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January 12, 2003

By Peter Winton

Happy new year to all readers, hope you all enjoy a tremendous year in all your activities. Any prospective visitors to our part of the world are more than welcome to join us in our races, subject to the rules of Cycling Australia, of course. Please look up "Bikes & Trikes", Mildura, if you’re over this way, 0350-221700.

Post New Year absences kept the Mildura cycling field short this week, the recommencement of the 2003 Summer Series, with only 7 members fronting up.

This weekend's scheduled event was at the Gol Gol (NSW) circuit, a 12km relatively flat course but technical in a few locations. With the rising northerly wind greeting riders on this day of a forecast 39 degrees, anyone dropped in the headwind sections would surely struggle. This proved true, for after the (almost) neutral first lap to allow newer riders to familiarise themselves, a surge by Winton and then an attack by Tankard split the group down the middle and then with Anderson, Liddle and Hale suffering human frailties of lack of oxygen and legs which won’t work, Tankard and Winton were able to put 400m into their rivals.

At the bell-lap Tankard had an Avanti Corsa Carbonio stuck to his rear wheel like a piece of chewing gum and that’s where it stayed! I recommend the Hutchy carbon comps too by the way, very smooth.

Pollock and Lloyd could do little else but watch from a distance as the riders in front of them fell away from the Club’s leading A grade rider as he clocked up a 54km/hr burst to test out their resolve. With a dearth of A grade contenders this week and lack of numbers all round there was no "train" to get onto; it was either go with it and suffer now, or struggle on your own for the remaining laps.

The A grade leader scooted away a further 15 points on his nearest rival (in Adelaide, training with Norwood CC) and the fortunate Peter Winton put a stake into the heart of his nearest B grade challengers (Hale and Liddle) with a telling 2nd place. Adrian Lloyd and Barry Pollock (returning from an enforced layoff) fought out a stirring finish for lantern rouge.

Next racing: 6.30pm Tuesday, Jan 14 at Riverside: a 16km (2 lap) TT; 9.00an Sunday, Jan 19: 40min crit at Mildura’s "Ornamental Lakes".

Results, 35 km

1 K Tankard         58:03
2 P Winton           0:01
3 B Liddle           1:12
4 A Anderson         1:13
5 R Hale             1:25
6 B Pollock          2:41
7 A Lloyd 

Australian results from the past week

Coburg CC Crit
Carnegie Caulfield Crit
Eastern Suburbs CC Summer Series #1
Norwood CC Summer Series Crit
VLCC Scratch Race
Carnegie Caulfield CC
St Kilda CC Criterium
Illawarra CC Scratch Race
Randwick Botany CC Criterium


Complete Australian results for 2003