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Sandown Raceway, Melbourne, February 7, 2006

By Mal Sawford

Unusually, all four races at Sandown were decided with bunch sprints, most with breakaways caught in the final laps. Both the A and B Grade fields were over 60, helping push the total entries over 200 once again, with a number of the international women in town for the Geelong World Cup and Tour stretching their legs over the testing Sandown circuit.

There was no successful early break in A Grade for once, with last week's winner Jonathon Clarke ( waiting until late in the hour to go on the attack. Clarke initially went clear with Danny Kah and MTB star Murray Spink (Giant), but was reeled in within a lap. Next to break were David Sturt (Giant/Pro-Motion), Nick Walker 9CBD Cycles), Vaughan Bowman (Le Tour Cycles) and Ross Mueller (Salter Cycles), who were clear with two laps of the 3.3km circuit to race.
Clarke crossed the gap shortly after, but only succeeded in towing the bunch back up, before counter attacking on the climb up the back straight, and leading into the final lap with Pat Shaw (Giant/VIS) and Walker. The trio held a narrow lead until the final corner, when the sprinters roared into contention, allowing local favourite Warren Knevitt (O'Mara Cycles) to come over the top for a good win. Next home were Jamie Kelly, Leigh De Luca (Jamis) and Matt Jensen (Nepean Cycles) - who is showing some form again after the initial shock of starting full time work.

Paul Kelly (Burnley Finance) was a little unlucky in the B Grade race, with his well paced effort doomed when officials sent the bunch 'around again' to allow the C Grade bunch a clear road to finish. At the bell, Deaflympic Gold Medallist Reece Van Beek went clear with Boon Chia and Sean Bourke, but the trio weren't able to hold off the huge bunch.
Andrew Curtain (The Freedom Machine) ended a run of near misses with a convincing win, with a little help from a long lead out from English visitor Brett Perez (Kathy Watt's Personal Training), while Dutch Masters star Harry Kallenaers sprinted ahead of Bourke in the final twenty metres. Emma Rickards (Univega) was too quick at the finish for French time trial ace Edwige Pitel and Christiane Soeder, after Mary Rogers had crashed early in the race, breaking her collar bone.

Gary Chamberlain made his first trip to Sandown a winning one, taking the C Grade bunch sprint ahead of David Watson, Simon Frost and Michael Vogt. Louise Bourke held off Kerrie Howard and Bernadette Schober in the Women's division.
Ike Collings solo break at two to go in D Grade didn't come off, nor did his counter move at the bell, with the bunch all together for most of the final lap. Sebastian Hales prevailed in a tight sprint from Clint McDonell, with Rob Doyle and Michael Reyzis a length behind. Another of the English visitors, Sophie Ruderman won the girl's race from Melissa Nichols.

With eight rounds completed of the Inexa Race Frames Summer Series, Dave Watson has moved into the lead on 36 points, just ahead of a trio on 34: Warren Knevitt, Tommy Nankervis and Adam Wood.

Carnegie Caulfield's twice weekly Criteriums are on Sunday mornings and Tuesday evenings. Sundays 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. Tuesday Twilight 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.
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 including full standings in the Inexa Series, go to


A Grade - 1 hour + 2 laps
1 Warren Knevitt (Carnegie Caulfield)    
2 Jamie Kelly (Carnegie Caulfield)       
3 Leigh De Luca (Carnegie Caulfield)     
4 Matt Jensen (Carnegie Caulfield)       
5 Matt Chesum (Carnegie Caulfield)       
6 Pat Shaw (Ballarat/Sebastapol)         
B Grade - 55 minutes + 2 laps
1 Andrew Curtain (Carnegie Caulfield)    
2 Brett Perez (England)                  
3 Harry Kellenaers (Holland)             
4 Sean Bourke (Blackburn)                
5 Marc Prutton (New Zealand)             
1 Emma Rickards (Carnegie Caulfield)     
2 Edwige Pitel (France)                  
C Grade - 50 minutes + 2 laps
1 Gary Chamberlain (Blackburn)           
2 David Watson (Carnegie Caulfield)      
3 Simon Frost (Blackburn)                
4 Michael Vogt (Carnegie Caulfield)      
1 Louise Bourke (Blackburn)              
2 Kerrie Howard (Carnegie Caulfield)     
3 Bernadette Schober (Austria)           
D Grade - 45 minutes + 2 laps
1 Sebastian Hales (Hawthorn)             
2 Clint McDonell (Carnegie Caulfield)    
3 Robert Doyle (Carnegie Caulfield)      
4 Michael Reyzis (Carnegie Caulfield)    
1 Sophie Ruderman (England)              
2 Melissa Nicholls (Carnegie Caulfield)  

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