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Victorian 100km Championships
Port Fairy, July 13, 2003
Sun Tour practice run for Port Fairy CC
By David Tozer
Elite cyclists from all corners of Victoria converged on Port Fairy to contest the Victorian 100 kilometre Championships on Sunday. Over 80 cyclists competed in the Open event, which was held over 40 laps of the two and a half kilometre circuit around Campbell Street, James Street & Ocean Drive.
The mass of riders took of at 12.15pm from the Southcomb Park Sporting Complex and intentions of the top riders were made clear right from the outset. Robert Tighello (Carnegie-Caulfield) was the first of the favourites to attempt to breakaway. Tighello, who has previously performed well at the Tour Down Under, was unable to gain an advantage over a watchful lead group of riders, his ability to ride away from the pack is well documented and therefore all his moves were countered.
Just as Tighello had given up on trying to attack, another of the fancied riders, Tim Decker of Bendigo, put in a massive effort to ride off the front of the pack. This is extremely difficult when the average speed of the main group is around 40 kilometres an hour. However the speed that Decker has developed from Velodrome racing was enough to get a small gap. A number of riders followed Decker’s wheel and at approximately the 25 kilometre mark a group of around 20 riders had forced a breakaway.
In the breakaway group were a number of experienced riders. Paul Anders, formerly from Port Fairy and a previous winner of the event was closely watching any moves made by Decker and his team mate Trent Stevenson. Hamish Taylor (Northcote) and Joel Pearson (Warragul) were also riders who at times dictate the pace of the breakaway group.
At the halfway point of the race, the breakaway had dwindled in numbers down to about fifteen riders. A group of five riders including Gary Parsons (Camperdown) and Robert Tighello had initiated an attempt to catch the breakaway group the main pack had appeared to have lost hope of catching the leaders with the gap hovering between 1 and 2 minutes.
The five-man chase group persisted for around seven laps but the gap remained reasonably constant and with less than 25 kilometres to go it seemed that the winner would come from the group of leaders. It was at about this time that Decker, Anders and Pearson were able to ride away from the lead group. Attempts from the remaining riders to bridge back to the threesome failed and with the laps counting down the podium placing’s seemed to be decided. However a late burst of speed from two riders, Hamish Taylor and Matthew Goold (Ashburton) managed to succeed in reeling in the leading three but the energy used to ride across to the leaders left Taylor and Goold unable to combat a final attack from Pearson and Anders at the start of the final lap.
In a two up final sprint for the line Joel Pearson was too quick for Anders and was able to not only claim the outright victory but also the win in the Under 23 year old section. Goold claimed third from Taylor (Fourth) and an unlucky Tim Decker (Fifth).
The Port Fairy Cycling Club would no doubt be feeling confident about hosting a stage of the Herald Sun Tour, later this year. The fact that the Tour stage 6, to be held on the 21st October 2003, is around the same circuit allowed corner marshals, officials and timekeepers to hone their skills in readiness for the October showcase. Port Fairy Cycling Club President, Mark Winnen said, "The smooth and incident free running of the event on Sunday, gives both the Tour promoters and Port Fairy Cycling Club committee members great confidence leading up to the Port Fairy stage of the Sun Tour."
Senior Men/Men U23/Men U19, 40 laps of 2.5km = 100km 1 Joel Pearson (Bikeland) 2.22.46 2 Paul Anders (Footscray CC) 0.05 3 Matthew Goold (ACR - Ashburton Cycles) 0.24 4 Hamish Taylor (G&D Cycles) 5 Timothy Decker (Giant Bicycles) 6 David Tozer (Bicycle Superstore) 1.08 7 Trent Stevenson (Giant Bicycles) 8 George Vallins (De Grandi Cycle & Sport) 9 Carl Cubitt (Coburg CC) 10 Damian Harbison (Swim Bike Run) 11 Christopher Fry (De Grandi Cycle & Sport) 12 Jade Frankel (Warrnambool CC) 13 Anthony Smith (Blackburn CC) 14 Robert Young (Swim Bike Run) 15 Leigh Egan (Giant Bicycles) 2.11 16 Richard England (Le Tour Cycles) 17 Peter Trigar (ACR - Ashburton Cycles) 18 Cain Pasque (Camperdown CC) 19 Garry Parsons (De Grandi Cycle & Sport) 20 Aaron Dalton (Wangaratta CC) 2.16 21 David Lunn (The Bike Shop - Colac) 2.36 22 Bradley Norton (Giant Bicycles) 3.24 23 Dylan Newell (Flemington Cycles) 24 Colin Thornton (Broadford Seymour CC) 3.30 25 Steve Martin (Le Tour Cycles) 4.03 26 Paul Richards (Warragul CC) 27 Jason Hegert (Ballarat Sebastopol CC) 4.28 28 Christopher Eichler (Mount Gambier) 29 Paul Kenny (Melton CC) 4.49 DNF Marcus Aquilina (Footscray CC) DNF Timothy Clarke (Blackburn CC) DNF Nic Drent (Richmond Cyclery) DNF James Giannakakis (Le Tour Cycles) DNF Darren Allen (Colac CC) DNF Robert Tighello (ACR - Ashburton Cycles) DNF Shayne Kirby (Giant Bicycles) DNF Ashley Baines (Giant Bicycles) DNF Luke Weir (Mainline CycleSport) DNF Marcus Altmann (Swim Bike Run) DNF Robert Boag (ACR - Ashburton Cycles) DNF Martin Bole (Carnegie Caulfield CC) DNF Dylan Boone (Fitzroy Cycles) DNF Lenny Bruinse (Melton CC) DNF Damian Burke (Bike Technologies Australia) DNF Damien Cook (Kingsnorth International) DNF Gaethan Cutri (Hawthorn Citizens) DNF Ross Edwards (Carnegie Caulfield CC) DNF Brad Ericson (Melton CC) DNF Stephen Hickey (Mainline CycleSport) DNF Mark Hooper (De Grandi Cycle & Sport) DNF Benjamin Jackson (Swim Bike Run) DNF Matthew Jones (On Your Bike) DNF Damien Ladd (Harding Cycles) DNF Dennis Markouris (Giramondo Sportswear) DNF Craig Mccartney (De Grandi Cycle & Sport) DNF Simon Morcom (MGZT) DNF Warren Nelson (Mainline CycleSport) DNF Jamie Nicholson (Chelsea Peninsula CC) DNF Phillip Orr (Navajo Everything Bicycles) DNF Heath Riley (Hamilton CC) DNF Andrew Robinson (St.Kilda CC) DNF Adrian Sansonetti (Bike Technologies Australia) DNF Steven Sansonetti (Bike Technologies Australia) DNF Andrew Steele (Le Tour Cycles) DNF Daniel Burtt (De Grandi Cycle & Sport) DNF Evan Corry (Giant Bicycles) DNF Christopher D'amelio (Bairnsdale Riviera CC) DNF Timothy Joiner (Flemington Cycles) DNF Douglas Muller (Steve Gibson Constructions) DNF Tommy Nankervis (Gran Prix Cycles) DNF Grant Oates (The Bike Shop - Colac) DNF Benjamin Serpell (Le Tour Cycles) DNF Michael Teggelove (On Your Bike) DNF William Walker (CDB Cycles) DNF Nathan Wise (Carnegie Caulfield CC) DNS Tim Bickerton (Blackburn CC) DNS Wayne Collins (Bicycle Superstore) DNS Justin Hogan (O'Mara Cycles) DNS John Madden (Pro-Motion Cycles) DNS Goran Masalkovski (St.Kilda CC) DNS Adam Murchie (Beasley/Drapac Properties) DNS Darren Smith (Warrnambool CC) DNS Lee Robinson (Carnegie Caulfield CC) DNS Reece-Emerson Van Beek (Cecil Walker Cycles) DNS Simon Walker (Carnegie Caulfield CC) 1st Unplaced Men 23: Christopher Fry (De Grandi Cycle & Sport) 1st Unplaced Men 19: Jason Hegert (Ballarat Sebastopol CC) 1st Port Fairy Rider: David Tozer (Bicycle Superstore) Elite Women 1 Vanessa Crawford (Mainline CycleSport) 22.23 2 Kerryn Charman (Geelong West CC) 3.35 3 Kate Winnen (Bicycle Superstore) 5.07 4 Emily Phillips (Le Tour Cycles) Men/Women 15/17, 40 Min + 2 laps 1 Dylan Hately (Camperdown CC) 41.43 2 Abraham Manly (Evolution Bicycles) 0.03 3 Abe Hastwell (Ararat & District CC) 0.05 4 Luke Jones (Evolution Bicycles) 5 Toby Glennon (Coburg CC) 0.09 6 Joshua Cook (Warrnambool CC) 0.13 DNS Taigh Banson (CBD Cycles) DNS Jessica Lane (Gran Prix Cycles) Masters, 40 Min + 2 laps 1 David Malady (Footscray CC) 44.19 2 Geoffrey Robertson (Gartland Real Estate) 3 Eddie Pickett (Pro-Motion Cycles) 4 Murray Yuille (Leigh Egan Cycles) 5 Brad Warrener (Footscray CC) 6 Jim Linden (Footscray CC) 7 Christopher Scott (Camperdown CC) 8 David O'dwyer (Geelong West CC) 2.15 DNF Laurie Norris (Beasley/Drapac Properties) DNS Michael Corry (Bendigo & District CC)