Tour de Brisbane was again a great experience racing the fully closed city centre

The race weekend was well filled with a time trial on Thursday including the Oceania Championships, a criterium on Friday, Oceania?s Road Race Championships on Saturday and the national road series for elites and granfondo on Sunday next to a Festival Expo over the whole weekend.

The UCI time trial on Thursday which was organised for the second year on a 20km course just south of Brisbane was won by Craig Davis in an average speed of 37.5 km/h beating his compatriots John Carr and Ben Gulley by respectively 20 seconds and 1m51.

Fastest female on the same course was Michelle Tickner in an average speed of 32.9 km/h on the undulating roads. Anne Elliott and Ivana Cicchelli, both from the F55-59 age group were her nearest opponents taking overall silver and bronze at 54 seconds and 1m33.

On Sunday, the 110km granfondo started in different waves per age group with small intervals after the elite races. Overall fastest time in the UCI qualifier was for Kenno Dytor winning the fastest M19-34 age group before Ben Gulley and Benjamin McDonough in a small group sprinting for the win.

In the overall female result, we see Phoebe Kelly (F19-34) finishing just after 3 hours of racing, beating her nearest opponents Helissa Hinz (F35-39) and Michelle Bond (F40-44) by more than 6 minutes. All three won their respective age groups after they all started together in one wave. More than 5000 riders took part in the granfondo with more than 6300 over the full weekend in one of the many distances and opportunities.

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