The South Australian Cycling Scene #8

By Sam Young After a week off from racing last week, this weekend saw something for everybody on the road. On Saturday the Norwood CC club road race championships were held, and on Sunday was the Skinny Lattes Cycling Club Women?s Handicap. Meanwhile a lot of SA?s elite riders were battling it out in Canberra during the Vie 13 National Capital Tour. Adam Kerin Crowned NCC Road Race Champion With a lot of riders interstate over the weekend there was a smaller field than usual racing in the Norwood Club championships. The combined A/B field raced over 97km in the championship event, whilst support races in C and D grade were also held. The race was held over seven laps of a lumpy course out of Greenock in the Barrossa. Whilst there were no real hills to speak of, the road was never flat, encouraging aggressive racing. Despite this it took until the end of the 5th lap for a break to establish itself as a strong contingent from SASI patrolled the front of the field. Eventually three riders got away, including eventual winner Rohan Wight, and top placed NCC rider and second placed Adam Kerin. Realising that the break was dangerous Swiss Wellness riders Andre Bemmer and Mathew Gassner worked hard on the front to bring it back, but with little cohesion in the peloton the escapees eventually stretched their gap. As the highest placed woman in the highest grade, Holly Ranson took out the women?s championship ahead of Nusha Kerin, just managing to prevent a husband and wife whitewash. Tracy Johnson wins Skinny Lattes Road Race Setting off from limit, Tracy Johnson held on to win the Skinny Lattes Women?s Handicap at Macclesfield. Sunny weather and light winds saw fast paced racing over three laps of the hilly circuit. Johnson managed to just hold off Tash Davies who was competing in her first road race. Leanne Davies was the fastest rider, finishing in sixth place. The Skinny Lattes Women?s Series has provided a significant opportunity for women to get involved in racing in South Australia, and the race attracted a number of new cyclists. Joanne Easson placed 5th on the day, and explained that the relaxed atmosphere and camaraderie of the event helped to make it a highly enjoyable event. The Next round of the Skinny Lattes Women?s Series is a criterium at Victoria Park on Sunday October 12th. Big thanks to Joanne Easson for giving me a run-down on how the race panned out. Strong Showing by SA riders at Tour of the National Capital South Australian riders made an impact at the tour of the national capital, with three South Australian Riders in the top 10 overall. Timothy Roe (Budget Forklifts), Russell Van Hout (Lightsview) and Cameron Bayly (Search2Retain) all featured. Meanwhile Chris Harper (Swiss Wellness) battled for the young rider?s classification after a strong showing in the opening TT. In the women?s race South Australia was less well represented, however Lucy Barker (COX Blackshaw), Michelle Aposolou, and Danielle McKinnirey all featured.

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