WomensCycling.net

 

Home

Latest Additions

 Calendar 2009

Interviews

Photo Gallery

Links

New To Cycling?

2006 Archive (and earlier)

 
 

 

Previous coverage of the Bay Series  >>  2010   2009    2008     2007      2006      2005     2004

Jayco Bay Classic Series  2010

 

 

WCN quicklink >>   Preview     Race 1      Race 1 Full     Race 2     Race 2 Full

      

 

 

On this page >>  Write-up      Comments     Results      Standings     Photos

 

Race 2 - Gilmore makes it two in a row

Geelong Botanical Gardens, short circuit

Race Writeup

Rochelle Gilmore, (Honda), rode a controlled race and pulled out a sprint from 220m to take race 2, ahead of Belinda Goss (Pitcher Partners) and Chloe Hosking (MB Cycles).

In a relatively contained race, any attack, was closed down by Honda, AIS and MB Cycles teams, in an attempt to protect the position of their lead riders. The new course in the series, was an unknown to the riders. It was a tight, 1.8km switch back right handed course, that ran through the Botanical Gardens, then down along the waterfront before it rose to the 600m to the finish line back in the gardens. 

Despite, being a more technical than race 1, the wind had dropped and no one rider was able to capitalise on any attacks. As the first of the sprints approached, the Honda team, attempted to control the run to the line for Gilmore. They almost achieved their goal, had it not been for the power of Jenny MacPherson (Race). MacPherson, who had crashed badly in race 1, used all of her nearly six foot stature to pip Gilmore on the line. Gilmore's team mate Peta Mullens just crossed for third. 

Zoe Apple (Mazda), attempted to get away immediately after the sprint on the back of the course as it approached the climb to the start/finish line. she gained a small advantage before, Nicole Whitburn (Prime Estate) and Peta Mullens moved to the front to chase her back.  

With 20 minutes of racing remaining, Tess Downing (Jayco VIS/NSWIS) attacked from the front of the bunch. Goss (Pitcher Partners) went with her, as did, Lauren Kitchen (Jayco AIS) and Melissa Hoskins (Plan B Racing). This time, it was the current Australian Criterium champion Kirsty Broun, who moved to the front to chase the group back.

At the next sprint, the second placed rider in the Sprint competition, Ashlee Ankudinoff, (Jayco VIS/NSWIS), attacked at the back of the course and held on for maximum points, just ahead of MacPherson and Mullens. Gilmore missed out as did Broun (Jayco AIS), who had a mechanical problem.

At the bell, MacPherson, launched a massive attack and forced the bunch to react. It took the bunch until the bottom of the course, to catch MacPherson. 

At the bottom of the short climb to the finish, the bunch was together. a big attack form Gilmore from 220m out, nearly cost her the finish. the judges had to go to the video to judge between Gilmore and Goss. Hosking, who was the quickest to react to the burst of speed from Gilmore, sprinted for third.

Gilmore and Team Honda have all three competitions wrapped up at the half way stage of the series.

Post Race Comments

Rochelle Gilmore (Honda) pulled off another win and retains the leader’s jersey going into race 3, the fast hot dog course at Ritchie Boulevard. “It feels good to be racing and winning in the Honda colours. It has been great to have so much support to be able to bring such a string team here. The closed down a lot of the attacks today,” said Gilmore.

Reflecting on her sprint, Gilmore added, “200m out is a long way for me without a head wind. With a head wind, it was a long way for me. That could have been a big mistake for me. I was just talking to Sean [Eadie] about that. I have been doing a lot of work on my sprinting. I can get away with a long sprint here but I will not be able to do that in Europe. I will need more support right to 150m to go,” added Gilmore.

Belinda Goss (Pitcher Partners) missed day one of the event, choosing to recover for a day from the seven days of the Tasmanian carnivals before flying in to Melbourne. With fresh legs, Goss took the race to the line and almost beat Rochelle Gilmore on the line. “It was tight there at the end, I wasn’t quite sure whether I had won or not, but almost there but not quite,” said Goss.

“I don’t regret not starting yesterday. Coming off seven days of racing is tough. I needed to rest before boarding a flight. My focus is track nationals so this event is great for building up that extra leg speed. I am riding the Australian Crits too,” added Goss.

Chloe Hosking (MB Cycles) tried hard to catch Gilmore and Goss in the sprint but could not quite get there. “That was a really hard sprint to judge. There was a sharp little climb before the right hand bend and I wasn’t quite sure how to take it. It was slow going into it, it put me a bit off guard and I got jumped by Rochelle [Gilmore] and Belinda [Goss]. I will learn from that. Hopefully I can come out tomorrow and get my first win. I am looking forward to tomorrow; it is a sprinters course although you can see surprises. Megan Dunn won her first Bay Crit doing that. We will have to try to keep the race under control with the team,” said Hosking.

Jenny MacPherson (Race) was caught up in the crash in the later stages of race 1 and suffered grazes to much of her body. Despite this, she fought back to feature in the two sprints and almost pulled off a solo attack at the end of race 1. “I was disappointed yesterday. I didn’t do any intermediate sprints yesterday, as I was saving myself for the finish. I got caught in the crash on the last lap and today I came out wanting to show myself a bit more,” said MacPherson.

Looking to the next race, MacPherson added, “I am feeling unsure about tomorrow’s circuit, there are lots of sprinting out of corners and lots changing of speed which we haven’t had in the last two courses. However, with someone of height, having to sprint every lap and get my long legs working will make it tough.”

Back to Top

 

Results - click here to see full result

Position Name Team Points
1 Rochelle Gilmore Honda Dream Team 12
2 Belinda Goss Pitcher Partners 10
3 Chloe Hosking MB Coaching 8
4 Megan Dunn Jayco VIS/ NSW IS 7
5 Kirsty Broun Jayco AIS 6
6 Isabella King Plan B Racing WA 5
7 Nicole Whitburn Prime Estate 4
8 Peta Mullens Honda Dream Team 3
9 Melissa Hoskins Plan B Racing WA 2
10 Emma Mackie Race 1

 

Back to Top

 

Standings - click here to see full result

Position Name Team Points
1 Rochelle Gilmore Honda Dream Team 24
2 Chloe Hosking MB Coaching 18
3 Kirsty Broun Jayco AIS 14
4 Megan Dunn Jayco VIS/ NSW IS 13
5 Belinda Goss Pitcher Partners 10
6 Isabella King Plan B Racing WA 10
7 Peta Mullens Honda Dream Team 10
8 Rowena Fry Team Degani 4
9 Nicole Whitburn Prime Estate 7
10 Ashlee Ankudinoff Jayco VIS/ NSW IS 2

 

Back to Top

 

Photos   Click on any image to enlarge >>

to come

Back to Top

 

Want to contact WomensCycling.net? 

The WomensCycling.net email address is

 

To contact the webmaster, the address is :

Type this address into the "To" line of a new email message in your email programme.

The WomensCycling.net email address is displayed as a graphic in order to reduce the amount of 'spam' email received from programmes which 'crawl' the internet for sites with addresses displayed in text and then overwhelm that address with junk, or even forge the address in junk messages that they generate and send to others. Sorry for any inconvenience this approach causes you.

 

Back to Top

 

Copyright WomensCycling.net 2004 - 2010©