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Carnegie Caulfield Cycling Club
Sandown Raceway, Melbourne, February 8, 2005
By Mal Sawford
After wet weather forced the cancellation of the previous week's race, another very wet morning didn't bode well; the rain cleared briefly, however, allowing an impressive field to assemble given the black clouds that still threatened. Not long after presentations wrapped up the heavens opened again, but racing took place on a dry and wind free track.
Tom Crebbin (Pro-Motion Bicycles) and Mark Howard (O'Mara Cycles) started the first lap suicide A Grade break, with the usual doomed result. Ray Turner (Bianchi) and Danny Kah tried their luck at the 15-minute mark with no more luck as the thirty strong field was in a chasing mood! Howard's second attempt just after the half way mark was also unsuccessful, with the HLP/Ridewiser trio of Rob Crowe, Andy Naylor and Aaron Salisbury doing a good job of keeping the bunch together. Naylor himself went on the attack with twenty minutes remaining, joined by Chris D'Amelio, and their move sparked a series of counter attacks.
When the bunch finally regrouped for the final two laps, there were clearly a lot of spent engines! At the bell, Matt Lloyd (VIS), Nathan Wise (Lloyd Morgan), Ash Hayat (The Freedom Machine), Ben O'Leary, Anthony Smith (Gran Prix) and Salisbury surged away, and with big Crowey at the head of the main field there was no response from the bunch. Climbing specialist and Trust House Classic Tour winner Lloyd led out the sprint, and showed impressive speed, but couldn't hold off Salisbury, a noted sprinter. Wise outsprinted O'Leary and Smith, while Hayat sat up a bit too early and had the final prize pinched by Hamish Taylor (Fitzroy Cycles), who led the bunch home.
The still conditions helped keep the large B Grade bunch together, after some early attacking from Blair Purvis, Emma Rickards (VIS) and Briana James (BikeNOW). A mid-race break including Boon Chia (Team Alex), James Shepherdson (Burnley Finance), Colin Aitken, Chris Tassell and Thomas Sandner (Bikeland) threatened briefly before the chase got on terms and the race ended with a bunch sprint. Track sprint specialist Ian Smith (Kathy Watt's Personal Training) made a rare appearance on the road, and came away with the win, holding off Tom Walker, Bruce Will, Dave Eadie (BikeNOW) and Wayne Andrew. Swiss star Priska Doppmann (Univega) was the leading woman, narrowly holding off Rickards and her Austrian team mate Christiane Soeder.
The sprinters also prevailed in C Grade, with Steve Sandner (Bikeland) a clear winner from Russell Forbes, Nigel Barton-White and veteran Brian Dew. Regular hard man Chris Beales (Cycle Science) had been away in a late move with Jason Gelsi and Gareth Martyn (O'Mara) and pleaded with officials to ring the bell early, but got no joy! Another of the Univega raiders took the Women's division, with Bernadette Schober too
fast for Inexa series leader Andrea Bishop and Louisa Judd (Hampton Cycles).
Alister Stuart and Jonathan Claydon powered away from D Grade in the second half of the race, and looked to have the first two places wrapped up, until a strong effort by Michael Milewski saw him bridge on the penultimate lap. Claydon succumbed to the change in pace and had to settle for third, but Stuart wasn't to be denied, outsprinting the newcomer by inches in a determined display in his last D Grade race. Bill Upston led the bunch home, with Celia Vandestadt (Pro-Motion) the fastest of the women.
The $7000 Inexa - Team Alex series lead stays with Michael Thomas, but Wayne Andrew and Tommy Nankervis are both within three points. Another good result from Andrea Bishop sees her well clear for the Women's prize, and threatening the overall leaders. Carnegie Caulfield returns to the St Kilda Festival this weekend on February 13. The testing hot dog circuit on Fitzroy Street always attracts a huge crowd, and with the assistance of the HLP/Ridewiser Initiative and Breakaway Events this year's race promises to be bigger and better than ever.
Entries will be taken on the day, with racing between 8am and 1pm. Entry fee is $15, with $1000 up for grabs. The full event time table can be seen at www.carnegiecycling.com.au. Carnegie Caulfield Criteriums continue Sundays at Glenvale Crescent (Melways map 80B2). C, D and E Grades start at 9am, while A and B Grade ride at 10am. Tuesday night Twilight Racing at Sandown start at 6.30pm for all grades, with access to the circuit via Sandown Road from 6pm. All holders of Cycling Australia licenses are welcome (don't forget to bring your license or receipt!) and non-members can have a go by taking out a day license for $20. 2005 licenses are also now available. For first time competitors and the younger juniors, Tokyo Olympian Mick Hollingsworth conducts novice racing clinics at Glenvale Crescent.
A Grade 1 hour + 2 laps, 30 Starters 1 Aaron Salisbury (Carnegie Caulfield) 2 Matt Lloyd (St Kilda) 3 Nathan Wise (Carnegie Caulfield) 4 Ben O'Leary (Footscray) 5 Anthony Smith (Carnegie Caulfield) 6 Hamish Taylor (Northcote) B Grade 55 minutes + 2 laps, 60 Starters 1 Ian Smith (Carnegie Caulfield) 2 Tom Walker (St Kilda) 3 Bruce Will (Carnegie Caulfield) 4 David Eadie (Carnegie Caulfield) 5 Wayne Andrew (Carnegie Caulfield) Women 1 Priska Doppmann (Switzerland) 2 Emma Rickards (Carnegie Caulfield) 3 Christiane Soeder (Switzerland) C Grade 50 minutes + 2 laps, 33 Starters 1 Steve Sandner (Warragul) 2 Russell Forbes (Carnegie Caulfield) 3 Nigel Barton-White (Carnegie Caulfield) 4 Brian Dew (Echuca) Women 1 Diana Rast (Switzerland) 2 Andrea Bishop (Carnegie Caulfield) 3 Louisa Judd (Carnegie Caulfield) D Grade 45 minutes + 2 laps, 18 Starters 1 Alister Sturt (Fat Tyer Flyers) 2 Michael Milewski (Carnegie Caulfield) 3 Jonathan Claydon (Carnegie Caulfield) 4 Bill Upston (Carnegie Caulfield)
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