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Change to Australian Squad for TdN and Minders Announced

4th May, 2018 | Motorcycling Australia

Change to Australian Squad for TdN and Minders Announced

There has been a change to the 2018 Australian Trial des Nations (TDN) Women’s Team with Michelle Coleman returning to the squad. Sofie Kraft has withdrawn from the team, leaving the door open for Coleman to join the fold. Motorcycling Australia (MA) is also pleased to announce that Jacob Whittle and Sam Hull will be minders for this year’s effort. The TdN will take place at Sokolov, Czech Republic on September 22-23.

Australia’s best trial competitors will take on the world, with up to 120 riders and over 25 countries set to converge on Sokolov for the TdN. Women's Team addition, Coleman will join Kristie McKinnon and Jena Lupo for the Australian assault.


Coleman commented on her return to the TdN team; “It’s been a few years since I’ve competed in the TdN, as I’ve been raising a family. I’ve always been riding but when the opportunity came up to compete again, I couldn’t pass it up. In 2010, I was selected for the TdN team but I sustained a knee injury two days before flying out to the Czech Republic. It always felt like it was unfinished businesses to head back to the country and finish the job! When the opportunity came up, I felt like it was my calling to return.”


The team is pleased to welcome minders Whittle and Hull to the Australian TdN Team. They will play a crucial role to the performance of the team.


Australia’s men’s team will return as the defending champions in the International Class for the first time and an added bit of pressure. They will be eager to step up to the plate and defend their title. 


Men’s Team

Kyle Middleton, Connor Hogan and Chris Bayles


Women’s Team

Kristie McKinnon, Michelle Coleman and Jena Lupo.


To keep up-to-date with all the happening from the 2018 Trial des Nations, stay tuned to the Motorcycling Australia Website or the Australian Trials Community Facebook page.


Photo: 2017 TdN Women's Team

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