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MarkW

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2020 Bathurst Cycling Classic
« on: March 16, 2020, 12:33:32 PM »
Hill Brothers dominate the 2020 elite men’s B2B:
Team BridgeLane dominated the 2020 Bathurst Cycling Classic B2B Gold Wave with brothers Sam and Ben Hill finishing first and second after an impressive display. Sam wore Number 1 in the race after his win last year while his bother Ben came into the race with a very impress Palmarès having raced in Europe and Asia with Ljubljana Gusto Santic (& early variation of the team) since 2016. In fact in 2018 Ben Hill was working for one of the highest profile riders in world professional cycling, Tadej Pogacar.

Renowned as a very aggressive tough cyclist, Ben Hill had featured on the podium in a number of major UCI events in Europe including a 3rd King of the Mountains Classification last year in the Tour Slovenia against teams such as Bora Hansgrohe, Mitchelton-Scott, Bahrain Merida and Team Dimension Data. Should be pointed out that Ben Hill actually held the Leaders Jersey in the Tour of Slovenia in 2018.
(see more http://www.nswcycling.com/forum/index.php?topic=143.0)

With Course Designer Mark Renshaw also on the start line in Slovenia it is worth noting that the last time Hill and Renshaw where together on the start line was only 8 months prior in Europe.

Oliver’s Real Food Racing had a strong roster in the 2020 B2B and looked set to test the Hill brothers, but when top rider, Grafton to Inverell winner Will Hodges and GPM Stulz rider Cameron Roberts formed a group off the front of the races there seemed little chance of any other team bring the race back together. 

The two Hill brothers had the numerical advantage and used it, with Sam Hill taking back to back victories in the Bathurst Cycling Classic over his brother Ben with Will Hodges 3rd infront of Cameron Roberts. Luke Cridland a frustrating 5th place given he has been coming to Bathurst to race since he was 9 years old.


Emily Watts great results in Bathurst continue in the 2020 women’s B2B:
A group of 5 riders fought out the finish of the 2020 Bathurst Cycling Classic B2B Female Race with former Bathurst Cycling Club member Emily Watts (Subaru Giant, SUVelo) using her local knowledge to take the win from top class Dubbo rider Simone Grounds (Dhuez Racing).

A determined ride by Dayna Davidson (Southern Cross) prevented Bathurst’s Jodie Martin (D2F Racing) from again making the podium. Jodie was 3rd last year and has regularly featured on the podium, finishing in the money way back in 2005. Katie Banerjee (Dhuez Racing) was strong all day on the hills but wasn’t suited to the fast finish and had to settle for 5th place in the 2020 women race.


Age Categories Winners:
While the race for overall winner of Bathurst Cycling Classic creates plenty of interest the majority of the field is battling to qualify for the World Age Championships. It's the fourth time that the Bathurst Cycling Classic B2B has had UCI status and counts as a qualifier for Worlds for both the Road Race and Time trial (with Saturday's NSW Hill Climb Championships also doubling as the World Championships Time Trial Qualifier.

The Official Full List of Qualified will appear here shortly -
https://www.sport.be/ucigranfondoworldseries/en/riders/

12 Locals look to have Qualified for the Road Race at World Age Champs
Unofficial results only – as this list of Qualifiers for the 2020 World Age Champs is calculated on finishers rather than starters or entries (and currently unsure of the process and the entries in the UCI event)

Unofficial Bathurst Qualifiers for the World Champs in Candia
60-64: Bruce Goddard, Mark Windsor
55-59: Dennis Martin, Tony Barlow
50-54: Richard Hobson, John Roberts, Ian Glen
45-49: Jodie Martin, Jeremy Ryan
40-44: Jarrod Bell
30-39: Stephen Dunstall
19-34: Emily Watts

NOTE - Waiting to see the local Qualifiers for the Time Trial Worlds but NSW Champions - Jodie Martin (Bathurst) Christine Wolfson (Orange) Mark Windsor (Bathurst) are all expected to Qualify along with Bronze Medallists Laura Renshaw and Dennis Martin.

Other Locals that made the top40 in the World Series Categories include -
Females- Fran Walker (13th) and Trudy O’Connor (24th) Dianne Dawson (16th) Candice Falconer (13th) Suzy Ladanyi (31st) Kristy Powyer (17th) Pip Press (31st)
Males - Angus McDowell (24th) Ray Thorn (37th) Jack Cannon (35th) Ryan O'Donnell (36th) Stephen Jackson (32nd) Peter Wilson (15th) John Posker (22nd).

Other locals wo finished the very tough Long Course included Troy Smith, Andrew Abel Ray Thorn David Reece Mick Foran Tim Roebuck Bruce Hutton Nathan Taylor Geoff Hastings Gary Theiss David Hyland Greg Ryan Nathan Maher Jayaram Jayabalan Tim Miller Danny Weal Laurence Outim Matthew Dowton Alan Cattermole David Claypole Troy Smith Nathan Taylor Peter Bigrigg Allan Hamilton...

Also of interest regular Bathurst racers - Ian Grant (55-59) & former local Paul Scherl who look to have qualified
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Re: 2020 Bathurst Cycling Classic
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2020, 12:54:22 PM »
Plenty of great local performances in the Short Course event at the 2020 Bathurst Cycling Classic

Both Rosemary Hasting (70-74) and Wendy Hastings (65-70) won their Categories in the 50km B2B - with (60-64) Category Winner Geri Roggiero also connected to the Bathurst region via she husband David. Geri has raced with the Bathurst Club in the past.
Also making the top 3 in the Female 50km event included Annie Walls 3rd in the 45-49 cat while Ella Falzarano not only 2nd in the 19-35 cat but also 2nd overall behind Josie Talbot. Laura Renshaw just outside the podium 4th in the 19-35 cat and also 7th female overall. Susan Fietz also a strong performance finishing 4th in the 55-59 cat

In the Mens Categories Glen Carter won the 50-54 Category (also 8th overall) with locals Greg Wyld Peter Hickey also in the top 5 in that category. Michael O'Connor (35-39) Alexander Grant (19-34)  and Bruce Weal (60-64) where all impressive finishing runners up in their categories. While David Bull (65-69), Glenn Hope (55-59), Heath Botham (50-54) and Joel Little (45-49) all finished in third place in their categories. Locals in the top 5 in their Age Categories in the Short Course B2B included James Hunter, David Tallentire, Phil Cole and William Kelly 4th in the 15-16 category