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Warragul Cycling Club
Shady Creek, March 21, 2004
Spun and Won - ‘Son of Spunner’ Finishes Frew
Kim Spunner clinched his first ever race victory in an eventful D grade scratch race by holding off Bill Frew after an extended sprint finish. Earlier, the D grade race completely stopped when Brendan Pridmore fell at the 10km mark, sustaining gravel rash and an injured shoulder. In other grades, first-time winners were an almost consistent feature during Saturday’s scratch race for the Warragul Cycling Club. The cool conditions attracted 55 riders to Shady Creek, but a strong south-westerly played havoc on riders at exposed sections around the 21km circuit.
Warragul Cycling Club’s newest grade, the bunch race grade (or E grade), provides controlled racing conditions to develop racing confidence and fitness for beginner racers, juniors, or unwell regular riders from higher racing grades. Saturday’s bunch race consisted of 12 riders who had the opportunity to receive riding advice from regular racers Shane Stiles, Simon Baxter, Ross Henry and Rod Atkinson, as well as retired racer Bruce Logan from Melbourne. King of the Mountain points were awarded for the 1.6km Nilma-Shady Creek climb, which was taken by Heidrun Sandner after a graceful climbing display over junior Sam Atkinson and returning racer Wendy McLean. The bunch regrouped and stayed together until control was lifted with 2.5km remaining. Loretta Mackay found herself leading the pack out early, but took advantage of her position by digging deep at the line to hold off Sam Atkinson to claim her first win. Junior Sian Williams finished third with the same time.
A concerned D grade was held up by almost thirty minutes after Brendan Pridmore miscalculated the Darnum corner, leaving race director Staf at the start/finish mystified by the delay as an ambulance was called. When racing resumed, the bunch stayed together until the second climb of Nilma-Shady Creek where Bill Frew and Justin Graham emerged clear of the field. Kim Spunner had his work cut out to regain touch with the two, while Roger Bell followed behind, determined to not let his position slip further by a chasing Dave Axford behind him. Kim Spunner lead the field home after starting his sprint ‘way too early’. Bill Frew and Justin Graham followed with Roger Bell finishing in fourth, a minute off the pace. Emma Beveridge was first female home.
Visiting New Zealand rider Hamish Norton, unaccustomed to the typically slow C grade starts, seized the opportunity to attack the field from the start. The plan went awry at the first intersection when he realised he needed directional assistance, much to the amusement of the pack. The bunch stayed together up the first climb and practised their handicap rolling turns along the flatter sections as they reeled in the B grade field. From Darnum, Mike Brown instigated numerous attacks on the field but was unable to remain clear until gaining a small break with Rob Monk and Dean Logan at the start of the second lap. They too were caught before the start of the second climb, which lost Lloyd Harrington and Hamish Norton from the pace. Short attacks from Rob, Mike and Dean were all covered before Monique Hanley and Paul Yeatman gained a small break on the field with 5km remaining. A concerted effort from Glenn Fisher was required to bridge the gap and another bunch finish seemed inevitable. Triathlon tank David Mills provided a perfect lead-out vehicle, but he thwarted plans by managing to claim victory himself by a tyre width over Dean Logan and Mike Brown.
The B grade field had Sunday on their mind as they casually rolled out to begin three laps of Shady Creek. It was only after a chatting Tim Lee and Justen O’Connor turned to notice C grade on their heels at 10km did the pace improve. On the second lap, the hill caused problems for the field as the pace was driven by Wayne Chester, Justen O’Connor, Pete Bailey and Trev Rollinson. Son Brett Rollinson demonstrated his real strength on hills – the downhill, by not only catching the lightweight foursome but powering past them into the headwind to be clear ahead of the field by the bottom. Accompanied by Tim Lee at the back, together the six worked hard and repeated the same effort on the third lap. Chris Beales and James Henry retired from the race, while Alan Beveridge put in a solo effort after losing touch. The bunch sprint was taken by Wayne Chester who confirmed his strong riding form of recent weeks, followed by Peter Bailey and Justen O’Connor.
Eleven riders turned out in the A grade race for three laps of Shady Creek. Their pace was inconsistent and driven by frequent attacks from John McKenzie, Thomas Sandner and son Steve. Visiting rider Paul Logan from Coburg was tested by the range of pace for the Nilma-Shady Creek hill, preferring a constant tempo to the surge and recover technique of the field. Pete Finlayson retired after the second lap, and Danny Dilger lost touch after the final hill climb on lap three. The rest were left to another bunch sprint finish. Geoff Thomson found himself in prime position and with a strong kick in his legs, but realising his surge to overcome Scott Keeble was too early, he momentarily sat up in order for a better timing. The disruption to his momentum was too difficult to recover from, and Scott held on to claim victory. Following him were Geoff Thomson, Paul Logan, John McKenzie and Murray Fenwick.
Next week’s race is at Lillico from 2pm. Further details are available from the club website on www.warragulcyclingclub.org.au .
A grade – 3 laps (65km) 1 Scott Keeble 2 Geoff Thomson 3 Paul Logan B grade – 3 laps (65km) 1 Wayne Chester 2 Peter Bailey 3 Justen O’Connor C grade – 2 laps (43km) 1 David Mills 2 Dean Logan 3 Mike Brown D grade – 2 laps (43km) 1 Kim Spunner 2 Bill Frew 3 Justin Graham 1st Female – Emma Beveridge E grade – 1 lap (21km) 1 Loretta Mackay 2 Sam Atkinson 3 Sian Williams
Local results 2004