In the women’s race, Rally UHC Cycling Women’s rider Chloe Hosking took the victory in a thrilling sprint to the finish to claim her maiden elite national title.
Prior to the start, the women’s race was shortened from 40 down to 30 to ensure the finish avoided the fading light.
Because of the treacherous conditions the peloton stuck together for the majority of the race with a few attacks from riders like Hosking and Lauren Kitchen (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope) but when the bell rang the peloton was grouped together.
2018 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Hosking edged Brunswick’s young star Ruby Roseman-Gannon and Mitchelton Scott’s Gracie Elvin who rounded out the podium.
“This is my first elite national jersey, despite being around forever, so it is nice,” said Hosking.
“It was important for me this year as I am going to America to race with an American team and we do a lot of criteriums. I really wanted to take the green and gold crit jersey with me and I have done that so I am really excited.
“It is phenomenal seeing so many young women coming through in Australian cycling, we have seen with Sarah Gigante and now with Ruby. it is really exciting to see the depth coming through in Australia.”