Quick by name and quick by nature. Blake Quick wins the opening stage of the Lexus of Blackburn Bay Crits powered by PSC Insurance Brokers, with Ruby Roseman-Gannon taking out the women’s event.
In warm, slightly windy conditions in Geelong the hour-long men’s race saw WorldTour veteran Simon Clarke (All Stars) attack at the midway point surging into the lead, taking a bunch of riders with him to form a genuine breakaway that included Zack Gilmore (ARA Pro racing) teenager Henry Dietze (Giant Racing) and Elliot Schultz (Inform TMX MAKE).
However, the peloton reeled them in and on the final corner Brisbane’s Blake Quick (Inform TMX Make), led home by teammate Brenton Jones, rode over the top of the big names to grab the opening stage. Craig Wiggins (ARA Pro Racing) and Jensen Plowright (Lexus of Blackburn) filled the placings. Quick acknowledged the efforts of his teammate Jones, a former Bay Crits champion.
“BJ was only meant to race the second day, then last night he ended up getting the call up to come in and then he said he wanted to thank me for helping out a few weekends ago on the Sunny Coast – he did an unreal job I can’t thank him and the boys enough. He gave me the lead out from heaven, I hardly even had to sprint really.”
"Yeah, it’s unreal and it breeds like that winning culture. It’s so good to have two guys just alternate and then it just breeds such good culture in the team because it doesn’t matter who it is we just want to win."