The inaugural Sara Carrigan Shield womens criterium was run this year as part of the Gold Coast Festival of Cycling and the Darren Smith Cycling Classic, which was organised by the Gold Coast CATS Cycling Club.

The 30min +3 lap race was over a 1.1km route through the look-alike European Village streets of Emerald Lakes. Exclusive corporate marquees were set up to entertain guests with a fine wine & food festival centred around the Euro style Town Square.

The inaugural winner of the Sara Carrigan Shield was Kimberley Wells (Specialized Women SA) ahead of Jasmin Hurikino (Vanderkitten) and Zoe Watters (Pensar hawk Racing). 

The race began in the rain, which made for tough conditions! However, the pace was on from the start with the bunch strung out single file that reduced to a group of 5 riders. Wells put in a well-timed attack up the hill and powered away alone for the remaining 8 laps and enjoyed a solo vicotry across the line. 

Link to results: DarrenSmithClassic2012RESULTS.pdf

Start List:

Betts, Judith Louise
BROWN, Jemma
COWMAN, Sallyanne
CROOKS, Jenelle
DODD, Cassandra
GARFOOT, Katrin
GROUNDS, Simone
HURIKINO, Jasmin
JONES, Hayley
LINDORES, Brittany
MOERIG, Nicole
ROWNEY, Loren
SKERRITT, Ellen
TREMBATH, Claire
VIT, Maddison
WATTERS, Zoe
WELLS, Kimberley
WESTACOTT-CLERMONTS, Marianne

A short snippett of the womens race: