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Jessica Pratt Third In 2017 U23 Australian Criterium Championships

Queenslander Jessica Pratt has started 2017 with a bang, taking home the bronze medal in the U23 Women’s Criterium at the 2017 Australian Road Cycling Championships. In a race that was dominated by the elite Orica-Scott squad and won by High5 Dream Team graduate Jessica Allen, with 2015 team captain Kendelle Hodges in second, Pratt was never daunted by the challenge of competing with the top criterium racers in the country. ‘The crit was good, it was great to get my first U23 Australian National Championships criterium under the belt. My main goal for Nationals is the road race on Sunday, so I was using tonight’s criterium to get a good hit out. I looked at the course and felt that it suited my strengths. I was hoping I could get a medal, so it was a great result. ‘I was able to keep an eye on the other Under 23 riders in the peloton throughout the race, but unfortunately, I actually thought there were two laps to go when we were on our last lap! Up until 100 metres to go I thought we had another lap to go, so I’m pleased I was able to keep an eye on my main competition and still secure a medal. ‘The Under 23 road race is my main goal of these national championships, I really want to try and win that...

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Kendelle Hodges Fourth In Final Dream Team Appearance

In her final race with the High5 Dream Team, Kendelle Hodges charged home to finish fourth in the 2016 Shimano Supercrit, narrowly missing out on the final podium spot to Peta Mullens. After being positioned towards the front of the peloton throughout the hour long criterium, along with her High5 Dream Team teammate Rebecca Wiasak, Hodges was disappointed to finish off the podium in her last race with the team. ‘I would have liked to have placed a little higher than fourth, especially since it was our last race together, it would have been nice to sign off with...

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Lucy Kennedy Wins 2016 Tour of Bright

Picking up from where she left off after winning the National Capital Tour in September, Lucy Kennedy has today taken out the 2016 Tour of Bright after finishing second on the final stage, the brutal Mt Hotham ascent. Her win was set up on Saturday when she claimed a solo win on Stage 2 to Tawoonga Gap. ‘I’m really happy to win the Tour of Bright after coming second last year. It wasn’t a tour that I was targeting, but it’s always a really good race and a great lead into the Australian Road National Championships. ‘I had a...

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High5 Dream Team Blend Youth and Experience for 2017 Campaign

The High5 Dream Team will combine youth with experience as they look to win the Subaru National Road Series team’s classification for the third year in succession. Two-time Individual Pursuit World Champion Rebecca Wiasak is back for a third season in High5 Dream Team colours, where she will be joined once again by Lucy Kennedy, Tessa Fabry, and Samantha de Riter. The quartet welcome new recruits Emily Roper, Jessica Pratt, Chloe Moran, Ruby Roseman-Gannon and Kristina Clonan. Canberra’s Rebecca Wiasak is eagerly anticipating a new season with the High5 Dream Team. ‘I am so excited to return to the...

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2016 High5 Dream Team Season Review – Lucy Kennedy

In her first season with the High5 Dream Team, Lucy Kennedy was a regular on National Road Series podiums across the country, picking up a host of Queen of the Mountain jerseys, and claiming her first tour win at the National Capital Tour. She reviews her season here. Q. What was your personal highlight of 2016? A.Winning my first NRS stage and tour at the National Capital Tour. I had been targeting the tour since the courses were released, as it really suited my strengths. It was satisfying to achieve this goal and made even more special because the...

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