Jayco Greater Dandenong Criterium
December 18th 2005
Jenny MacPherson dominant
events at the Jayco Greater Dandenong Criterium were run in support of
the Amy Gillett Foundation. The Foundation was given a boost by CycleSport
Victoria, which donated all the race entry fees from the women’s event. An
unfortunate clash with the Victorian Senior Track Championships undoubtedly caused
a reduction in rider numbers, although some riders not involved in
later track races actually competed in both events. Peta Mullins was a
notable example – she took silver in the points race this morning and
second place in the criterium this afternoon. There was also an
international flavour to the field with entrants from Canada and Malta
lining up for the start.
MacPherson (VIS) was eager to show a return to form after some lacklustre
recent performances. She went off the front of the race as soon as they
rolled away and there was clear daylight between her and the bunch after two
three laps MacPherson had stretched out her lead to 20 seconds with the
bunch seemingly reluctant to close the gap. The chasing bunch seemed to be
rallying for position but no single rider was prepared to go out and chase.
MacPherson’s VIS team-mate, Peta Mullens was in the bunch and she played a
strategic move by slowing the pace at the front as they approached lap 7
enabling MacPherson’s lead to stretch out to 30 seconds.
Rogers, (Kathy Watt Training) attempted to spur the bunch and lead out the
chase but she was closely marked by Deborah (Fagg Albury-Wodonga CC).
Mullens was content to sit on the back and let the rest of the bunch do the
looked like MacPherson was setting herself the challenge of lapping the
entire field, her pace was considerably higher than the bunch. Had the race
been run over the scheduled 45 minutes, instead of the modified 30 minutes,
she may have achieved contact with the bunch. There was no apparent urgency
in the chasing bunch, they looked like they were happy to let MacPherson
continue to build her advantage. On the finishing straight for completion of
lap 10, MacPherson had cleared the top corner before the chasing bunch
appeared on the entry corner to the straight.
Charman and Stephania Magri tried to get the group to chase as they crossed
the start finish line, closely followed by Rogers and Alena Radomsky from
Canada, but it was too late and MacPherson’s gap too large to change
anything. Another attempt was made when they crossed the line for the 11
lap; Angela Wade, Melton Cycling Club picked up the pace and the bunch was
strung out in a line. The effort was not sustained after the corner, where
the circuit climbed a short, but vicious slope.
5 laps to go Peta Mullens broke away from the bunch and managed to
gain a 20 second gap. This was a brave move considering she must have
had tired legs, having competed and secured silver medal in the Victorian
Track Championships points race earlier in the day.
two laps to go MacPherson rounded the bend into the finishing straight just
as the bunch crossed the start / finish line, she was now very close to
lapping them. The overseas riders Magri and Radomsky made one last attempt
to drive the bunch forward to avoid the catch.
As the bunch took the bell, MacPherson was dangerously (for them) close to lapping the entire field. The lead car hovered ominously just behind the rear of the bunch as it accompanied MacPherson to the line for the win. The race was dominated by MacPherson, who finished 1 minute ahead of Peta Mullens. A close sprint saw Maryam Rogers taking third place half a wheel over the rest of the bunch 1 minute 20 seconds behind MacPherson.
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Kathy Watt Training
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