Mt Crawford Forest provided the perfect back drop for 49 women who pitched themselves against the clock in a Road Time Trial on Sunday.
The opening event for the Skinny Lattes Cycling Club 2016 Series, was a perfect mix of elite athletes, passionate bike riders and newcomers.
With the temperature high & little wind many riders were thrilled with the times they set, from winner of the Elite Grade Leanne Davies who clocked an average speed of 40.6km through to first time entrant Jane Bode who exceeded the personal goal she had set down for herself. Leanne used Sunday's race as her finale preparation before heading across to Perth on Tuesday for the qualifying round of the UCI Master World Time Trial Championships. Leanne will be joined by training buddy Meriel Custance 2nd place getter in A Grade.
John Kelly, father of one of the junior women said, "this is such a great event, there was everything from full on aero equipment, to conventional road bikes to a flat bar bike, didn't matter what you were riding everyone was just having fun." Competition was tight across the junior women with only 1000 of a second separating 2nd & 3rd place getters.
With an increasing number of women enjoying the freedom of cycling, there are more everyday women realising that club racing events such as the ones the Lattes put on are great ways for them to set personal goals and challenge themselves in a safe and supportive environment.
Race Director Lynette Collins is keen to see the series provide valuable competition to all grades and this year is working with the race officials to design courses which will stretch the Elite Women over much longer distances, whilst still providing fun and enjoyable courses for those who are either new to cycling or struggling to find the time to clock up the kms on the bike.
Next event for the club is a three stage race over two days at Murray Bridge April 9th & 10th. Entries open online now. Enter Murray Bridge Tour Here
Elite Leanne Davies 1st, Victoria Veitch 2nd, Chelsea Parbs 3rd.
A Grade Philippa Read 1st, Meriel Custance 2nd, Michele Bloffwitch 3rd.
B Grade Vicki-Lynne Birks 1st, Margaret Boylan 2nd, Tracy Milo Johnson 3rd.
C Grade Jane-Marie Evans 1st, Christine Meijborg 2nd, Felicity Laing 3rd.
D Grade Megan Phelps 1st, Sandra Turner 2nd, Nicole Turtur 3rd.
Junior Women Jessica Tierney 1st, Kiana Baynes 2nd, Ruby Hickman 3rd.
Elite Place Place Getters. A Grade Place Getters
B Grade Place Getters C Grade Place Getters
D Grade Place Getters Junior Place Getters