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Mackie and Cowman Clash in Metrop Road Championships

The Senior Women’s race at the Metropolitan Graded Road Championships at Mt Alford (Qld) at the weekend again saw the clash of “recent import” Emma Mackie, and Brisbane rider, Sally Cowman.

This article was orginally published on CycleSportNews.com. It is reproduced here courtesy of CycleSportNews editor, Peter Ford                       CycleSportNews.com

The senior women joined the C Grade Men on this occasion, and did battle over a fairly undulating course with no serious climbs to test any of the combatants.

This appeared to work against riders such as Sally Cowman, who would have preferred the course to be a little more challenging.

Both Sally and Emma were part of a 10 rider breakaway which also featured Liz Young and Candice Sullivan.


Photo: Emma Mackie (left) and Sally Cowman 

after their the 2005 Criterium Championship clash

Photo Courtesy - Peter Ford, CycleSportNews.com 

Emma Mackie was originally based with the Albury-Wodonga Cycling Club and attached to the Victorian Institute of Sport. Her move to Queensland now sees her picked up as part of the Queensland Academy of Sport Talent Search.

In the closing stages of the C Grade/Senior Women’s combined race, there were quite a few mini-attacks, as riders tried to press for an advantage.

In the hectic race to the finish, the bunch appeared to be crammed for room between witches hats and the edge of the roadway, and Sally Cowman was unable to unleash a solid, unimpaired sprint to the line.

Emma Mackie crossed for a well-deserved win just ahead of Ivan Vella with a slightly “sandwiched” Sally Cowman in third place.

Sally will now focus her attention on the State Road Titles coming up shortly, and no doubt, a certain Emma Mackie will be on hand again, just to keep her honest. 

Photo:  Sally Cowman attempts a breakaway at Murarrie 

Photo Courtesy - Peter Ford, CycleSportNews.com






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