Here is the first edition of the Brew Cup, our foray into developing a National ranking that spans more than the national series. The following C2 events were used to determine the ranking.
- Capital Cross Round 3 (ACT)
- Dirty Deed Prologue (VIC)
- Dirty Deeds Round 1(VIC)
- Manly Warringah Cycling Club Subaru Active CX Round 1 (NSW)
- Manly Warringah Cycling Club Subaru Active CX CX Round 2 (NSW)
- Newcastle CX Round 2 (NSW)
- Nundah CX (QLD)
- Crossfire Cup Round 1 (SA)
- Crossfire Cup Round 2 (SA)
- Superwestige Round 1 (WA)
We hope this gives you an idea of riders to watch out over the the first weekend of racing in the National Series. Saturday will see riders back at Cranwell Park, the venue that hosted the National Championship. The love it or hate it course, will be a great chance to see our National Champions display their jerseys in an ever growing field. There is no doubt that the team from Dirty Deeds will put on a great course at Darebin Parklands. If the turn out from last years race is anything to go by, it is a day not to be missed.
As of Saturday afternoon 14th June, the Number 1 ranked rider, Oenone Wood, was a confirmed non-starter for the first leg of the national round. Making the trip to Melbourne for the mother of 3 kids under 5 is a big call. Watch out ladies when the racing comes to Sydney though!
In equal second we see Jenny MacPherson who has dominated the Crossfire Cup, taking victories in both rounds. Proving that Mums make good ‘cross riders, Canberra’s Claire Aubrey has ridden strong in both Canberra and Sydney, recently taking a victory over Wood in Sydney.
In third place we see the first Victorian, Amity McSwan. Amity took out the Dirty Deeds Prologue and finished strongly in the first round. One thing is for sure, there is a great depth of field in the Victorian CX scene, that will be show cased on the weekend.
World Championships representatives Lisa Jacobs and Mel Anset, both side lower in the ranks by virtue of only attending 1 race where they placed second and third respectively. On that occasion it was April McDonough who took a stellar victory. April is a rider to look out for.
|Oenone Wood (NSW)||26||1|
|Jenny MacPherson (SA)||20||2=|
|Claire Aubrey (ACT)||20||2=|
|Amity McSwan (VIC)||12||3|
|Kate Swain (WA)||10||4=|
|Sarah Homes (SA)||10||4=|
|April McDonough (VIC)||10||4=|
|Anna Beck (QLD)||10||4=|
Having dominated racing in NSW recently, it is no surprise to see Garry Millburn at the top of the rankings. Garry has taken victories in Sydney twice and Newcastle. Over the last 2 weekends, he has been pushed all the way my Newcastle’s Chris Atiken. Only time will tell to see how Millburn’s form translates on the national stage.
Much like MacPherson, Adelaide’s Chris Jongewaard has dominated the quality field in the first 2 rounds of the Crossfire Cup. Hopefully Jongewaard will make the trip over to Melbourne and challenge Millburn and the ever strong Victorian contingent.
In equal third with have Paul Redenbach (Vic) who has performed consistently in the first 2 rounds of the Dirty Deeds series, he took advantage of Adrian Jackson’s crash to take a recent victory. As mentioned earlier, Chris Aitken has been keeping Garry Millburn honest in both Sydney and his home town Newcastle while Sydney’s Scott Wines has been posting consistent top 5 results which see him near the top of the ladder. Last but not least we have Shaun Lewis who we can count on the animate racing when we head to Melbourne this weekend.
Of special interest is the performance of Mark Chadwick who has placed fourth behind both Millburn and Jongewaard. This along is strong confirmation of the depth of fields that are developing in the Australian CX scene.
|Garry Millburn (NSW)||30||1*|
|Chris Jongewaard (SA)||20||2|
|Paul Redenbach (Vic)||12||3=|
|Scott Wines (NSW)||12||3=|
|Chris Aitken (NSW)||12||3=|
|Shaun Lewis (SA)||12||3=|
|Paul Van Der Ploeg (Vic)||10||4=|
|Jason Chalker (ACT)||10||4=|
|Robbie McEwen (Qld)||10||4=|
|Craig Cooke (WA)||10||4=|
|Alan Iacone (Vic)||8||5|
* For all riders, the best 3 Cat 2 results are counted. Garry Millburn was the only rider to have been allocated points from 4 events.