It feels like we have had a smorgasbord of great racing on our doorstep this past month, from the nationals in Ballarat to the TDU, and the Race Melbourne and Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race close to home. And the Jayco Herald Sun Tour as we speak, which for the first time since 2011 has a women's tour returning alongside the mens (good to see it back). We managed to get down to Albert Park to see the women race around the circuit for Race Melbourne, and see a very classy Nettie Edmonson take a win in the bunch sprint.
Taking it up a notch in fiercely hot conditions and on a tough course crowned by the Challambra Crsc climb of Road Worlds infamy, we also got to see a very fast and tough minded Chloe Hosking take out the 4th running of the Cadel Evans event (long may it continue). One thing we were struck by in both races is the growing number of women's teams and the geographical spread of them. Sure Europe is strongly represented but so increasingly are the America's, while our own Mitchelton-Scott is of course very impressive.
The international field seems to have made Australia home in our summer of cycling and the depth and quality of racing must give them a great base to take to the battlegrounds of the northern hemisphere later in the year. The only downside is that we have to wait 11 months for our next fix!
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