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Carnegie Caulfield Cycling Club
, April 1, 2008
Boone takes victory
By Mal Sawford
The final twilight crit of the summer season brought a bumper field of 215 riders to Sandown, with 75 contesting the A Grade race alone. Tight racing was the result, with the only breakaway to succeed coming in C Grade.
Regular attacks by the CCCC/SHM Elite team riders saw a number of promising breaks develop in A Grade. At one stage, Vaughan Bowman, Matt Chessum and Nathan Wise combined in a very strong group that also contained Andrew Stalder (Promains/Richmond Cyclery), in search of his 14th win of the season, David Kemp and Troy Clarke, but the massive bunch was up to the task of closing the move down.
Youngsters Brent Tomlinson (Hampton Cycles) and Paul Weymouth (Torq) tried to go clear at the half way mark, but succeeded only in setting up a counter attack by Wise, Stalder, Warren Knevitt (O’Mara Cycles), Kane Walker, Jason Kruger, James Langedyk, Reece Stephens and Gary Chamberlain (Bicycle Superstore) and this move was also neutralized fairly quickly.
Chessum, Stalder, Tomlinson and Kemp featured in the final break, along with Murray Spink (Giant), Michael Downing (Beasley) and Guy Green (Great Doherty) but the full field reformed for the final two laps. Dylan Boone (Inexa Race Frames) attacked the final two turns so hard that no-one was game to follow, and held his gap all the way to the line to record his first win of the season, ending a run of near misses.
Pete Johnstone (Jayco VIS) produced a sprint that would have earned him a win on any other night, to lead the bunch home, ahead of Stalder, Chris Tymms (O2 Networks), Danny Kah (CCCC/SHM) and Kemp.
In comparison, the B Grade race seemed a little uneventful, with the longest attack coming from Nicole Whitburn and Will Livesay in the opening fifteen minutes. Livesay joined a late move with Andrew Stagg, Ashley Duncan (Croydon Cycleworks) and Frank Donnelly (Celtic Décor), but the small group found it too difficult to hold their pace into the strong wind that blew down the hill.
Peter Kotsiris (SHM) showed the other fast men a clean pair of heels with a two length win in the bunch sprint, finishing ahead of Christian Requin (BikeNOW), Livesay, Stagg and Boyd Friis (Celtic).
The break in C Grade started with three riders: Jay Heather (Hampton Cycles), Adam Kliska and Greg MacDonald, but only Heather and Kliska survived the full distance. The pair sprinted for the win 15 seconds ahead of the bunch, with a very determined Heather victorious. Alex Lockie (O’Mara) wrapped up the sprint for third ahead of Tom Coultas, while Laurel Dayman (Mascot Cycles) collected the women’s prize in her first attempt at C Grade.
Joel Koo won the D Grade bunch sprint to take his first win, with Mark Gardener’s second place also his first podium appearance. The podium was rounded up by ‘regulars’ in Will Allen and Andrew Seen and the women’s race went to another first timer, Tasmanian junior Emma Lawson.
Carnegie Caulfield Criteriums continue on Sunday morning at Glenvale Crescent (Melways map 80 B2). B and D Grades start at 9am, while A and C Grade ride at 10am.
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Images by Mal Sawford
A Grade 1 Dylan Boone (Carnegie Caulfield) 2 Pete Johnstone (Chelsea & Peninsula) 3 Andrew Stalder (Carnegie Caulfield) 4 Chris Tymms (Carnegie Caulfield) 5 Danny Kah (Carnegie Caulfield) 6 David Kemp (Queensland) B Grade 1 Peter Kotsiris (Carnegie Caulfield) 2 Christian Requin (St Kilda) 3 Tom Livesay (Carnegie Caulfield) 4 Andrew Stagg (Carnegie Caulfield) 5 Boyd Friis (Carnegie Caulfield) Women Nicole Whitburn (Carnegie Caulfield) C Grade 1 Jay Heather (Carnegie Caulfield) 2 Adam Kliska (St Kilda) 3 Alex Lockie (Carnegie Caulfield) 4 Tom Coultas (Carnegie Caulfield) Women Laurel Dayman (Carnegie Caulfield) D Grade 1 Joel Koo (Carnegie Caulfield) 2 Mark Gardner (Carnegie Caulfield) 3 Will Allen (Carnegie Caulfield) 4 Andrew Seen (Carnegie Caulfield) Women Emma Lawson (Tasmania)