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ROuND 6, Criterium 2 in the SLCC Series the finale
The 2017 Skinny Lattes Race Series finished with the second of the criteriums in Victoria Park. This time the SLCC combined with the NCC to share resources, and even though the day was extremely busy, were still able to provide the quality of event expected from SLCC Series for women specific racing.
Beautiful weather and the professional commentating of Graeme Zucker provided the backdrop for exciting racing across all grades. With this final event determining the overall series placings in each grade, the Overall Series winner and the Most Improved Rider awards.
Race officials again decided to mass start C & D Grades and A & B Grades which provided plenty of action on the track and bigger fields for riders to work with.
C & D Grades were off first with two women pinning on a number for the first time, and appreciating the opportunity to race in D Grade. Andrea and Gabrielle embraced the experience which saw Gabrielle taking the D Grade win over season riders. The close battle between Sharleen, Alison K and Heather W who had raced together all series, continued.
Eight strong starters in C Grade made for some fast laps and the riders worked well together jostling for position with Rachel Goud leading a breakaway early on which was slowly reined in. Great stuff to watch Rachel. Emerging young rider Fern Davies also broke away just past the last lap bell and we watched her pull away in the distance and manage to maintain that lead with Rach G, Rach T, Emma T and Helen Luu closing in and sprinting in a tight finish.
The juniors were next, a well organised and very similar skill set meant these girls were flying – especially on the finishing straight, a really hard battle on each lap and finishing in a sprinting group.
Then it was the A & B Grades. A big group of riders sought protection in the bunch as they faced the strong winds heading down the back straight. The early laps saw a bunch of four breaking away, with Stacey Reidel and Sophie Edwards doing their best to bridge the gap to the winning group. Maddy Steele showed strong form throwing in plenty of attacks in the main bunch, however the breakaway stayed to see Chloe Moran take out line honours followed by Maeve Moroney-Plouffe, Dani McKinnirey and Eloise Vaughan for fourth. Christine Page proved too strong in B Grade, hanging on for the win with Nat Morgan second.
Series Point for All Grades
Strong Support From SA Women for 2017 SLCC Race Series
20 September 2017.
The Adelaide Parklands hosted Round 6 of the 2017 Skinny Lattes Race Series on September 17th, delivering up a perfect spring day for riders and officials.
Eighty Eight Women ranging in age from 14 - 65+ pinned on a number to compete in either the 6 events across the Road Race Series, or dip their toes in for an individual event. Since the inception of this series 6 years ago, the interest and support from local riders has steadily built, providing opportunities for women of all ages and abilities to compete in a safe and friendly environment.
Race Director Lynette Collins explained that club members and master's riders had always gotten behind the series and supported it, "the big difference in the last couple of years is that we had great support from the Junior Women U15-U17 as well as some of the really top riders from around the state".
A Grade: Rhiannon Hughes 1st, Liz Buckley 2nd, Rebecca Gross 3rd.
B Grade: Nat Morgan 1st, Bron Dolman 2nd, Simone Niejalke 3rd.
C Grade: Rachel Trim 1st, Emma Seeliger 2nd, Rachel Goud 3rd.
D Grade: Sharlene Harding 1st, Alison Kent and Heather Webb 2nd.
Juniors: Hannah Seeliger 1st, Tessa Kohn 2nd and Tia Slama 3rd.
Overall Series Winner: Rhiannon Hughes
Most Improved Rider: Rachel Trim
These trophies have been engraved and are on dislplay at Cascada Cafe.
The Skinny Lattes Cycling Club wish to thank their sponsors (Cascada cafe, AvantiPlus and Clycle Closet) and all who those who have volunteered their time, supporting the SLCC series.
Sunday, September 17th will bring to a close the 2017 Skinny Lattes Race Series. Round 6 the second of the criteriums will be held again at Victoria Park, racing across all grades will be fierce as this final event will determine the series winners in all grades.
Online entry is now open for the Criterium, entries close on Thursday, September 14th at 11 pm. CLICK HERE TO ENTER
Series Point for All Grades
Near perfect race conditions welcomed the riders to Finniss on Sunday for Round 4 of the 2017 Lattes Race Series.
The quiet achievements of Hannah Seeliger over the last couple of years as a developing junior rider were consolidated today when she took out the bunch sprint against some stiff competition from senior riders.
Rhiannon Hughes and Kayla McSporran who were off scratch blasted off the start line determined to reel in the riders up the road. The blistering early pace they had set saw them catch chopping block around the 14 km mark and Hughes did not take her foot off the pedal as she worked her way through the field, and eventually caught limit in the closing 7kms.
The final km saw four riders, all from different handicap groupings, realise that it was going to come down to a downhill sprint finish.
Thank you to all volunteers who assisted in the running of this event and to Laura and the team at the Finniss General Store for their hospitality.
After June's Handicap Race at Gumeracha, riders have overwhelming showed their support for another handicap race.
July 16th will see the Lattes based at the Finniss General Store, with the course taking in the quiet roads around the area.
Entries for the handicap race are now open until 11 pm Thursday 13th July.
Jack Frost came out to play on Sunday when Junior, Elite & Masters Athletes flocked to Gumeracha for round 3 of the Skinny Lattes Cycling Club Race Series.
Senior Women lined up on a 56.7km course in a handicap race. This is never the easiest things to get right on a flat course let alone one that had so many leg sapping undulations and a heavy road surface.
Senior Women Handicap Race Report 56.7km 552 metres gained.
With the small bunches working to catch the 3 riders off limit, and to stay away from those chasing, groups were caught and passed, the small scratch group of Liz Buckley & Rhiannon Hughes used their impressive ability racing Time Trials to reel in chopping block, but this combined grouping did not, unfortunately, have the firepower to chase down those in front who were burying themselves to stay away.
U17 Women Scratch Race Report 39.7km 389 metres gained
Eight U17 Women, who had all raced on Saturday told their understandably tired legs to take a back seat as they tackled the lumpy course, these young athletes were inspiring, as they battled the never ending hills around Martins Hill. Those that dropped off the pace realised the strength in regrouping with others who had also popped, sharing the workload and working together hoping to slowly regain some lost ground.
Riders relaxing post race
The Riders and Club cannot thank these volunteers enough for enabling safe racing. Missing from the photo Brony Dolman, Russell Johnstone & and ever generous man behind the camera James Caraccoussis
The next round of the Lattes 2017 Race Series will be one for the climbers with SA's women tackling the Martins Hill circuit multiple times.
In the interest of providing fun competitive racing, the Race Director and Cheif Commissaire have elected to now run a one division handicap race for the senior women.
Junior women race distances: Mass Start 1 lap 39.7km
Senior Women: Handicap Race 56kms
Senior Division Handicap Race A, B, C & D Grade
Online entry is now open until Thursday, June 8th.