Sydney based team claims victory in both the Symmons Plains Raceway Kermesse and the Stan Seijka Cycling Classic in Launceston Cycling Festival. Kimberley Wells (29) sprinted to victory ahead of Gracie Elvin (Orica-AIS) and Eileen Roe (Wiggle Honda) in yesterday's Stan Seijka Launceston Cycling Classic.
Wells, who joined the Roxsolt team in November, out smarted her breakaway companions to take a convincing win in one of the countries most prestigious criteriums.
Wells escaped with four other riders in the opening stages of the forty-five minute criterium held in downtown Launceston before two more riders bridged across to the lead group. The group of seven included two Orica-AIS riders and three Wiggle Honda riders.
In the closing laps Wells, despite being outnumbered, responded to strong attacks from her rivals and remained in the hunt for race honours.
Rounding the final bend in second position Wells timed her sprint perfectly, crossing the line with plenty of time to celebrate.
"I was trying to be really observant in the final laps incase anyone tried to go for a flyer or go early. I wanted it to come down to a sprint but given how aggressive the race had been I had to be careful because the attacks had stung my legs a bit, so I wanted to leave it late," Wells said.
"It was great for women's cycling that the race was televised. It was a really hard and really aggressive race, I think it was a great showcase for women's cycling," she said.
The 2013 national criterium champion, Wells, had a difficult year in 2014. Putting her medical career on hold she inked a professional contract with a French team after a string of impressive results in Australia and the United States in 2013. However, a muscle tear near a sciatic nerve in her piriformis saw her return to Australia in April and unable to exercise for four months.
"It's been such a hard last 12 months, both physically and mentally. To be back doing what I love and doing well feels fantastic. I wouldn't be doing this without the support of Roxsolt or my state academy ACTAS," Wells said.
Wells' teammate Chloe Hosking claimed victory in the Symmons Plains Raceway Kermesse on Saturday edging out Eileen Roe (Wiggle Honda) and Loes Gunnewijk (Orica-AIS) after the trio escaped in the opening laps of the 15 lap race.
Hosking said it is exciting to see the Roxsolt team competing with the likes of European professional teams Orica-AIS and Wiggle Honda.
"Roxsolt was sort of born out of the idea of wanting to create another top, competitive team on the Aussie summer racing scene," Hosking said.
"For a few years now the scene has really been dominated by one or two teams and for riders like myself who come back from Europe after racing the season with our trade teams it can be hard to get to races, and do well at races, if you don't have any support," she said.
"I met with Kelvin Rundle (Roxsolt managing director) in 2013 and this idea about creating a professional, organised environment for women who didn't have support just blossomed,
"The fit with Roxsolt and women's cycling is not necessarily a clear one but it's obviously a relationship that's working. Roxsolt as a consultancy firm is about seizing opportunities missed by others and I think that's really what Roxsolt as a cycling team is about,
"We create a team of riders who otherwise might not be able to race at all," Hosking said.