Happy New Year! Bay Crits | Stage 1

by CyclingTips

The Bay Crits might be nothing more than a show-race in the big scheme of things, but with GreenEDGE’s debut and most of Australia’s top professionals first race of the season, this is something that can’t be missed!

Out of 55 starters only 15 finished the infamous Geelong “Ritchie Boulevard” hotdog circuit. It’s an excellent venue for spectators but a dreaded course for the riders. Only 600m around and about 80 standing starts, gaps begin to open up quickly. If you’re not top 20 in the pecking order, you’re almost guaranteed not to finish.

I spoke with Greg Henderson after the race and he showed me his SRM data: 406w average and 1400w in the sprint to take the win. He said, “That’s way too much for January 1st!”. Yes, it might be a show-race, but these guys aren’t soft pedalling it. That’s massive!

Read the full results and race report here.

Don’t miss today’s stage around Geelong’s Botanical Gardens and along the waterfront. It’s a fast course approximately 2km around and usually ends in a big bunch sprint. The following are the event times:

8.30 am – Amy’s Ride
11.15 am – U 17 men and women
12:00 pm – Support Individual presented by Total Rush
12.50 pm – Support Teams presented by Urban Hotels – John Cornish Memorial
1:40 pm – Elite Women presented by Bike Exchange
2:30 pm – Elite Men sponsored and presented by Jayco

Robbie McEwen’s GoPro race footage

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