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Carnegie Caulfield Cycling Club
Sandown, Melbourne, December 6, 2005
By Mal Sawford
An afternoon of heavy rain cleared in the late afternoon long enough to dry the Sandown race track and allow racing to get underway. Torrential rain returned just before the scheduled completion, and races were shortened by five minutes to miss the worst of the rain, but just under 100 optimists got the chance to test themselves on another tough evening.
There were plenty of attacks early on the A Grade race, but the strong head
wind gusting down the back straight proved too much for any break to combat.
When the drizzle came, and the final two laps were called there were still a
dozen riders in contention, but a last lap attack from Junior World Pursuit
Champion Michael Ford (VIS) saw him solo to a good win. Ford is rebuilding after
a serious leg injury required surgery at the end of the road season, but looks
well on the way to a full recovery.
Tim Lee attacked the B Grade bunch in the opening minutes and held the chase
at bay for two laps before a series of counter attacks saw his advantage disappear.
The tough conditions were expected to favour hard men like Bruce Will and Ken
Ford, but a tough weekend at the Tour of Bright had obviously taken its toll.
A break of four early in the C Grade race was never threatened, with Darren
Sayers, Danny Weatherley, Darryl Pate and Mark Gallagher combining well after
an early move featuring Louisa Judd (Hampton Cycles) was neutralised. Gallagher
was too strong in the dash to the line, taking the win ahead of Sayers, while
Michelle Murrell led the women home in the main bunch.
Carnegie Caulfield Criteriums continue Sunday mornings are at Glenvale Crescent
(Melways map 80B2). C, D and E Grades start at 9am, while A and B Grade ride
at 10am. Tuesday Twilight racing at Sandown runs every week until the end of
March, with the Sandown Road gate opening at 6pm for a 6.30pm race start for
A Grade - 1 hour 1 Michael Ford (Carnegie Caulfield) 2 Aaron Salisbury (Carnegie Caulfield) 3 Cameron Wise (Carnegie Caulfield) 4 Anthony Smith (Carnegie Caulfield) 5 Brendan Rowbotham (Carnegie Caulfield) 6 Murray Spink (Dirt Riders) B Grade - 55 minutes 1 Roy Clark (Carnegie Caulfield) 2 Tom Gallagher (Carnegie Caulfield) 3 Chris Garrard (Carnegie Caulfield) 4 David O'Leary (Carnegie Caulfield) 5 Luke Hanley (Warragul) Women Maryam Rogers (Carnegie Caulfield) C Grade - 50 minutes 1 Mark Gallagher (Footscray) 2 Darren Sayers (Carnegie Caulfield) 3 Danny Weatherley (Carnegie Caulfield) 4 Darryl Pate (Carnegie Caulfield) Women Michelle Murrell (Mornington) D Grade - 50 minutes 1 Glen Hastings (Carnegie Caulfield) 2 Todd Spain (Carnegie Caulfield) 3 Andrew Rose (Carnegie Caulfield) 4 Mitch Gregory (Carnegie Caulfield)
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