Conditions were on the good side for Ballarat but the westerly breeze made the return part of the course an effort. We took a hit in the open divisions this week with only two men’s teams (down 7 athletes) and one team in the open women. Despite the low numbers we still had strong Premier Men’s and Women’s teams with the continuing of the see-sawing 3rd and 4th place between the two - men finishing 3rd and the women 4th. Numbers were also down with our juniors but so were other clubs and with this our U20s won the team competition. A couple of individual highlights for this round was Nardine Bainbridge’s best ever XCR placing, with a 5th place in the open women’s competition and Stephanie Thomas breaking another record, the women’s 40+ 15km road race record, in a time of 60 minutes and 57 seconds.