Results and Reports for January 27-28, 2001


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Gold Coast CATS CC Criterium
St Kilda Cycling Club Summer Criterium Series
Randwick Botany Cycling Club criterium
Wangaratta Wheelrace

Gold Coast CATS CC Criterium

Nerang, Qld, January 28, 2001

The 85 starters in this week's criterium had not only the Nerang hill to contend with, but sauna-like conditions, with the temperature over 30 degrees Celsius and extremely high humidity. It was going to be a tough morning!

The A Grade field rode as a bunch for most of the race, with the exception of Jason Austin who was off the front numerous times but unable to build a winning move. A bunch sprint looked likely until Jeff Harris attacked strongly with three to go. There was no immediate response, and the race was his. Austin had one more effort left in him on the last lap and was just able to hold on for a well deserved second, in front of fast finishing U19 rider Daniel Newnham.

Mountain Biker Les Heap showed that he can win at Nerang as well as Burleigh by taking out B Grade, the depleted C Grade sprint was won by David Sheppard from Peter Spencer, while Archie Davis continued his good form by winning D Grade, the result of which earns him a promotion to C Grade next week.


A Grade - 60 minutes + 3 laps
1 Jeff Harris
2 Jason Austin
3 Daniel Newnham
4 Jon Cantwell
B Grade - 50 minutes + 3 laps
1 Les Heap
2 Kevin Rablin
3 Graeme Harvey
4 Geoff Willmot
C Grade -  40 minutes + 3 laps
1 David Sheppard
2 Peter Spencer
3 Roy Whitney
4 Denis Cain
D Grade - 30 minutes + 3 laps
1 Archie Davis
2 Ian Waymouth
3 Rob Payne
4 Freddie Mason

Report and results courtesy Geoff Frost

St Kilda Cycling Club Summer Criterium Series

Melbourne, Vic, January 27, 2001

Race details and results can be found at


A Grade
1 Steve Dew
2 Ben Jackson
3 Jay Bessel
4 Stewart Campbell
5 John Madden
B Grade
1 Trevor Burridge
2 Danny Beranic
3 Scott Woodward
4 Tim Metherall
5 Mike Van Niekerk
Courtesy J Maher

Randwick Botany Cycling Club criterium

Heffron Park, Maroubra, NSW, January 27, 2001


A/B Grade 36km
1 S. Harding
2 A. Driver
3 R. Mackay
C Grade, 30km
1 D. Johnson
2 E. Ozdrik
3 G. Murdock
D Grade, 20km
1 P. Craig
2 D. Jefferson
3 N. Cater
E Grade, 12km
1 K. Aitchison
2 P. Davison
3 K. Blanchfield
2km Time Trial
1 K. Aitchison    03.43
2 L. Davison       0.19
3 T. Aitchison     0.45
6km Handicap
1 K. Aitchison
2 L. Davison
3 M. Gueniev

Courtesy Tony Horneman

Wangaratta Wheelrace

Wangaratta, Victoria, 27-8 January, 2001

The 73rd Wangaratta Wheelrace was raced on Sunday. Previous winners include Sid Patterson, Barry Waddell, Keith Oliver, and Gordon Johnson. Late scratchings were scratchmarkers Shane Kelly and Darren Young. Junior World Champion sprinter Ryan Bailey (WA) obligingly journeyed up from Melbourne to ride from 10m over 2000m.

A fall in the third heat of the first round on Saturday saw all but four riders off their bikes. This was ruled a no-race and re-run with those able the next afternoon, before the second round of heats were drawn up. Five riders from the original heat were unable to take their places, but thankfully none of them with really bad injuries.

Weather for the Carnival was perfect. Athletics, woodchopping, penny farthings and junior racing were also included in a great weekend of sporting competition. There were 70 Senior entries and the organising committee were quite pleased with attendance, which was up on last year.

The Wheelrace final had Bailey as backmarker, with Todd Wilksch (20m), Shaun Collins and David Pell (40m), Andrew Mason (50m), a total of 22 starters out to Andrew Rix (180m). The backmen were up with 300m to travel. Pell was in full flight at the 200m mark, with former Vic State 1km T.T. champion Shaun Collins glued to his wheel. Collins sprinted home ahead of Bernie O'Dea (90m) with Pell 3rd from Hamish Taylor (100m), Matthew Heath (80m) and David Browne (120m). Race time 2:07:21.

Collins also won the other feature handicap of 1000m. Riding from 20m he defeated Ryan Bailey (5m) and Andrew Stewart (60m) in 1:04:15.

Todd Wilksch won both Aces Scratch races and the Keirin, last 200m 11.80sec from Robert Wilson and Bailey. The Aces scratch event on Sunday evening was a memorial race to former world track champion Sid Patterson, with trophy presented by well known Athletics commentator, George Underwood, who is also a cycling official and friend of the big champ.

Speedster Ryan Bailey took the Derby, last 200m 11.75 secs.

Australia weekend at Wangaratta - always an enjoyable two nights of track racing.

Courtesy Barry McNaught.