton has been coaching in Brisbane for a number of years and worked with training and development at various clubs.
Noakes and Sutton have been friends since they attended school and have also competed together.
He and Noakes organised the training weekends as an opportunity for Moree cyclists to ride with senior professional riders and also to provide some new ideas for training.
“For some of the guys this will be their last major training session before the Tour of Toowoomba and the Santos tour of the North West,” Noakes said.
The training is not easy going, with the riders pushing themselves at the weekend.
On Saturday the group had a 70km ride along the ‘Pally loop’, followed by a 50km ride that afternoon.
A ride to Warialda and back took up most of Sunday and then Monday it was back out on the Pally loop.
Noakes said the countryside offered a different experience for the city cyclists.
The group will return next year on the same weekend to train again.