The New Year always starts with a bang in Australia, with fast & furious racing – the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic. It’s 4 stages of crits held around Corio Bay and Port Phillip Bay in Melbourne, sponsored by Mitchelton Wines (thanks Margaret!), and it’s the chance for new teams to show off, with international women sprint stars mixing it up with Aussie riders. It’s wonderful! Here’s what little video we’ve had so far – I’ll add in more as I see them, and I’ll tell you how to follow the last two stages after the videos…..
and Wiggle Honda‘s video from the day:
I podcast-interviewed Chloe just before Christmas, where she told me about the Bay Crits, moving to Wiggle and a lot more, so it was extra-fun to see all that work out for her! If you want the background to her win, listen to that ‘cast over here.
Now, it’s crits, so it’s all about sprinting, right? This is women’s cycling! There are very short SBS Cycling Central highlights (also here on Youtube) but there’s more detail thanks to fans, so watch these instead… There were early attacks, and if you want to see the race for a spectator’s eye view, the wonderful Edward Lynch Bell (@FredMantis on twitter) has videos! Starting with the line-up…
Here’s the battle for second and third
and here’s Gracie talking about her race:
Here’s the ORICA report, and Wiggle’s video and report.
I am so, so grateful to Ed Lynch-Bell for his videos, and am gutted both for him and us that he has to work for Stage 4 (bah races on Mondays!). I’m not going to embed all his Stage 3 videos, but click through for the fan-eye-view…
Tiff Cromwell attacks in lap 2; at the end of lap 4, everyone’s still together; and on lap 5; Peta Mullens attacks hard on lap 6; more attacks on lap 10; Peta attacks again; and on lap 14 has a gap; here’s how it looked at the end of lap 15:
and here’s the finish:
Yay Peta! She’s one of the friendliest riders out there, always smiling – it’s great to see her win, and in such a great, aggressive style.
Gracie’s take on the race (glad she wasn’t hurt)
I think the Wiggle Honda video is the best place to start today! And their race report
UPDATE! Here’s Chloe Hosking talking about the race afterwards:
To follow live updates from the last two stages, the best way is the #BayCrits hashtag on twitter. Cycling Australia and Cycling Victoria are good for tweets – and very short videos will turn up the next morning on SBS Cycling Central. There’s information about the race, including the startlist, on the race website.
There’s an hour updates on Channel 9 (Gem) at midnight AEDT every night, and I hope it gets online somehow…
I’ll collect the other things I find in a post after the race – it’s bound to be hard-fought and furious all the way through, so make sure you don’t miss it!