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Jayco Greater Dandenong Criterium - NE

Dandenong, Victoria, December 18, 2005


MacPherson does it easily and Wilson steals the show

Macpherson off the front
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The Jayco Greater Dandenong Criterium women's event was run in support of the newly formed Amy Gillett Foundation, with race entry fees donated by CycleSport Victoria to the Foundation. It was unfortunate for the organisers that the criteriums were held on the same date as events in the Victorian senior track championships, which undoubtedly resulted in a lower turnout for this event, since several women who would normally have made the crossover were otherwise occupied at the velodrome just down the road. Event organisers are already planning to run a bigger and better event in 2006.

There wasn't too much doubt about the final outcome of the race when Jenny MacPherson (VIS) slipped off the front with just a couple of laps covered. MacPherson quickly established a 30-second lead over the chasing bunch. There was little organisation on the part of the chasers and the experienced Victorian was able to continue to extend her lead.

The main race podium
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The chasers appeared to be rallying for finishing positions throughout the 30 minute event and no one rider seemed prepared to go out and chase. There was a 'spoiler' in the bunch though; Peta Mullins played a deliberately strategic role by slowing the pace at the front when she took her turn at the head of the chase. MacPherson's break meant that she took the first and all subsequent intermediate sprints on offer. With five minutes to go, it looked like she might even make contact with the rear of the bunch, thereby lapping the field. It was not to be, however, as the race was not quite long enough "Another couple of laps and I might have managed it" said MacPherson post-race. MacPherson got close though, as the bunch took the bell, for the lead car (of the Amy Gillett Foundation) to escort MacPherson to the win.

Peta Mullins (VIS) snuck off the front late in the race and managed to stay away for a comfortable second place. This was a brave move, considering she must have had tired legs after taking the silver medal in the Victorian Track Championships points race just a few hours earlier. Maryam Rogers, (Kathy Watt Training) went the long way around by sprinting from almost the back of the chasing bunch to take third place by half a wheel.


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Elite men

1 Matt Wilson (Francaise des Jeux)
2 Jonathon Clarke (VIS)
3 Baden Cooke (Francaise des Jeux)

Elite women
1 Jenny MacPherson (VIS)                 
2 Peta Mullens (VIS)                     
3 Maryam Rogers (Kathy Watt Training)    
4 Deborah Fagg (Albury-Wodonga CC)       
5 Gemma Goyne (Bike Now)