Criterium White Bay Sydney 2017 Race Report

RACE REPORT

  18th November 2017     
  White Bay Cruise Terminal, Sydney

MIRACLE ON WHITE BAY


Is there a more picturesque view from a criterium in Australia than looking out over Sydney Harbour? Certainly, the location was world-class - but would it work as a racing venue? There were so many unanswered questions, so many things that could go wrong. Plus the threat of heavy rain that had plagued us all week, and kept our insurers up at night. Well, let's be honest - we hadn't slept much either...


We needn't have worried. With rain pelting down almost everywhere else in Sydney, we somehow stayed dry - at least until the racing was done. For one day, it seemed, we had our own private weather system over the course; the miracle on White Bay.


In fact, the conditions were near-on perfect for the inaugural running of #whitebaycrit. Not too hot, not too windy. And what a place to race. Almost 350 riders got to strut their stuff right on the harbour, in front of over 1000 cheering fans.


But we're getting ahead of ourselves - so lets rewind the clock a little and go back to the start. Of the racing, that is...



RACING RESULTS


With the racing over, the rain that had threatened all day (all week, really) finally came, scattering the remaining crowds under a range of tents and makeshift covers. The podium presentations were a lonely affair - out on the middle of the track, with only the athletes, the presenters and a couple of plucky sponsor representatives eager to brave the certain soaking. The applause for each grade was still rowdy though, albeit from some distance away.


You can see the full results of all the racing by clicking on the button below.







SHIMANO SPRINT SERIES RESULTS


As part of the Shimano Sprint Series, competitors in the elite category were eligible to earn points towards the Shimano Sprint crown.


Below you can see a summary of all points earned at Critérium White Bay for 2017. You can also see the Shimano Sprint Series leaderboard here.

Mens
Pos Name Points

Anthony Giacoppo 25

Kaden Groves 23

Tristan Ward 21

4 Bradley Mills 19

5 Joel Walsh 17

6 Alastair Christie-Johnston 15

7 Ayden Toovey 13

8 Christopher Aitken 11

9 Toby Orchard 9

10 Adam Phelan 7

Sprints
# Pos Name Points

1 Toby Orchard 10
  Anthony Giacoppo 8
  Darcy Elerm-Norton 6

2 Toby Orchard 10
  Tristan Ward 8
  Kaden Groves 6

Womens
Pos Name Points

Sarah Roy 25

Matilda Raynolds 23

Georgia Whitehouse 21

4 Jessica Mundy 19

5 Sharlotte Lucas 17

6 Lauretta Hanson 15

7 Charlotte Culver 13

8 Anna Booth 11

9 Lucy Bechtel 9

10 Abby Sneddon 7

Sprints
# Pos Name Points

1 Matilda Raynolds 10
  Sharlotte Lucas 8
  Sarah Roy 6

2 Sarah Roy 10
  Sharlotte Lucas 8
  Matilda Raynolds 6

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