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16
Nov

Elite Women’s Update

Division Two: Blackchrome Butterfields

Super Series Round Seven

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Race Report Courtesy of CSA. Photo courtesy of Chameleon

In the Category 2 Women, a similar situation existed. The State Development Team held the leader’s jersey through Hannah Seeliger. But with only two teammates to support her in Staci McCudden and Chelsea Holmes, it was going to be difficult for them to defend this lead in what has been the tightest battle across the series. Despite calculated riders from Blackchrome Butterfields and the three Port Adelaide Teams, the State Dev Team showed their strength to take the win in a time of just over an hour. Blackchrome Butterfields held onto second 1:13 further back, with Port Adelaide Silver just 13 seconds behind.

12
Nov

Elite Women’s Update

Division One: MBA Blackchrome

Super Series Round Six

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The round six criterium was the first time on the short course, and in mild conditions. The team was represented by Jess, Victoria, and Emily Hill again promoted from division two. Emily had a crack at the sprint points, but then experienced the difference in strength between division one and two, finding herself in trouble after the sprint as the bunch continued to counter attack. Victoria was not doing any better, caught napping and poorly positioned as a break went after the second sprint point. With Victoria relegated to a chase bunch, it was left to Jess to ride like she belonged in division one, staying alert to the moves of the bunch and positioning well. Jess grabbed vital point mid-field, and inched closer to the Leader’s Jersey. Luckily for Victoria, Breanna Ryan had been crushed by testing at SASI that day (thank you SASI), allowing Victoria’s hapless performance to still keep her in the Masters Jersey.

Super Series Round Seven

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Race Report Courtesy of CSA. Photo courtesy of Chameleon

Mercedez-Benz Adelaide-Blackchrome Dominant in the TTT and Mitchelton-Scott deliver on expectation

In the Elite Women, Mercedez- Benz Adelaide – Blackchrome stormed home to take the win. It was no surprise that they took this victory, but few would have predicted their almost 2 minute winning margin. The two SASI teams were close to each other, with SASI-Red coming home in second and SASI Blue taking third. For the third time in the series the leaders jersey changed hands, with 2016 series winner Jessica Mundy (MBA-Blackchrome) taking it off the shoulders of SASI’s young gun Maeve Plouffe. Currently second overall, former leader Breanna Hargrave (SASI) will have a battle on her hands to overcome her deficit on Mundy with only three rounds remaining.

9
Nov

Elite Women’s Update

Division Two: Blackchrome Butterfields

Super Series Round Four – Copper Coast Road Race

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Road race: Report by Emily Hill

The beginning of the road race was frustrating as there were a dozen people taking turns while everyone else was hanging out at the back to avoid the hard-work in the wind. After a while, a few riders willing to take a chance decided to make a break. USG and Blackchrome/Butterfields were the only teams strong enough to stretch the field. The first couple of attacks didn’t quite stick, but the strategy was clearly bringing to breaking point, some of the girls who were just hanging on. A few kilometres from the first gravel section, and with the help of some gentle undulations, an attack instigated by USG and Blackchrome/Butterfields finally stuck. This lead bunch would stay together until the end, apart from a few girls who crashed during the gravel sections. The last couple of kilometres was very quick and yielded a flurry of attacks. When I saw the cones for the final corner I decided to make my attack, which allowed me to enter the corner first. I sprinted to the finish line, but was outpaced by Jaz of USG who snatch first by less than a wheel.

Super Series Round Five: Copper Coast Criterium

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Criterium: Report by Emily Hill

The criterium was held in very windy conditions which was going to test the handling skills of the division two ladies. Those with experience and strength against the wind made their mark very early into the race, with a splintering of riders from the end of the second lap. A steady stream of riders was being pulled from the course as they were about to be lapped by the leading bunch. In some respects, it was very difficult for the officials to gauge which riders were leading and which were being lapped by the multiple small splinter groups out on the course. When I made a break away for the sprint points, one of the marshals was pointing for me to exit the course, but I was confident that I was the front of the race and just road past him to take the sprint points. My tactic was to not break around the corners, and this worked in gaining some distance from the group with each turn, forcing the lead bunch to work and constantly close small gaps. The wind on the back straight was tough and punctuated with strong gusts, which often caused me to ride my bike sideways. A very clever solo move was made by Bronwyn Dolman of the Port Adelaide Black team. There was not enough cohesion from the chase bunch to bring the move back, turning the race into a game for second place. Using my cornering skill again, I was able to get around the final corner without touching the breaks, and stepped on the gas to grab second place.