There are some unassailable leads after yesterday’s racing, with Aneeka Smith (Cat 2 Women), Josiah Whittaker (Cat 2 Men) and Matt Sparnon (Cat 2 Masters) now unable to lose their Series leads, and Chloe Moran (Elite Women) has just one threat to her lead – multiple World Champion Ash Ankudinoff is the only rider within 20 points!
The Cat 1 Masters race saw its first new GC leader in Daryl Margrate since Round 1, on an equal 110 points with JP Jacobs, and the Series win will come from one of those two with the only threat in JPs teammate, Andrew Friebe. In the Elite Men’s race Tristan Saunders has taken over the lead from an absent Jarrad Drizners – who had also been leading from the gun – but it’s not over yet. With four riders within 20 points, Saunders will have to do some mental calculations during Sunday afternoon’s CSA Super Series Final Round: Unley Oval Reserve Criterium to stay in the lead and take out the overall prize.
With 6 Sprint points up for grabs in each of the Senior races on Sunday and 3 points in each of the age categories (Masters, Over 50 and Young Rider) the race is still on nearly across the board, with at least one category still open in every grade except Masters 2. The Elite Women’s Sprint classification has been particularly animated, with only two riders taking points in more than one round – none other than home-grown heros Anette Edmondson and Maeve Plouffe! It’s still anyone’s game, with 7 riders within striking distance of the classification win.
Over at the Junior Super Series there have been some commanding performances across the board, and great racing from everyone from the Under 9s all the way through to the U17s racing in Junior A grade. Josh Cranage is the only threat to Sam Golding’s lead in Junior Boys’ A grade, with Jacqui Voltz and Mirella Willis-Hell both in contention for the Junior Girls’ A grade Series win.
Michael Mervyn Bryant wrapped up the Junior Boys’ B grade Series win with another impeccable race at Murray Bridge yesterday, and Annabelle Kelly will have to defend her lead from Summer Nordmeyer this Sunday to win the Junior Girls’ B grade Series.
In the Junior C grades, Will Brown and Angus Corbett have been trading places for the first a second steps on the Boys’ podium, with Tara Fitzpatrick and Paige Squire both knocking on Gabrielle Mahney’s door for the Girls’ race. Ryan Underwood is nearly untouchable in the lead of the Under 11 Boys’ race, with Emelia Brinkley running yet uncontested for the Under 11 Girls’ grade. Austen Decker has shown he can mix it with the Under 11s every round even as an Under 9!
With only one round left in this year’s Super Series, we hope you can make it out to Unley this Sunday to see who will emerge victorious as we take to the suburban streets around Unley Oval for the very first time!