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Results and Reports for May 11-17, 2002
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Caesar's Illawarra Cycle Club
May 11, 2002
Another beautiful Autumn day greeted the forty two riders assembled at Huntley on Saturday afternoon for the Caesar's Illawarra Cycle Club 41.5km handicap.
The handicapper had thought long and hard over the entires and divided the riders into eight bunches with the limit riders getting eighteen minutes start on the scratchies.
With only two riders off limit it didn't help their chances when Emma Ringer punctured, leaving Jack Laajoki to carry the torch by himself. Undeterred Laajoki continued on and still had 2.18 lead on the fourteen minute bunch at the end of the first lap.
The seven and ten minute bunches had combined due to the strong work being done by Kirk Brown, Tony Pulo, Neil Midgley, Phil Jones, Joe Chiaverini, Dave Morris, Terry Welsh and Peter McDonald. They were only 1.37 behind the fourteen minute bunch.
The five minute bunch had also combined well and closed to 1.19 behind the seven minute bunch despite loosing Pat Delahunty with a puncture.
Although the three minute bunch had also been working well together they had only been able to cut 23 seconds of the 2.00 minute gap to the five minute bunch and had the three minute riders only 20 seconds behind. The two bunches combined immediately after they headed out for the second lap.
The block bunch had put the pressure on the scratch bunch that started only one minute behind them and blown the scratchies apart. Only Mal Haigh and Luke Dale were left from the scratch men and they finished the first lap an extra 39 seconds behind the block bunch.
The combined 1.00 and 3.00 minute group was 1.57 behind the 5.00 minute group with one lap to go. Mark Davis, Adam Rourke, Dave Russel, Mark Wall, Mark Scott, Marcus Arnold and Hardy Lohse were assisted by Tim Morris and Frank Tortorici and kept the pace on for the whole lap.
Just after Hooker hill the seven minute bunch had combined with all the bunches infront and had a slim lead on the five minute bunch. Jeff Gray and Adrian Cooper had been particularly strong throughout the race. With the leaders within sight Lionel Covington did a big turn on the front and they caught them with less than a kilometre to the finish.
The seven minute riders were a bit fresher than the five minute riders and they took out most of the placings.
Midgley won from Brown, Pulo, Jones, and Joe Pereira.
Fastest time was going to come from the block bunch as Dale was the only scratch rider left and he had lost a lot of time. Wall was third over the line in the second bunch sprint, 1.04 behind the winner, to take out fastest time in 1.02.28 with Lohse second fastest.
Results - 41.5km handicap race
1 Neil Midgley 1.18.24 2 Kirk Brown 3 Tony Pulo 4 Phil Jones 5 Jose Periera 6 Terry Welsh 7 Ben Lohse 8 Brian Joyce 9 Joe Chiaverini 10 Bobby Krstevski 11 Jeff Gray 12 Peter Vesel 13 Peter MacDonald 14 Dave Morris 15 Lionel Covington 16 Adrian Cooper 17 Lou Jonceski 18 Tim Morris 1.04 19 Garry Doughty 20 Mark Wall 21 Hardy Lohse 22 David Russel 23 Adam Rourke 24 Mark Davis 25 Mark Scott 26 Marcus Arnold 27 Adam Crowther 28 Adam Hotchkis 29 Vince O'Dwyer 30 Geoff Gooley 1.35 31 Frank Tortorici 1.56 32 Peter Evans 33 Wayne Farrugia 34 Jason Johnson 35 Luke Dale 4.23 Dnf Mal Haigh Dnf Guy Mathiske Dnf Peter Jones Dnf Patrick Delahunty Dnf Emma Ringer Dnf Alan McClelland