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Glenvale Crescent, Melbourne, February 5, 2006

By Mal Sawford

A Grade winner Simon Clarke
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(Click for larger image) A Grade winner Simon Clarke waits for the right moment to attack

A rider took home the chocolates for the third CCCC race in succession, with former World Junior Team's Pursuit Champion Simon Clarke taking an impressive win to follow on from Jonathon Clarke' two wins at the Karak Classic and Sandown last week.

Ray Turner (Bianchi) twice tried to break the field up early on, and David Sturt (Pro-Motion Bicycles), Pat Shaw (VIS/Giant) and Brendan Rowbotham (SHM) were also aggressive. The big field kept all the attacks within sight in the first half of the race, however, most caught within a couple of laps.
Just past the half way mark, Sturt, Shaw, Taigh Banson (SHM), Nathan Wise (Richmond Cyclery) and Vaughan Bowman opened a fifty metre advantage, and held their lead for ten minutes. Just when it looked that the bunch was making progress, Clarke shot across the gap and lifted the pace to 55kmh: Rowbotham and Danny Kah came within a few bike lengths of joining him before the revitalised break disappeared up the road for good.
In the final laps, attacks from Clarke split the lead group, with only Shaw able to stay with the eventual winner. Next home were Banson and Sturt, with Bowman and Wise a little further back but still well ahead of the bunch.

Kirsty Bortolin leads
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(Click for larger image) Kirsty Bortolin leads Emma Rickards in the B Grade race

Emma Rickards (Univega) joined an early attack in B Grade, and rode aggressively throughout the race, which eventually came down to a bunch sprint. Rick Jones, James Shepherdson and Richard Cormick all tried to take a solo win for the Burnley Finance squad, but the boys are running out of team mates to control the bunch as they make their way to A Grade one by one!
Alister Stewart took the bunch sprint by a length, with Andrew Curtain (The Freedom Machine) second, inches ahead of Paul Groves (Croydon Cycleworks). Kirsty Bortolin (The Freedom Machine) produced a great sprint to take fourth overall, and lead Rickards and French Time Trial Champion Edwige Pitel home in the Women's division.

Adam Wood (BikeNOW) capped off a short stay in C Grade with a good win, ahead of Neale Adams, Matt Ditchfield and David Watson. Gemma Goyne was too quick for Tri-Alliance Coaching stable mate Clare Vlahopolous, and Fiona Adler rounded out the top three Women.

C Grade action
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(Click for larger image) C Grade action

Michael Vogt will make the move to C Grade after taking the D Grade win as the bunch split in the final laps. Also forcing the pace and reaping the rewards were Darren Weitening, Gavin Sittampalan (Quick Cycle Coaching) and John Jones, who rounded out the placings. Nat Howard took the Women's win ahead of Nan Jernstrom and Melissa Nicholls.

Carnegie Caulfield Criteriums continue with Tuesday Twilight racing at Sandown Racecourse. (Melways map 80J6). Racing at Sandown runs until the end of March, with the Sandown Road gate opening at 6pm for a 6.30pm race start for all grades. Sunday mornings are at Glenvale Crescent (Melways map 80B2) with new start times for 2006: B, D and E Grades start at 9am, while A and C Grade ride at 10am.
All holders of current 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


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A Grade - 1 hour + 3 laps
1 Simon Clarke (Carnegie Caulfield)         
2 Pat Shaw (Ballarat/Sebastapol)            
3 Taigh Banson (Blackburn)                  
4 David Sturt (Carnegie Caulfield)          
5 Vaughan Bowman (Blackburn)                
6 Nathan Wise (Carnegie Caulfield)          
B Grade - 1 hour + 3 laps
1 Alister Stuart (Carnegie Caulfield)       
2 Andrew Curtain (Carnegie Caulfield)       
3 Paul Groves (Carnegie Caulfield)          
4 Kirsty Bortolin (Carnegie Caulfield)      
5 Mark Kotzen (Carnegie Caulfield)          
1 Kirsty Bortolin (Carnegie Caulfield)      
2 Emma Rickards (Carnegie Caulfield)        
3 Edwige Pitel (France)                     
C Grade - 50 minutes + 3 laps
1 Adam Wood (Blackburn)                     
2 Neale Adams (Carnegie Caulfield)          
3 Matt Ditchfield (Carnegie Caulfield)      
4 David Watson (Carnegie Caulfield)         
1 Gemma Goyne (Carnegie Caulfield)          
2 Clare Vlahopolous (Carnegie Caulfield)    
3 Fiona Adler (Carnegie Caulfield)          
D Grade - 45 minutes + 3 laps
1 Michael Vogt (Carnegie Caulfield)         
2 Darren Weitening (Mornington)             
3 Gavin Sittampalan (Blackburn)             
4 John Jones (Carnegie Caulfield)           
1 Nat Howard (Carnegie Caulfield)           
2 Nana Jernstrom (Carnegie Caulfield)       
3 Melissa Nicholls (Carnegie Caulfield)     
E Grade - 45 minutes + 3 laps
1 Pascoe Gordon (Carnegie Caulfield)        
2 Brian Revell (Carnegie Caulfield)         
3 Sue Cox (Carnegie Caulfield)              
4 Phil Cox (Carnegie Caulfield)             

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