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Carnegie Caulfield Cycling Club
Phillip Island, Victoria, July 3, 2005
By Mal Sawford
CCCC made its long awaited debut at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit,
with the venue proving, as expected, ideal for non-motorised bike racing. The
five kilometre circuit is perched on the side of a hill overlooking Bass Strait,
and is renowned for the strong winds that sweep across it. The weather gods
were kind, with a steady breeze blowing down the main straight, and no sign
Shortly after the A Grade bunch set off from under the TAC - Share the Road
inflatable kite for their eighteen laps, veteran strongman David Sturt (Pro-Motion/Giant
Bicycles), who revels in tough conditions, jumped away, joined by O'Mara Cycles
team mates Justin Davis and Scott Brown. Davis couldn't stay with the pace long
but Brown hung tough with the rampaging Sturt. It took the best part of five
laps for the bunch to almost get on terms with the two leaders - before eight
riders including Tommy Nankervis and Brendan Rowbotham (Fitzroy Cycles) and
Junior World Pursuit Champion Michael Ford jumped across the gap before the
bunch could reform.
Nankervis and Nathan Wise (Richmond Cyclery) slipped the chase group on the
climb to join the leaders, but their dangerous move prompted a quick reaction
and the bunch regrouped for the final time. The winning break was launched at
two to go, with Nankervis following a move from Pat Shaw (VIS) and Darren Lapthorne
(Lloyd Morgan), to form a trio that had plenty of allies in the bunch to disrupt
Vaughan Bowman (Le Tour Cycles) attacked the bunch on the final corner to pinch
fourth place, while Ford kept the bunch on his hip for the length of the straight
to lead the main field home.
At seven to go, Smith had ridden Cormick off his wheel, but had Josh Morrison
in pursuit for the Burnley boys. Chasing Morrison was Ken Ford (Gran Prix) and
Peter Howard, but once Morrison had reached Smith the two leaders quickly pulled
away. Approaching the final two laps, Morrison went solo, and with an impressive
effort kept the bunch at bay for a good win.
Chris Beales (Cycle Science) looked to have slipped under the Handicapper's
guard after he raced away from the C Grade bunch with Warragul club mate Luke
Hanley and Nigel Kimbar (O'Mara) on the opening lap. Beales quickly decided
he was faster on his own, and with little apparent effort rode further and further
away from the bunch.
Monique Hanley showed the benefits of regular Thursday night winter endurance
track racing at Melbourne's new indoor velodrome with a good sprint to take
the Women's division, ahead of Tarna Schmidt and Michelle Murrell.
Race day officials Gemma Goyne and Leigh De Luca helped Chief Judge Doug Moody on the finish line and also kept track of the lap count - no mean feat with six bunches splintering on the testing circuit! Dennis Bowen-Day, Ron Kent, Phil Johns and Ryan Kelly had the best seats in the house as lead car drivers, with entry table duties shouldered by Tammy and Katie Sawford. Thanks also to Luke James and Scott Orchard for erecting the TAC finish line kite and helping sign the long queue of riders and spectators into the circuit; and finally to Chris White, Tim Greeks and Karina Kennedy at PI Operations for their assistance in making the fantastic event possible.
Next week's racing for the Southern Region is a Crit at the Metec Driving training
circuit next Sunday morning hosted by Blackburn, before a return to the open
road for Chelsea's popular Crib Point circuit on the 16th. CCCC's next event
is the annual Jack McGowan Handicap over the flat Modella course on July 30.
For a thumbnail gallery of these images, click here
Images by Mal Sawford
A Grade - 90km 1 Tommy Nankervis (Carnegie Caulfield) 2 Darren Lapthorne (Coburg) 3 Patrick Shaw (Ballarat/Sebastapol) 4 Vaughan Bowman (Blackburn) 5 Michael Ford (Carnegie Caulfield) 6 Nathan Wise (Carnegie Caulfield) B Grade - 80km 1 Josh Morrison (Carnegie Caulfield) 2 Richard Read (Blackburn) 3 Cameron Hunter (Blackburn) 4 Ewin Williams (Brunswick) 5 Ken Ford (Carnegie Caulfield) C Grade - 70km 1 James Henry (Warragul) 2 Geoff Pyman (Hawthorn) 3 Adam Pyke (Mornington) 4 Nigel Kimbar (Carnegie Caulfield) 5 Michael Burke (Preston) Women 1 Monique Hanley (Warragul) 2 Tarna Schmidt (Carnegie Caulfield) 3 Michelle Murrell (Mornington) D Grade - 60km 1 Evan Rotton (Carnegie Caulfield) 2 Stephan Jansen (Leongatha) 3 Robert de Bernardi (Preston) 4 Philip Hanley (Leongatha) E Grade - 50km 1 Luke Petrie (Blackburn) 2 Gayle Burke (Preston) Junior Omnium 1 Dale Reith (Blackburn) 2 Aaron Eynaud (Blackburn) 3 Peter Vlahos (Blackburn) 4 Rowan Feely (Leongatha)
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