A women's-only race was held for the first time on Saturday as a part of Shepparton Cycling Club's Lake Criterium series.MATTHEW GALEA March 31, 2014 4:05am
The men weren’t the only ones racing around Victoria Park Lake on Saturday night.
For the first time since Shepparton Cycling Club’s Lake Criterium series started in 2012, a women’s only event formed part of proceedings.
For race organiser Kelly Jamison, who also runs the Breeze Rides events in Shepparton, it was an important feat.
‘‘A lot of the girls had committed above and beyond the Breeze Rides in the past six months and were showing signs of having that ability to go out and race just like the men,’’ Jamison said.
‘‘I wanted to give them the opportunity to see what that racing situation was like, so we tried to let them do it in the comfort of their own town and not making a big deal of it, so that they could do it in the friendship groups they’d ridden with in the Breeze events.
‘‘I’m extremely proud of the girls that took part and got out of their comfort zones.’’
Thirteen women raced in the inaugural women’s event, which was structured to keep the group of riders together initially.
For the first 20 minutes, riders could not exceed a certain speed, before it was every woman for herself over the final 15 minutes.
Carole McGregor called upon all her triathlon experience to storm home to a win, with Aimee Prenter and Rowena Beqir finishing second and third respectively.
‘‘It was really exciting just to be a part of it. It was much less intimidating than going out in the big groups with the men,’’ McGregor said.
‘‘I wasn’t quite sure what to expect because I hadn’t done a race like that for a long while
‘‘Kelly Jamison has really driven it. She deserves a lot of accolades for what she’s done.’’
Jamison said the support of SCC had been vital.
‘‘The club has been extremely receptive to the idea. A lot of regional clubs have criteriums that have women’s grades, and Shepparton has always wanted to have the same, but the numbers haven’t been there.’’
SCC president Edward Dalle Nogare said the opportunity to run a women’s even was one the club jumped at.
‘‘All 13 of the girls that raced were racing for the first time, so that was great to see and it’s great to have got the ball rolling,’’ Dalle Nogare said.
Police are investigating a fire at a steel factory in Seymour overnight.
Moira Shire's rate notices will be reissued, and will increase, after a calculation error resulted in an estimated shortfall of more than $500,000.
Murchison and Tatura SES units were two of 26 Victoria State Emergency Service volunteer units to receive an allocation of new equipment this week as part of the annual AAMI equipment handover program.
North Bendigo defeat Leitchville-Gunbower in tough semi-final, while flag fancies finalised in MFL
Julie Sands and Sheridan Clark have been kept busy, visiting Rochester recently yo dispense free coats to residents.
Kyabram's Nick Holman set to make senior AFL debut.
Fundraising for prostate cancer would seem to be a natural fit for the Australian Defence Force.
Jerilderie Shire deputy mayor Ruth McRae handed the key over for the new Rural Fire Service station last Friday.
Aommunity fair and truck show will be hosted by Heathcote Primary School next month.
Statewide roads and public transport study calls for increased governemnt funding, sparks memories of Cobram passenger rail service.
We have three single adult tickets for the October 3 and 4 event to giveaway.
A $100 million investment program will recommence following parent company Coca-Cola Amatil's decision today to invest $78 million into SPC Ardmona.
Jack Frawley remembered for his service with the 4th light horse bridge at Lone Pine, Gallipoli and the charge of Beersheba, Palestine.
- Benalla Health signs on as a White Ribbon supporter of the campaign against domestic violence
- A magnificent 98 years for Benalla arts identity
- Benalla unveils its refurbished old shire offices which are now the Civic Centre
- Support Light the Night in Benalla next month
- Poppy Smith celebrates her second birthday, having survived a heart defect.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.