Yesterday saw the first of the Bay Crits raced furiously around Geelong’s Ritchie Boulevard. There were four races on show, culminating with the elite women, followed by the elite men and what a great day of racing it was.
Geelong is about an hours drive from Melbourne’s CBD and the good sized crowd was treated to some great racing action.
Ed Powell riding for Melbourne University CC took the first event, the Men’s Support Individual after a long break away.
The next event was the Men’s Support Teams category, won by James Love of bike bug.com/Aussie Pallets. To be honest, I thought Matt Ross of Carnegie Caulfield/Invert Racing was going to win this won. He lead for most of the race and was pipped right at the end. A great effort.
The Elite Women’s ended pretty how mud most predicted it would, with a Wiggle Honda victory. Italian rider Giorgia Bronzini must have an affiliation with Geelong. It appears every time she races in Victoria’s second city, she wins.
It was great to see Tiffany Cromwell, racing for her new team, Specialized Securitor come in third behind fellow Aussie and former Orica-AIS teammate, Annette Edmondson.
The Elite Men were the last up. Caleb Ewan who won the series last year was looking a little bruised and patched up after a nasty training fall the other day. He took his place on the starting line with high expectations, but a lack of teammates and missing the escape proved too much for him to overcome.
The lead group of seven included Matt Goss and Luke Durbridge of Orica GreenEdge, Zak Dempster and Harry Carpenter of SASI, Felix English (Rapha Condor JLT), Brenton Jones (Procon Telematics), Luke Parker (Jayco VIS).
It was great to see Goss put in a solid performance. After a very average 2013, he desperately needs to get some confidence up early in 2014. Publicly he may be downplaying last year’s season but it’s hard not to believe that his poor results from the last 12 months aren’t playing on his mind.
Zak Dempster rode a great race to come in first over the line and win on the first day.
The action from the Crits will continue until Sunday.