April 12th Angle Vale SA.
Photos: Geraint Davies
The opening round of the Skinny Lattes Series kicked off with a closely contested road race on Sunday.
After an early morning start volunteering at Cycling Australia's International UCI Para Cycling Road Race, many of the Skinny Lattes quickly switched gear to compete along the same course as the international teams had done earlier in the day. Two laps of the flat course through the market garden area of Angle Vale, saw great teamwork within each of the handicap groups as they fought to either catch or stay away from those chasing.
The tight group of novice racers off limit quickly showed great maturity and organised themselves, working to maintain their lead until the last 5kms. With on road officials speculating that their fast early pace might have been enough to get them over the line. Post race comments reflected the fantastic organisation that all of the groupings showed in their efforts to win. Great organisation by Leanne Davies off scratch (solo) and an experienced group off chopping block were not about to let this happen though as they reeled in the front markers.
With all groups coming together in the dying kms it was set up for a sprint finish with riders from all of the groupings represented at the end. Madeleine Steele showing her strength in judging the sprint to perfection, taking 1st place, Leanne Davies 2nd, Heather Barclay 3rd.
Placing were awarded to 10th Full Results:
A Madeleine Steele PACC 1:04:20.00 1st
A Leanne Davies NCC 1:03:35.00 2nd
B Heather Barclay SLCC 1:06:05.00 3rd
JNR Emma Seeliger 1:08:50.00 4th
B Sandra Ladyman SLCC 1:06:05.00 5th
B Tash Davies SLCC 1:06:05.00 6th
C Nicola Edwards SLCC 1:08:50.00 7th
A Meriel Custance SLCC 1:04:20.00 8th
A Chelsea Parbs SLCC 1:05:16.00 9th
C Tracy Johnson SPCC 1:09:46.00 10th