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Carnegie Caulfield Cycling Club
Glenvale Crescent, Victoria, October 30, 2005
By Mal Sawford
Another bumper field at Glenvale Crescent: which was the only show in town as the de-facto four day weekend offered by the Melbourne Cup Day holiday on Tuesday saw other venues take a week off. Weather permitting, CCCC will host races at Glenvale every Sunday until the end of April barring Christmas Day, New Year's Day, Easter Sunday and March 26 - the day of the Commonwealth Games road race.
The A Grade race saw the big hitters in action early, with a threatening break
going clear on the opening lap. A dozen riders, including Leigh De Luca (Jamis),
Doug Garley (Terry Hammond Cycles), Tim Retchford (Melbourne Uni) and Julian
Dutton (BikeNOW) poured the power on and quickly had the chasing bunch strung
out in pursuit. Track star Adrian Sansonetti (BT Bike Technologies) and Deaflympic
Gold Medallist Reece Van Beek kept the break in sight, before a succession of
riders trying to bridge the gap eventually saw the bunch reform at the half
In the final minutes, Team Uno pair Leigh Howard and Alex Smyth jumped away
in a repeat of their tactics from the week before. Only a handful of riders
had the freshness to follow, including Richard England (VIS), Darren Young (TIS-Cyclingnews),
Peter Trigar and Sturt. The 'three to go' call came next time past the finish
with the margin at ten seconds, which proved to be more than enough for the
escapees to hold off the frantic chase.
A 'mere' 74 riders registered for B grade this week after last week's record
75 - so some-one must have forgotten the daylight savings clock change and slept
in! Will Tehan opened the best gap of the morning midway through the hour, and
stayed clear for around five minutes before succumbing to the relentless chase.
David Downing has developed something of a reputation for long but ultimately
unsuccessful solo breaks early in C Grade races, but saved his efforts for the
closing stages today, only to be reeled in once again by the attentive bunch.
Darren Sayers, Ross Hamilton (CBD Cycles) and Simon Shaw (Nepean Cycles) also
tried solo breaks without success, as did Mick Maine (Kathy Watt's Personal
Training) at three to go, but it was the sprinters who prevailed, with Paul
Groves holding off Wade Edwards by half a wheel, with Bob Kelly best of the
The pace stayed high throughout the D Grade race, with a host of new riders keen to show their stuff. In the final stages, the bunch was still largely intact until a rear wheel slide took Nicole Holt (Le Tour Cycles), Scott Richardson and Heidi Buntrock (Quick Cycle) to the deck, and split the bunch. Mark Seegets powered away at the front of the bunch to claim the win from Chris Clarke and Michael Chiller, with Luke Petrie claiming the final prize. Fiona Adler sprinted to the Women's win ahead of Rebecca Hanning and Malta's Stephania Magri.
Carnegie Caulfield Criteriums continue Sunday mornings are at Glenvale Crescent
(Melways map 80B2). C, D and E Grades start at 9am, while A and B Grade ride
at 10am. Tuesday Twilight racing at Sandown will commence on November 8.
A Grade - 1 hour + 3 laps 1 Lee Howard (Geelong) 2 Richard England (Blackburn) 3 Peter Trigar (Brunswick) 4 Darren Young (Tasmania) 5 David Sturt (Carnegie Caulfield) 6 Alex Smyth (Carnegie Caulfield) B Grade - 1 hour + 3 laps 1 Will Tehan (Carnegie Caulfield) 2 Michael Downing (Carnegie Caulfield) 3 Wayne Evans (Blackburn) 4 Jason Theobald (Carnegie Caulfield) 5 Peter Zvedeniuk (Carnegie Caulfield) Women 1 Briana James (Carnegie Caulfield) 2 Nicole Whitburn (Warragul) 3 Emma Gau; (Footscray) C Grade - 55 minutes + 3 laps 1 Paul Groves (Carnegie Caulfield) 2 Wade Edwards (Carnegie Caulfield) 3 Bob Kelly (Carnegie Caulfield) 4 Matthew Ditchfield (Blackburn) Women 1 Louise Bourke (Blackburn) 2 Gemma Goyne (Carnegie Caulfield) 3 Athena Wilson (Carnegie Caulfield) D Grade - 50 minutes + 3 laps 1 Mark Seegets (Carnegie Caulfield) 2 Chris Clarke (Carnegie Caulfield) 3 Michael Chiller (Carnegie Caulfield) 4 Luke Petrie (Blackburn) Women 1 Fiona Adler (Mornington) 2 Rebecca Hanning (St Kilda) 3 Stephania Magri (Malta) E Grade - 45 minutes + 3 laps 1 Gavin Sittampalan (Blackburn) 2 Peter Vlahos (Blackburn) 3 Meg Russell (Carnegie Caulfield) 4 Angus Cramp (Carnegie Caulfield)
Local results 2004