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  Last year Gracie Elvin doubled up winning for the second year in a row. Elvin is back looking to complete the hat trick and become the second women to do it after Kathy Watt between 1992-1994.

2014 Results

1 Gracie ELVIN (ACT)
2 Lauren KITCHEN (NSW) +0
3 Katrin GARFOOT (QLD) +0
4 Tiffany CROMWELL (SA) +0
5 Amanda SPRATT (NSW) +0
6 Emily ROPER (QLD) +0
7 Miranda GRIFFITHS (VIC) +0
8 Jenelle CROOKS (QLD) +0
9 Shara GILLOW (QLD) +3
10 Joanne HOGAN (VIC) +16
11 Lizzie WILLIAMS (VIC) +50
12 Samantha DE RITER (VIC) +50
13 Felicity WARDLAW (VIC) +50
14 Taryn HEATHER (VIC) +50
15 Peta MULLENS (VIC) +50

Past Winners

2014 Gracie Elvin
2013 Gracie Elvin
2012 Amanda Spratt
2011 Alexis Rhodes
2010 Ruth Corset
2009 Carla Ryan
2008 Oenone Wood
2007 Katie Mactier
2006 Katherine Bates
2005 Lorian Graham
2004 Oenone Wood
2003 Olivia Gollan
2002 Margaret Hemsley
2001 Katie Mactier
2000 Anna Millward

The Route

10 laps of the 10.2km course around Buninyong. The infamous climb of Mount Buninyong Road is the main feature on each lap, topping out after around 2.5km in to the lap.

The Contenders

Full start list available here

Gracie Elvin

Elvin is fast becoming the Queen of Mount Buninyong after taking the win the past two years. Elvin is a puncheur and the course is ideally suited to her. Not always the strongest but a fighter who will never give up. Dropped on the last lap in 2014 but clawed her way back to convincingly win the sprint and defend her title. For Orica-AIS it is the team that matters and they have other cards to play. With only three teammates the team is not as strong as it has been in past years.

On stage two of the Bay Crits, Elvin went solo with nearly 30 minutes to go. Her form is good and will be hard to beat.


Gracie Elvin may be the favourite but there are other options, despite just having three riders this year. The loss of Katrin Garfoot to injury is a big blow as the course is perfect for her. Amanda Spratt is a former winner and after a difficult 2014 with injury will be looking to start off on a strong note. Lizzie Williams is yet another option for the team who climbs well on the shorter climbs and packs a quick sprint. The team wants to win and ensure they earn a fourth title in a row. Who it comes from is not a major concern.

Tiffany Cromwell

The top ranked Australian on the UCI rankings has been chasing the Australian title for a number of years. 2014 saw Cromwell step up but a win eluded her despite numerous top 5 finishes including at the World Championships. Has support from Loren Rowney but will be outgunned by Orica-AIS. Few in the field can out climb her and she has been working on her sprint making her dangerous especially from a small group. Was very quiet at the Bay Crits but is likely happy to sit under the radar before her first big goal of the season.

Lauren Kitchen

Kitchen started 2014 on a strong note finishing second behind Elvin on the hilly Buninyong course. A quiet year in Europe mostly playing a support role but has timed her form to perfection. Kitchen was in fine from spirnting to second and overall at the Bay Crits behind Chloe Hosking. If Kitchen can again navigate the hilly course could take the win with her fast finish.

Ruth Corset

Corset is a former winner back in 2010 and has spent time racing in Europe. With a young family Corset now spends her time racing domestically and dominated the national road series. A strong climber who has a reasonably quick finish should be in contention but her lack of racing in a field of this level could be a disadvantage.

Ellen Skerritt

A name that might be unfamiliar to many but after an illness impacted 2013 season and missing the National Championships last year Skerritt bounced back in the second half of the 2014 NRS season. Skerritt is eligible for the under 23 title but in fact could be the big surprise and take out the elite title. One of the best on the climb and has a decent finish but wont be able to match any of the bigger names in the field in a sprint. Don’t be surprised to see Skerritt attack on the final climb and try to solo to the win.

Carlee Taylor

Spent 2014 with Orica-AIS but returns to Lotto-Soudal as it is now known for 2015. Last year played a support role but this year has an opportunity to ride for herself. Taylor is one of the most underrated riders in the peloton and the 2011 under 23 champion. A strong climber but lacks a quick finish, expect to see her attack on the climb.

Rachel Neylan

World Championship silver medallist in 2012 Rachel Neylan has had a difficult two seasons but is back ready to show off the talent we saw two years ago. Very strong on the climbs and Neylan will be looking to attack on the climb.

Miranda Griffiths

Finished seventh last year in the select group. One of the strongest domestically when it comes to climbing but lacks a quick finish to win from a group of the best in Australia. Claimed a third consecutive Tour of Bright victory at the end of 2014.

Shara Gillow

Gillow had a disappointing 2014 season including the loss of her Australian time trial crown. A quiet season in Europe followed where Gillow was unable to repeat her past performances at the Giro Rosa. Lacks a quick finish but if she can get away solo or as a group will be hard to bring back.

Rebecca Henderson

Henderson is best known as a mountain biker who claimed bronze in the cross country at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Has finished top 20 twice in the past in the elite ranks. In 2013 Henderson finished second in the under classification. Limited experience on the road in a field of this caliber but could surprise with a strong result.

Jo Hogan

Claimed silver in 2013 just behind Gracie Elvin in 2013 and bronze in 2011. A strong all rounder and is very consistent at Nationals after finishing top 10 the past five years.

Other names to watch: Loren Rowney, Jessie MacLean, Sam de Riter, Bridie O’Donnell, Lisa Jacobs, Tessa Fabry, Kendelle Hodges, Taryn Heather and Peta Mullens.

Under 23

As mentioned earlier Ellen Skerritt is the stand out favourite and could even challenge for the elite title. Defending champion from the past two years Emily Roper is not back to defend her title.

Jenelle Crooks is another who is strong on the climbs. Lost her under 23 time trial title on Thursday so will be looking for revenge. Jessica Mundy who finished third last year could also challenge for the title.

Other names to watch include Alex Nicholls and Allison Rice.
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