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Carnegie Caulfield Cycling Club
Glenvale Crescent, Melbourne, December 18, 2005
By Mal Sawford
The threat of showers and the big money up for grabs at the afternoon's Jayco Dandenong Crit kept numbers low at Glenvale Crescent on Sunday morning, but the weather gods were kind and all five races were completed on dry roads.
The much smaller A Grade bunch than usual meant that every rider was expected
to do a turn, which came as something of a shock to the system for a few (including
the author)! In the windy conditions, the attacks started early, with Ray Turner
(Bianchi), David Sturt (Giant) and Michael Bailey (Bicycle Superstore) prominent.
MTB star James Maebus (Raceline) rolled off the front of the bunch with ten
minutes to race, and while the rest of the front group looked in vain for Sturt
or Davis to respond, the youngster put his head down and built an unassailable
lead. Late attacks saw second and third place go to Shea and Dale Woonton, with
the rest of the lead group left to battle for fourth.
B Grade had the biggest bunch of the day, and ended up with the only bunch
kick for the morning. The Burnley Finance squad did their best to dictate proceedings,
sending David Taylor away early, and team mate Rick Jones counter attacked with
Mark Kotzen for a brief escape after Taylor was reeled in.
After single handedly decimating the D Grade bunch at his last start, Manwel
Falcon (CBD Cycles) made an impressive debut in C Grade, figuring in all the
early moves. Paul Groves (Croydon Cycleworks) and Marcus Schnell were also active
early, but Falcon had the staying power to continue his attacks into the second
half of the race.
A late break of three also scooped the bulk of the prizes in D Grade, after
a sustained burst of speed from Jason Swackhamer at the twenty minute mark saw
a few early retirements. Jack Dovaston tried his hand with a short burst off
the front before his asthma flared up, and even Ike Collings was seen to attack
off the front.
Carnegie Caulfield's final race for 2005 is on Tuesday evenings at Sandown,
with the Sandown Road gate opening at 6pm for a 6.30pm race start for all grades.
The first race in 2006, after a short holiday break, will be back at Sandown
on January 3.
A Grade - 1 hour + 3 laps 1 James Maebus (Dirt Riders) 1 Matt Shea (Footscray) 3 Dale Woonton (Carnegie Caulfield) 4 Brendan Rowbotham (Carnegie Caulfield) 5 Jamie Goddard (Blackburn) 6 Michael Downing (Carnegie Caulfield) B Grade - 1 hour + 3 laps 1 Curtis Yirildrim (Blackburn) 2 Trevor Cameron (Blackburn) 3 Tom Blazevic (Carnegie Caulfield) 4 Wayne Andrew (Carnegie Caulfield) 5 Andrew Curtain (St Kilda) Women 1 Kirsty Bortolin (Carnegie Caulfield) 2 Emma Gaul (Footscray) C Grade - 50 minutes + 3 laps 1 Paul Nankervis (Carnegie Caulfield) 2 Nick Pelacek (Carnegie Caulfield) 3 Manwel Falcon (Coburg) 4 Dean Stewart (Northcote) Women 1 Clare Vlahopolous (Carnegie Caulfield) 2 Fiona Adler (Mornington) 3 Louisa Judd (Carnegie Caulfield) D Grade - 45 minutes + 3 laps 1 Oliver Le Grice (Carnegie Caulfield) 2 Mitchell Gregory (Carnegie Caulfield) 3 Jason Swackhamer (Carnegie Caulfield) 4 Tim Joiner (Blackburn) Women Penny Athanasopolous (Carnegie Caulfield) E Grade - 45 minutes + 3 laps 1 Natalie Howard (Carnegie Caulfield) 2 Jack Cummings (Carnegie Caulfield) 3 George Vissariou (Carnegie Caulfield) 4 Michelle Augustinek (Carnegie Caulfield)
Local results 2004