Katrin Garfoot completed a perfect weekend for her Orica-AIS team by taking out the $10,000 elite women’s race.
A day after teammate Annemiek van Vleuten claimed victory at the Longford kermesse, Garfoot doubled up with Alex Manly also making the podium in third behind runner-up Rebecca Wiasak, of Hi 5 Dream Team.
“We are an awesome team and try to give everyone a chance and we ride together so well,” Garfoot said.
“We wanted to win as a team. Yesterday Annemiek won and today it was me so we’re very happy as a team.
“I was hoping for something good but I surprised myself.”
Born and raised in Germany, Garfoot also lived in Auckland before moving to the Gold Coast and has only been riding for five years.
“I’m really old but just a baby in terms of tactical knowledge,” said the 35-year-old Queenslander, who competed at the Rio Olympic Games..
“I came here four or five years ago and it’s great fun to come back and see how the race has evolved.
“It’s just a bit of fun for us but good money which really draws us here.
“I was catching up on form since the Olympic Games when I was sick and just want to be there again.
“My training and lead-up showed where I could go. I have nationals on the horizon, time trial or road, but maybe that is just a dream and I don’t want to get ahead of myself.”
In an elite women’s field packed full of national and world champions from several countries that SBS commentator Mike Tomalaris described as the best he had ever seen, Garfoot claimed the $5000 first prize over 30 minutes plus two laps.
She broke away mid-race and established a huge lead, even able to enjoy a virtual solo lap of honour as she nearly caught the main peloton on the final exhausting climb up Lawrence Street.
Second place went to Canberra’s two-time track world champion Wiasak who outpaced Manly, of South Australia, also a two-time world champion on the track at under-19 level.
Holland’s Van Vleuten, who was leading the Olympic road race before a sickening late crash in Rio de Janeiro, made a late attack to secure fourth place and complete an enjoyable weekend in Tasmania.
Hobart’s national junior road race champion Madeleine Fasnacht claimed the bonus for being the first Tasmanian home in seventh from a fleet which also included multiple junior world champions Georgia Baker and Macey Stewart.
Result: Katrin Garfoot 1, Rebecca Wiasak 2, Alex Manly 3, Annemiek van Vleuten 4, Kendelle Hodges 5, Valentia Scandolara 6, Madeleine Fasnacht 7, Rylee McNullen 8, Lydia Rippon 9, Rebecca Locke 10.