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Victoria, January 26, 2004

By Andrew Steele

The madison podium, with Simon Clarke & Pat Shaw on top
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From start to finish, it was a nice warm day, although slightly overcast. Starting off with a early 45min madison chase session, while the riders had 10mins to practice their slinging and positioning under a controlled start, the fireworks soon started off with the young V.I.S. lads in Simon Clarke and Pat Shaw soon on the attack.

Despite some very hard chasing from the bunch, they had taken a lap from the bunch and didn't wait too long before going for another. The session ended with only a few close calls and no skin off. The riders didn't have time to rest with one rider from each team going straight into the elimination race. Pat Shaw continued his domination with a good win over Jamie Goddard and Steve Martin (Le Tour Cycles). Then straight on with a 25-lap motorpace, a pretty clean race with the pace lifted with 15 laps to go and a few riders deciding it wasn't worth the hard hit-out. Simon Clarke continued his good day out with a solid win over the in-form Richard England and Metropolitan Champs Rider of the Series Barry Woods. Then the riders were given a good solid break for lunch and a bit of recovery before beginning the next 30min chase session.

The support events then rolled on with riders finding motivation hard to find after watching the onslaught of the madison.

The madison teams were then called back on for their second chase session involving 30mins with three Sprints. The V.I.S. team managed to gain another lap, and the Giramondo team were in some impressive moves to try and gain a lap on the main bunch. But the bunch were too preoccupied in the sprints and quickly wheeled them back in with the fast lead-outs for the three sprints. It became clear that first place was slipping quickly out of the hands of all the other teams and the big battle for second, third and fourth was about to begin. Aside from the super-strong V.I.S. boys, there was basically five teams within reach: Terry Hammond Cycles Team, Tilta-Away Team, Le Tour Cycles Team, Fitzroy Cycles Team and the determined Giramondo Team.

The riders were then rested while some more support events went on. After just over an hour's break, the riders were called back on for the final chase session which was to be one hour with sprints every 10 laps. Plans had obviously been hatching during the break, because the tension in the bunch was enormous. After a couple of sprints, Jamie Goddard (Tilta-Away) punctured and partner Barry Woods had to pull an extra few laps on his own, costing them contact with the bunch.

The Terry Hammond Cycles and Le Tour Cycles Boys were quick to react, breaking up the bunch with some solid work, which eventually they were rewarded a lap for. The V.I.S. boys were tiring and finding it much harder to take laps which they had done earlier, and the sprints kept coming thick and fast. As the session closed, it was fragmented with tired riders everywhere trying to hang on to the laps and points that they had, only to get the session finished.

In the end, the V.I.S. boys walked out decisive winners with Old-Man (Doug) Garley and his young counterpart Richard England (Terry Hammond Cycles) taking second place; Steve Martin and Andrew Steele (Le Tour Cycles) finished off on their own in third place, beating Barry Woods and Jamie Goddard (Tilt-Away) into fourth.

All in all, a brilliant days racing and a hard hit-out for any of the riders attempting next weekend's 50km Victorian Madison Championship at Warragul.


Madison Final Session - 1 hour: sprints every 10 laps
Final placings
1 Simon Clarke/Pat Shaw (VIS)                          94 pts
at 3 laps
2 Richard England/Doug Garley (Terry Hammond Cycles)   42 pts
3 Andrew Steele/Steve Martin (Le Tour Cycles)          22 pts
at 5 laps
4 Barry Woods/Jamie Goddard                            41 pts
5 Mario Giramondo/Gerard Murphy (Giramondo Cycles)     13 pts
6 Benjamin Jackson/Hamish Taylor (Fitzroy Cycles)      11 pts
at 9 laps
7 Ricky Hair/Robert Tidey                               8 pts
DNF Carl Jacobson/Mathew Pegg 
Support Events Overall Results
B Grade
1 Peter Candy
=2 Sean Bourke
=2 Rowan Geddes
C Grade
1 John Lewis
2 Fred Boland
3 Nicole Holt
Detailed Results
Madison - 1st session: 45 mins - 10 min controlled - 2 sprints
1 Simon Clarke/Pat Shaw            7 pts
at 2 laps
2 Barry Woods/Jamie Goddard        8
3 Benjamin Jackson/Hamish Taylor   3
4 Richard England/Doug Garley      2
5 Andrew Steele/Steve Martin       2
6 Mario Giramondo/Gerard Murphy    0
at 3 laps
7 Ricky Hair/Robert Tidey          0
at 10 laps
8 Carl Jacobson/Mathew Pegg        0
Madison Elimination
1 Pat Shaw                         5 pts
2 Jamie Goddard                    3
3 Steve Martin                     2
4 Benjamin Jackson                 1
Madison 25 lap Motorpace
1 Simon Clarke                     5 pts
2 Richard England                  3
3 Barry Woods                      2
4 Mario Giramondo                  1
C Grade 20 Lap Scratch Race
1 John Lewis
2 Fred Boland
3 Nicole Holt
B Grade 25 Lap Scratch Race
1 Rowan Geddes
2 Peter Candy
3 Sean Bourke
C Grade Sprint Qualifer - Flying 200
1 John Lewis                   14.02
2 Fred Boland                  14.12
3 Patrick Dougherty            14.64
4 Nicole Holt                  14.72
5 Louise Bourke                16.52
B Grade Sprint Qualifiers - Flying 200
1 Vaughan Carlin               12.83
2 Rowan Geddes                 12.86
3 Peter Candy                  13.37
4 Cameron Mcintyre             13.63
5 Sean Bourke                  14.00
6 Geoffrey Goodyear            14.73
Madison - 2nd session: 30 minutes - sprint at 20/10/0 minutes
(Laps and points are cumulative with 1st session, Elimination and motorpace)
1 Simon Clarke/Pat Shaw           27 pts
at 3 laps
2 Barry Woods/Jamie Goddard       26
3 Andrew Steele/Steve Martin       8
4 Richard England/Doug Garley      6
5 Benjamin Jackson/Hamish Taylor   4
6 Mario Giramondo/Gerard Murphy    3
at 5 laps
7 Ricky Hair/Robert Tidey          7
at 16 laps
8 Carl Jacobson/Mathew Pegg        0
C Grade Sprints - finals
1 John Lewis
2 Fred Boland
3 Patrick Dougherty
4 Nicole Holt
B Grade Sprint finals
1 Peter Candy
2 Vaughan Carlin
3 Rowan Geddes
4 Cameron Mcintyre
C Grade Motorpace
1 Fred Boland
2 Nicole Holt
3 Patrick Dougherty
B/C Grade Handicap (straight out final)
1 Sean Bourke 20m
2 Geoffrey Goodyear 45m
3 Peter Candy 10m
4 Cameron Mcintyre 70m 

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