Academy Alumni, Nick Schultz, shines in Herald Sun Tour
The Herald Sun Tour featured the featured the first race of Academy Alumni, Nick Schultz, with WorldTour’s Mitchelton-Scott. The young Australian, who graduated from the Academy in 2016, completed his jump to the top category in cycling after two years at Pro Continental level with Caja Rural-Seguros RGA. The 24-year old did not wait to show what he is capable off and wrapped up the last race of the Australian summer with a stage win and a second place overall in the general classification. 

“It felt special just to be on the start line with Mitchelton-Scott. I was motivated to do my job for Lucas Hamilton who had shown he had amazing form in the last weeks. Something that felt even more special, was that, when I was in a position with an opportunity to achieve a personal result, the team had faith in me and then backed me to do that” highlights Schultz. 

Nick was recruited by the Academy ahead of the 2016 season, a year in which he seized wins in Tour de Bretagne and Tour de l’Avenir along solid performances in races such as Ronde de l’Isard, Ronde de l’Oise and Oberösterreichrundfahrt and caught the eye of the pro teams. However, the professionalism applied by the Academy in all sides of the sport was a major asset in Nick’s development. “The Academy is structured like a pro team. There are clear goals, a hard-to-top racing program and you are surrounded by great people who will go the extra mile for you when you need it the most”. 

Schultz, who has two Grand Tours already under his belt, shares some advice for the upcoming talents in the sport. “It takes a lot of hard work and sacrifices to make it to the top, but my advice would be to keep on chipping away. Not everybody will win races on a regular basis, but that does not mean that you can not have a career. If you love it, there is no reason to stop pursuing your dream”.