There were few surprises at the opening rounds of the 2018 MTBA National Cyclo-Cross Series in Adelaide, South Australia over the weekend.
Chris Jongewaard (SA) took out the double, with Garry Millburn second both days while Chris Aitken finished third on Saturday before Tom Chapman claimed the final podium place on Sunday.
While Jongewaard took command from lap one of nine, Aitken fought his way back from fifth on lap 2 to engage in a tug of war with Millburn for Round 1.
It wasn’t until the penultimate lap that Millburn got the break to secure his first silver of the season.
Sunday’s racing saw a similar pattern with the South Australian defending champion again taking control but this time Millburn had little challenge for second.
While in the elite women’s Natalie Redmond opened up the series with a victory over April McDonough who took silver both days with Kim Hurst third Saturday before she turned the tables and claimed top spot for round 2 of the series.
McDonough lead from the opening gun, before Redmond took over the front running and secured her first national series victory for the season on the Saturday.
New Zealander Hurst put down the fastest lap of the day on the final circuit to claim the bronze.
Redmond didn’t have the day she was hoping for going for back to back wins after breaking her chain on the start line but she eventually climbed her way from back of the pack to sixth.
While Hurst took command from the first of the six laps before again dropping the fastest time on the last to ensure another podium performance and the national series points lead.
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