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Jayco Bay Classic Series 2004

Race 1 - Hastings    Race 2 - Portarlington    Race 3 - Geelong  

Race 4 - Geelong    Race 5 - Docklands    Overall (Final) Classification

Race 5 - Docklands - 45 minutes

It was the most exciting end to the series ever! Hayley Rutherford and Oenone Wood went into the final race equal on points, with Rochelle Gilmore just 4 behind. Any one of them could win the series..... 

The day was cooler than the previous 2 have been at Geelong - low 20's and slightly overcast. As has been normal all week, there was a reasonably strong headwind in the - today in the back straight of the 1km "hotdog" circuit at the foot of the Telstra Dome. There was certainly an excitement around the Docklands area as the women's race rolled out. It was fuelled by the announcement that the Lead Car was being driven by Australian TdF heroes from the FdJ team, Baden Cooke and Bradley McGee. 

Early breakaways were quickly eliminated given the closeness of the overall classification. Although, the Victoria team's red jerseys were prominent in their attempts in the first half of the race. 

With what eventuated as 12 laps to go,  Frances Newstead went off the front and stayed away for 2 laps. She was brought back by the NSW team as the race finished neared and the stakes increased. Series leader, Hayley Rutherford tried her legs with 9 to go, but was quickly brought back by NSW working on the front of the bunch.  With 7 to go, VIC's Kate Mactier attacked, but was quickly covered by NSW's Emma James. 

The NSW team did not let anything go in the last laps of this race - they were controlling the latter stages for Gilmore. When Rutherford tried again with 4 to go, she was marked closely by Kate Nichols and brought back;  "I tried to attack with a few laps left but the New South Wales team dominated. It was worth a try - the (VIC) team went down fighting and I got third today," was Rutherford's analysis after the race.

With 2 to go, Alison Wright attacked hard and made some space between her and the bunch. But, within 1/2 a lap, she had been reeled back in and the bunch was together as they took the bell with 1 lap remaining. The NSW team was on the front, controlling the race, followed by Wood and Rutherford. There was one rider missing, though. Kate Bates had sat up and was coasting around the last lap - she had secured the blue Sprint Ace jersey, done her job and rode around safely to the finish. 

The pace of the final lap was high, on the final corner, Gilmore was led out on the outside by a team-mate. Oenone Wood came through on the inside and gained the advantage. She led up the finishing straight and was well clear by the finish line. Alison Wright sprinted hard to take second, whilst the effort and disappointment were clear on Hayley Rutherford's face as she took third. NSW's Jessica Ridder was fourth and Alexis Rhodes (SA) fifth.

After the race, Wood said that it had been useful not to wear the Leader's Jersey. "I didn't have anything to lose", she added. She was relatively confident today, with team-mate Wright "working well, I knew her position would be good, her lead out with 3 to go set up the finish." She said her tactic was to "watch Rochelle (Gilmore) and Hayley (Rutherford) - I knew I had to finish next after Rochelle if she beat me - she only needed 5 extra points to win herself.

The series started with NSW watching WA, next year, Wood thinks that ACT might be back with more riders to defend her title. 

Next event on the calendar for most of the riders are the Australian National Championships - held at the end of next week. The series, according to Wood is good for racing form and regaining familiarity with the bunch. Her confidence is now good going into the Nationals and they will be a focus for the ACT team. Then, its over to Adelaide for the criteriums which support the Tour Down Under and back to Geelong for the first World Cup 2004 race. 

The Jayco Bay Classic Series has been excellent - despite the at times chilly, breezy and wet weather. The organisation is superb and the whole thing is extremely spectator friendly. Each day, there have been cycling club stands selling BBQ sausages and drinks. Also available has been cycle clothing and accessories and various raffles for bikes. If you're in Victoria next year and this event takes place, take the time to watch a couple of days. The crowds have been building all week, Geelong was very well attended, with people taking advantage of the banks and hills to set up deckchairs and picnics with a view of most of the circuit. The Dockland crowd for the final day was larger than last year's for the final day outside the Crown Casino in Melbourne, according to commentator Phil Liggett. 

 

RESULTS - Race 5

1 Oenone Wood ACT
2 Alison Wright ACT
3 Hayley Rutherford WA
4 Jessica Ridder NSW
5 Alexis Rhodes SA

 

Photos - Race 5
Day5-01-LeadCar.jpg (28077 bytes) Day5-02-DocklandsView.jpg (36689 bytes) Day5-03-Rutherford+ACT.jpg (33810 bytes) Day5-04-Rutherford+NSW.jpg (39449 bytes)
Baden Cooke & Bradley McGee drive the women's race Lead Car The women's race bunch on the back straight at Docklands Rutherford, marked by ACT Rutherford, marked by NSW
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Liz Williams corners - she is current Aus criterium champ Kate Finegan The bunch - early race Another early view of the bunch
Day5-09-Williams+Newstead.jpg (32690 bytes) Day5-10-Ridder+Wright.jpg (32286 bytes) Day5-11-BackstraightLine.jpg (34454 bytes) Day5-12-Williams+Symington.jpg (35132 bytes)
Williams cornering again Jessica Ridder & Alison Wright Back straight action - mid race Williams and Symington 
Day5-13-BunchLateRace.jpg (32446 bytes) Day5-14-BatesSprintWinner.jpg (31800 bytes) Day5-15-Ridder.jpg (32892 bytes) Day5-16-NewsteadAttack.jpg (28067 bytes)
Bunch action late in the race - Wood and Rhodes Sprint competition winner Kate Bates at the front Jessica Ridder tries to go ahead Frances Newstead strings the bunch out 12 laps before the end
Day5-17-Bates+NSW.jpg (31516 bytes) Day5-18-Commentary.jpg (22792 bytes) Day5-19-Wright2togo.jpg (28640 bytes) Day5-20-Sprint01.jpg (27367 bytes)
Bates with the NSW team behind Matthew Keenan and Phil Liggett talked all week! (Bottom photo - Phil Anderson, former pro far right - now voice of (Aus) Channel 10) Alison Wright goes for it with 2 to go The bunch is wound up by Oenone Wood
Day5-21-Sprint02.jpg (31886 bytes) Day5-22-Sprint03.jpg (24105 bytes) Day5-23-Sprint04.jpg (36221 bytes) Day5-24-RutherfordPostRace.jpg (36638 bytes)
Wood's sprint is decisive Victory - Race 5 and 2004 Series Wright outsprints a clearly disappointed Rutherford Rutherford commiserated by G Brown -  men's elite race winner
Day5-25-WaitingForPresentation.jpg (31352 bytes) Day5-26-Interview.jpg (28828 bytes) Day5-27-Bates.jpg (34393 bytes) Day5-28-Podium01.jpg (45735 bytes)
Wood, Wright, Rutherford await the presentation Wood - another interview Kate Bates - Sprint Ace "The Podium"

(l-r) Gilmore, Bates, Wood, Wright, Rutherford

Day5-29-Podium02.jpg (30380 bytes) Day5-30-Podium03.jpg (34134 bytes)
"Any nearer with that jersey and I'll hit you with these flowers!" Bates, Wood and Wright

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Final Classification

1	Oenone Wood 
2	Hayley Rutherford
3	Rochelle Gilmore	
In detail :
Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Total
1 Oenone Wood ACT 12 8 7 4 12 43
2 Hayley Rutherford WA 10 12 6 3 8 39
3 Rochelle Gilmore NSW 5 10 12 5 32
4 Alison Wright ACT 4 7 5 2 10 28
5 Emma James NSW 6 12 18

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