The Women’s Herald Sun Tour winner of 2018 gets straight back to dirt to race at Shimano Mountain Bike Grand Prix!

Brodie Chapman (KordaMentha Real Estate National Team) won the first-ever UCI-sanctioned women’s Herald Sun Tour on Wednesday. Today the 26-year old Queenslander confirmed to race tomorrow’s series opener of the 2018 Shimano MTB Grand Prix Series, which will kick off its 4 and 7 hour competitions at Glenrock State Conservation Area tomorrow, 3 February at 9am.

“She’s one of our riders and rode amazingly ahead of World Champions, WorldTour riders and most of Australia’s best”, said Mitchell Ho from Shimano Cycling Australia who has held the patronage of the event series by promoter Rocky Trail Entertainment since 2010.

Brodie Chapman is said to have planted her cycling roots in the dirt after starting to work in a bike shop in Queensland at the age of 17, which led her to downhill racing and that’s where she caught the racing bug. This all-rounder seems to master any discipline and the techy trails at Glenrock might just suit this “dark horse” who just stunned not only the Australian but also the international road cycling community.

Brodie will join more than 300 Rocky Trail racers at Glenrock tomorrow who will compete in 4 or 7 hours, solo or in teams of up to three riders. Among the endurance athletes at the start line is Newcastle’s multiple 24 Hour MTB World Champion, Jason English.

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About Brodie Chapman’s recent victory at the Women’s Herald Sun Tour 2018:

Chapman held off a charging Annemiek van Vleuten to win stage 1 of the Women’s Herald Sun Tour in Healesville on Tuesday and her lead was enough to take the GC victory on Wednesday 31 January across the line in the yellow leader’s jersey.

Brodie Chapman (KordaMentha Real Estate National Team) won the first-ever UCI-sanctioned women’s Herald Sun Tour on Wednesday, her 17th placing in the Beastwear stage two time trial along Southbank enough for her to retain the Let’s Go Motorhomes yellow jersey and enter the history books.

World time trial champion Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-SCOTT) blitzed the 1.6-kilometre course in front of a bumper Melbourne crowd to claim the stage, narrowly edging Katrin Garfoot (KordaMentha Real Estate National Team) while New Zealand time trial champion Georgia Williams (Mitchelton-SCOTT) rounded out the podium.

“I am really proud to be the first women to win here,” exclaimed Chapman following her overall victory.

Chapman entered the stage 12 seconds ahead of van Vleuten in the general classification standings, following the Queenslander’s stunning solo win on Tuesday in Healesville. Despite conceding some time to the world champion, Chapman’s ride was fast enough to hold onto the coveted yellow jersey.

Source: Herald Sun Tour 2018

About the SHIMANO MTB Grand Prix Series

The SHIMANO MTB Grand Prix Series will return with five events, starting on 3 February at Glenrock near Newcastle and get ready for new venues with Coondoo in Nowra and Wingello added to the classic Ourimbah and Stromlo venues! Every race is a stand-alone event and you collect points for a series ranking. This is your classic cross-country lap event – race solo or in teams for four or seven hours!

Event date: 3 February 2018

Race start at Glenrock: 9am

Event centre: located at Glenrock trailhead on Gun Club Road off Fernleigh Loop in Newcastle.