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Canberra, ACT, Australia, December 2-4, 2005

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Day 1 - December 3: Road Races, 50/70 km

Morton's moment; Glennan too good

By Anthony Tan at Old Parliament House, Canberra

Michael Rogers and Stephen Hodge
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(Click for larger image) Michael Rogers and Stephen Hodge  lead out the kids' race, with Hodgey taking on some fluffy company.

After yesterday's wash-out that put the criteriums back to tomorrow morning, Saturday's road races were held in intermittent sunshine, and consisted of a 50 kilometre handicap and 70 kilometre scratch race.

Riders that had raced the Canberra Tour (formerly known as 'The Milk Race'), one of Australia's largest domestic club events, went over familiar territory today. Beginning at Old Parliament House, riders headed in a westerly direction out to Cotter via the Coppins and Uriarra Crossings, negotiating U-turns or smaller loops along the way before heading back to the start/finish.

First up was the handicap event, the 120-strong field split between six groups from G grade (referred to as the 'limit' group) - starting at 4.35pm - to A grade (also known as the 'scratch' bunch), who left last, a massive 23 minutes later at two minutes to five.

On hand to wish the groups good luck were two famous Canberrans: three-time world time trial champion Michael Rogers, back in his home town after a team bonding and photo session with his new ProTour team, T-Mobile; and double World Cup champion Oenone Wood. "Have fun first and foremost, and watch out for the wind," advised Rogers. "And don't get caught!" he quipped to the back-markers.

Temperatures in Australia's capital city are often a few degrees less than the coastal climes of Sydney, and the Canberra of today was no different: a biting, cold wind saw most start off with arm warmers, and knee warmers were also in abundance.

Bradley Morton (Canberra CC)
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(Click for larger image) Bradley Morton (Canberra CC)  wins the handicap by a country mile. B grade for you, next time!

In the end, the generous head-start awarded to the back-markers proved too much for the scratchies, and it was C grade rider Bradley Morton (Canberra CC) who attacked and won easily from club-mate Chris Loynes and Simon Hickey (Peloton Sports), collecting a cool 700 smackers for efforts. Fastest time was taken by scratch group rider John Forrest, with Vicki Eustice the best of the ladies, both from Canberra Cycle Club.

Most of the heavy hitters waited for the all-in men's scratch race that kicked off at twenty to six; pre-race favourites and well represented was the newly-launched FRF Couriers-Caravello squad, a formidable force with seven elite riders on the start list. Blustery conditions, dead roads and an up and down parcours made for 'honest racing', remarked Cyclingnews' Chief Editor Jeff Jones, who earned himself the third fastest time in the previous handicap event. By the race's midway point, the front group consisted of just five riders after beginning with 50.

Troy Glennan (MG XPower p/b BigPond)
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(Click for larger image) Troy Glennan (FRF Couriers-Caravello)  raises his arms in triumph.

The race proved an easy win for Troy Glennan (MG XPower p/b BigPond), the current Australian club time trial champion attacking his breakaway group seven kilometres from the finish and using raw power to motor towards the line. Completing the podium was Peter McDonald and Joe McDonnell, both from FRF Couriers-Caravello.

"Just after we came off the loop, a few of the other boys attacked, and I went on the opposite side to where the others [attacks] had just gone, so I think I caught them by surprise," a smiling Glennan told Cyclingnews.

"After getting in the early break, I knew there was a few climbs I had to get over. There was a few strong climbers in that group and the last part was going to be a tailwind, so I knew if I could get over the climbs, I'd be in with a shot. I was feeling quite good, so I stayed in there with them and it all worked."


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Graded handicap, 50 km
1 Bradley Morton (Canberra Cycling Club)                1.17.19
2 Chris Loynes (Canberra Cycling Club)                         
3 Simon Hickey (Peloton Sports)                                
4 Lindsey Wall (Canberra Cycling Club)                         
5 Alfred Cook (Canberra Cycling Club)                          
6 Heath Wade (Canberra Cycling Club)                           
7 Richard Easter (Southern Highlands Cycling Club)             
8 Vicki Eustace (Canberra Cycling Club)                        
9 David Whitelaw (Canberra Cycling Club)                       
10 Tim Grabovszky                                              
11 Erin Chamberlen (Sydney Cycling Club)                       
12 Nick Boylan (Canberra Cycling Club)                         
13 Mark Harris (Canberra Cycling Club)                         
14 Lewis Gough (Canberra Cycling Club)                         
15 Troy Reddick (Canberra Cycling Club)                        
16 Chris Wright (Sydney Cycling Club)                          
17 Jason Foley (Canberra Cycling Club)                         
18 Mark Sullivan (Canberra Cycling Club)                       
19 Adam Forsdyke (Canberra Cycling Club)                       
20 Simon Gallacher (Canberra Cycling Club)                     
21 Ulisses Da Silva (Canberra Cycling Club)                    
22 Anthony O'Connor (Cootamundra Cycle Club)                   
23 Grant Chellew (Sydney Cycling Club)                         
24 Stewart Mcgrath (Randwick Botany Cycle Club)                
25 Simon Milnes (Canberra Cycling Club)                        
26 John Forrest (Canberra Cycling Club)                        
27 Neil Skipper (Tuggeranong Vikings Cycling Club)             
28 Jeff Jones (Randwick Botany Cycling Club)                                              
29 Marcus Hayman (Canberra Cycling Club)                       
30 Michael Payne (Cootamundra Cycling Club)                    
31 Bruce Chancellor (Canberra Cycling Club)                    
32 Geoffrey Kennett (Sydney Cycling Club)                      
33 Darren Ralph                                                
34 Peter Mclennan (ACT Veterans Cycling Club)                  
35 Andrew Arundel                                              
36 David Crea                                                  
37 Ross Ackland                                                
38 Hugh Kimber (Peloton Sports)                                
39 Hamish Nicol (Canberra Cycling Club)                        
40 Leo Neil-Dwyer (Randwick Botany Cycle Club)                 
41 Damian Barrett (Tuggeranong Vikings Cycling Club)           
42 Ben Curtis (Canberra Cycling Club)                          
43 Guy Buchanan (Canberra Cycling Club)                        
44 Laura Meisel-Dennis (Canberra Cycling Club)                 
45 James Bartlett                                              
46 Jason Mahoney (Canberra Cycling Club)                       
47 James Cheetham (Dulwich Hill Bicycle Club)                  
48 Laura Bortolozzi (Randwick Botany Cycle Club)               
49 Graeme Cameron (Tuggeranong Vikings Cycling Club)           
50 Christophe Barberet (Tuggeranong Vikings Cycling Club)      
51 John Thorn (Tuggeranong Vikings Cycling Club)               
52 Andrew Circosta (Canberra Cycling Club)                     
53 Tony Carmichael                                             
54 Jason Mcatamney (Cootamundra Cycling Club)                  
55 Jason Segrott (Canberra Cycling Club)                       
56 Tim Marquardt (Brunswick)                                   
57 Allan Bontjer (Canberra Cycling Club)                       
58 Ella Whitelaw (Canberra Cycling Club)                       
59 Drew Johns                                                  
60 John Marion (Eurobadalla Cycling Club)                      
61 Richard Norris (ACT Veterans Cycling Club)                  
62 Elizabeth Mcdonald                                          
63 John Craig                                                  
64 Jim Veal                                                    
65 Mark Anthony Taylor (ACT Veterans Cycling Club)             
66 Gregory Nelson (Canberra Cycling Club)                      
67 Marnie Archbold (St. Kilda Cycling Club)                    
68 David Hamer                                                 
69 Paul Morgan (Eurobadalla Cycling Club)                      
70 Justin Halliwell (Peloton Sports)                           
71 Simon Pellatt (Canberra Cycling Club)                       
72 Neil Skillen (Hunter Valley Veterans Cycling Club)          
73 David Dickson (Canberra Cycling Club)                       
74 Patrick Mcnamara (Tuggeranong Vikings Cycling Club)         
75 Bob Harlow (ACT Veterans Cycling Club)                      
76 Judith May (Canberra Cycling Club)                          
77 Bruce Cameron                                               
78 Stewart Stockwell (Audax Australia)                         
79 Marc Roberts                                                
80 Niels-Henrik Laugesen (Tuggeranong Vikings Cycling Club)    
81 Gregory Milts (Lidcombe Auburn)                             
82 Dean Friske                                                 
83 Steve Costello                                              
84 Mary Lovett (ACT Veterans Cycling Club)                     
85 Kirsty Cummin (ACT Veterans Cycling Club)                   
86 Jeremy Geach (Sydney Cycling Club)                          
87 Simon Geach                                                 
88 Daniel White                                                
89 Kevin Hennessy                                              
90 Sam Genge (Tuggeranong Vikings Cycling Club)                
91 Lindsay Jordan (Wagga Wagga Cycle Club)                     
92 Ken Piper (ACT Veterans Cycling Club)                       
93 Au Gregory                                                  
94 Jerome Davidson                                             
95 David Mcguinness (Canberra Cycling Club)                    
96 Michael Maynard (Canberra Cycling Club)                     
97 Bernard Shaw (ACT Veterans Cycling Club)                    
98 Clare Jones (Canberra Cycling Club)                         
99 Kay Pendlebury (Canberra Cycling Club)                      
100 Gordon Kingma                                              
101 Kate Polglase (Peloton Sports)                             
102 Richard Polglase (Peloton Sports)                          
103 Chris Branch                                               
104 Robert Diamond (ACT Veterans Cycling Club)                 
105 James Strang (Canberra Cycling Club)                       
106 Paul Segrott (Canberra Cycling Club)                       
107 Lyndsey Vivian (Tuggeranong Vikings Cycling Club)          
108 Mark Glenn (Southern Highlands Cycling Club)               
109 Heath Chester (ACT Veterans Cycling Club)                  
110 Paul Duckworth                                             
111 Daniel Oakman                                              
112 Nikolas Webster                                            
113 Lauren Turner                                              
114 Carly Smith                                                
115 Morris Dalla Costa                                         
116 Alain Menager                                              
117 James Cruden (ACT Veterans Cycling Club)                   
118 Michelle Wainwright (Randwick Botany Cycle Club)           
119 Craig Graham                                               
120 Des Clear                                                  
121 Peter Frew                                                 
122 Michael Kumala (Randwick Botany Cycle Club)                
123 John Warren (Canberra Cycling Club)                        
124 Brendan Boyan (Southern Highlands Cycling Club)            
125 Amber Jenkins (Sydney Cycling Club)                        
126 Damian Harding (Canberra Cycling Club)                     
127 Stephen Calabria (Canberra Cycling Club)                   
128 Roger Jowett (Randwick Botany Cycle Club)                  
129 Miffy Galloway (Canberra Cycling Club)                     
130 Russell Marston                                            
131 Andre Swenson                                              
132 Nick Blunck (Randwick Botany Cycle Club)                   
133 Chris Wilson (Canberra Cycling Club)                       
134 Paul Davies                                                
135 Chris Smith (Manly Warringah CC)                           
136 Stephen Bomball (Tuggeranong Vikings Cycling Club)         
137 Mark Connors (Tuggeranong Vikings Cycling Club)            
138 Pat Cotter                                                 
139 Paul Sheppard (Waratah Veterans CC)                        
140 John Stoney                                                
141 Scott Wilson                                               
142 Michael Armati (Tuggeranong Vikings Cycling Club)          
143 Dale Ashton (Canberra Cycling Club)                        
144 Mark Fountain                                              
145 Alison Marquardt                                           
146 Nicole Lancaster (Tuggeranong Vikings Cycling Club)        
147 Michelle Frost                                             
148 Thomas Boyce                                               
149 Catriona Anderson                                          
150 Joe Farrugia                                               
151 Ingrid Hammer                                              
152 David Purdue                                               
153 Philip Mitchell                                            
154 Lochiel Maclean (Canberra Cycling Club)                    
Fastest time: John Forrest (Canberra CC)                1.13.34
1st female: Vicki Eustice (Canberra CC)                 1.15.32
Scratch race, 70 km
1 Troy Glennan (Sutherland Shire Cycling Club)          1.41.36
2 Peter McDonald (Colnago-Caravello)                       0.37
3 Joe McDonell (Colnago-Caravello)                             
4 Peter Hatton (CSCC)                                          
5 Allan Sieper (Canberra Cycling Club)                         
6 Paul Crake                                                   
7 Michael Tolhurst (Canberra Cycling Club)                 2.35
8 Brendan Brooks (Colnago-Caravello)                       2.53
9 Mitchell Pearson (Eurobadalla Cycling Club)              3.10
10 Jose Rodriguez (Clarence St Cyclery)                        
11 Brendan Jones (Colnago-Caravello)                       5.46
12 Luis Trueba (Macarthur Cycling Club)                        
13 David Whyman (Randwick Botany Cycle Club)                   
14 Tim Morris (Illawarra CC)                                   
15 George Bunt (Colnago-Caravello)                             
16 David Salton (Warragul)                                     
17 Rob Carter (Colnago-Caravello)                              
18 Ben Darlington (Canberra Cycling Club)                      
19 Joel Pearson (Cote d'Armor France)                          
20 Rob Mclachlan (Tuggeranong Vikings Cycling Club)
21 Antony Bishop (Canberra Cycling Club)                       
22 Martin Mullin (Canberra Cycling Club)                  10.10
23 Andrew Cromarty (Hunter District)                           
24 Timothy Buchanan (Colnago Caravello)                        
25 Stephen Blair (Canberra Cycling Club)                  15.58
26 Shane Scott (Kooragang Cycle Club)                          
27 Steve Orfanos (Clarence St Cyclery)                         
28 Jonathon Tainsh (Peloton Sports)                            
29 James Greathead (Illawarra Cycle Club)                 17.07