The Bay Classic Series (currently running as the Lexus of Blackburn Bay Crits) is a road cycling race held annually in and around Port Phillip Bay in Victoria, Australia. The race consists of both a men's and a women's competition over three stages.
The men's stages are approximately one-hour criteriums (45 minutes plus 10 laps) with three sprints at 15-minute intervals. The women's stages are approximately 45-minute criteriums (30 minutes plus 10 laps) with two sprints at 15-minute intervals. Points are awarded to the first 10 riders at the finish (12, 10, 8 to 1). Additional points are awarded in the intermediate sprints to the first three places (3, 2 & 1 points) towards a separate sprint classification. A team classification is calculated from the points of the highest ranked three riders in each team of five.
Many world-class riders have previously ridden in the "Bay Classic Series", including Graeme Brown, Robbie McEwen, Mark Renshaw, Baden Cooke and Chris Sutton.
In 2022 the Bay crits will be running on the weekend of January 8-9 2022 at Eastern Gardens Geelong
|Year||Men's Winner||Women's Winner|
|2020||Sam Welsford||Chloe Hosking|
|2019||Marco Haller||Valentina Scandolara|
|2017 ||Ian Bibby||Valentina Scandolara|
|2016||Caleb Ewan||Gracie Elvin|
|2015||Caleb Ewan||Chloe Hosking|
|2014||Brenton Jones||Giorgia Bronzini|
|2013||Caleb Ewan||Melissa Hoskins|
|2012||Allan Davis||Melissa Hoskins|
|2011||Matthew Goss||Rochelle Gilmore|
|2010||Chris Sutton||Rochelle Gilmore|
|2009||Graeme Brown||Kirsty Broun|
|2008||Mark Renshaw||Megan Dunn|
|2007||Mark Renshaw||Katherine Bates|
|2006||Hilton Clarke||Katie Mactier|
|2005||Robbie McEwen||Oenone Wood|
|2004||Baden Cooke||Oenone Wood|
|2003||Robbie McEwen||Kate Bates|
|2002||Robbie McEwen||Rochelle Gilmore|
|2001||Robbie McEwen||Anna Milward|
|2000||Brett Aitken||Karen Barrow|
|1999||Robbie McEwen||Anna Wilson|
|1998||Brett Aitken||Anna Wilson|
|1997||Robbie McEwen||Sandra Smith|
|1996||David McKenzie||Anna Wilson|
|1995||Neil Stephens||Kathy Watt|
|1994||Rick McCaig||Kathy Watt|
The Bay Classic Series has been running continuously since 1989, with some exceptions:
|2021||Not held due to the COVID 19 pandemic|
|2018||Not held due to a clash with the National Road Cycling Championships|
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