Wow – what an amazing weekend of urban racing we’ve just had! The Melbourne City Race Weekend kicked off with our first Friday “Sunset Sprint”, at Edgewater. Locals lined up with interstaters and internationals; world champions raced against newcomers. A fantastic terrain mix of campus, park and street, kept everyone well and truly on their toes. In City Race style, courses were longer than usual, with winning times at 20-25 minutes.
Asha Steer was an outstanding 2nd place in a red hot field of top female sprinters, on Mo Women; while Peter Hobbs also had a fantastic result with 9th on Mo Men, in another very strong lineup. Ian Dodd, Damian Spencer and James Love were all in the top 10 on Sally Men, while Helen Walpole was 7th on Sally Women.
We’ve been itching to sprint at Kensington for ages, and now was finally our chance; not surprisingly there was a record turnout. This urban maze lived up to its reputation, with many coming unstuck in the cluster of controls in the stockyards. The hill climb leg was not just a test of leg strength; route choice was also important. And the final legs kept us thinking as hard as we were running. Simon Rouse was 15th on Mo men, while DROC filled four of the top 10 spots on Sally Men with Ian Davies, Ian Dodd, Damian Spencer and James Love. Hel;en Walpole and Amber Louw were 7th and 8th on Sally Women. Joel Crothers was 10th on the Usain course.
Then it was finally time to race at Docklands, on Peter Dalwood’s brand new map. The course, planned by Jayne Sales, featured multiple levels as we took in the sights of Victoria Harbour, Waterfront, and Southbank. It was a true City Race with a European flavour as we mingled with the crowds around Polly Woodside. Podium placegetters were James Love, Joel Crothers and Sarah Davies (all 2nd), with top 10 results from Peter Hobbs, Simon Rouse, Ian Dodd, Sarah Love, Sally Barlow and Asha Steer.