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Joseph Sunde Memorial Criteriums
Heffron Park, Maroubra, Australia, January 26, 2005
By John Sunde
Over 70 riders lined up for the graded handicap event which is run on the same format as the very popular Tuesday night summer programme. 3 grades compete over 15 laps at approximately 1min 30sec time gaps. The scratch markers where made up of mostly B grade riders and with 26 riders looked very strong on paper. The C grade bunch boasted a similar number and D grade consisted of 17 riders.
Surprisingly it was the D grade bunch which made the early running of the race and almost looked like they were going to stay away for line honours. At the rear of the field, the B grade bunch lacked the firepower and cohesion required to close the gaps on the leaders and it was no surprise that the winning move came from the C grade bunch in the closing laps.
Benefiting from a reasonably favourable start in C grade, Tom Reid and Richard Westmoreland were able to breakaway from C grade to easily round up D grade by the bell lap. Tom Reid had a comfortable won while Hans Visch got one back for D grade by taking second place. B grade finished on their own and in the bunch gallop under 19 rider Luke Cridland won the sprint in fine style.
A large field of 42 riders competed in the opening event of the day, the 30km Masters criterium and consisted of a broad cross section of veteran riders, including 2 elite women riders, Chrissie Riakos and Skye Armstrong. Adding some 'youth' to the bunch was recently turned 35, Sydney Olympian and former pro mountain biker Paul Rowney.
The pace of the race was exceptionally high by masters racing standards and inevitably the bunch had thinned out considerably in the opening laps as the 'eastern bloc' of Eastern Suburbs riders launched a number of early attacks.
The winning move came after 20mins and there was very little the remaining bunch could do as Paul Rowney, John Kenny, Scott Callum and Tony Iannacito set about establishing a solid 40sec break and maintaining it to the final lap.
Scott Callum continued his recent run of good form by sneaking away from his team mates for the win, while John Kenny used his sprinting expertise to finish second in front of the new 'boy', Paul Rowney.
Images by John Buckton/Randwick Botany Cycling Club
Handicap Results 1 Tom Reid (Easts) 2 Hans Visch (Easts) 3 Richard Westmoreland (Randwick Botany) 1st D Grade Roy Gruenpeter (Sydney) 1st B Grade Luke Cridland (Southern Cross) Masters Results 1 Scott Callum (Easts) 2 John Kenny (Easts) 3 Paul Rowney (Easts) 4 Tony Iannacito (Caravello) 1st Woman 1 Chrissie Riakos (St George)