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Carnegie Caulfield Cycling Club
Glenvale Crescent Criteriums - Sunday, December 16, 2007
Johnstone claims victory
Another good morning's racing at Glenvale Crescent saw a couple of riders, Trent Brown (Fitzroy Cycles) and Rick Sanders, finally collect their first wins in B and D Grades respectively after a string of near misses.
A Grade saw an early attack by Jacob Sutherland (Specialized Total Rush) and Daniel Braunsteins (Drapac Porsche) sparked a series of counter attacks from the bunch, with Dylan Boone (Inexa Race Frames), Pete Johnstone (Jayco VIS), Nick Aitken and Matt Shea (Naughty Boy) the first to join the leaders.
Once runaway series leader Andrew Stalder (Promains/Richmond Cyclery) and Danny Kah (CCCC/SHM Elite) joined the leaders the race was effectively over for the bunch, with the strong lead group taking a lap after forty-five minutes. Stalder led out the sprint with Boone and Johnstone on his wheel. He had the strength to hold Boone on his right hip, but a patient Johnstone left his run until the final metres and took the win by a length.
The B Grade bunch also attacked the circuit, with a constant stream of break away groups escaping the field for a few laps. Peter McWeeney seemed to be in everything, and Martin Bole, Peta Mullens (Jayco VIS), Mick Thomas (aboc Cycle Coaching), Grant Edmonds, Craig French and Mark Kotzen were all prominent, but none of the combinations had the horsepower to escape for good.
James Shepherdson (Datacom/Burnley Finance) made a strong solo bid inside the final three laps but was reeled in on the final lap. Trent Brown opened up the sprint, and powered away to win by five lengths. Peta Mullens continued the fine results for the women, emerging from a wall of riders to take second ahead of Eddie Raffoul, Stuart Wallace and Mick Thomas. Gina Grain took the second women's prize with a seventh place overall and young Shannon McCurley sprinted home just outside the top ten for third.
C Grade also finished with a bunch kick, after a long escape by Nick Edwards was finally chased down. The chasers actually had Edwards within reach much earlier, but the new-comer found his second win and pulled away again.
Michael McGowan did a power of work throughout the race, but the spoils went to riders who had rationed their efforts better. Jamie Blaker took line honours, ahead of Stephen Harison, Troy Warren and Dallas Jones. Deb Chambers surprised herself in her first attempt in C Grade, and handled the step up in pace with aplomb to lead Rebecca Domange home.
Jamie Myers set the tempo for virtually the entire final three laps in D Grade, only to be overrun by the speedsters in the dash to the line. Rick Sanders, the son of Jayco VIS head coach 'Davo' was well positioned and had the leg speed to overcome his junior gear restrictions and take an impressive win. Bob Quirk, Daniel Petrovic and Andrew Bismann rounded out the top four, with Lisa Rosan taking the women's prize.
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Images by Mal Sawford
A Grade 1 Pete Johnstone (Chelsea & Peninsula) 2 Andrew Stalder (Carnegie Caulfield) 3 Dylan Boone (Carnegie Caulfield) 4 Nick Aitken (Leongatha) 5 Daniel Braunsteins (Hawthorn) 6 Danny Kah (Carnegie Caulfield) B Grade 1 Trent Brown (Carnegie Caulfield) 2 Peta Mullens (Carnegie Caulfield) 3 Eddie Raffoul (Carnegie Caulfield) 4 Stuart Wallace (Carnegie Caulfield) 5 Michael Thomas (Blackburn) Women 1 Peta Mullens (Carnegie Caulfield) 2 Gina Grain (Canada) 3 Shannon McCurley (Latrobe City) C Grade 1 Jamie Blaker (Carnegie Caulfield) 2 Stephen Harrison (Hawthorn) 3 Troy Warren (Leongatha) 4 Dallas Jones (Warrnambool) Women 1 Debbie Chambers (Carnegie Caulfield) 2 Rebecca Domange (Carnegie Caulfield) D Grade 1 Rick Sanders (Carnegie Caulfield) 2 Bob Quirk (Carnegie Caulfield) 3 Daniel Petrovic (Carnegie Caulfield) 4 Andrew Bismann (Carnegie Caulfield) Women 1 Lisa Rosan (Hawthorn) Racing Clinic 1 Michael Hale (Carnegie Caulfield) 2 Liam Dove (Blackburn) 3 Stefan Imberger (Carnegie Caulfield) 4 Tom Quirk (Carnegie Caulfield) Pink Inc Women's Race 1 Sue Madden (Carnegie Caulfield) 2 Sandra Stewart (Carnegie Caulfield) 3 Bernie Wise (Carnegie Caulfield) 4 Manuela Marasco (Carnegie Caulfield)