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Norwood Cycling Club
Criterium series #2 - Regency Park, South Australia, November 8, 2005
After the terrible start to the day with nothing but rain in sight, the weather cleared and the roads dried up to be perfect conditions for the second Norwood Cycling Club criteriums of the season.
After riders sorted out a pecking order last week they tried a breakaway again in A grade. All the stars were in the break and it looked to be all over bar the shouting with one lap to go. Nine of the best riders had an 800 metre break, but within half a lap of the circuit and no-one wanting to lead the sprint out, the race came together again. It was an awesome sprint with over 30 A grade riders tearing up the finishing straight on both sides of the road. Then out of the middle of the pack launched Savings & Loans' Nick Wood with a super show of speed, with plenty of strength as he was also in the earlier break. None of the other stars in the break made the final placings and left their efforts on the road. Next year Wood might not be overlooked by his team for interstate races, at the moment he would rate as best rider in the State.
There are two rising stars in B grade who came through for a one, two finish, Jack Bobridge and Reuben Menaud-Young. These young kids have just made their debut in Open racing with fantastic results in B grade in the road races and now criteriums. They threw down the gauntlet to their competitors and attacked their bunch only to have three other riders in Andrew Roe, Damon Stefani and Cameron Bowden go with them. The race was ripped to pieces and riders were pulling out everywhere. In the end they took half a lap on the remainder of the bunch. In a very close sprint Bobridge took the win over Menaud-Young, Stefani and Bowden with Roe a little off the back. It won't belong now before these two make the Elite ranks of riders, maybe next Tuesday or Whitmore Square on the 20th.
This weekend will see all riders race a brand new course around the back of Lenswood in the Adelaide Hills at 1.00pm. The following weekend on November 20 is the first Whitmore Square race in the heart of the City of Adelaide starting at 8.30am with the series of criterium events for A to E grades, with the five placegetters making the Mancorp Cup Wheelrace final. Other events also include the 1 hour motor paced event which had over 80 starters last year. The criterium events will include consistency points for the Tuesday evening series.
A Grade 1 Nick Wood (Norwood CC, Savings & Loans Credit Union) 2 Chris Luxton (Norwood CC, Orbea Bikes) 3 Michael Walsh (Melton CC, Victoria) 4 Sean Hennessey (Noarlunga SC CC, Bicycle Express) 5 Cameron Spears (Adelaide CC) B Grade 1 Jack Bobridge (Norwood CC, Team O'Grady) 2 Reuben Menaud-Young (Pt Adelaide CC, Team O'Grady) 3 Damon Stefani (Australian Defence Force CC) 4 Cameron Bowden (Norwood CC) 5 Andrew Roe (Noarlunga SC CC, Bicycle Express) C Grade 1 Matt Grimmond (Norwood CC) 2 Ben Tkalic (Kilkenny CC) 3 Arthur Tsitsinaris (Pt Adelaide CC) 4 Thom Edwards (Norwood CC, Coopers, Super Elliots) 5 Craig Feely (Norwood CC) Prime sprint: Tommie Tsakrios (Adelaide CC) D Grade 1 Tom Middleton (Norwood CC) 2 Michael Kerin (Adelaide CC) 3 Michael Pearce-Kane (Adelaide CC) 4 Michael Schneider (Norwood CC, Rio Coffee) 5 Oliver Portway (Norwood CC) Prime sprint: Tom Middleton (Norwood CC) E Grade 1 Paul Hehir (Central Districts CC) 2 Andrew Welch (Norwood CC) 3 Guy Draper (Norwood CC) 4 Jack Jezior (Adelaide CC) 5 Dario Glavis (Adelaide CC)
Local results 2004