Growing up in the Victorian country town of Ararat, Lucas has emerged as one of Australia’s most exciting young cycling prospects.
A country kid at heart, Lucas manages to balance his inherent relaxed nature with a sharp focus and competitive hunger for success that shows a maturity beyond his years. It is this ability to have a laugh and enjoy his time riding his bike, whilst still harbouring an unwithering determination to get the best out of himself that has seen Lucas achieve incredible success in only a short amount of time. Whether he is having a gelato with teammates in Italy, or training through the mountain passes of Livigno, it is Lucas’ genuine, ambitious and positive character that remains the enduring quality that defines his actions – a quality that will lead him to further success throughout his career and in life.
Beginning his cycling journey at the age of 12, racing with the Ararat and Districts Cycling Club, Lucas made quick progress as he moved through the junior ranks. The Victorian Institute of Sport noticed Lucas and invited him into their cycling program as a key talent. After many impressive performances as a junior, including a national championship title, it didn’t take long for Lucas to gain selection in his first national team and race the under 19 World Road Race Championship.
After dealing with a knee injury that disrupted his entire 2015 season, Lucas bounced back for a fantastic 2016. A 2nd place in the Australian U23 National Championships led to his selection in the Uni SA National Team for his debut in a World Tour race, the Tour Down Under. For the rest of the season, Lucas raced as a part of the Australian National Team and World Tour Academy squad. Racing in the national squad, Lucas won the mountains classification at the Tour de l’Avenir – widely regarded as the U23 Tour de France – and netted a close 2nd place in the final stage. He also finished 3rd overall at the An Post Ras and achieved top 5 placings in Olympias Tour, GP Capodarco, and Fleche Ardennaise.
Returning to the National Team, and the newly formed Orica-SCOTT feeder team, Mitchelton-SCOTT for 2017, Lucas has had a stellar season so far. Starting the year with a podium place in the National U23 Championships, Lucas continued to impress race after race. Making his return to the Tour Down Under, he finished a very solid 5th in the Youth Classification. He then backed that up by claiming the Best Young Rider for the World Tour one-day event, Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race. A top 10 on the GC at the Herald Sun Tour, led Lucas on to his first win of the season, where he claimed the gold medal at the Oceania Road Race Championship.
Lucas’ season in Europe thus far has been outstanding, finishing runner-up in Trefeo Edil C, Giro del Belvedere, GP Palio del Recioto and GP Marmo. He also rounded out the podium at Liege – Bastogne – Liege U23 and the GC of Toscana Terra di Ciclismo Eroica.
Lucas continues to show his impressive climbing abilities whilst still surprising many with his speed in the small group finishes. Coupled with his physical talents, Lucas continually demonstrates his racing smarts and maturity, making him a truly exciting rider for the future.
Cycling Australia Under 23 Cyclist of the Year
1st – Oceania Road Race Championships U23
2nd – Trofeo Edil C
2nd – Giro del Belvedere
2nd – GP Palio del Recioto
2nd – GP Industrie del Marmo
3rd – National Road Race Championship U23
3rd – Liege – Bastogne – Liege U23
3rd – Toscana Terra di Ciclismo Eroica, GC
5th Youth Classification – Tour Down Under
3rd Youth Classication – Herald Sun Tour
Winner Mountains Classification – Tour de l’Avenir
2nd Stage 8 – Tour de l’Avenir
4th – GP Capordarco
2nd – National Championships Australia U23 – Road Race
3rd – An Post Ras Tour
5th – Flèche Ardennaise
2014 Highlights (Under 19)
1st National Road Race
2nd National Time Trial
Connecting with Lucas