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November 21, 2006

Well, given the heat & hazy conditions we still had a good turnout of riders. In all 79 riders braved the conditions.

Still this heat didn't hinder the riders in their efforts to keep the racing hard & honest. A Parramatta Clean sweep in A Grade. A pulled foot in the sprint left Trent Butler out of the placings tonight. This serves as a reminder to all riders to regularly check your cleats & pedals for wear. It is always better to be safe then sorry. If not for yourself but for you fellow riders.

Again the tandem pairing of Ben Demery & Shaun Hopkins kept the pace high in B Grade, getting away with a group in the 1st lap, with only Walter Machado lasting to the finish & taking a fine win. There were several attempts from riders in the bunch to get across, but that headwind up the dragstrip was quite testing.

If you have a race report from your grade & you would like me to publish it with the results each week send it to . Also race distance & avg speeds would be great to have.

Riders don't forget, this Sunday is the Anthony Rappo Memorial Criterium, held at the Dragway. Starting at 10.30am sharp for C, D & E Grade, followed at 11.30am by the Junior Handicap. Then the big boys come out to play at 12.00pm A & B Grade. We will see A Grade compete over a minimum 1 hour + 2 laps. Details on our website.

Prize money on offer is $2500 as below.

             1st   2nd   3rd   4th  5th   Total

A Grade      $400  $250  $150  $90  $60   $950
B Grade      $120   $85   $60  $40  $25   $330
C Grade      $120   $85   $60  $40  $25   $330
D Grade      $120   $85   $60  $40  $25   $330
E Grade      $120   $85   $60  $40  $25   $330
Juniors      $50    $40   $30  $20  $20   $160
Fastest jun  $40    $30                    $70

There will be raffles on the day, for many wonderful prizes, including a mountain bike. Last night Dave Walton put up a pair of Speedplay pedals for the raffle also. So if you would like to donate for the raffle or you may want to part with some money for sprint priems to make the racing a bit more entertaining, see Brad or Greg on the day or email

If you can't get out to race, get on out & support you fellow cyclists. This is also part of the Blacktown City Games, so there will be certificates for all riders & medals for the place getters as well.


A Grade - 17 riders
1 Anthony Middleton (Parramatta)                        
2 Dave Walton (Parramatta)                              
3 Dave Macalister (Parramatta)                          
B Grade - 16 riders
1 Walter Machado (Penrith)                              
2 Hopkins/Demery (Tandem) (Marconi/Hunter Districts)    
3 Brad Hooker (Marconi)                                 
4 Craig Roach (Macarthur)                               
C Grade - 19 riders
1 Adam Thomas (Parramatta)                              
2 Phil Gates (Parramatta)                               
3 Ivan Quiroz (Marconi)                                 
D Grade - 27 riders
1 Darren McNeil (Marconi)                               
2 Michael Chavez (Marconi)                              
3 Alison Gates (Parramatta)                              

Local results 2006