Dutchman de Kort enjoyed a strong season in the professional peloton, helping team-mate John Degenkolb to a prestigious Paris-Roubaix win, and will compete in several summer criteriums while he spends time with his Australian wife.
While Earle returns to Tasmania after a two-year stint with Team Sky in Europe, while Launceston native Goss has recently signed for British pro-continental outfit ONE Pro Cycling. After appearing at last year’s Festival alongside team-mates Chris Froome and Richie Porte, Earle is eager for success before he links with Drapac Pro Cycling in 2016.
“It is great to return home for the Launceston Cycling Festival, and each year the race organisers have created something bigger and better,” explained Earle. “The weekend of racing is a huge asset for cycling in the state, and I am excited to play my part once more. I am also looking forward to racing around the new Longford and Launceston City Park circuits, both of which will be awesome for riders and spectators."
Drapac, Orica-AIS, Avanti Racing, High5 Dream Team, CharterMason Giant Racing, GPM Stulz, Dulux TIS, Mobius Future Racing and Pat’s Veg Cycling will all be competing in the Saturday kermesse around the iconic township of Longford and the Sunday criterium.
The Launceston Cycling Festival takes place on the weekend of 5-6 December, featuring a round of the National Junior Track Series, a kermesse in the picturesque township of Longford, Sally’s Charity Ride and criteriums across all categories around Launceston City Park. Riders will share a $25,000 prize pool, and race highlights will be broadcast on SBS.