The Canberra Cockatoos recorded a come-from-behind victory in the men’s elite relay at Spring Gully. Southern Arrows Kerrin Rattray led from Troy de Haas and Christopher Naunton on the first leg, but Andy Hogg kept the Cockatoos in the hunt. The field bunched up on the second leg, with hot conditions taking their toll. Rob Preston, Rob Walter and Blair Trewin all made ground on the second leg, and there was only a couple of minutes between the top five. On the last leg, Dave Shepherd ran away from Simon Uppill to give ACT the win, with Warren Key’s Victoria taking third, courtesy of a mispunch by Evan Barr.
It was a close battle in womens elite, with Jasmine Neve just beating her sister Mace to give Victoria the edge on the first leg. Natasha Key and Kathryn Ewels were then able to hold off Alison Jones and Jo Allison. The Southern Arrows finished third.
Victoria Nuggets also took out both Junior races.
Another hot day is expected for the Eureka Challenge tomorrow.