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Glenvale Crescent, Mulgrave, June 1, 2003

By Mal Sawford

A Grade winner Steve Martin (Blackburn) leads the field.
Photo © Mal Sawford
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Early morning showers and an overcast sky dampened Melbourne roads, but at least no rain fell during the mornings racing. Although damp, the road surface still gave plenty of grip, and riders attacked corners with their normal enthusiasm.

The damp conditions and a National Series tour for Women and Under 19 men kept numbers low, and in a variation on the usual small field procedures, organizers tried something different. For the first half of the C and D Grade race, the fields were combined, allowing riders to test out the conditions, before the race was split into two separate races.

C Grade came down to a sprint finish, and Chelsea rider Grant Hellings put some money back in the bank after a new carbon fiber Giant purchase with a convincing win. Under 17 rider Alex Smyth finished well to claim second, ahead of Chris Taplin (Richmond Cyclery) and Davern White. Meaghan Godfrey finished with the leaders to take out the Women's section.

The D Grade field stayed together once the two grades split, but in the closing stages picked up the pace noticeably. Five riders pulled clear at the bell, and would go on to fight out the placings.

As the sprint started young mountain biker Gary Millburn (CBD Cycles) set the pace, but had jumped too early on the slightly uphill finishing straight, allowing his friend Sam Brown (Terry Hammond Cycles) and Jeff Wilson to sneak past, with Brown taking a narrow win. Paul Franklin just held off a determined Melissa Nicholls for fourth place, but Nicholls was rewarded with the win in the Women's division.

The A and B Grade races also started combined, but the early part of the race was characterized by a number of strong attacks. Dylan Boone (Fitzroy Cycles), Leigh De Luca and Martin Bole flew the flag for the A Graders, while B Grade's Paul Richards and Boon Chia weren't overshadowed by the occasion and tried to get in all the moves.

The trio from Le Tour cycles; Richard England, Andrew Steele and Steve Martin, brought out the team tactics in the middle stages of the race, but the bunch was up to the challenge and their attacks and counter attacks were all reeled in. After 45 minutes, the bunch regrouped, and the smaller A Grade contingent were directed to sit up and allow B Grade to finish their race on their own terms.

Paul Richards attacked B Grade straight away, and opened a good gap. Rick Jones decided it was the move to be in, and chased across, while the bunch did its best to keep the break in sight. Despite the best efforts of Rachel Rademaker (Cycle Link) to get the chase organized, the two leaders maintained a steady pace, and at the call of ‘3 to go' were still clear by 20 seconds, and showing no sign of slowing.

Richards proved to quick for his breakaway companion, opening a gap out of the last corner and holding it to the line. Grant Jamieson was first to jump once the bunch rounded the corner, and took out the bunch sprint, but only after holding off a good challenge in the final 50 meters from a well positioned Rademaker.

The A Grade survivors were still together at the bell, after an attempt in the closing stages by England and Flyin' Ryan Kelly (Terry Hammond Cycles) to steal the race was chased down. Steve Martin surprised the bunch jumping away before the final corner, and just holding off the fast closing sprinters, led home by De Luca and Boone with England in fourth.

The South East region Clubs annual Queen's Birthday 3 day tour is on next weekend, with the opening stages at Bayles for the sprinters on Saturday at 1.30pm. Sundays stage is at Avonsleigh and the finale is at Delmore Drive, Scoresby on Monday. Riders can choose to enter any or all of the stages, with entries taken for each day on the line. Full details are available at


Images by Mal Sawford


A Grade, 1 hour + 3 laps, 11 starters
1 Steve Martin (Blackburn)
2 Leigh De Luce (Carnegie Caulfield)
3 Dylan Boone (Bairnesdale & Riviera)
4 Richard England (Blackburn)
B Grade, 1 hour + 3 laps, 16 starters
1 Paul Richards (Warragul)
2 Eric Jones (Carnegie Caulfield)
3 Grant Jamieson (Carnegie Caulfield)
4 Rachel Rademaker (Blackburn)
Women Rachel Rademaker (Blackburn)
C Grade, 50 minutes + 3 laps, 11 starters
1 Grant Hellings (Chelsea & Peninsula)
2 Alex Smyth (Carnegie Caulfield)
3 Chris Taplin (Carnegie Caulfield)
4 Davern White (Carnegie Caulfield)
Women Meaghan Godfrey (Carnegie Caulfield)
D Grade, 45 minutes + 3 laps, 12 starters
1 Sam Brown (Carnegie Caulfield)
2 Jeff Wilson (Carnegie Caulfield)
3 Gary Millburn (Carnegie Caulfield)
4 Paul Franklin (Chelsea & Peninsula)
Women Melissa Nicholls (Carnegie Caulfield) 

Australian results from the past week

CATS Cycling Club
Ken Dinnerville Memorial Handicap
Randwick Botany Cycling Club
Southern Cross CC
Velo Tour Race 1


Complete Australian results for 2003