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Carnegie Caulfield Cycling Club
Glenvale Crescent, Melbourne, April 10, 2005
By Mal Sawford
After two race-free weeks for Easter and a washout, a good field was on the cards despite a 35°c heat wave! Tommy Nankervis (Fitzroy Cycles) wrapped up the $7000 Inexa - Team Alex Summer Series with his eleventh win of the season, while Andrea Bishop did the same for the Women's prize. Second and third prize will be fought out between Wayne Andrew and Aaron Salisbury (HLP/Ridewiser) over the final two rounds.
Matt Shea (Naughty Boy) wound up from the back of the A Grade grid to launch
his traditional first lap attack, with David Buntin (Inexa) and Brendan 'I've
got a reputation for this now' Rowbotham (Fitzroy). These three kept the chase
at bay for close to fifteen minutes before realising the futility of their endeavours.
Mark Howard (O'Mara Cycles) and Vaughan Bowman (Le Tour Cycles) counter attacked,
and with the heat already taking its toll on the bunch, quickly had a good gap.
Anthony Smith (Gran Prix Bicycles) and Julian Dutton jumped across on the next
lap to make four leaders, but there was no sign of a serious chase behind.
Out front, Nankervis took a somewhat predictable win, extending his formidable
run. Smith just held off Rowbotham to prevent the Fitzroy quinella, while Dutton
had enough left to lead the chase group home ahead of Salisbury.
Morrow's second attempt attracted Grant Hellings, Daniel Young (Burnley) and Trevor Cameron (aboc Cycle Coaching), but was reeled in after a couple of laps of the 1200 metre circuit. Cameron jumped away again; this time joined by Thomas Patrick, Canadian visitor Sean Richardson and Matt Curnow. This group stayed away a little over ten minutes to the half way mark, but after the regrouping the pace eased off noticeably.
Super sprinter Cathie had another uncharacteristic go in the closing stages,
joined by Jim Gallagher (Inexa), who was keen to put the new Inexa Time Trial
frame through its paces. The pack was intent on ensuring a bunch sprint, however,
and chased them down. John Harrs and Chris Garrard had no more luck with ten
minutes to go, as the lead out trains took over.
The C Grade race also saw a number of breaks in the first half of the race, before the heat convinced the majority to take their chances in the bunch kick. The early move saw Matt Curnow join father Adrian (The Freedom Machine), Chris Meneses and Damien Jones (Hampton Cycles). After ten minutes on the attack George Greenall, Carl Retschko and James Nooney bridged the gap, and shortly after David Downing and Darren King (Nepean Cycles) led a group across.
Despite having a clear break on the chasers, none of the riders wanted to push
their advantage, and the field regrouped, and stayed that way to the finish,
where Shaun Gatter (Salter Cycles) took a well judged win coming around Matt
Curnow in the final metres. Retschko picked up third ahead of Neale Adams, while
an impressive Women's field was led home Monique Hanley and Andrea Bishop.
Carnegie Caulfield Criteriums continue Sunday mornings until the end of the month, at Glenvale Crescent (Melways map 80B2). C, D and E Grades start at 9am, while A and B Grade ride at 10am.All holders of 2005 Cycling Australia licenses are welcome (don't forget to bring your license or receipt!) and non-members can have a go by taking out a day license for $20. For first time competitors and the younger juniors, Tokyo Olympian Mick Hollingsworth conducts novice racing clinics at Glenvale Crescent. For further details, including full standings in the Inexa Series, go to www.carnegiecycling.com.au.
A Grade - 1 hour + 3 laps, 31 Starters 1 Tommy Nankervis (Carnegie Caulfield) 2 Anthony Smith (Carnegie Caulfield) 3 Brendan Rowbotham (Carnegie Caulfield) 4 Mark Howard (Carnegie Caulfield) 5 Julian Dutton (Carnegie Caulfield) 6 Aaron Salisbury (Carnegie Caulfield) B Grade - 1 hour + 3 laps, 41 Starters 1 Charles Howlett (Latrobe City) 2 Darren Cathie (Carnegie Caulfield) 3 Dennis Toce (Carnegie Caulfield) 4 Jason Theobald (Carnegie Caulfield) 5 Sean Richardson (Carnegie Caulfield) Women Tess Downing (Latrobe City) C Grade - 55 minutes + 3 laps, 39 Starters 1 Shaun Gatter (Footscray) 2 Matt Curnow (Carnegie Caulfield) 3 Carl Retschko (Carnegie Caulfield) 4 Neale Adams (Carnegie Caulfield) Women 1 Michelle Murrell (Mornngton) 2 Monique Hanley (Waragul) 3 Andrea Bishop (Carnegie Caulfield) D Grade - 50 minutes + 3 laps, 22 Starters 1 Anthony Foundling (Carnegie Caulfield) 2 Neil Baird-Watson (Carnegie Caulfield) 3 Jason den Hollander (Hawthorn) 4 Nick Chilton (Carnegie Caulfield) Women 1 Christine Ervin (Coburg) 2 Rachel Coffel (Blackburn) E Grade - 45 minutes + 3 laps, 7 Starters 1 Heath Van der Volaerden (Blackburn) 2 Oliver Le Grice (Carnegie Caulfield) 3 Matt Leonard (Mornington) 4 Patrick Gordon (St Kilda)
Local results 2004