Bay Classic Series
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.
The series was not held in 2018 due to a clash with the dates of the Australian National Road Championships. The event returned in 2019 with three stages held in Geelong and Williamstown.
Many world-class riders have previously ridden in the "Bay Classic Series", including Graeme Brown, Robbie McEwen, Mark Renshaw, Baden Cooke and Chris Sutton.
|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|
- "Geelong-based Bay Cycling Classic cancelled for 2018". Geelong Advertiser. 10 August 2017. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
- "Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic 2017: Results & News - Cyclingnews.com". cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
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