Australia’s Bay Crits to return in 2022

Chloe Hosking wins stage 2 of the 2020 Bay Crits
The Bay Crits last ran in 2020, with Chloe Hosking taking victory in the women's elite while racing for the Lexus of Blackburn team (Image credit: Con Chronis Photography)

The traditional curtain raiser event of the Australian summer of racing, the Lexus of Blackburn Bay Crits, is returning in 2022 delivering two days of competition in Geelong that will give some of the nation’s top riders a chance to pin on a number ahead of the battle for an Australian title the following week.

The long running event – which in 2020 delivered three days of criteriums stretching across two different Geelong locations and finishing in Williamstown – will this year be cut down to two days, returning to the normal format in 2023. Both days of the 2022 event will be at the course around Geelong's Eastern Gardens, running clockwise on Saturday 8 January and in the reverse direction on Sunday 9 January. The shift in direction is expected to change the race dynamic.

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Simone Giuliani
Australia Editor

Simone is a degree-qualified journalist that has accumulated decades of wide-ranging experience while working across a variety of leading media organisations. She joined Cyclingnews as a Production Editor at the start of the 2021 season and has now moved into the role of Australia Editor. Previously she worked as a freelance writer, Australian Editor at Ella CyclingTips and as a correspondent for Reuters and Bloomberg. Cycling was initially purely a leisure pursuit for Simone, who started out as a business journalist, but in 2015 her career focus also shifted to the sport.