An incredibly technical course and trademark wind and rain awaited riders upon arrival in rural Scotland. The market town of Castle Douglas provided the backdrop for the final stage of the 2021 Tour Series, in which Blake Quick is racing for Trinity Racing.
Amongst the recent Olympians, National representatives and upcoming stars battling it out on the streets of Dumfries and Galloway was young Australian rider, Blake Quick.
The Inner Sanctum caught up with the 21-year-old Brisbane native following the final stage.
“I’m pretty happy with it, to be honest,” Quick said, reflecting on his performance.
“A bit disappointed I couldn’t pull it off in the end, as I was feeling pretty good.
“Especially after a few solid days, Ian Stannard has had us doing five hour days between these, so I’ve been on the pedals the last few days.”
The young rider has enjoyed success across Oceania and Asia over the last few years, gaining invaluable experience on the roads of New Zealand, China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Korea and Japan.
Quick made the move to Europe with fellow countryman Tom Benton, the duo joining up with Trinity Racing to continue their training and progression.
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Despite a lack of race time due to the impacts of the pandemic, he put in a strong performance in the men’s race, maintaining his position amongst the leading pack as the race neared its nail-biting conclusion.
“The last few laps, I had good position coming into a lap and a half to go,” Quick said.
“I got a bit sandwiched in at one of the corners and just lost it all, so it was on full gas from there, so it was really difficult to move up from there, especially as everyone else has the same idea.
“It’s absolute carnage in the end, but it was a really good day, a really good race and you know it ended up being a lot of fun.”
Despite slipping down from fifth on that congested corner turn, the talented Australian still managed a respectable eighth-placed finish, adding to his sixth-place spot in the first stage at Guisborough earlier in the week.
For Quick, participating in the Tour Series with Trinity has helped him remove some of the ring rust, and his performances in the UK have given him a great foundation to build on.
“First day I kind of struggled a bit. I still ran sixth but today I was really starting to come into my element, so hopefully, big things to come.
“It’s unreal to be back racing. I think I raced two races at the start of 2020, and then maybe three races at the start of this year, but I’ve not raced since March.
“It’s so good to be racing here with Trinity and they’ve given us such an amazing opportunity, so it’s unreal to be here.”
Quick will be hoping to carry his form into the next series, as Trinity Racing depart the UK for European racing.
“We’re going to Belgium now, a few 1.1s, so we’ve got a pretty solid block in Belgium with a lot of one-dayers, so hopefully things go well.”
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