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Carnegie Caulfield Criterium
Glenvale Crescent, Mulgrave, October 20, 2002
Junior Clarke takes first summer crit
By Malcolm Sawford
Racing kicked off at the first of Carnegie Caulfield's Summer Criteriums with a return to the wide open roads of the popular Glenvale Crescent circuit. The summer weather hasn't quite made an appearance yet, but the turn out was impressive given the competition from the Herald Sun Tour, with 6 Club riders in the 80 man international field (special mention to Chris Carr for making the back page of the Saturday's Sun with his spectacular face plant in the opening Crit), and the last chance for many to put their winter fitness to the test on the Round the Bay in a Day challenge ride.
Apologies for the brief nature of today's race report as I was one of the record 7000 starters in the Round the Bay, so didn't see the racing first hand.
An attack lead by Junior star Simon Clarke (BikeNOW), Andrew Steele (Le Tour Cycles), Warren Knevitt (O'Mara Cycles) and Murray Spink (Giant) quickly opened a sizeable advantage over the A Grade bunch, and bet about increasing their advantage. With the leaders out of sight up the road, Barcelona Olympian Rob Crowe (BikeNOW), set off in pursuit in the company of Agostino Giramondo, and the two strongmen were able to bridge to the leaders.
A late attack from Clarke saw only Spink follow, and the pair held off their breakaway companions by a narrow margin with Clarke claiming a fantastic win. 'Steelo' was too fresh for Crowe in the sprint for 3rd place.
The B Grade race was apparently a far more sedate affair, with the bunch staying together for most of the race until a late solo charge from Damien Power, who earned promotion back to A Grade by holding the bunch off for the final 10 minutes. Another Junior Star, Michael Ford (Gran Prix Cycles) lead the bunch home ahead of former Club Secretary Peter Ballas and multi sport star Russell Newnham.
Lizzie Williams (Gran Prix Cycles), fresh from her Bronze Medal in the Women's Crit at the Australian Club Championships in Mooloolaba was the stand out performer in C Grade, constantly on the attack or chasing down the moves she missed. Her attacking ride finally saw her go clear for good with Rob Curtis and Steve Maurice, only for Curtis to out fox her in the final sprint. Curtis earns a lift to B Grade next time round, while Daniel Young took the final placing leading the bunch home.
Phillip Stanton won the D Grade race ahead of Under 13 rider Michael Downing, John Groves and newcomer Daniel Yeow, with another member of the Downing clan, Erin picking up the Women's prize.
Racing continues at Glenvale Crescent on Sundays through till Easter, but in news hot off the press, we can now finally reveal the best kept secret in Melbourne - the new home of the Tuesday night Crits!
Commencing Tuesday October 29, the Springvale Necropolis will be the new home of the famous twilight race series. Entry is via the Police Road entrance only (Melways Map 80, G6) with the gates opening at 6pm. Separate circuits will be used for the A & B grades bunches to the C & D bunches, so all racing will kick off at 6.30pm.
Parking will be in Mountford Drive, and due to the ceremonial nature of the facility it is paramount that all competitors follow the directions of race organisers on the night. The race circuits are fantastic and we look forward to seeing you there over the summer.
A Grade (1 hour + 3 laps) 1 Simon Clarke (Carnegie Caulfield CC) 2 Murray Spink (Dirt Riders CC) 3 Andrew Steele (Blackburn CC) 4 Robert Crowe (Carnegie Caulfield CC) B Grade (1 hour + 3 laps) 1 Damien Power (Carnegie Caulfield CC) 2 Michael Ford (Carnegie Caulfield CC) 3 Peter Ballas (Carnegie Caulfield CC) 4 Russell Newnham (Carnegie Caulfield CC) C Grade (50 mins + 3 laps) 1 Robert Curtiss (Carnegie Caulfield CC) 2 Lizzie Williams (Carnegie Caulfield CC) 3 Steve Maurice (Carnegie Caulfield CC) 4 Daniel Young (Carnegie Caulfield CC) D Grade (45 mins + 3 laps) 12 starters 1 Phillip Stanton (Carnegie Caulfield CC) 2 John Groves (Carnegie Caulfield CC) 3 Michael Downing (Carnegie Caulfield CC) 4 Daniel Yeow (Carnegie Caulfield CC) Women 1 Erin Downing (Carnegie Caulfield CC)