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by Shane Stokes
October 24, 2017
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Shannon Malseed (Holden Women’s Racing) is celebrating overall success in Australia’s Subaru National Road Series, having sealed her victory when she finished eight overall in the Michelton Tour of Gippsland. She ended the seven-event competition with 710 points, beating High5 Dream Team’s Lucy Kennedy and Rebecca Wiasak by 640 and 635 points respectively. Tasmania Macey Stewart (TIS Racing) was fourth overall and named best young rider.
“We are so proud to wear this jersey, not just for me to wear it personally, but for the team,” said Malseed, a 22 year old from Victoria. “It is great to take out the jersey, but as a team, we have proven our strength time and time again and that is pretty awesome.”
Second overall behind Louisa Lobigs in the season-opening Tour of East Gippsland, she moved into the overall lead when she won the Tour of the South West in May. She was second in the following week’s Mersey Valley Tour – won by teammate Grace Brown – and missed the fourth event, the Tour of the King Valley in August, due to commitments with the High5 Australian Women’s Development Team in Europe. However she had enough points in hand to maintain her overall lead.
She was fourth in Amy’s Otway Tour in September, missed Battle Recharge due to a planned mid-season break, but was able to seal overall victory at the weekend with her solid ride in Gippsland.
“Coming into the final NRS event, we (Holden) knew that our main threats were Macey and Bec,” she said. “But the night before the final stage, [we] did the calculations and worked out that I would win if I could finish the stage. There were a few hiccups in the final stage…I crashed twice, but got back up both times.”
Read more about Malseed and her Holden Women’s Racing teammates on Ella CyclingTips.