HORSHAM cyclist Sam Witmitz has returned home from a season in Europe and will head out on a new adventure in 2014.
After a season with Team Raleigh, riding in the United Kingdom and France, Witmitz has re-joined Australian team Budget Forklifts – a team he rode with in 2012 and will captain in 2014.
“It was a great experience riding in France and the UK,” Witmitz said.
“It was a bit of a wake-up call early, lining up against guys who ride in the Tour de France and was a really good learning experience.
“There’s a great culture within the Budget Forklifts team and I’m happy to be captaining in 2014.”
Witmitz returned to Horsham Velodrome on Friday to compete in the Horsham Cycling Carnival.
He came second in the open men’s Victorian Elimination Championship despite limited track preparations, but said it was great to represent his home club.
“I signed up to support the club – the Christmas carnival is their biggest event,” he said.
“It was great to represent the people who support the club.” The 28-year old, now based in Bendigo, will have a hectic workload heading into the new year.
Witmitz is racing in the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic from January 2 to January 4, before heading to
Ballarat for the Cycling Australia Road National Championship – starting on January 8 – where he will compete against cyclists including 2011 Tour de France winner Cadel Evans.