2016 has started strong for rising superstar MWCC rider Jen Bullock who hasn’t just been clocking up frequent flyer points as she jets around the country but she has been busy building her palmares and the results are starting to show. We give an insight into this rising star within the female peloton.
Jen Bullock has been busy racing around the country over the past couple of months competing in various events. Jen raced in the UCI Masters World Championship Qualifier in Perth for both the road race and individual time trial. Jen finished 10th in the time trial amongst a very hotly contested field with all podium finishers averaging over 44km/hr. The course had a technical cobbled section, being a fantastic experience to race at this level with some of the best time triallers in Australia. Perth turned up the heat for the day of the road race with 40+ degree temperatures matching the standard of the field. Jen finished in a very respectable 13th place amongst a class field of a number of NRS riders and this showed that she has the potential to mix it with the best as she gains more experience.
Jen has been competing in the NSW women’s road series which consists of a number of rounds across the year hosted by various clubs throughout NSW. This was where she first began racing two years ago in C grade, progressing to B grade last year and A grade this year. The first round was the Individual Time Trial at Calga which Jen is very familiar with and usually races most months. This round was used as a seeding event to put the ladies into one of 4 grades (A, B, C or D) with Jen’s time being strong enough for a spot in the A grade division. Rounds 2, 3 & 4 were held in Bathurst with Jen managing to grab a third place in the Individual Time Trial behind Emily Cunningham from Boss Racing and local favourite Hollee Simons from the NSWIS team.
Jen sitting behind NSW Crit Champ Amy Vesty of DHBC
All of her hard work has paid off with selection in the Boss Racing Team (recently renamed to Think Different Cycling) Development Squad. Jen has been selected as part of the squad consisting of 16 ladies with their team events for 2016 being the Canberra Women’s Tour, San Miranda King Valley and Tour of Bright. This will allow Jen exposure to race team tactics at an NRS level.
Next focus events for Jen are the NSW Masters in Orange and Peter Blackshaw Canberra Women’s Tour which consists of four events in two days (two road races, a crit and individual time trial). Although before that you will regularly see her out on our local roads clocking up the kilometres.