STRONG cross-winds and freezing temperatures made it tough going for riders contesting the women’s Tour of the Murray on Friday.
A team of five from the Bendigo-based Building Champions Squad was among the field of 68 cyclists who completed the opening-stage Echuca Road Race.
Minda Murray was the best-placed BCS rider, finishing the 91.7km course around her home turf in 20th place, 1:45 minutes behind the leader. Tayla Evans, from Bendigo, crossed the line 31st and sits eighth in the young rider classification.
BCS spokeswoman Nicole McNamara said conditions out on the road were tough.
“It was very windy out there. We turned into a strong cross tail wind at about the 30km mark and that’s where the bunch started to split.”
The race finished with four groups of riders, led home by Victorian Kendelle Hodges.
BCS is eighth in the team standings, with the tour due to finish on Sunday.