Stinking hot day, 39 degrees C (that's about 102 Farenheit) but it was just
bearable. The course
is short, pancake flat and quite sheltered from the wind.
included Gerrans, Mitch Docker, Baden Cooke, Glenn O'Shea (world omnium champion), Greg Henderson, Matty Lloyd, a strong Drapac team working for Tom Palmer, as well as several other decent local teams.
After a series of initial attempts at a breakaway were brought back Greg Henderson broke away with local rider Pat Lane; Henderson racked up a collection of $500 sprint primes and the two of them got within 12 seconds of lapping the field.
Drapac brought their riders to the front to drag the break back as Henderson and particularly Lane started to weaken. After Lane popped, it was brought back together with 6 laps to go.
A late attack featuring Gerrans, O'Shea and Gerrans' teammate-for-the-day Calvin Watson was brought back and Drapac were rewarded for their hard work by getting their sprinter Tom Palmer up for the win. Docker got second, and Shannon Johnson, a fairly recent convert to cycling from motorcycle racing who was riding with one of the smaller teams, was third.
The women's race saw a flurry of one and two-up attacks but they ultimately went nowhere, and local sprint gun Nicole Whitburn took that race.