Womens Bathurst Road TourBy Junior Cycling - March 27 2017
Sulman Park atop of Mount Panorama played host to the Criteriums on Saturday morning with us seeing some extremely competitive racing. In A Grade we had our world class rider Kirsten Howard setting a scorching pace in the early stages to win the D2F sponsored Sprint Prime and finish with a win .Kirsten continued to perform well throughout the weekend with a 2nd Place in the Time Trial held over 16 kilometres at Perthville. Local WRAS cyclist Emily Watts performed well riding in A Grade in all events against some extremely strong Sydney women. National Road Series Team SuVelo from Sydney supported the weekend with a 4 women team competing in A and C Grades. Georgia Whitehouse, SuVelo giving Howard some solid competition in her races. Newcastle newcomer to cycling Holly Khan showed a fast set of wheels to claim 1st in the Road Race as well as D2F Queen of the Mountain. With Whitehouse and last year’s QOM, Debra Hennessy making the top 3 in the 65 kilometre road race.
In B Grade Criterium Bathurst riders, Stacey Fish and Laura Renshaw had their work cut out for them trying to catch triple world track Champion Michelle Crawford. Fish was able to claim the D2F Sprint Prime and finish 3rd to Crawford. Ruth Strapp, BICI Cycling Club taking 2nd to round the podium. While in the Road Race we saw Renshaw 2n after out sprinting Strapp. (3rd).The Time Trial was also won by Crawford after just beating Christine Wolfson 2015 World Duathlon Champion from Orange and a strong ride from Strapp for 3rd.
Bathurst C Grade women were very supportive of the event and over all had good results in all races. In the criterium we saw locals Toireasa Gallagher and U/17 Eliza Bennett set a good pace early with Gallagher just finishing short of a podium placing. We saw locals Toireasa Gallagher and Donna Scott, U/17 Eliza Bennett and Brooke Tuynman all contest the Time Trial with Gallagher and Scott performing to perfection taking 1stand 2nd and U/17 rider Tahlia Dole rounding out the top 3. In the road race we saw Jennifer Darmondy SuVelo claim 1st after a duel with Dole for the D2F Queen of the mount. Dole just edging Darmondy out. Rounding out the podium Gallagher 2nd, and Bathurst rider Jasmine Lee 3rd with locals Jette McKellar and Donna Scott getting in the top ten.
With wind gusts throughout the morning of the criterium, it made for hard racing for local riders Rosemary Hastings and Cathy Adams who were also joined by first timers Clair Kirby and Jenny Pendarakis from Bathurst. Hastings finishing a well-earned 2nd and also went on to ride a great Time Trial to finish 2nd, with Adams 4th and Kirby 7th. Luke Bagley from Velotec Cycling also awarded Claire Kirby the Encouragement Award of a cycle kit for her first time racing The road race saw St George rider Lois Pilarcik 1st, Griffith rider Sarah Trotter 2nd with Hastings round out top 3. Gemma Carter, Robyn Partridge also rode well in the race. Paralympian Amanda Reid was also a starter in the D Grade Road Race. Reid has just returned after a Gold Medal ride in the 2017 Paralympian Track Worlds. Reid held good position throughout the race to come in 9th place overall an excellent effort.
Race organiser Marian Renshaw thanked all the Officials and Volunteers who ensured the weekend was enjoyable and safe for all participants. She also thanked Cycling N.S.W for its support of the event through the N.S.W Cycling Women’s Commission and sponsors D2F Gym and Velotec Cycling both supporting women’s racing.
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