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Meet the Attaquer Crit Dawgs

Meet the Attaquer Crit Dawgs

Posted by Julian Spiller on

It’s amazing what can happen over a couple of Mecca batch brews. The idea was simple: Create a team that would shake up the status quo of summer crit racing. Within days, the Crit Dawgs were born.

Made up of 4 of Sydney’s best racers, the Crit Dawgs will compete throughout the Australian Summer in some of the country’s biggest criterium events.

Alex Nazarewicz (Naz)

Naz is one of Sydney’s top criterium racers. The reigning champion of the Heffron Summer Crit series, he’ll be aiming to make it 4 titles in a row at the 2018/19 season.

Crit Dawgz Alex Nazarewicz

What does it mean to you to be a Crit Dawg?

Crit dawgs for me is about good mates, hard racing and not taking things too seriously.

Having raced against my fellow dawgs for a number of years, now that we are together we have a seriously good pack not only on the bike but off it too. 

What's your role on the team?

I’ve been a key sprinter for the last few years but now I think I’ll be looking at being more adaptable to lead outs and sprints.

What has been your best day on the bike?

2017 final round of Heffron summer series I was behind on points and had to win the last race to seal the series.

The final 50m was one of those slow motion sprints which seem to last forever, held on by half a wheel.

Biggie or Tupac?

Biggie

Hot dog or Dagwood dog?

Dagwood Dog

Do you have a dog?

For anyone who knows me I have an infatuation with Shiba's. I also go by Decafdoggo

Follow Naz: http://instagram.com/turbomate

Dan Bonello (Bonbon)

A youthful veteran of the Australian bike racing scene, Bonbon brings over a decade of race experience throughout Australia, New Zealand and Asia to the team.

Crit Dawgs Dan BonBon Bonello

What does it mean to you to be a Crit Dawg?

For me it means my teammates that win the races will have to split their prize money with me.  

What's your role on the team?

My role is to make sure Scott’s brakes are not rubbing before each race and tell Jack to stop surging during the race. Other than that I will get the team a lot of traction with the cycling fans in Malta.

What has been your best day on the bike?

My best day on the bike comes at 6pm every Tuesday between October and April at Heffron Park.

What's been your racing career highlight?

My career highlight would be telling Matt Goss he needed to calm the f*** down at Nationals one year.

Biggie or Tupac?

BIGGIE

Hot dog or Dagwood dog?

I hate hotdogs, too much braking and then having to sprint out of the corners.

Do you have a dog? What’s its breed & name?

My family have had some great dogs, but none better than Matua our loyal Staffy who had marking that made him look like he was dressed in a tuxedo.

Follow BonBon: https://www.instagram.com/dear_bonello/

The Attaquer Crit Dawgs are proud to be supported by:

Shimano LazerMecca

Scott Law (Hot Sauce)

With over 20 national cycling championship titles to his name, Hot Sauce has travelled a storied road in his journey towards becoming a Crit Dawg.

Attaquer Crit Dawgs Scott Hot Sauce Law

What does it mean to you to be a Crit Dawg?

To me, being a Crit Dawg is about strapping on my helmet and assuming my alter ego, as well as going against the grain of the usual stereotypical cycling team. Having spent some many years being part of teams where you feel like you’ve been muzzled, it’s so good to be apart of a pack of dawgs who just get out there, have some fun and ride hard!

What's your role on the team?

My role on the team is a bit of a mix of both sprinter and lead out man, depending on the race situation and how we’re all feeling I can mix up roles. So long as I see a dawg putting his hands in the air, whether it be myself or one of the other boys, than I’m happy.

What has been your best day on the bike?

The best day on the bike for me would probably be the day when my brother and I got 3rd in the Bendigo Madison in 2012, it’s pretty special to ride with your brother against some of the best in the world.

What's been your racing career highlight?

I’d have to say my career highlight, personally, would be beating Fernando Gaviria in the 2 sprint events during the London Track World Cup in 2014. Granted he did win the event overall and I finished 2nd, I still beat him in what he’s renowned for.

Biggie or Tupac?

I’d have to say Biggie, I’m a big fan of Hypnotize and Big Poppa.

Hot dog or Dagwood dog?

I’m a hot dog guy for sure. You can fit a lot more into a hot dog and go crazy with it, rather than a dagwood dog.

Do you have a dog?

I don’t personally have a dog but my parents have one. It’s a Bichoolde (Bichon Frise x Toy Poodle) called Chanel, a little fuzz ball of a thing that gets treated like a queen by my parents.

Follow Hot Sauce: https://www.instagram.com/scottylaw91

Jack Bennett (Nugget)

Born-and-raised on the Sydney roads where Crit Dawgs will ply their trade weekly this summer, Nugget will unleash plenty of power at the front end of things this season.

Attaquer Crit Dawgs Jack Nugget Bennett

What does it mean to you to be a Crit Dawg?

Crit Dawgs is about not taking yourself too seriously, riding with some mates and winning bike races

What's your role on the team?

My Role would be varying depending on the day, sometimes sprint, sometimes lead out, sometimes in the break. No matter what happens, I’ll always the loudest in the bunch.

What has been your best day on the bike?

Any day there is no wind, temperature is over 25 degrees and you aren’t getting harassed by cars

If it wasn't racing, what's been your racing career highlight?

There was a few highlights from back in the glory days riding Team Pursuit with an Australian skinsuit on beating a bunch of Kiwis. That’s very much in the past though now. Cycling in its purest and most enjoyable form happens at Heffron Park.

Biggie or Tupac?

More of a Kanye kind of guy

Hot dog or Dagwood dog?

Hot Dog - With mustard, cheese and tomato sauce. Preferably a vegetarian version.

Do you have a dog?

Never had a dog but I do occasionally go to the dog park to hang out with complete strangers’ dogs.

Follow Nugget: https://www.instagram.com/jackbennett92


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