Ellen Skerritt & Ruth Corset Dominate Inaugural Amy’s Otway Classic

Peloton Cafe || 2014 Amy's Otway Classic - Ellen Skerritt & Ruth Corset
Peloton Cafe || 2014 Amy’s Otway Classic – Ellen Skerritt & Ruth Corset (image copyright Con Chronis)
Queensland duo Ellen Skerritt and Ruth Corset (Holden Women?s Cycling) have dominated the inaugural Amy?s Otway Classic, held on Sunday in conjunction with the Amy Gillett Foundation?s Wiggle Amy?s Gran Fondo in Lorne. Skerritt launched a blistering attack 40 kilometres into the 109 kilometre race along the Great Ocean Road, and gained a small gap before teammate and Subaru National Road Series leader Corset joined her. The pair continued to ride at an unmatchable pace, contesting the tough, 10km Skenes Creek climb unchallenged and gaining almost five minutes on the peloton. ?It was so hard,? said Skerritt. ?It was one of the hardest race I?ve ever done. Ruth was talking to me heaps, she was telling me what to do and I think we both worked really well together.? A ladies agreement saw 19-year-old Skerritt cross the line ahead of Corset, over three minutes in front of a splintered peloton. Liv/Giant?s Rebecca Locke climbed to third place. ?Ruth decided to let me have the win because I?ve never won an NRS race before and she is in a great position with the overall rankings that she can afford to give away a few points. ?It?s very exciting, I?m really looking forward to Canberra now, the win has definitely given me more confidence,? said Skerritt who now moves up to sixth overall for the series. Corset now heads to the National Capital Tour with almost a 20 point lead in the national series rankings. ?Our plan today was to keep it together along the Great Ocean Road before the first climb because we knew that Ellen and I would be able to get away,? said Corset. ?I bridged across to her and by the top of the climb we had a time gap of three minutes and we managed to increase to 5 minutes after the descent. ?We both kept talking to each other and working together and we crossed the line together holding hands, so it was great,? said Corset.. In her first Subaru National Road Series event since recovering from Deep Vein Thrombosis, Chloe McConville (Jayco/Apollo/VIS) featured in both intermediate sprints and finished in 21st place. Read McConville?s story here. Almost 5, 000 riders took to the Great Ocean Road for Amy?s Gran Fondo, held in memory of Australian cycling team member Amy Gillett, who tragically lost her life while training in Germany in 2005 when hit by a car.

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