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The 10th Graeme Catterall Memorial Race - Illawarra Interclub, June 3, 2006
With the weather forecast for last Saturday predicting rain and gale force winds the Illawarra committee was pleased the at least the rain held off. A record number of 130 riders had entered the event held in memory of the Illawarra’s good member Graeme Catterall. Due the generous sponsorship from Wollongong Fencing the race boasted prize money of $1,500.
Riders from as far away as Eurobodalla and Goulburn travelled up to take part in the race. With the rain holding off and the winds reduced to strong from gale force nearly all the riders that had entered were on the start line. One exception was the Club secretary, Phil Jones who was unfortunately blown off his bike in Unanderra, breaking his collar bone.
There is an old saying that says when the conditions are tough the tough riders reign, that was certainly true as Richard Vollebregt, from Sth Highlands, riding off scratch left the other riders in his bunch in his wake and proceeded to ride right through all the bunches in front of him. At the end of the race he finished 1:23 behind the winning bunch that had started 7 minutes in front of him. Only two riders were able to go with him, Chad Balding Sth Highlands and Mark Davis Illawarra.
The bunch that had combined best on the day swapping off turns for the duration of the race was the 13 minute bunch. With Illawarra having nine of the eighteen starters off that mark there were in the box seat.
Two riders off limit gave it their all but succumbed to the conditions and the fast moving 13 min bunch to be caught with less than half a lap left in the race. Luckily the 13 min bunch didn’t ease up as the Vollebregt train was closing fast.
As the winning group rounded the corner into the finishing straight there were five riders abreast. Jason Johnson held off the Nowra due of David Morris and Damien Mason for a well deserved victory. The next across the line were Illawarra’s Andrew Rutty, Andrew Stewart and Dean Kelly.
Davis led the select group containing Vollebregt across the line for tenth place. Gavin Drury recorded fourth fastest time on the day.
Johnson boosted him bank account considerably also collecting the first Illawarra finisher and first Masters rider home.
The prizes were presented by Graeme’s wife Lila, son Colin with his wife Jenny.
Johnson is now equal third in the Interclub series.
Results, Handicap, 41.0km
1 Jason Johnson (Illawarra) 1.19.37 2 David Morris (Nowra) 3 Damien Mason (Nowra) 4 Andrew Rutty (Illawarra) 5 Andrew Stewart (Illawarra) 6 Dean Kelly (Illawarra) 7 Andy Derks (Sth Highlands) 8 Alan Vucko (Illawarra) 9 Anthony Kneipp (Illawarra) 10 Mark Davis (Illawarra) 11 Chad Balding (Sth Highlands) 12 Richard Vollebregt (Sth Highlands) 1.10.00 (Fastest Time) 13 Aaron Terechovs (Illawarra) 14 Rainer Otte (Nowra) 15 Frank Larsen (Macarthur) 16 Jeff Vaughan-Floyd (Illawarra) 17 Dominic Rideaux (Eurobodalla) 18 Daniel Cronin (Sth Highlands) 19 Jeffrey Gray (Illawarra) 20 Andrew Gilman (Macarthur) 21 Daniel Daly (Illawarra) 22 Gerard Walsh (Sth Highlands) 23 Roger Ocvirk (Illawarra) 24 Gavin Drury (Illawarra) 25 Michael Troy (Nowra) 26 Craig Paull (Illawarra) 27 Brian Joyce (Illawarra) 28 Neil Midgley (Illawarra) 29 Peter Cooper (Illawarra) 30 Jacob Micheleson (Macarthur) 31 Mark Anthony (Macarthur) 32 Wayne Smart (Sth Highlands) 33 Frank Tortorici (Illawarra) 34 Tim Devlin (Illawarra) 35 Jose Pereira (Illawarra) 36 Alexander Tomlinson (Sth Highlands) 37 David McMaster (Illawarra) 38 Michael Gleeson (Macarthur) 39 Gary Pearson (Eurobodalla) 40 Lionel Covington (Illawarra) 41 Glen Mustapic (Nowra) 42 Tony Pulo (Illawarra) 43 Rob Calladine (Sth Highlands) 44 Arron Hull (Illawarra) 45 Bruce Jenkin (Nowra) 46 Geoff Duxfield (Sth Highlands) 47 Hubert Driehuis (Nowra) 48 Mitch Love (Nowra) 49 Joe Chiaverini (Illawarra) 50 Brendan Boyen (Sth Highlands) 51 George Ostrowski (Macarthur) 52 Steve Johnstone (Eurobodalla) 53 Nicole Otte (Nowra) 54 Justin Tomlinson (Sth Highlands) 55 Jenni Vaughan-Floyd (Illawarra) 56 Wendy Den (Sth Highlands) 57 Tim Egan (Sth Highlands) 58 Ashley Holman (Sth Highlands) 59 John Scott (Sth Highlands) 60 Andrew Glenn (Sth Highlands) 61 Daryl Smith (Eurobodalla) 62 Roy McEwan (Sth Highlands) 63 Michael Krebs (Sth Highlands) 64 Jason Egan (Sth Highlands) 65 Daniel Schwarz (Sth Highlands) 66 Rita Mein (Sth Highlands) 67 John Davis (Sth Highlands) 68 Adam Pirie (Macarthur) 69 Drew Robertson (Illawarra) 70 Neil Leifels (Macarthur) 71 James Greathead (Illawarra) 72 Greg Maloney (Nowra) 73 Mark Glen (Sth Highlands) 74 Ben Hollowell (Non-Member) 75 Amber Aranzy (Nowra) 76 John Clements (Goulburn) 77 Tony Crane (Goulburn)
Local results 2006