Gallery and write up.
The 2017 racing season started with a bang on the first day of the year, (no rest for the wicked) with the Bay Crits. Three days of FULL ON criterium racing saw an elite field across the men’s and women’s races, despite the less than warm weather, atypical for January in Australia.
So a few facts about the Bay Crits:
- The first stage is referred to as “The Hot Dog” by a lot of the pros. We were hoping this had to do with the bay side food attractions, but sadly its just the shape of the course. When it rains, it’s called the Wet Hot Dog.
- It’s been running since 1989, which is also the year Milli Vanilli had a top 10 billboard hit with “Girl You Know it’s True…” coincidence? We think not.
- Since 1989 there has only been one non Australian winner (in 1989 in fact) until this year where the titles for both men’s and women’s were taken by international powerhouses.
- Robbie McEwen has won the race more times than anyone else (six titles.) Robbie McEwen is also an anagram for “Comb Beer Wine.”
We could keep going with fun facts for HOURS, but let’s get on with the images:
So basically, we finally got some blazin hot Aussie sun by stage 3, which was MORE than welcome after what felt like a day in Yorkshire the day before. (Sorry Yorkshire, we do love you, just not the weather.) And in the sunshine, on stage 3, the leaders jersey wearers, who had both held them since day one were crowned winners, taking the first big event of 2017. Congratulations to Valentina Scandolara and Ian Bibby on a smashing start to your 2017 season.
We’ll be reporting back from Nationals this weekend, stay tuned!