Ahead of the national cyclocross series heading to Perth for the first time, we have updated the Brew Cup ranking following the first two rounds of the national series.
The racing in Perth will see two different course. The first day of racing at the Midvale Speed Dome, will see a tight and twisty course with a mixture of grass, asphalt and a trip through the velodrome. The second days racing will be held at Garvey Park in Belmont. The course is situated on the Swan river and will include a combination of surfaces and sand. The recent rain will have made an impact on this course.
Following back to back victories in Melbourne, it is no surprise to see national champion Lisa Jacobs on top of the rankings. That being said the top 3 riders in the women’s ranking, all stood on the podium on both days in Melbourne.
With Jacobs a confirmed non-starter for the Perth NCXS rounds (on a holiday in France) and her nearest rivals, April McDonough and Melissa Anset have a great opportunity to build an advantage over Jacobs.
April McDonough is a favourite for the Perth NCXS races. The technical skills she demonstrated will be to her advantage on the tight Speeddome course and challenging Garvey Park.
|Penny Hosken||20||9||(No ranking)|
|Tory Thomas||18||10||(No ranking)|
Following 2 great rides in Melbourne, the biggest mover and leader of the rankings is Allan Iacuone. The top of the men’s ranking is a close affair with Iacuone, Jongewaard, Millburn and Jackson all separated by 10 points. All four riders are on the start-list in Perth so some close racing should be assured.
5th place rider Paul Redenbach rode consistently in Melbourne and should also be considered a contender. With a significant running section expect on Sunday, Lewis Rattray European experience could be used to his advantage.
In places 12th and 15th we see the first West Australian riders, Craig Cooke and Peter Hatton. Both riders will no doubt feature at the front of the racing. Hatton took victory in Sydney last year whilst Cooke has represented Great Britain at the cyclocross world championships.
|Chris Hamilton||15||6||(No ranking)|
|Paul Van Der Ploeg||10||12=|