Ruby Roseman-Gannon will take impeccable form into the Australian road cycling championships after claiming her first Bay Classic criterium series title.
The 23-year-old Victorian is targeting next Friday’s elite criterium race in Ballarat and she has won the two races in the Lexus of Blackburn series.
After taking out the reduced bunch sprint at the end of Saturday evening’s race, Roseman-Gannon broke away with Matilda Raynolds before halfway on Sunday at Geelong.
The pair stayed away and led Roseman-Gannon’s teammate Grace Brown by 17 seconds at the finish.
A two-up battle for the win in the sprint with Ruby Roseman-Gannon securing the overall @LexusBlackburn Bay Crits title in front of a rapturous crowd! #BayCrits@GreaterGeelong @visitvictoria @bikeexchangeau @sportandrecvic @ChangeOurGame @NovotelGeelong pic.twitter.com/hyZoepEEQ9
— Lexus of Blackburn Bay Crits (@BayCrits) January 9, 2022
Raynolds, who was third in race one, led out Roseman-Gannon at the finish and tried to hold her off.
But the new BikeExchange Jayco signing was too strong and won easily.
Roseman-Gannon has ridden at the Bay Classic series for several years and these are her first wins at the event.
Now she is targeting her first senior national criterium title.
“This event has been monumental in my development as a rider and building the confidence to make it to the WorldTour,” she said.
“It gives me a bit of confidence coming into next week. The form’s good and hopefully I can execute next week as well. I’m excited.”
After Brown set her up for Saturday’s win on the Eastern Gardens circuit, Roseman-Gannon hoped to repay the favour.
But Brown was unable to catch the two leaders after they broke away.
“We wanted to make it aggressive, because Grace and I are strong riders and I was hoping to set it up for Grace,” she said.