2016 Bay Crits – videos, photos & more

It’s not just the cyclocross riders who celebrate the New Year with hardcore racing – down in Australia, the road peloton rub their hands with glee and hit the Bay Crits hard.  The Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic is four stages of crits, from hotdog to wicked-tough climbing circuits, and it kicks off the Aussie Summer of Cycling in a big way.  Videos and photos and more

Stage 1 – Ritchie Boulevard, Geelong

Short video highlights on SBS Cycling Central (these may only last for a month or so, but please watch these ones if you can), and the same video is here:

and video from the High5 Dream Team:

1.   Gracie ELVIN (Orica-AIS)
2.   Lizzie WILLIAMS (Orica-AIS)
3.   Kimberley WELLS (High5 Dream Team)
4.   Peta MULLENS
5.   Valentina SCANDOLARA (Alé Cycling)
6.   Sarah ROY (Orica-AIS)
7.   Julie LETH (Alé Cycling)
8.   Amanda SPRATT (Orica-AIS)
9.   Kristy GLOVER (Bikebug-NextGen)
10. Kisato NAKAMURA (Novotel Geelong/Japan)

Full results.

Race report on Cycling Tips Ella, and on Cyclingnews, and photos on the race website, on Kirsty Baxter’s facebook, and more on Peloton Café.

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Stage 2 – Eastern Gardens, Geelong

Short video highlights on SBS Cycling Central (watch this one!), and the same video is here:

Video from the High5 Dream Team, following Dr Kimberley Wells before and after her win:

1.   Kimberley WELLS (Aus) High5 Dream Team, 0:43:45
2.   Gracie ELVIN (Aus) Orica-AIS, + 00:00
3.   Sarah ROY (Aus) Orica-AIS, + 00:01
4.   Valentina SCANDOLARA (Ita) Alé Cycling, + 00:03
5.   Julie LETH (Den) Alé Cycling, s.t.
6.   Sakura TSUKAGOSHI (Jpn) Novotel Geelong/Japan, s.t.
7.   Lizzie WILLIAMS (Aus) Orica-AIS, s.t.
8.   Lauretta HANSON (Aus) Total Rush Hyster, s.t.
9.   Minami UWANO (Jpn) Novotel Geelong/Japan, + 00:06
10. Nicole WHITBURN (Aus) Alé Cycling, s.t.

Gracie Elvin kept her General Classification lead – full results here.

Race reports on Cycling Tips Ella, and on Cyclingnews, and photos on the race website, and on Peloton Café, and tons of portraits by Kirsty Baxter on her facebook album.

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Stage 3 – Portarlington

This was probably the toughest day, and full of cross-winds.  Short video highlights on SBS Cycling Central (these may only last for a month or so), and the same video is here:

1.   Valentina SCANDOLARA (Ita) Alé Cycling, 0:44:09
2.   Gracie ELVIN (Aus) Orica-AIS, s.t.
3.   Sarah ROY (Aus) Orica-AIS,  + 00:09
4.   Peta Mullens (Aus) Wiggle High5, + 00:47
5.   Lizzie WILLIAMS (Aus) Orica-AIS, + 00:50
6.   Amanda SPRATT (Aus) Orica-AIS, + 00:55
7.   Kimberley WELLS (Aus) High5 Dream Team, + 01:42
8.   Chloe McConville (Aus) ORICA-AIS, s.t.
9.   Yumi KAJIHARA (Jpn) Novotel Geelong/Japan, s.t.
10.  Julie LETH (Den) Alé Cycling, s.t.

Gracie Elvin still leading the General Classification – full results here.

On the morning before the stage, I talked to Valentina Scandolara about her Aussie adventures, and more, and you can listen to that, or read it, so of course this result made me smile!  Here’s more Vale, talking to the Grupetto Show straight after the race

They also talked to Peta Mullens, who has some fighting talk about ORICA (though I can’t say I blamed them for not chasing their 2 riders up the road!), and is also featured in the High5 Stage 3 video, which includes race footage

Photos from Kirsty Baxter on her facebook, more on the race website, and on Peloton Café, and race reports from Cyclingnews.

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Stage 4 – Williamstown

The final stage!  Short video highlights on SBS Cycling Central (these may only last for a month or so, but try it anyway), and the same video is here:

1.   Lizzie WILLIAMS (Aus) Orica-AIS, 0:44:14
2.   Julie LETH (Den) Alé Cycling, + 00:16
3.   Yumi KAJIHARA (Jpn) Novotel Geelong/Japan, + 00:58
4.   Valentina SCANDOLARA (Ita) Alé Cycling, + 01:03
5.   Gracie ELVIN (Aus) Orica-AIS, s.t.
6.   Sarah ROY (Aus) Orica-AIS, s.t.
7.   Lauretta HANSON (Aus) Total Rush Hyster, s.t.
8.   Amanda SPRATT (Aus) Orica-AIS, + 01:06
9.   Julie KALOTAS (Aus) Chain Reaction, s.t.
10. Kisato NAKAMURA (Jpn) Novotel Geelong/Japan, s.t.

Full results

So much to love about this tweet:

It’s great to see Julie Leth back from her injury, and even moreso, on the podium – and I always love riders like Lizzie Williams, who have that honesty and mateship running right through them – aw!

 

So with that result, it’s no surprise that after her “accidental” win on Stage 1, Gracie Elvin took the overall win

1.   Gracie ELVIN (Aus) Orica-AIS, 38 points
2.   Lizzie WILLIAMS (Aus) Orica-AIS, 32
3.   Valentina SCANDOLARA (Ita) Alé Cycling, 32
4.   Sarah ROY (Aus) Orica-AIS, 26
5.   Kimberley WELLS (Aus) High5 Dream Team, 24
6.   Julie LETH (Den) Alé Cycling, 21
7.   Peta Mullens (Aus) Wiggle High5, 14
8.   Amanda SPRATT (Aus) Orica-AIS,  11
9.   Yumi KAJIHARA (Jpn) Novotel Geelong/Japan, 10
10. Lauretta HANSON (Aus) Total Rush Hyster, 7

I love all the podium-fun photos on the race gallery!  More photos from  Peloton Café and photos of the whole race on Ella Cycling Tips.  Race reports on Cyclingnews and Ella Cycling Tips.

Here’s the High5 video about all the different roles team boss Rochelle Gilmore was playing at the Crits:

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The Aussie Summer of Cycling continues almost immediately, with the 2016 Australian Road Nationals from 6th-10th January.  There’s tons of great media on the Cycling Australia RoadNats portal, and you can follow the action with the #RoadNats twitter hashtag, and the @SummerOfCycling account.

I’m funded to do this kind of cycling work by my wonderful Patreon supporters, who I’m so grateful.  If you want to join them, from as little as $2/month, there’s more information here.

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