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Carnegie Caulfield Cycling Club

Bluehive Club & Regional Road Championships - Saturday, September 22, 2007

Mitchell claims victory

By Mal Sawford

Winton and Tymms take up the chase.
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Theobald leads the Masters 1-3 bunch.
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Ian Matthews took home the Div 3 title.
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Gerard Donnelly was too strong in Masters 4-5.
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Ward heads to the Masters 6-8 win.
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Denise Bennett solo on the first lap.
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David Koroknai charges to the line.
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Spectacular weather greeted the almost 90 starters in the 2007 edition of the CCCC Club and Regional Championships, which were presented by Bluehive Financial services. Healthy entries in most age groups saw worthy champions crowned, which was a fitting way to wrap up the road season ahead of the first of the summer crits.

After a fairly sedate start to the first lap, the combine Elite and Under 19 bunch began to get serious on the first ascent of Heath Hill, with star mountain biker Murray Spink (Giant) and Nick Mitchell (Bike Force) launching a number of attacks. The lift in tempo saw the bunch begin to break up, with 15 left in contention after the steep Ripplebrook climb.

Cam Winton (Doherty's Sheet Metal) took control of the race with a solo attack near the end of the first lap. He spent the leg between Modella and the Heads Road corner alone, before Mitchell jumped out of the bunch and joined him. The pair stayed out of sight of the bunch for most of the next 30 kilometres, and only came back into view in sight of the finish line; but by then it was far too late.

Mitchell took the win with a convincing sprint, but Winton claimed a well earned CCCC road championship. Spink had been aggressive the second time through the hills, and was joined at the head of affairs by Chris Tymms (O2 Networks), fresh off his send place finish at last weekend's Bay 2 Bay Classic.

Tymms got the better of Spink with a well timed throw at the line to take third overall and second in the CCCC champs, while Matt Jensen (Specialized Total Rush) was just behind and claimed the bronze medal. Daniel Lewis-Toakley (CBD Cycles/Degani Coffee) and Brent Tomlinson (Hampton Bicycles) finished with this group and fought out the Under 19 crown, with Lewis-Toakley proving the quicker sprinter.

Denise Bennett (Datacom/Burnley Finance) rode away from the women's field in the hills on the first lap, and held a thirty second advantage at the end of the first lap, before she was joined by a chase group containing Clare Vlahopolous (CBD Cycles/Degani Coffee), former World Masters Champion Debra Hobbs (Fitzroy Cycles), Bay 2 Bay winner Radelle Berriman (Giant) and Suzannah Molloy.

On the final climb, Bennett's early efforts took their toll, and she and Molloy were unable to follow the acceleration by Berriman, Vlahopolous and Hobbs. On the long straight run to the finish, Vlahopolous led out early, but had enough strength to hold Hobbs off by a wheel to take the win, with Berriman third.

The Masters 1-3 race stayed largely together until the final pass over the climbs, when 11 riders went clear. Justin Davis (O'Mara Cycles), a two time Elite club champion, took his first Masters 2 road title with an attack nearing the summit at Ripplebrook that none of the other breakaway riders could follow.

Ex-pat Queenslander Dean Heathcote powered off the front of the chase group to take second place, with third place going to another Bay to Bay winner in Ciaran Jones. Jones outsprinted Ian Matthews (Datacom/Burnley Finance), the Division 3 champ, Steve Martin (le Tour Cycles) and Jason Thoebald (O'Mara). Craig Porter also finished in the chase group to claim the inaugural Masters 1 club title.

Gerard Donnelly (Celtic Décor) was the runaway favourite in the Division 4 and 5 race, and lived up to his billing with a dominant display culminating in a solo win. Tom Walker led the bunch home ahead of Gary Rosengarten and Steve Morrow (Le Tour).

George Ward displayed similar dominance in the race for divisions 6 - 8, powering clear on the Ripplebrook climb and holding off the chase by John Hollingworth and Rob Pagey to take the win.

The Under 17 race came down to a 4 way battle between CBD Cycles/Degani Coffee team mates Matt Fortunato and Oliver Le Grice, Lee Imrie and Jamie Blaker. The win went to the lanky Imrie ahead of Fortunato, with Blaker taking the bronze medal.

The Under 15's also tackled one lap to the tough Modella circuit, with the hills allowing Victorian team member Calvin Watson (TCR), Jack Cummings (Bicycle Superstore) and Luke Parker (The Freedom Machine) to show their strength and break free of the bunch. The trio stayed clear to the finish, and eventually finished in that order.

Finally, three of the clubs youngest members bravely tackled the 20 km Under 11 and 13 road race, with David Koroknai powering clear on the first climb, just ahead of Sean Hickey and William Little. All three rode strongly to the line, but David was strong enough to extend his lead all the way to the line.


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Elite/Under 19 - 78 km
1 Nick Mitchell (Northcote)                    
2 Cam Winton (Carnegie Caulfield)              
3 Chris Tymms (Carnegie Caulfield)             
4 Murray Spink (Dirt Riders)                   
5 Matt Jensen (Carnegie Caulfield)             
6 Daniel Lewis-Toakley (Carnegie Caulfield)    
7 Brent Tomlinson (Carnegie Caulfield)         
8 Clint Van Beveren (Carnegie Caulfield)       
9 Matt Bishop (Carnegie Caulfield)             
10 Alex Lochie (Carnegie Caulfield)            
11 Luke Petrie (Blackburn)                     
12 Cam Lester (St Kilda)                       
13 Wayne Evans (Blackburn)                     
14 Dean San Filippo (Carnegie Caulfield)       
15 Daniel Thompson (Carnegie Caulfield)        
16 Kristian Kallaur (MTBA)                     
17 Russell Hunt (Carnegie Caulfield)           
18 Ashley Duncan (Carnegie Caulfield)          
Elite & Masters Women - 78 km
1 Clare Vlahopolous (Carnegie Caulfield)       
2 Debra Hobbs (Carnegie Caulfield)             
3 Radelle Berriman (Carnegie Caulfield)        
4 Denise Bennett (Carnegie Caulfield)          
5 Suzannah Molloy (Carnegie Caulfield)         
6 Rebecca Domange (Carnegie Caulfield)         
7 Nana Jernstrom (Carnegie Caulfield)          
8 Melissa Nicholls (Carnegie Caulfield)        
Masters 1, 2 & 3 - 78 km
1 Justin Davis (Carnegie Caulfield)            
2 Dean Heathcote (Queensland)                  
3 Ciaran Jones (Carnegie Caulfield)            
4 Ian Matthews (Carnegie Caulfield)            
5 Steve Martin (Blackburn)                     
6 Jason Theobald (Carnegie Caulfield)          
7 Gary Simondson (Carnegie Caulfield)          
8 Boon Chia (Carnegie Caulfield)               
9 Craig Porter (Carnegie Caulfield)            
10 Simon Vandestadt (Carnegie Caulfield)       
11 Trent Brown (Carnegie Caulfield)            
12 Paul Mason (Carnegie Caulfield)             
13 Darren Cathie (Carnegie Caulfield)          
14 David Buntin (Carnegie Caulfield)           
15 Darren Sayers (Carnegie Caulfield)          
16 Rob Tidey (Carnegie Caulfield)              
17 Mark Kotzen (Carnegie Caulfield)            
18 Warren Nelson (Carnegie Caulfield)          
19 Mal Hart (Carnegie Caulfield)               
20 Carl Brewer (Blackburn)                     
Masters 4 & 5 - 78 km
1 Gerard Donnelly (Carnegie Caulfield)         
2 Tom Walker (St Kilda)                        
3 Gary Rosengarten (Carnegie Caulfield)        
4 Steve Morrow (Carnegie Caulfield)            
5 Rob Licciardo (Carnegie Caulfield)           
6 Trevor Coulter (Carnegie Caulfield)          
7 David Williams (Carnegie Caulfield)          
Masters 6, 7 & 8 - 39 km
1 George Ward (Carnegie Caulfield)             
2 John Hollingworth (Carnegie Caulfield)       
3 Rob Pagey (Carnegie Caulfield)               
4 Fred Boland (Carnegie Caulfield)             
5 Robin Finnin (Carnegie Caulfield)            
6 Karlis Padoms (Carnegie Caulfield)           
7 Ike Collins (Carnegie Caulfield)             
8 Martin Fluendy (Carnegie Caulfield)          
9 Grant Boydell (Carnegie Caulfield)           
Junior 17 - 39 km
1 Lee Imrie (Carnegie Caulfield)               
2 Matt Fortunato (Carnegie Caulfield)          
3 Jamie Blaker (Carnegie Caulfield)            
4 Oliver Le Grice (Carnegie Caulfield)         
5 Josh Krause (Carnegie Caulfield)             
6 Saskia Penn (Carnegie Caulfield)             
Junior 15 - 39 km
1 Calvin Watson (Carnegie Caulfield)           
2 Jack Cummings (Carnegie Caulfield)           
3 Luke Parker (Carnegie Caulfield)             
4 Munro Boydell (Carnegie Caulfield)           
5 Clement Boydell (Carnegie Caulfield)         
6 Stephanie Hansen (Carnegie Caulfield)        
7 Jacob Schmid (Carnegie Caulfield)            
Junior 11 & 13 - 20 km
1 David Koroknai (Carnegie Caulfield)          
2 Sean Hickey (Carnegie Caulfield)             
3 William Little (Carnegie Caulfield)