Jayco Bay Series Classics
Geelong Botanical Gardens, long circuit
Kirsty Broun (MB Cycles) found her way through the bunch thanks to the support of team mate Gina Grain who took Broun through the bunch so she was clear to kick for the win ahead of Rochelle Gilmore (NSWIS) and Josie Tomic (Plan B).
a result of the top three finish, the three riders were tied on 20 points
overall for the series. On count back Broun was awarded the yellow jersey
ahead of Tomic and Gilmore.
The undulating circuit was very different from race 1 and was an almost smooth loop it made it very difficult for any break to get away. After 12 minutes of racing the NSWIS team were on the front driving the pace with Ashlee Ankudinoff. She was closely watched by Peta Mullens (Jayco VIS) and Jenny McPherson (G Force/Body Torque).
the race approached six laps to go a Goss created a split in the bunch. It
was covered by Dunn and Lauren Kitchen from NSWIS and Tiffany Cromwell
(Skilled). The four riders managed to generate a small gap on the rest of
the field and maintained the lead to the second of the sprints. Goss used
her experience ahead of the two youngsters Dunn and Kitchen. The pace
eased and the race came back together.
the run to the finish, the key riders tried to find the gaps in the bunch
to get their way through to the front, some smaller than others and the
bunch were spread across the road.
Broun managed to cross clear ahead of Gilmore who came from a boxed in position. Tomic was on her wheel showing rare sprinting form just ahead of Mullens.
Broun (MB Cycles) was
very happy with her team’s performance.
”I am very happy with the win today, it is a good course and basically
the team worked really well today. We had to cover all of the breaks and
it was pretty quick out there. I really enjoyed going up the hill and my
MB Cycles team mates pulled through really strongly” said Broun.
On hearing that she was in yellow due to count back Broun added “It
is my first time in the yellow jersey so hopefully we can keep it.”
Broun did not want to give way team secrets about the plan for race 3 but
with a shorter and more technical course she said, “It
will probably be like today. Lots of attacking and it will come down to
team work and just covering the break”
is working full time as a Solicitor in Brisbane and trains part-time. “I
do cycling for the passion of it and I believe I have got a great balance
with working full time and cycling part-time. I don’t focus on cycling
completely but use it as a challenge and a stress relief. I am really
supported well by Deacons, they are a great Law firm to work for and they
are 100% behind me and allowed me to take time out to compete” added
Tomic (Plan B)
finished a surprised third in the sprint in race 2 and reflected on the
top 3 all being on 20 points. “It
is very close now. I am actually really happy with the sprint, I am not
known for my sprinting ability so to come third ahead of some the class
riders here makes me very happy. We will see how it goes for the rest of
the week” said
Tomic. Tomic reflected on the efforts of team mate Sarah Kent who worked
tremendously hard at the front of the race. “I
am really lucky to have Sarah in my team. It was unbelievable what she did
today, I think she was on the front for 70% of the time and was just
chasing down everything. It made it so much easier for me. I am very happy
with what she did and I feel very lucky. I am not going to bank on my
sprinting ability over the next few days so I think we will need to have
something else up our sleeves”
was a little disappointed with her sprint at the finish, having got
herself boxed in on the run in to the finish.
“We rode really strongly again today and I was strong again and felt
good. I had a disappointing sprint, you only have to switch off for couple
of seconds and it’s all over. I have definitely put myself in better
spots than I did today. I got out of it at the very last minute and
grabbed second but it looked like I would miss out as 100m to go I was
still boxed in at about 5th wheel. Tomorrow is a new day”
said Gilmore. Reflecting on the top three, Gilmore said “Well
it will be pretty exciting and I think we will change our tactics, the
course is pretty demanding. We all have good legs so hopefully we will
finish all of us, but we will try to shake it up a little. I really want
to defend the green jersey, I think Santini have done a great job with the
design and I would really like to hold onto it”
Kent (Plan B)
spent 70% of the race on the front working for Tomic and really enjoyed
the second race in the series. “I
really enjoyed myself yesterday. I am not someone who doesn’t like to
put herself in the race and try to break it up a little. Josie [Tomic] had
an amazing result yesterday so we just had to do the work for her today. I
found myself on the front for most of the time too but that is where I
like to be”
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