Frislie takes out first race from his garage

​Victorian Institute of Sport athlete Graeme Frislie has taken out the first stage of the National Road Series over the weekend in a slightly modified fashion.

As restrictions still remain in place across the country due to COVID-19, Cycling Australia announced that the National Road Series will still take place, however in a virtual format via the online cycling platform Zwift.

Frislie left his charge until late and in a perfectly timed sprint to the finish line overtook Nick White to claim victory.


Video: Final Sprint to the finish line 

The VIS cyclist said that the preparation for a race virtually had many similarities to it in real life, but the race itself was very different.

“In preparation we had to recon on the course and figure out little tricks for how to race it.” He said.

“However on Zwift, It’s more based on pure physical power.”

He admits that although it was a different format this year due to the coronavirus outbreak, taking his first victory at that level was still just as exciting.

“That was actually my first win at that level so it was definitely still super sweet even though I was sitting in my garage on a turbo trainer.”

Fellow VIS cyclist and Paracycling World Champion Alistair Donohoe was also impressive rounding out the top 10.

Image: Top 10 results from Men's Race

The next event of the Cycling Australia National Racing Series is set to continue Saturday 16th May, and can be streamed online via Zwift or the National Road Series Facebook page.

2020 Cycling Australia National Racing Series on Zwift 

Event 1 – Saturday, 2nd of May, Women’s  9:00 am. Men’s 10:00 am 

Event 2 – Saturday, 16th of May, Women’s 9:00 am. Men’s 10:00 am 

Event 3 – Saturday, 30th of May, Women’s  9:00 am. Men’s 10:00 am 

Event 4 – Saturday 13th of June, Women’s 9:00 am. Men’s 10:00 am 

Event 5 – Saturday 27th of June, Women’s  9:00 am. Men’s 9:30 am 

Event 6 – Saturday 11th of July, Women’s  9:00 am. Men’s 10:40 am.



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