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IT was a historic day for women's cycling and
the Barossa Valley, yesterday, as the region
hosted stage three of the Santos Women's
Crowds gathered to welcome some of the world's
best female road cyclists on their 92.4km loop
from Tanunda to Lyndoch, in what was the first
time the Tour Down Under has been added to the
International Cycling Union's (UCI) competitive
Australian sprinter Chloe Hosking, of Ale
Cipollini, won the day with a time of 2.21:56,
ahead of Kirsten Wild (Cylance Pro Cycling) and
Alexis Ryan (Conyon Sram Racing).
Hosking also won the Queen of the Mountain
at the Whispering Wall in Williamstown, while
her team-mate, Janneke Elsing, won the Barossa
Valley Way sprint at Lyndoch.
Southern Barossa Alliance chairman Simon
Taylor said there were many more spectators
at this year's Women's International Race,
compared to last year.
Ahead of the event, Santos Women's Tour
race director Kimberley Conte said the level
of interest in women's cycling has increased
"dramatically" in the past few years.
"The race started off as just a local criterium, it
was born out of some local races and then it grew
to a couple of stages," she said.
"It was well-supported by the locals as a great
event and, as it continued -- fortunately, for us
-- it kept growing to the place where it is now."
Ms Conte said the event has also provided a
"pathway" for young aspiring female riders.
"(SA) has quite a few (riders)...there are a host of
girls that are here now and it's really exciting to
see," she said.
"It was really, really important for me, as the
race director, to try and not only feature our local
riders, because we do have a whole local South
Australian team -- the Mercedes-Benz Adelaide
Blackchrome team is South Australian and
Adelaide-based," she said.
"But, it's really important to show there's a
pathway for these riders -- that they can see that
if they start riding as a young woman here in
Adelaide, on the track or on the road.
"And, if they choose to follow that path, they can
see that there's opportunities for them to race at
international level; whether it be here in Australia
or in Europe, or United States, or wherever that
pathway takes them."
Locals get behind women
LOCALLY, Evanston Park amateur rider
Lisa Hall said interest in women's cycling
has grown significantly -- particularly at the
Gawler Wheelers, where she and husband
"Sometimes, women don't want to ride with
men because they feel uncomfortable and think
they'll slow the group down," she said.
"(The Gawler Wheelers) is predominantly
men, but they embrace us (women)."
Mrs Hall and her Gawler Wheelers team-
mate Andrea Woolger recently rode the 45km
Wheel Women Ride with the Melbourne-based
'Wheel Women' cycling group.
"(Wheel Women) wanted people to see a
massive group of women riding, so people
would see women can do it," she said.
She said she started riding three years ago, at
the age of 50, as a way of keeping fit, and was
pleased to see the support she was given by the
men within Gawler Wheelers.
"I originally started riding because my husband
has ridden for years, but I felt self-conscious
riding with the boys myself," she said.
"But then I just decided to go out and do it
one day. Frank (Fragnito) came up to me and
welcomed me -- the boys told me to go in
between them and said, 'we'll protect you from
"It's good for women to know that, no matter
your ability, the boys can watch out for you
-- our whole focus is about looking out for one
From starting at the back, Mrs Hall now rides
ahead of some of the male riders in the middle
of the pack.
Mrs Hall had a message for women wanting to
get involved in cycling.
"Don't think you're slow -- everyone starts at
the back," she said.
Winner of Tour Down Under stage 3 in Lyndoch on Monday is Chloe Hosking (centre), second
Kirsten Wild (left) and third Alexis Ryan.
PHOTOS: Alec Urquhart
The ladies from Aussie team ‘Rush’ after completing the 94km stage 3 circuit fnishing in Lyndoch on
Women’s cycling growing
Lisa Hall (left) and
recently rode in
the Wheel Women
Ride to promote
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