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Glenvale Crescent, Melbourne, November 6, 2005

By Mal Sawford

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The first 30 degree day of the season brought another good sized field of sun worshippers to Glenvale Crescent. It may be early in the season but there are plenty of bronzed Aussies getting around already with tan lines already very clearly defined!
The A Grade race saw an early attack from Greg Nicholson (Pro-Motion) chased by Alex Smyth (Team UNO), Danny Kah, Mark Nelson (Giramondo), James Maebus (VIS), Peter Trigar (Hillman) and new comer David Newton. An apathetic bunch allowed the group to race away to a fifteen second gap before lifting the pace just enough for the gap to stabilise.

When the break passed the B Grade bunch for the first time, Maebus and Trigar picked up the pace enough to put Nelson into difficulties, and by the time the bunch had passed the B Graders the six remaining breakaway riders were out of sight. A flurry of moves off the front of the bunch served to string the bunch out, but weren't enough to pull back time on the six out front, who went on to lap the field with five minutes of the race remaining.
The six leaders couldn't be separated over the final laps, allowing Newton, a powerfully built RAAF engineer based at Laverton, to sprint home for the win ahead of local favourite Smyth, Maebus and Nicholson. World Individual Pursuit Champion Katie Mactier (Fitzroy Cycles) pinned on a number for the first time this season and pulled far more then her share in the unsuccessful chase.

A little controversy unfolded in the B Grade race with an early break by Mick Bailey (Bicycle Superstore), Peter Zvedeniuk and Matt Curnow (The Freedom Machine) joined by another two riders. Officials ruled the re-inforcements had unfairly benefited from the A Grade bunch passing to reach the leaders and banished them back to the bunch, spelling the end of the break.
The final laps were raced at a much higher speed, with a number of riders keen to make sure they kept the pace high enough to discourage suicide moves up the inside. All stayed upright as a result, with the bunch sprint well taken by Russell Collins (Mascot Cycles) from Tom Walker, Michael Downing and Trent Brown. Helen Kelly, fresh from her ride at the World Road Titles took the Women's division comfortably, from the unlucky Gemma Kennessy (Richmond Cyclery) who had had to withdraw from the De Bortoli Tour before the second stage time trial after locking her keys in the car!

Both C and D Grades saw bunch kicks decide the winners, as the bigger than usual bunches make it much tougher for the breakaway attempts to succeed. A review of the video saw the C Grade win go to Anthony Peacock ahead of a relieved Michael Thomas, who was finally on the podium after a run of fifth place finishes! Danny Weatherley took third from Damien Jones, while Michelle Murrell took the Women's win from a much improved Louisa Judd (Hampton Cycles) and Andrea Bishop.

Graeme Robertson-Smith collected the cash in D Grade, with the minor places to Daryl Beovic, Michael Chiller and Todd Spain. The Women's winner was Claire Vlahopolous, who sprinted clear of Melissa Nichols on the final lap.

Tuesday Twilight racing at Sandown will commence this week (November 8) with the Sandown Road gate opening at 6pm for a 6.30pm race start for all grades. Carnegie Caulfield Criteriums continue Sunday mornings at Glenvale Crescent (Melways map 80B2). C, D and E Grades start at 9am, while A and B Grade ride at 10am.
All holders of 2005 or 2006 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. 2006 licenses are now available at all CCCC events.
For first time competitors and the younger juniors, Tokyo Olympian Mick Hollingsworth conducts novice racing clinics within the E Grade race at Glenvale Crescent. For further details, go to


A Grade - 1 hour + 3 laps
1 David Newton (ADF)                         
2 Alex Smyth (Carnegie Caulfield)            
3 James Maebus (Dirt Riders)                 
4 Greg Nicholson (Carnegie Caulfield)        
5 Peter Trigar (Brunswick)                   
6 Danny Kah (Carnegie Caulfield)             
1 Katie Mactier (Carnegie Caulfield)         
B Grade - 1 hour + 3 laps
1 Russell Collins (Hawthorn)                 
2 Tom Walker (St Kilda)                      
3 Michael Downing (Carnegie Caulfield)       
4 Trent Brown (Carnegie Caulfield)           
5 Nick Gates (Carnegie Caulfield)            
1 Helen Kelly (Carnegie Caulfield)           
2 Gemma Kennessy (Brunswick)                 
C Grade - 55 minutes + 3 laps
1 Anthony Peacock (Blackburn)                
2 Michael Thomas (Blackburn)                 
3 Danny Weatherley (Carnegie Caulfield)      
4 Damien Jones (Carnegie Caulfield)          
1 Michelle Murrell (Mornington)              
2 Louisa Judd (Carnegie Caulfield)           
3 Andrea Bishop (Carnegie Caulfield)         
D Grade - 50 minutes + 3 laps
1 Graeme Robertson-Smith (Hawthorn)          
2 Daryl Beovic (St Kilda)                    
3 Michael Chiller (Carnegie Caulfield)       
4 Todd Spain (Carnegie Caulfield)            
1 Claire Vlahopolous (Carnegie Caulfield)    
2 Melissa Nichols (Carnegie Caulfield)       
E Grade - 45 minutes + 3 laps
1 Lewis Stolz (Geelong)                      
2 Gavin Sittampalan (Blackburn)              
3 Jess Stirling (Carnegie Caulfield)         
4 Christian Kelleher (Carnegie Caulfield)     

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