Great attacking racing was evident across all grades in the final round of the Skinny Lattes Race Series.
Victoria Park again provided the backdrop for today's racing, however, the weather made it difficult for all, many attacks were thrown, however, Mildura's U15 ace junior, Chelsea Symons, and Elite powerhouse Victoria Veitch, were the two riders who successfully managed to sustain substantial breaks to take their respective wins.
Three grades of Junior Women opened up the morning's program enduring the cool and windy conditions and surprising many a parent with the development they have made over the recent months. Cycling South Australia's new schools program is providing great opportunities for young boys and girls to enter the sport and the inclusion of the Junior Women in the Skinny Lattes Race Series has been a highlight for many of the riders. Club President Felicity Laing believes that "these young women are the future of our sport, having them as part of our series is so important, this is just something we have to keep on doing".
As the junior women rolled off the course the first of the five grades of Senior Women set a brisk tempo. As the development of the women is at the heart of the series, safe and supportive racing opportunities are there for both new riders and first-time racers. Chief Commissaire Kimberley Conte, was quick to point out that "there was very little difference in the lap times between, D, C & B Grades". "This is really exciting as it shows how the newer riders have developed and that what they are lacking is not fitness but confidence."
Planning is underway for the 2017 Series which will kick off on Sunday, March 5th, in advance of the club's two-day Tour of Murray Bridge on April 22nd & 23rd.
Thanks to all who give so freely of their time to support this event:
David Birks, Susan Mitchell, Kimberley Conte, James Caracoussis, Carmel Barber, Judy Ireland, Lesley Pannowitch, Sharee Faulkner, Belinda Bramley, Felicity Laing & Lynette Collins.