The action hots up this weekend with the Australian Team Trials on at Newcastle. First up is the sprint at Newcastle University. By all accounts a complex area "intricate buildings and connecting pathways in a unique bush land setting interspersed with open space areas and gardens" this is as close as we get to an old European village or town centre.
The women's race has a hot centre starting at 9:26 with Jasmine Neve closely followed by fellow Australian team members Rachel Effeny and Vannessa Round (007
), then Kathryn Ewels with then Kiwi star of WOC11 Lizzie
Ingham rounding out the 4 minute "flame rouge". Will they all be together at the spectator control at 9:36? Its beside the finish if you want to come and watch!! Susanne Casanova (SusC
) will probably have set the fastest time by then, finishing just in front of this pack at about 9:33 (assuming 15 minutes race time). Then it will be up to just the 4 later starters who include top-ranked runner and Easter winner Grace Crane (GraceE
) - expect her at the finish around 9:48.
The men's is similarly bunched with all the favourites in the last 10 starters from 9:39 with old fox Grant Bluett leading the charge. Action at the spectator control from 9:49 with last starter, Easter prologue winner, Matt Crane ( Craney
) probably the favourite and he will finish at about 10:03.
Be there and cheer them on! Startlists