SUMMER SERIES 2010 ROAD RACE RESULTS
Date:> 20/12/2010 Bamawm, 26k
1st Bruce Fleming, 2nd Phil Herd, 3rd Elijah Kettle, 4th, Jacqui Wood, 5th Bryce Lowndes
F/t – Tim Fitzpatrick 37.06
13mins, Michael Taylor
12mins, Wendy Tranby, Michaela Tranby, Heather Little, Mark Corrigan, Phil Herd
10mins, Jacqui Wood, Elijah Kettle, Glen Kettle, Bruce Fleming, Warren Duffy
7mins, Ray Hamilton, Bryce Lowndes, Graeme Lockwood, Bernie Leahy, Paul Oman
4mins, Dermott Finnigan, David Fulton, Jeff Martin, Fred Moluso, Dom Orso, Sam Kennedy
2mins, Nathan Oman, Jay Court, Brett Smedley, Andrew Clapham, Gary Norman, Graeme Butcher
0mins, Liam Harland, Jamie Costello Manning, Jai Howard, Matt Grealy, Tim Fitzpatrick
Date:> 13/12/2010 Bamawm, 26k
1st Michael Taylor, 2nd Kevin Jenner, 3rd Liam Harland, 4th Jai Howard, 5th Troy Griffith
F/t – Liam Harland 36.35 - 1st Unplaced lady Annie Pitcher
15mins, Michael Taylor, Kevin Jenner
6mins, Jacqui Corrigan, Phil Herd, Elijah Kettle, Warren Duffy, Bruce Fleming, Graeme Lockwood, Glen Kettle, Ben Oman
2˝mins, Ray Hamilton, Annie Pitcher, Justin Hatfield, Will Kettle , Sam Kennedy, Dave Merritt, Paul Oman, Katherine Keer Keer,
1mins, Brett Smedley, Fred Moluso, Craig Riddington, Andrew Clapham, Jeff Martin, Graeme Butcher
0mins, Troy Griffith, Liam Harland, Matt Grealy, Clint Flanigan, Jai Howard, Dom Moluso, Steve Gray
Date:> 5/12/2010 Koyuga Scratch Race
A Grade: 4 laps, 52k
1st Tim Fitzpatrick, 2nd John Salter, 3rd Jamie Costello Manning
Sprint winner Tim Fitzpatrick
Tim Fitzpatrick, Jamie Costello Manning, John Salter, Andrew Clapham, Liam Harland, Fred Moluso, Dermott Finigan, Brett Smedley, Tim Davey, Jamie Wilson, Neil Thompson, Matt Grealy , Matt Sharp, Clint Flanigan, Marcus D'Angri
B Grade: 3 Laps, 39k
1st Graeme Sylvestor, 2nd Dom Orso, 3rd Bruce Goldburg
Sprint Winner, Graeme Sylvestor
Graeme Sylvestor, Dom Orso, Bruce Goldburg, Annie Pitcher, Ray Hamilton, Dave Oman, David Fulton, Katherine Keer keer, Ash Carmody, Graeme Lockwood, Andrew Crowe
C Grade: 3 Laps, 39k
1st Elijah Kettle, 2nd Steve Kerwin, 3rd Mike Sweeney
Sprint Winner, Elijah Kettle
Janelle Butler, Mike Sweeney, Steve Kerwin, Elija Kettle, Mark Corrigan, Glen Kettle, Wendy Tranby, Heather Little, Mick Taylor, Michaela Tranby, Jacqui Corrigan, Jade Fulton, Warren Duffy, Brett Wiekers, Terry O'Burtill
Date:> 29/11/2010 Bamawm, 26k
1st Elijah Kettle, 2nd Ben Pearce, 3rd Squizzy, 4th Heather Little, 5th Wendy Tranby
F/t – Tim Fitzpatrick 36.36
12mins, TERRY O’BURTILL, HEATHER LITTLE, ELIJAH KETTLE, BEN PEARCE, WENDY TRANBY
7mins, BRETT WIERKERS, MICHAELA TRANBY, JUSTIN HATFIELD
4mins, PAUL OMAN, PHIL GOLDBURG, BRUCE GOLDBURG, RAY HAMILTON, KATHRYN KEER-KEER
2mins, BRETT SMEDLEY, DERMOT FINNIGAN, DAVE FULTON, JEFF MARTIN, SAM KENNEDY
1mins, JAY COURT, MATT GREALY, JAMIE WILSON, NATHAN OMAN, ANDREW CLAPHAM
0mins, JAMIE COSTELLO-MANNING, TIM FITZPATRICK, TROY GRIFFITHS, LIAM HARLAND, STEVE GRAY, AARON MULKEARNS
Date:> 22/11/2010 Bamawm, 26k
1st Clint Flanigan, 2nd Liam Harland, 3rd Nathan Oman, 4th Troy Griffith, 5th Jamie Wilson
F/t – Clint Flanigan, 1st Unplaced lady - Katherine Keer Keer
12mins, Michael Taylor
11mins, Michael Tranby, Wendy Tranby, Michaela Tranby, Terry O'Burtill, Kevin Jenner, Heather Little, Mark Corrigan
6mins, Jacqui Corrigan, Brett Wiefkers, Phil Herd, Graeme Lockwood
4mins, Ray Hamilton, Sam Kennedy, Katherine Keer Keer, Damian Eade
2mins, Craig Riddington, Paul Oman, Graeme Butcher, Dom Orso, David Fulton, Jeff Martin
1mins, Nathan Oman, Jay Court, Brett Smedley, Jamie Wilson, Fred Moluso, Andrew Clapham
0mins, Troy Griffith, Liam Harland, Clint Flanigan, Steve Gray, Jamie Costello Manning
Date:> 15/11/2010 Bamawm, 26k
1st Katherine Keer Keer, 2nd Michaela Tranby, 3rd Phil Herd, 4th Elijah Kettle, 5th Justin Hatfield, 6th Ken Wilson
F/t – Liam Harland 36.45
15mins, Michael Taylor
14mins, Michael Tranby, Wendy Tranby, Terry O'Burtill, Ben Pearce, Brett Wiefkers
11mins, Katherine Keer Keer, Jacqui Corrigan, Phil Herd, Elijah Kettle, Warren Duffy, Kevin Jenner, Ken Wilson, Justin Hatfield, Michaela Tranby
5mins, Bruce Goldburg, Bernie Leahy, Paul Oman, Craig Riddington, John Doyle, Ray Hamilton, Annie Pitcher
2mins, Nathan Oman, Jay Court, Brett Smedley, Jai Howard, Jamie Wilson, Fred Moluso, Dom Orso
0mins, Tim Fitzpatrick, Troy Griffith, Liam Harland, Matt Grealy, Tristan Gerrish, Clint Flanigan
Date:> 8/11/2010 Bamawm, 30k
1st Jay Court, 2nd Ken Wilson, 3rd Jeff Martin, 4th Kevin Jenner, 5th Dermott Finnegan
F/t – Liam Harland
16mins, Michael Taylor
15mins, Michael Tranby, Wendy Tranby, Kevin Jenner, Ken Wilson, Karen Griffiths, Mark Corrigan, Terry O'Burtill
8mins, Jacqui Corrigan, Graeme Lockwood, Elijah Kettle, Warren Duffy
5mins, Jay Court, Jeff Martin, Dermott Finnegen, Brett Smedley
2mins, Nathan Oman, Andrew Clapham, David Fulton, Matt Grealy
0mins, Tim Fitzpatrick, Jamie Costello-Manning, Troy Griffith, Liam Harland
Date:> 1/11/2010 Bamawm, 30k
1st Michael Taylor, 2nd Jay Court, 3rd Bruce Goldburg, 4th Sam Kennedy, 5th Marcus D'Angri, 6th Katherine Keer Keer
F/t – Liam Harland, 43.27
Kids 8km, 1st Ky Hudson, 2nd Hollie Lowndes, 3rd Jade Fulton
21mins, Michael Taylor
16mins, Michael Tranby, Wendy Tranby, Heather Little, Kevin Jenner, Elijah Kettle, Bob Craig
11mins, Kathryn Keer Keer, Michaela Tranby, Dave Oman, Graeme Lockwood, Marcus D'Angri
8mins, John Doyle, Ray Hamilton, Bruce Goldburg, Sam Kennedy, Jay Court, Annie Pitcher, Jeff Martin
5mins, Nathan Oman, Paul Oman, David Fulton, Dom Orso, Jamie Wilson
2mins, Matt Grealy, Clint Flanigan, Andrew Clapham, Steve Gray,
0mins, Tim Fitzpatrick, Jamie Costello-Manning, Troy Griffith, Liam Harland
North Central Cycling Series, Race 4, Dookie 57Kms, 24/10/2010
1st Holgate John Wangaratta CC
1:37:15, 2nd Carmoletti Mick Cobram Barooga CC 1:37:15, 3rd Grealy Bernie
Wangaratta CC 1:37:41, 4th Stokes Colin Wangaratta CC 1:38:02, 5th Lane Paul
Wangaratta CC 1:38:02, 6th O'Brien Stephen Wangaratta CC, 7th 1:38:44 Amy
Shirley Castlemaine CC 1:38:44, 8th Pickles Mark Shepparton CC 1:29:38, 9th Ryan
Tony Shepparton CC 1:29:38, 10th Mason Kane Seymour Broadford CC 1:29:38
40mins> Taylor Michael
30mins> Holgate John, Carmoletti Mick, Grealy Bernie, Stokes Colin, Lane Paul, O'Brien Stephen, Amy Shirley, Maddern Ken, Good Jenny, Saunders Gary, Herd Phil, Jenner Kevin, Nicolls Steve, Wilson Ken
22mins> O'Farrell Ashley, Mann Rod, Leahy Bernie, Fleming Bruce, Duffy Warren, Muldeary Scott, Oman David, Costello-Manning Simone
18mins> Pickles Mark, Ryan Tony, Mason Kane, Melville Rhys, Bender Brett, Lyster Laurie, Mcmennenmin Ethan, Yuille Murray, Hanson Loretta
14mins> Kirby Shayne, Sylvester Graham, Baker Ian, McDonald Mitchell, Cooper Peter, Rilen Christy, Hamilton Ray, Oman Paul, Edwards Shane, Lewis Rhys
10mins> Clapham Andrew, Dalle Nogare Eddie, Fuhrmeister Sam, Cobbledick Geoff, Michel Tony, Thomson Neil, Furphy Adam, Fulton David
5mins> Lindhe Travis, Saunders Michael, Jarratt Raymond, Griffiths Troy, Grealy Mathew, Hill Michael, Costello-Manning Jamie, Howard Jai
0mins> Boal James, Lyster Tully, Madden Tom, Clarke Matt, Edwards Travis, McDonald Christian, Boyd Ian, Harland Liam
UNDER 15/17 34km
1st Maddern Jade, 2nd Kettle Elijah, 3rd Lane Seamus, 4tth Clarke Nicci, 5th Boyd Kate
UNDER 13/11 7km
1st Costello-Manning Chase, 2nd Kirby Regan, 3rd Kirby Cameron, 4th Edwards Liam, 5th Rilen Harry, 6th Costello-Manning Portia
WINTER ROAD RACE RESULTS:
2010 Club Championships 18/9/2010
Time trial: Koyuga 13 Kms
Open:> 1st Tristan Gerrish 19.15, 2nd Liam Harland 19.27, 3rd Sam Kennedy 20.38
Vets:> 1st Steve Gray 19.45, 2nd Brett Sands 19.55, 3rd Craig Riddington 21.24
Super vets:> 1st Paul Oman 22.07, 2nd Ray Hamilton 22.46, 3rd Phil Herd 25.01
Elite Women:> Katherine Keer Keer 22.19, 2nd Margi Woolman 22.31, 3rd Annie Pitcher 23.23
Road Race: Rochester 50 Kms
Open:> 1st Jamie Costello Manning, 2nd Jai Howard, 3rd Tristan Gerrish
Vets:> 1st Domenic Orso, 2nd Craig Riddington, 3rd Steve Gray
Super vets:> 1st Paul Oman, 2nd Bruce Goldburg, 3rd Ray Hamilton
Elite Women:> 1st Margi Woolman, 3rd Annie Pitcher, Jacqui Woods
COSTELLO-MANNING CROWNED CHAMPION OF 2010
The 2010 Echuca Moama Club Championship was one of the hardest events to tip in years. With hot favourite Liam Harland unfortunately ill, it opened the door on the remainder of the field over the 2 day event.
Saturday’s 13km time trial was held under cloudy conditions with a moderate 20km/h wind for riders to deal with. Tristan Gerrish blitzed the course to record the fastest time of the day in 19 minutes 15 seconds Close behind was Liam Harland with 19.27 and Sam Kennedy 3rd in 20.38. In the veterans class Steve Gray returned to vintage form winning with a time of 19.45 from Brett Sands in 19.55 and Craig Riddington in 21.24. Ray Hamilton was unfortunate to succumb to a puncture in the last 3km in the Super-veterans class, which was won by Paul Oman in a time of 22.07 from Hamilton in 22.46 and Phil Herd with 25.01. The inaugural Women’s time trial championship went down to the wire with Kathryn Keer-Keer victorious with 22.19 from Marg Woolman (22.31) and Annie Pitcher (23.23)
Returning refreshed on Sunday, riders had to contend with strong headwinds as they attacked the undulating Rochester course.
Split into 4 grades, the open men’s were first away and produced a sedate early pace with riders looking for cover against the headwind. With most riders setting themselves for Mt. Trewin’s hill at the halfway mark, Brett Sands and Jai Howard were keen to test the legs of their fellow riders in the early stages. Keen for king of the mountain honours, Sam Kennedy surged early in the climb with the remainder of the content to pace themselves to the summit.
As they reached the peak, Jai Howard & Jamie Costello-Manning had opened a small break with Tristan Gerrish, Andrew Clapham & Brett Sands leading the chase. Swirling winds and indecision within the peloton saw this lead dramatically increase to over 500m with the leading duo determined to stay away.
As they reached the 40km mark their lead had increased further and with minimal response from the rest of the field it became a race of 2 groups. Costello-Manning and Howard continuing their charge for the line, whilst Sands & Gerrish were dominating in the chasing group.
With 1km to the finish Costello-Manning increased the pace, looking for a response from Howard. He powered into the final 500m keeping Howard at bay and rode to record a well deserved victory. Howard finished shortly after in 2nd, with Gerrish in 3rd despite a strong challenge from Andrew Clapham.
Just behind on the road were the mens Veteran’s class, a closely contested event in previous years. The initial stages suggested another close event with riders unlikely to break away. Mt. Trewin’s hill presented an opportunity to split the field with Steven Gray & Jeffrey Martin looking solid throughout the calamitous scramble to the summit.
As riders hit the final stages Gray assumed control on the front of the field with riders in tow jostling for sprint positions. With 200m to the finish Dom Orso exploded from the field and drove to the finish, winning in emphatic style from Riddington 2nd & Gray 3rd.
The Super Veteran class and Women’s class left together, the field comfortable in the trek to the hill at the halfway mark. As in previous years, the climb played a significant part in the race with Kathryn Keer-Keer skipping up to the summit with the remainder of the field in tow. Paul Oman was only 50m behind, assuming the lead of the Super Vets and along with Marg Woolman set about reeling in Keer-Keer’s lead. This trio had a small break on the remainder of the peloton with Hamilton, Jacqui Woods & Annie Pitcher leading the chase.
As the breeze turned into a favourable tailwind, Oman and Woolman increased the speed with Keer-Keer dropping back to the chasing peloton. Their break was unchallenged and they combined well together to the finish line with Paul Oman crowned Super Vets champion and Marg Woolman the inaugural Women’s champion.
The remaining places in the Super veteran category were a frantic flurry with Bruce Goldburg 2nd & Ray Hamilton 3rd. In the Women’s championship Marg Woolman ran away victory from Annie Pitcher & Jacqui Woods for 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Harcourt 56Kms - North Central Cycling Series - Race 3 11/9/2010
Local Echuca rider Jamie Wilson had a standout ride in the third North Central Cycling Series(NCSS) race, held at Harcourt on Saturday 11th September. Wilson was one of over 30 riders from the Echuca Moama Cycling Club contesting the challenging course.
The Ken Maddern Memorial Handicap, Castlemaine’s leg of the NCCS, was held on a very hilly 55km course around Harcourt and Sutton Grange and boasted over 80 riders from Echuca Moama, Seymour Broadford, Shepparton, Castlemaine and Bendigo.
The senior race got underway with Australian hand-cycle representative and EMCC member Michael “Squizzy” Taylor taking off into the first set of climbs from the limit mark. Taylor compared the course to the World Title course he had just completed in Canada and said that with gradients of up to 16% the Harcourt course was as difficult, if not harder.
Last year’s winner, EMCC rider Warren Duffy, set off in 4th limit with local riders Bruce Fleming and Dave Oman, but was unable to re-create last year’s victory succumbing to the hills in the early section of the race leaving Oman and Fleming to work with Castlemaine riders Shirley Amy and Geno Abbisogni.
Echuca Moama Cycling had good representation in the both the scratch and second scratch bunches with riders like Costello-Manning, Griffiths, Harland and Sands all working well in the early stages with Seymour rider Michael Saunders. The two groups combined in the middle section of the race and quickly started to make inroads into rest of the field. As the riders reached Water Race Road, the hardest climb of the day, the entire field was spread out on the hill with a breakaway of Hocking (Camperdown) and Jelbart (Bendigo) the first to reach the summit.
Wilson was able to assert his dominance during this climb and with Shepparton riders MacDonald and Lewis and Castlemaine rider, Little this quartet started to make huge inroads into the leading pair.
As the leading pair approached the finishing line at Harcourt Jelbart was able to jump from Hocking to take the win with Wilson’s group breathing down their neck. Wilson’s pace to the line meant no rider was able to pass him and he received a well deserved third.
Fastest time went to Shepparton rider Trent Stevenson over a strong finishing McCarthy and Maddern with local rider Clapham right in the mix.
First unplaced female rider was Kathryn Keer Keer who rode extremely well in the hills to take the honour.
In the Junior divisions local riders Chase and Portia Costello-Manning were able to gain second places in each of their age groups with hard fought rides. Chase came second in the Junior Under 11 division while Portia was second in the Junior under 13 division.
1st Dion Jelbart (Bendigo), 2nd Stacey Hocking (Camperdown), 3rd Jamie Wilson (Echuca), 4th Mitchell McDonald (Shepparton), 5th Rhys Lewis (Shepparton), 6th Jacob Little (Castlemaine), 7th Sean McCarthy (Bendigo), 8th Tom Madden (Seymour), 9th Andrew Clapham (Echuca), 10th Ian Revell (Castlemaine)
Fastest Time, Trent Stevenson (Shepparton)
First unplaced female rider, Kath Keer Keer from Echuca.
Junior Under 11;
1st Regan Kirby from Seymour, 2nd Chase Costello-Manning from Echuca, 3rd Tegan Maddern from Castlemaine.
Fastest Time Corey Nichol from Castlemaine
Junior Under 13;
1st Harry Rilen of Seymour, 2nd Portia Costello-Manning of Echuca, 3rd Nic Simpson of Castlemaine.
Fastest Time Ashleigh Hocking of Camperdown
Junior Under 15;
1st Jade Maddern , 2nd Culum Revell, both from Castlemaine.
Nanneella 50km scratch race 4/9/2010
A DAY FOR THE JAMIES
Torrential weather greeted 14 riders at Nannella with a rain soaked course and swirling winds gusting up to 40km/h.
Split into 2 grades, A grade left first with Jamie Costello-Manning, Michael Saunders, Clint Flanigan, Troy Griffiths, Nathan Oman, Karl Christian, Matt Grealy and Steven Gray.
B grade soon followed consisting of Glen Kettle, Warren Duffy, Ben Oman, Jamie Wilson, Kathryn Keer-Keer & Paul Oman.
Riding like a man in his mid 30’s, Duffy immediately ramped up the pace as the group headed down the back straight, with Wilson, Oman & Kettle also looking strong.
Turning into the main straight was like riding into a wall, with the strong winds restricting attacks and keeping the pressure on the entire field. Keer-Keer began to work herself into the race in the headwind, teaming well with Wilson as they entered the final lap.
The peloton settled into lap 2; however it was Duffy and Wilson who rounded the final turn and opened up a small lead with 4km to the finish.
2010 Lockington champion Duffy would have fancied his chances of holding off the peloton with the help of Wilson, however they were chased down with the help of Kettle, Oman & Keer-Keer.
With 1.5km to the line Wilson powered to the lead and opened a break on the remainder of the field. Fighting the fierce headwinds he battled on whilst riders organized themselves to chase him down. As the line loomed Wilson kicked again and powered to a comfortable victory with Kettle and Ben Oman finishing equal 2nd & 3rd.
The A grade event was a similarly even affair with riders fighting for position against the strong winds in the early stages. Saunders was strong from the outset and along with Costello-Manning drove the speed along the tailwind section with Gray showing great aplomb in dealing with any breakaways.
The headwind section of the race brought the field back together with Griffiths and Grealy powering into the gusting breeze. The race broke apart at the halfway mark with Saunders, Costello-Manning, Flanigan, Gray and Christian obtaining a break on the rest of the chasing field.
As the race entered the 4th and final lap the field split again with Costello-Manning and Flanigan holding a small lead over the determined Saunders, with Christian just behind.
Saunders produced a fantastic effort in the tailwind section to hold the leading duo within reach and continued to power along as he reached the final headwind leg.
Ahead on the road Flanigan succumbed to a mechanical leaving Costello-Manning and Saunders to fight for the honors. With 3km to the finish Costello-Manning held a 200m advantage with Saunders clawing back the difference.
With 2km to the finish this leading duo came together, Saunders content to drive to the finish with Costello-Manning sitting comfortably. With the line in sight Costello-Manning kicked clear and was able to hold off Saunders to take victory, with Christian coming in 3rd.
Rochester Criterium: Sponsored by Riverine Therapeutic Massage 29/8/2010
The Echuca Moama Cycling Club held it’s only closed road event for the 2010 season as riders raced through the centre of Rochester as a prelude to the Tour of the Murray.
The high quality B grade field competed over 30 minutes and included Warren Duffy, Bruce Goldburg, Mitchell McDonald, Ken Woods, Kathryn Keer-Keer, Sam Kennedy, Glen Kettle, Elijah Kettle, Rhys Lewis, Jeffery Martin, Bruce Fleming & Justin Gately.
The A grade race was run over 40 minutes and included Graeme Butcher, Karl Christian, Jamie Costello-Manning, Clint Flanigan, Steven Gray, Brett Smedley, Troy Griffiths, Jai Howard, Will Kettle, Dom & Fred Molluso, Dom Orso, Jay Castles & Dave Mannix & Jason Ingram
The pace in the B grade event was high from the outset with Kennedy, Martin & Kettle controlling in the pace.
Conversely in the A grade event it was Christian, Howard, Butcher & Gray setting the speed as he peloton averaged in excess of 40kmh in the early stages.
Kennedy looked strong in the straight sections as he and McDonald powered into the 2nd half of the race with Goldburg & Martin looking fresh. As the bell clanged to indicate the final lap riders pushed for position in front of the hospital looking for the best run to the line. As they hit the final corner a bunch finish loomed with Gately leading from Goldburg & McDonald. This trio powered to the line with Gately winning from Goldburg and McDonald 3rd.
The 2nd half of the A grade event provided the most action with Griffiths and Howard slipping off the front of the main peloton and opening a 200m lead. This continued to grow until the peloton was shocked into action as they raced neared its end with Butcher, Molluso, Ingram & Christian leading the chase.
Not to be outdone, the leading duo continued their charge and still maintained their lead as the final bell rang. With the final corner in sight Howard jumped to a slender lead and continued to the line to take a well earned victory with Griffiths a close 2nd. The fight for the final place came down to a bunch sprint with Clapham prevailing.
Shamrock Hotel Bendigo to Echuca 93Km Road Race 22/8/2010
1st Leigh Egan,2nd Trent Stevenson, 3rd Liam Dove, 4th Travis Edwards, 5th Brett Sands, 6th Vic Bovalino, 7th Clint Flanigan, 8th Tony Michel, 9th Liam Harland, 10th Ric McIntosh
EGAN TRIUMPS IN NOEL SMITH MEMORIAL
The Echuca Moama Cycling Club’s premier event, The Shamrock Hotel Noel Smith Memorial was held on Sunday 22nd August. A 93km road race from Huntly to Echuca, the race provides a real test for riders with a mix of rolling hills and solid winds.
Over 60 riders started the race; greeted by freezing condidions and thick fog blanketing the road as they entered the Whipstick National Park.
Limit included Mick Tranby, Mick O’Toole, Marcus Aw and Kevin Jenner and this quartet worked well in combination into the rolling hills.
Just behind were 2nd limit including Phil Herd, Heather Little, Jo Kerr, Wendy Tranby, Karen Griffiths & Elijah Kettle. This group boasted 6 debutants and they quickly cut the deficit to those ahead on the road.
3rd limit were 14 minutes behind and included Kat Keer Keer, Ken Woods, Michaela Tranby, Nicole McNamara & Andrew Crowe
Chasing behind were 4th limit with Graeme Lockwood, Dave Oman, Bruce Fleming, Glen Kettle, , Bernie Leahy, Margi Woolman & Bruce Tonkin.
The middle bunch provided a solid mix of experience and youthful enthusiasm with Fred Molluso, Ray Hamilton, Paul Oman, Bruce Goldberg, Will Kettle, Syd Anstee, Jamie Wilson & Jeff Martin .
Closer to the back of the field were 3rd scratch including Dave Fulton, Dom Orso, Ric McIntosh, Andy Clapham, Tim Davey, Jai Howard, Craig Riddington, Jason Jezewski, Neil Thompson & Matt Grealy. Boasting the 2010 Ivan Colling Series champion Clapham along with form riders Davey & Howard this group negotiated the early hills to perfection.
When 2nd scratch started, the thick fog showed no signs of abating and they set off with Liam Dove, Michael Saunders, Brett Sands, Troy Griffiths, Jamie Costello, Clint Flanigan, Dom Molluso, Peter Cooper & Tony Michel
Scratch were a staggering 48 minutes from the front of the field with Leigh Egan, Trent Stevenson, Travis Edwrds, Liam Harland and Matt Jones.
The early stages provided riders a chance to test their legs through the picturesque Whipstick National Park with Woods & Crowe riding well. Just behind Oman & Wilson were keeping the pace as they worked to hold off the chasing groups.
At the front of the race Kerr, Griffiths, Little & Kettle were racing like seasoned veterans as they battled the testing headwinds.
Coming out of the Whipstick riders quickly adjusted to the flattened course, with flooded paddocks creating a surreal view. Scratch had scorched through the hills and bridged the gap to 2nd scratch at the 30km mark with Stevenson and Harland looking strong.
Turning into Lockington the race was coming together with scratch/2nd scratch making contact with 4th limit/middle group & 3rd scratch. This group boasted over 50 riders and they worked well against the increasing headwind with Paul Oman, Molluso, Wilson & Thompson all riding in great form.
The left-right turns at Kotta spread the field as the peloton caught the remaining limit markers, with Aw battling valiantly.
As riders approached Mt. Terricks Rd and the final 20km they turned into 25kmh crosswinds marking life difficult for riders as they fought for position on the road.
The scratch markers including Stevenson, Egan, Bovalino, Harland & Dove tested the field and broke free with 18km to the finish. This was countered by Sands, Costello-Manning, Flanigan & Edwards as they rejoined the leading group. Stevenson continued his attack with the remaining riders unable to match the effort and splitting the field.
With 12km to the finish Stevenson, Egan & Dove held a small lead over a chasing group including Flanigan, Sands, Bovalino, Edwards and Michelle with the main field just 200m behind.
As the race neared in conclusion Egan and Stevenson kicked again to obtain a small break over Dove who was left to hold off the chasing group.
Into the final kilometre Egan was positioned well and as the finish line loomed he fired past Stevenson to claim victory in a time of 2 hours 12 minutes and 12 seconds. Stevenson held on for 2nd with Dove finishing 3rd. The sprint for the minor placings was won by Edwards from Sands 5th, Bovalino 6th, Flanigan 7th and Michelle 8th. Echuca Moama rider Harland won the sprint from the main peloton to finish 9th. Nicole McNamara finished a strong race to take the 1st unplaced female.
The Echuca Moama Cycling Club would like to thank all of those who volunteered their time on the weekend.
Koyuga 52Kms - North Central Cycling Series - Race2 14/8/2010
Fastest time, 1st Tom Madden (ccc) 1:17:01:46, 2nd Liam Harland (emcc), 3rd Ian Boyd (scc)
0mins, Kevin Jenna, Heather Little, Wenby Tranby, Karen Griffiths, Ken Wilson, Jo Kerr, Steve Nicholls, Kate Boyd.
5min, Mitchell McDonald, Phil Herd, Stuart McManus, Shirley Amy, Elijah Kettle, Michaela Tranby, Ken Maddern.
9min, Toni Abbisogni, Dave Oman, Bruce Fleming, Simone Costello-Manning, Marcus D'Angri, Todd Fleming, Ken Woods, Jay Castles.
11min, Bernie Leahy, Glen Kettle, Jeff Martin, Jamie Wilson, Graeme Lockwood, Jay Court, Sam Murphy, Margi Woolman.
13.5min, Fred Malluso, Paul Oman, Ray Hamilton, Will Kettle, Matt Sharpe, Sid Anstee, Greg Burnt, Peter Mazarella.
15min, Neil Thompson, Craig Riddington, Dave Fulton, Jeff Hibbered, Robert Phillips, Rod Mann, Reece Melville, Steve Gray.
20min, Scott Brown, Andrew Clapham, Dom Molluso, Tom Michele, Ian Baker, Brett Bender, Sam Fuhrmeister, Jai Howard, Caine Mason, Phil Gamble, Peter Cooper, Matt Grealy.
24min, Troy Griffiths, Jamie Costello-Manning, Liam Harland, Brett Sands, Clint Flannigan, Tristan Gerrish, Ian Boyd, Travis Edwards, Micheal Saunders, Tom Madden.
The inaugural Star Hotel Road Runner Handicap was run and won on Saturday at Koyuga over a challenging 52km course.
Originally an idea to boost participation between the Echuca Moama, Castlemaine, Seymour-Broadford & Shepparton clubs the race boasted 68 riders all of whom were met with fierce winds gusting up to 40kmh.
The limit group started proceedings with Kevin Jenna, Heather Little, Wenby Tranby, Karen Griffiths, Ken Wilson, Jo Kerr, Steve Nicholl & Kate Boyd.
2nd limit were 5 minutes behind with Mitchell McDonald, Phil Herd, Stuart McManus, Shirley Amy, Elijah Kettle, Michaela Tranby & Ken Maddern. Herd looked solid in the early stages, whilst Maddern and Amy adapted well to the flat & windy conditions in the initial stages.
Another 4 minutes back were 3rd limit comprising Toni Abbisogni, Dave Oman, Bruce Fleming, Simone Costello-Manning, Marcus D'Angri, Todd Fleming, Ken Wood & Jay Castles.
Just 3 minutes behind on the road were 4th limit, boasting Bernie Lahey, Glen Kettle, Jeff Martin, Jamie Wilson, Graeme Lockwood, Jay Court, Sam Murphy & Margi Woolman. Court made a welcome return to racing and along with Martin and Wilson controlled the pace in the first lap.
The middle bunch looked strong on paper and included Fred Malluso, Paul Oman, Ray Hamilton, Will Kettle, Matt Sharpe, Syd Anstee, Greg Burnt & Peter Mazarrella.
Into the back of the field was 3rd scratch with Neil Thompson, Craig Riddington, Dave Fulton, Jeff Hibbered, Robert Phillips, Rod Mann, Reece Melville & Steve Gray
20 minutes from the front of the field were 2nd scratch comprising Scott Brown, Andrew Clapham, Dom Molluso, Tony Michele, Ian Baker, Brett Bender, Sam Fuhrmeister, Jai Howard, Caine Mason, Phil Gamble, Peter Cooper, Matt Grealy. Molluso & Grealy looked to continue their strong form as they joined the Ivan Collings Series winner Clapham to control the speed.
Rounding out the field 24 minutes from the front were scratch including Troy Griffiths, Jamie Costello-Manning, Liam Harland, Brett Sands, Clint Flannigan, Tristan Gerrish, Ian Boyd, Travis Edwards, Micheal Saunders & Tom Madden.
Big groups of riders ensured the the pace was high in the early stages as riders had to contend with strong side winds. D’Angri, Woods & Woolman all looked in control in the first half of the race with Thompson and Gray chasing hard in the group behind.
Further back Harland, Griffiths & Saunders looked strong in the scratch bunch as they tried to make inroads into those ahead on the road.
The strong winds made lift very difficult for all of the groups chasing those ahead with the 3rd limit group working well together and working their way to the front of the field.
Into the 2nd half of the race the middle bunch made great inroads on those ahead with Oman, Hamilton & Molluso in control.
Into the final stages Little, Griffiths & Keer worked hard to keep those chasing away whilst Simone Costello-Manning, Fleming and Castles assumed control of the race to take the lead.
Chasing hard behind were Riddington , Fulton & Thompson, however the front groups had worked well in combination and were left to fight for victory.
In the final flurry Castles fired from the field, with the finish coming into sight he held his nerve to ride to victory, Abbisogni 2nd, Bruce “Silverfox” Fleming 3rd. The fight for the fastest time was up for grabs with 2km to the finish with Costello-Manning attacking the field with 1km to the finish. Harland & Maddern attacked with Maddern victorious, from Harland 2nd and Boyd 3rd.
Koyuga 52Kms- FINAL - Race 5 - - KYABRAM CLUB Ivan Collings Memorial Series 7/8/2010
Series Winners: 1st Andrew Clapham (20), 2nd Neil Thompson (18), 3rd Michaela Tranby (18), 4th Simone Costello Manning (16), 5th Warren Duffy (14), 6th Mick Taylor (13), 7th Tim Fraser (13), 8th Trent Stevenson (13), 9th Tristan Gerrish (13), 10th (13)
Race 5 Winners:
1st Dom Orso, 2nd Neil Thompson, 3rd Tim Davey, 4th Bernie Leahy, 5th, Greg Patterson, 6th Graeme Lockwood, 7th Matt Sharp
F/T-Brett Sands, 1st Unplaced lady - Jacqui Woods
Juniors - 1st Jade Fulton, 2nd Rachael Fulton, 3rd Zac Fleming
23mins: Kevin Jenner, Marcus Aw, Michael Tranby, Kate Boyd
19mins: Karen Griffith, Ken Wilson, Wendy Tranby, Jacqui Woods, Ben Pearce
15mins: Michaela Tranby, Elijah Kettle, Karen Butcher, Simone Costello Manning, Katherine Keer Keer, Darren Brisco, Todd Fleming
12mins: Warren Duffy, Dave Oman, Bruce Fleming, Bernie Leahy, Ken Woods, Mitchell McDonald, Reece Lewis,
9mins: Ray Hamilton, Graeme Lockwood, Dave Merritt, Greg Patterson, Jamie Wilson, Glen Kettle
6mins: Matt Sharp, Dom Orso, Tim Davey, David Fulton, Sam Kennedy, Neil Thompson, Steve Gray
4mins: Edward Dalle Nogare, Murray Yuili, Ashley O'Farrell, Karl Christian, Shane Roberts
2mins: Jarod Makin, Matt Grealy, Graeme Butcher, Geoff Stevenson, Dom Moluso
0mins: Jamie Costello-Manning, Brett Sands, Troy Griffith, Nathan Oman
The final race of the Kyabram Club Ivan Collings Series was a hotly contested affair, with 50 riders fighting for final placings.
With multiple winners during the year, the winner would be decided from the final race with the places deciding the overall winner.
The limit quartet included Kate Boyd, Kev Jenner, Michael Tranby & Marcus Aw and they worked strongly in the initial stages.
4 minutes later were 2nd limit with Jaqui Wood, Ben Pearse, Ken Wilson, Wendy Tranby & Karen Griffiths. Griffiths, Wood and Tranby continued their fantastic form in 2010 and organised the group quickly to quell the chasing groups.
Another 4 minutes back were 3rd limit with Kathryn Keer-Keer, Simone Costello-Manning, Karen Butcher, Michaela Tranby, Todd Fleming, Elijah Kettle & Darren Briscoe. Briscoe showed the benefits of his training and kept the pace along with Costello-Mannign and Fleming as they immediately cut the deficit to those ahead.
4th limit were just 3 minutes behind with Dave Oman, Mitchell McDonald, Reece Lewis, Ken Woods, Bruce Fleming, Warren Duffy & Bernie Leahy
3 minutes adrift were 5th limit with Dave Merrett, Jamie Wilson, Greg Patterson, Graham Lockwood, Ray Hamilton & Glen Kettle.
Again, 3 minutes back were the middle bunch comprising Dom Orso, Tim Davey, Matt Sharp, Dave Fulton, Sam Kennedy, Steve Gray & Neil Thompson. Kennedy, Davey & Sharp had shown strong form in training over the past month and were keen to show it on race day.
2 minutes further behind were 3rd scratch with Murray Yuille, Ashley O'Farrell, Karl Christian & Shane Roberts.
2nd scratch started another 2 minutes behind with Jarred Mackin, Matt Grealy, Graham Butcher, Geoff Stevenson & Dom Molluso.
The scratch group rounded out the field, starting 23 minutes from the front and included Brett Sands,Troy Griffiths, Nathan Oman & Jamie Costello-Manning. Frequently underrated, Costello-Manning and Griffiths shot from the start line and immediately reduced the time to those ahead into the first 10km.
Into the middle of the race 4th limit under the control of Fleming had rounded up those groups ahead with Woods and Leahy looking strong whilst Keer-Keer continued her fantastic form.
The rampaging scratch group had reduced their gap to 1 minute at the 14km mark with Griffiths, Sands, Costello-Mannign and Oman working well together.
Into the 2nd half of the race the middle groups including Orso, Davey and Kennedy took control and made significant inroads to the leading groups.
With 5km to the finish, the 5th limit group lead by Hamiton & Wilson caught the leading group and assumed the lead.
With 3km to the finish, the front of the race had converged with the middle bunch controlling the pace including Thompson, Sharp and Orso. This massive group of 27 riders fought for position on the road as they race reached its conclusion.
The finish was coming into a big sprint with all of the front groups in with a chance. With the line in view Orso kicked from the main field and held off all other contenders to record a strong victory, with Thompson 2nd and Davey 3rd.
The fastest time was a fierce contest with Sand prevailing in the final frantic fight for the finish.
In the final standings Andrew Clapham was crowned victorious of the 2010 Kyabram Club Ivan Collings Series following his consistent year.
Date:> 31/7/2010 Terricks Road 65k
1st Liam Harland, 2nd Troy Griffith, 3rd Clint Flanigan, 4th Dom Moluso
FT: Liam Harland
25mins: Phil Herd, Heather Little, Karen Griffith, Ken Wilson, Kevin Jenner, Michael Tranby, Jo Kerr,
10mins: Michaela Tranby, Jacqui Woods, Mark Sampson, Marcus D'Angri, Bruce Fleming, Reece Lewis, Mitchell McDonald, Ben Pearce
7mins: Paul Oman, Ray Hamilton, Dale Lowndes, Glen Kettle, Jeff Martin
4mins: Brett Smedley, Dom Orso, Fred Moluso, Matt Sharp, Neil Thompson
2mins: Dom Moluso, Matt Grealy, Jai Howard, Jason Jezewski, Andrew Clapham
0mins: Clint Flanigan, Troy Griffith, Liam Harland, Tim Fitzpatrick, Nathan Oman
Blustery conditions greeted 36 riders for the 67km trip from Mt. Terricks Rd via Lockington on Saturday.
The limit group started proceedings with Kevin Jenner, Jo Kerr, Phil Herd, Michael Tranby, Ken Wilson, Heather Little & Karen Griffiths having to contend with a vicious headwind.
15 minutes behind were 2nd limit with Jacqui Woods, Bruce Fleming, Marcus DÁngri, Michaela Tranby, Mark Sampson, Reece Lewis, Ben Pearse and Mitchell McDonald. Newly engaged Woods made a great return to racing following a spell with Fleming and DÁngri looking solid in the early stages.
A further 3 minutes behind was the middle group consisting of Jeff Martin, Glen Kettle, Dale Lowndes, Ray Hamilton & Paul Oman.
Another 3 minutes adrift were 3rd scratch with Brett ‘Turbo’ Smedley, Dom Orso, Fred Molluso, Matt Sharp & Neil Thompson. This group started well with Molluso in sparkling form following his win last week. He was given solid assistance by Smedley, who’s form has improved significantly in the past month.
2 minutes further behind were 2nd scratch with Andrew Clapham, Jason Jezewski, Matt Grealy, Jai Howard and Dom Molluso.
Rounding out the field 25 minutes from the front were scratch including Troy Griffiths, Liam Harland, Clint Flanigan, Nathan Oman & Tim Fitzpatrick.
The first 20km was a tough slog for all of the groups on the road, having to contest a 30kmh headwind.
As scratch hit the 20km mark they had bridged the gap to 2nd scratch with Harland and Griffiths keeping the tempo. Molluso, Grealy and Clapham quickly arranged themselves and this newly formed group of 9 started to make inroads on the groups ahead.
Ahead on the road Kerr, Little & Griffiths had reached Lockington and taking full advantage of the tailwind as they sailed towards Bamawn.
Just behind, the ultra consistent Hamilton along with the resurgent Martin were working well together in an attempt to keep the chasing groups at bay.
As the chasing scratch/2nd scratch reached Lockington they had reduced the deficit to 3rd scratch with Orso & Sharp showing fantastic form.
The left turn at Lockington brought some reprieve and a 25kmh tailwind as the back 4 groups merged together with Grealy, Fitzpatrick, Thompson & Molluso maintaining the pace.
As this large group of 25 riders turned into the crosswinds, riders were battling for position on the road with difficult conditions experienced by those stuck at the back of the peleton. With 5km to go in the crosswind leg a small group of 5 were able to gain a small break with Griffiths, Fitzpatrick, Grealy, Harland and Flanigan away. Dom Molluso produced a strong surge from the peloton to bridge the gap and this break was able to gain a 200m advantage on the main field as they approached Wharparilla Rd.
The tough conditions made the race difficult for the entire field and hampering the chasing peloton with Smedley, Clapham, Fred Molluso and Kettle maintaining the pace.
As the lead group turned into the final 9km they maintained a healthy lead of 1 minute with Grealy, Molluso & Harland driving the speed.
Into the final 2km the remaining 5 riders began to work for position on the road. With Grealy looking strong on the front he powered into the final kilometer with Griffiths, Flanigan & Harland just behind. Flanigan fired first with Harland quicky countering and Griffiths in tow. Harland continued to power to the finish to take 1st with Griffiths 2nd and Flanigan 3rd left to fight for minor placings.
Date:> 24/7/2010 Rochester 50k Scratch Race
A grade: 1st Brett Sands, 2nd Nathan Oman, 3rd Jai Howard
B grade: 1st Fred Molluso, 2nd Dom Orso, 3rd Bruce Goldburg
C grade: 1st Simone Costello Manning, 2nd Karen Butcher, 3rd Phil Herd
Glorious conditions greeted riders for the Caltex Rochester scratch race on Saturday 24th July. 48 riders were split into 3 grades to contest the hilly 52km course.
A grade got proceedings underway with Jamie Costello-Manning, Tristan Gerrish, Troy Griffiths, Brett Sands, Shane Roberts, Nathan Oman, Jai Howard, Graeme Butcher, Matt Grealy, Dom Molluso, Neil Thompson, Clint Flanigan and Andrew Clapham.
B grade followed behind with Steven Gray, Brett Smedley, Annie Pitcher, Paul Oman, Bruce Goldburg, Greg Patterson, Jeffrey Martin, Fred Molluso, Matt Sharp, Ray Hamilton, Glen Kettle, Dom Orso, Dale Lowndes, Jamie Wilson, Warren Duffy, Bernie Leahy, Dave Oman, Bruce Fleming, Marcus D’Angri, Syd Anstee, Ken Woods, Todd Fleming, Reece Lewis and Mitchell McDonald.
C grade started just behind with Simone Costello-Manning, Elijah Kettle, Ken Wilson, Karen Butcher, Phil Herd, Jo Kerr, Karen Griffiths, Heather Little, Marcus Aw & Michael Taylor.
The A grade race was a relatively uneventful affair into the first 20km with riders working into the slight headwinds. As the riders turned into the crosswinds Flanigan tried his luck off the front of the main group. In what was a futile effort he was joined by Howard and Grealy and they worked together up and over Trewins Hill. Meanwhile in the main field Griffiths and Oman turned up the heat on the climb, splitting the field on the crest of the climb.
Through the rolling hills Molluso started to dominate the rest of the field with Griffiths and Gerrish looking comfortable. Into the final 5km Gerrish stamped his authority on the race with a powerful turn that strung the rest of the group out, frantically trying to hold his wheel. As the riders re-entered Rochester the group came together with Clapham, Howard & Griffiths well positioned. AS they rounded the final corner Flanigan took the lead. This was quickly countered by Griffiths, with Sands shifting into a good position just behind. Clapham kicked with 400m to the finish with Sands, Howard & Oman in tow. As the line loomed Oman and Sands were left to fight for victory with Sands claiming the win. Oman held on strongly for 2nd with Howard 3rd.
The B grade race saw a majority of the field working as a team in the first 10km as riders warmed into the event. With the Tour de France fresh in his mind Duffy went to the front of the field and assumed the role as pacemaker as the group tacked the headwind.
His fellow riders including Jamie Wilson, Sharp & Fleming looked strong as they turned off the highway, whilst Smedley looked in control as he made his long awaited return to winter racing.
The big field approached the bottom of Trewin’s hill with Hamilton, Oman and Pitcher holding the pace during the climb with Goldburg looking anxious.
With the hill out of the way Goldburg, Oman, Gray and Molluso controlled the pace as they negotiated the rolling hills back into Rochester. The speed through the hills kept the pressure on the group with Lowndes looking strong.
As they entered the final stages Anstee was the first to fire with Goldburg close behind with Orso in tow. Goldburg kicked with the line in sight however it was Molluso who in a fearless flurry flashed to finish first. Orso powered to 2nd place with Goldburg holding on for 3rd.
The C grade race was a close affair in the first half of the race with riders keen to stay with the group over Trewin’s hill. Into the wind in the early stages Griffiths, Kerr and Little were all taking strong turns and continuing their fantastic debut season.
Wilson worked hard to keep the group together, however the climb split the field with Aw, Butcher, Herd and Costello-Manning sharing ‘King of the mountain’ honours and they grouped together for the descent.
This quartet had a small break on the field as they entered the rolling hills on the return to Rochester. Costello-Manning and Butcher continued their great form as they negotiated the hills leaving Wilson and Herd to battle it out for 3rd place.
Costello-Manning broke away from the rest of the field, determined to hold the remaining riders at bay. Coming back into Rochester she held a solid lead over the rest of the field with the finish within her reach. Rounding the final corner Costello-Manning powered to the line to take a well deserved victory, Butcher finishing strongly to take 2nd with Herd 3rd.
Koyuga 52Kms- Race4 - KYABRAM CLUB Ivan Collings Memorial Series 17/7/2010
1st Trent Stevenson, 2nd Tristan Gerrish, 3rd Andrew Clapham, 4th Clint Flanigan, 5th Craig Riddington
F/T-Trent Stevenson, 1st Unplaced lady - Michaela Tranby
30mins> Michael Taylor, Kevin Jenner
20˝mins> Phil Herd, Heather Little, Karen Griffith, Ken Wilson, Wendy Tranby, Michael Tranby
15mins> Mitchell McDonald, Reece Lewis, Michaela Tranby, Elijah Kettle, Karen Butcher, Simone Costello Manning, Katherine Keer Keer
11mins> Warren Duffy, Dave Oman, Bruce Fleming, Marcus D'Angri, Bernie Leahy, Jamie Wilson, Mark Sampson
8mins> Bruce Goldburg, Annie Pitcher, Ray Hamilton, Jeff Martin, Glen Kettle, Will Kettle, Steve Gray
6mins> Fred Molluso, Matt Sharp, Jai Howard, Craig Riddington, Andrew Clapham, Dom Orso, Graeme Sylvestor
4mins> Jarod Makin, David Fulton, Geoff Stevenson, Matt Grealy, Graeme Butcher, Dom Molluso
2mins> Garry Leeds, Ben Goodall, Brett Sands, Troy Griffiths, Clint Flanigan, Nathan Oman, Tony Michelle
0mins> Leigh Egan, Trent Stevenson, Jamie Costello-Manning, Tristan Gerrish, Matt Jones, Jason Tepper
Date:> 10/07/2010 Terricks Road 54k -The Star Wine Bar and Cafe Handicap
1st Tristan Gerrish, 2nd Brett Sands, 3rd Matt Jones, 4th Ray Hamilton, 5th Sam Kennedy, 6th Annie Pitcher
F/t – Tristan Gerrish
GERRISH PREVAILS IN CLOSE FINISH
Menacing clouds and the prospect of rain did not deter 27 riders from Mt. Terricks Rd on Satuday, the race proudly sponsored by The Star Wine Bar & Café.
Michael and Wendy Tranby were the first to contend with the stiff cross headwinds as they set off on the limit mark.
Their daughter Michaela gave chase 10 minutes behind along with Dave Oman, Warren Duffy, Kathryn Keer-Keer and Jamie Wilson.
Another 4 minutes behind was 3rd limit with Glen Kettle, Will Kettle, Ray Hamilton, Sam Kennedy and Annie Pitcher.
Steve Gray made his return to racing in the 3rd scratch bunch along with Jai Howard, Paul Oman, Fred Molluso & Dave Fulton. Fulton also making a solid return to racing who along with Oman looked very strong in the early stages.
3 minutes further behind was the 2nd limit group of Brett Sands, Graeme Butcher, Andrew Clapham, Domenic Molluso & Matt Grealy.
2 minutes adrift and 23 minutes from the front of the race were scratch consisting of Matt Jones, Tristan Gerrish, Jamie Costello-Manning, Clint Flanigan and Troy Griffiths.
Turning into Mitiamo Rd provided a reprieve from the driving winds. 2nd limit persisted strongly despite being reduced to 3 riders with Duffy, Wilson and Dave Oman in the mix.
Further behind the 3rd limit group had been reduced to 4 riders with Howard & Paul Oman continuing their strong form.
Just behind, the Scratch group led by Jones, Gerrish and Costello-Manning were closing in on 2nd scratch and had bridged the gap by the 25km mark.
The left hand turn at Kotta tested most of the field with riders fighting for position on the road to negate the strong side winds, however at the front of the race Wendy Tranby tried her luck with a strong solo effort.
Coming up to the 35km mark 3rd limit assumed the race lead with Hamilton showing consistency and Kennedy returning to racing this week with renewed zest.
The chasing Scratch/2nd scratch group splintered in the side winds leaving Jones, Costello-Manning, Gerrish, Sands and Flanigan to give chase and they rounded up with 3rd limit group at the 35km mark with Fulton, Paul Oman and Howard jumping on board.
As the race entered the final 8km Kennedy and Hamilton had control of the lead and continued to power to the finish. Behind on the road the scratch group was 500m behind with Costello-Manning leading the charge.
Into the final 3km Costello-Manning and Jones kicked up the pace in an attempt to bridge the gap, with Kennedy, Hamilton and Pitcher firing up for a sprint finish.
With the line looming Gerrish, Jones and Sands tacked onto the back of the lead group. In a frantic dash for the line Gerrish prevailed, winning from Sands, Jones 3rd, Hamilton 4th, Kennedy 5th and Pitcher 6th.
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Date:> 26/06/2010 Terricks Road 54k -The Star Wine Bar and Cafe Handicap
1st Ken Woods, 2nd Bernie Leahy, 3rd Bruce Fleming, 4th Dave Merritt, 5th Michaela Tranby
F/t – Tristan Gerrish, Star Wine Bar & Cafe encouragement award - Andrew Crowe
OUT OF THE WOODS TO WIN
42 riders graced the flat and always windy Mt. Terricks Rd course, proudly sponsored by the Star Wine Bar & Cafe.
Heather Little, Michael Tranby, Wendy Tranby, Darren Webster, Marcus Aw & Jane Weeden set off on the limit mark with a solid cross headwind in the early stages.
3 minutes behind were Michaela Tranby, Jeffrey Ridge, Elijah Kettle & Ken Wilson. Kettle and Tranby started well following their strong efforts at the Bendigo Junior Tour.
A further 3 minutes behind was 3rd limit with Kathryn Keer-Keer, Mark Sampson, Jacqui Wood, Ken Woods.
Another 2 ˝ minutes back were Bruce Fleming, Warren Duffy, Bernie Leahy, Glen Kettle & Dave Merrett. Looking for a farewell victory, Merrett looked strong in the early stages along with Leahy & Kettle.
The middle bunch looked strong on paper and started 11 minutes from the front of the race with Jeff Martin, Andrew Crowe, Andrew Clapham, Fred Molluso & Ray Hamilton. Martin returned to racing this week with zest following a spell and along with Crowe rose to the challenge in the early stages.
2 minutes behind were 4th scratch including Jay Court, Bruce Goldburg, Anne Pitcher &Paul Oman. They were followed by Jai Howard, Neil Thompson, Matt Grealy & Will Kettle who started 3 minutes further behind.
Following another 4 minutes back were 2nd scratch with Brett Sands, Darren Carmody, Domenic Molluso & Clint Flanigan.
Rounding out the field a further 2 minutes behind and 22 minutes from the front were scratch with Troy Griffiths, Tristian Gerrish, Tim Fraser, Jamie Costello-Manning and Nathan Oman.
The tough headwind in the first 19km of the race ensured the lead of the front groups was quickly reduced with Clapham & Hamilton keeping control in the middle of the race.
At the back of the field Sands & Molluso were keeping the pace however making little inroads on the groups ahead.
Ahead on the road, Grealy, Thompson & Grealy were making life difficult for scratch as they powered towards the groups ahead. Strong work from Woods, Keer-Keer and Woods at the front of the field ensured they had caught the limit group in the first 20km.
Just behind Griffiths was leading a very even scratch group and they were able to round up 2nd scratch by the 18km mark. This newly formed group of 9 quickly assembled as they turned into Kotta rd and continued the chase.
Merrett, Kettle and Leahy teamed well and reduced the deficit to the limit/2nd limit combination by the 24km mark as they turned into Mitiamo Rd. This newly formed combination worked well as they took advantage of the solid tailwind with Merrett testing the legs of his fellow riders.
The middle stages of the race were very even, with the middle groups working hard to keep those chasing at bay and those at the front of the field looked in prime position as they entered the last 10km.
As Ridge and Wilson were caught by the ultra consistent middle bunch, Leahy and Kettle continued to power to the finish with Woods well positioned.
Coming to the 42km mark the remainder of the field was caught with Michaela Tranby & Elijah Kettle mixing into the leading bunch. They had been able to maintain a reasonable break to the chasing groups and riders began to conserve energy for a bunch sprint as the race reached it’s climax.
Into the final stages, Leahy & Merrett fired the first attack with Woods and Fleming in tow. As the line loomed Woods kicked again to victory, Leahy 2nd, Fleming 3rd, Merrett 4th. Gerrish charged home to take the fastest time in 1.10.39 and Andrew Crowe rose to the challenge this week to be awarded the Star Wine Bar & Cafe encouragement award.
Koyuga 52Kms- Race3 - KYABRAM CLUB Ivan Collings Memorial Series 19/6/2010
1st Simon Costello Manning, 2nd Karen Butcher, 3rd Phil Herd, 4th , 5th , 6th
35mins> Michael Taylor, Jane Weeden, Marcus Aw, Janelle Butler
27mins> Phil Herd, Heather Little, Kevin Jenner, Karen Griffith, Ken Wilson, Karen Butcher, Simone Costello-Manning
21mins> Elijah Kettle, Michaela Tranby, Jacqui Woods, Ken Woods, Mark Sampson, Marcus D'Angri, Jeff Ridge
15mins> Warren Duffy, Dave Oman, Bruce Fleming, Neil Ennis, Graham Lockwood, Glen Kettle, Greg Keddie
12mins> Ashley O'Farrell, Andrew Crow, Bruce Goldburg, Annie Pitcher, Ray Hamilton, Jeff Martin, Fred Molluso
8mins> Geoff Stevenson, Paul Oman, Sam Kennedy, Tim Davey, David Fulton, Jason Ingram, Adam Furphy, Mark Pickles, Jarrod Mackin
6mins> Andrew Clapham, Clint Flanigan, Tony Michelle, Matt Grealy, Graeme Butcher, Dom Molluso
4mins> Troy Griffiths, Jamie Costello-Manning, Nathan Oman, Tony Michele, Tim Fraser, Tristan Gerrish
0mins> Leigh Egan, Vic Bovalino, Trent Stevenson, Liam Harland, Tim Fitzpatrick
Despite colder conditions 53 riders contested Race 3 of 2010 Kyabram Club Ivan Collings Series at Koyuga on Saturday.
The limit group included Michael Taylor, Jane Weeden, Marcus Aw & Janelle Butler. With Butler making her debut this group felt the force of the strong Koyuga winds in the early stages. 2nd limit were 8 minutes behind and included Phil Herd, Heather Little, Kevin Jenner, Karen Griffith, Ken Wilson, Karen Butcher & Simone Costello-Manning. They quickly organized themselves with Butcher & Costello-Manning in control. 6 minutes behind were 3rd limit with Elijah Kettle, Michaela Tranby, Jacqui Woods, Ken Woods, Mark Sampson, Marcus D'Angri, Jeff Ridge. Following their fantastic results in Bendigo last week Tranby, Kettle & Jacqui Woods continued their strong form in the first lap. 4th limit were 6 minutes adrift with Warren Duffy, Dave Oman, Bruce Fleming, Neil Ennis, Graham Lockwood, Glen Kettle & Greg Keddie. The middle group was 23 minutes from the front of the field with Ashley O'Farrell, Andrew Crowe, Bruce Goldburg, Annie Pitcher, Ray Hamilton, Jeff Martin, Fred Molluso. Goldburg looked much more comfortable on the flat Koyuga course and was strong into the strong crosswinds. Chasing 4 minutes behind were 4th scratch with Geoff Stevenson, Paul Oman, Sam Kennedy, Tim Davey, David Fulton, Jason Ingram, Adam Furphy, Mark Pickles & Jarrod Mackin. Just 2 minutes behind were 3rd limit consisting of Andrew Clapham, Clint Flanigan, Jai Howard, Matt Grealy, Graeme Butcher, Dom Molluso. Molluso, Grealy & Howard asserting their dominance as this group hit the tailwind section. Another 2 minutes back were 2nd scratch with Troy Griffiths, Jamie Costello-Manning, Nathan Oman, Tony Michele, Tim Fraser & Tristan Gerrish. Rounding out the field 4 minutes further behind and 35 minutes from the front of the field were scratch with Leigh Egan, Vic Bovalino, Trent Stevenson, Liam Harland, Tim Fitzpatrick. At the front of the race Wilson was unlucky to succumb to a mechanical leaving Karen Griffiths, Karen Butcher, Simone Costello-Manning and Herd to keep the pace. By the 3rd lap they had caught the limit group ahead, which had splintered into single riders with Aw, Weeden & Butler contesting strongly. In the middle of the race numbers were dwindling in 4th limit as they lost Duffy, Keddie & Kettle and they were caught by the middle bunch at the 35km mark. Little more than 1km later this group was also caught by 4th scratch, immediately increasing the pace with Fred Molluso, Lockwood & Fulton looking strong whilst the ever reliable Hamilton keeping the pace. Behind on the road Troy Griffiths and Nathan Oman were showing great consistency over the first 3 laps as Gerrish continued to strengthen as the race progressed. At the back of the field scratch were chasing valiantly with only Egan, Stevenson & Bovalino left after the 2nd lap. As the race hit the 40km mark the front groups held the ascendency, holding a solid lead over the chasing scratch groups. However they still held hope with 2nd and 3rd scratch coming together at the start of lap 4 with the chasing scratch group close behind. As the race came into the final leg it was Simone Costello-Manning, Karen Butcher & Herd who managed to break from the remainder of the group and hoping to hold off the remainder of the field in the final 5km. D’Angri and Woods were driving the pace in the chasing 3rd limit group as they had the leading bunch within sight however the strong headwind in the final straight was making the chase difficult. Just behind the 2nd/3rd scratch combination had been caught by the scratch trio as they charged to the finish with Egan, Bovalino, Costello-Manning and Gerrish keeping the pace. Despite the efforts of the remainder of the field, Simone Costello-Manning and Karen Butcher maintained their lead into the final stages. As they jostled for position into the final sprint Costello-Manning kicked strongly to take the lead. In a quick sprint Simone Costello-Manning claimed victory with Karen Butcher close behind in 2nd. Herd finished close behind in 3rd with Vic Bovalino charging home to take the fastest time in 1.13.46.
Date:> 5/06/2010 Rochester/Howards Lane 48k
1st Simon Mason, 2nd Jason Jezewski, 3rd Jai Howard, 4th Shane Roberts, 5th Craig Riddington, 6th Paul Oman, 7th Fred Moluso, 8th Neil Thompson
F/T Jason Tepper, 1st Female rider - Margi Woolman, Encouragement Award - Heather Little
Glorious conditions saw a record 53 riders compete at the Rochester course on Saturday 5th June 2010. Michael Taylor’s lead up to the world titles seemed to be falling into place as he set off on the limit mark into a slight headwind.
10 minutes behind were 2nd limit with Heather Little, Phil Herd, Michael Tranby, Wendy Tranby, Gary Carmen & Kevin Jenner. This group started well into the slight cross headwind however were slowed at the 7km when Little and Tranby came together and fell, fortunately both riders escaped with minor injuries.
5 minutes further back were 3rd limit comprising Ken Wilson, Jeffrey Ridge, Simon Mason, Elijah Kettle and Greg Keddie. This group looked strong on paper with Ridge and Mason returning to racing and Keddie showing good form in recent weeks.
A gap of 9 ˝ minutes to 4th limit who included Ken Woods, Dave Oman, Mark Sampson, Jacqui Woods, Michaela Tranby, Kathryn Keer-Keer and Karen Butcher.
3 ˝ minutes adrift and 28 minutes from the front were the middle group with Bruce “Silverfox” Fleming, Dave Merrett, Bruce Goldburg, Karlo Vavallo, Fred Molluso, Will Kettle & Bernie Leahy. This group started well with Kettle, Molluso and Merrett driving the group whilst Vavallo toughing it out in his debut race.
2 minutes back were 4th scratch with Marg Woolman, Paul Oman, Annie Pitcher, Jeffrey Martin, Leigh Murphy, Ray Hamilton and Matt Sharp.
Another 2 minutes back were 3rd scratch with Craig Riddington, Shane Roberts, Neil Thompson, Jason Jezewski, Jim Avard and Jai Howard. Roberts jumped straight back into the fold and was strong in the early stages along with Riddington and Thompson as they immediately cut into their deficit.
2nd scratch was 4 minutes further back with Dom Molluso, Tristan Gerrish, Graeme Butcher, Nathan Oman, Brett Sands, Darren Carmody and Tim Fraser.
Rounding out the field and starting 38 minutes from the front were scratch with Jason Tepper, Matt Jones, Dermott Finnegan, Steven Gray, Liam Harland, Jamie Costello-Manning and Clint Flanigan.
The initial headwind meant all of the groups made steady progress on those ahead on the road, with 2nd and 3rd scratch the big movers averaging nearly 40km/h in the early stages.
At the front of the race it was Mason, Kettle and Keddie in strong form as they entered the rolling hills, with Sampson & Woods looking strong in the group behind.
Experienced climber Goldburg had the middle bunch well organized as they reached the base of Trewin’s hill and rounded up the remnants of 2nd, 3rd and 4th limit. Kettle used his climbing skills to test the group over the rolling hills, his group responding strongly and chasing his wheel.
Back in the field, Molluso & Sands continued their strong form with Butcher taking long strong turns. Just behind them Jones & Harland looked in control of the scratch group as they battled to keep the field within view.
Ahead on the road Kettle’s continual surges splintered the leading bunch with Molluso and Fleming holding it all together.
Following the short leg on the Murray Valley highway 3rd scratch led by Riddington, Jezewski & Roberts had rounded up the front of the field with only Mason, Keddie and Ridge out in the lead.
Behind them the race for the fastest time was being whittled down with Costello-Manning, Tepper, Jones and Harland left to contest.
The uphill finish on Howard’s lane was always going to prove challenging and the 3rd scratch group were working hard to catch Mason who had opened a handy lead. As the finish drew closer Mason was able to coast to the line to take 1st. The frantic race for places was not over with Jezewski firing in the final 50m to take 2nd, Howard 3rd, Roberts 4th and Riddington 5th.
Tepper held off Harland and Jones to take the fastest time with Marg Woolman the fastest female. Heather Little showed incredible courage following her fall and was awarded the Star Hotel voucher.
Date:> 29/05/2010POLKA DOT TOURS Lockington Handicap
1st Warren Duffy, 2nd Ken Woods, 3rd Margi Woolman, 4th Bruce Fleming, 5th Mark Sampson, 6th Michaela Tranby
F/t - Dermott Finnegan
Is DUFF, Is GOOD
The Polka Dot Tour Lockington Handicap greeted 24 riders with less than ideal conditions, the driving rain and dark conditions sure to prove a challenge.
The limit markers were unperturbed by the weather as they got proceedings underway with Greg Keddle, Michael & Wendy Tranby working well in combination.
Just 5 minutes behind were 2nd limit with Michaela Tranby, Warren Duffy, Ken Woods and Mark Sampson
4 minutes later were 3rd limit including Margi Woolman, Bruce ‘Silverfox’ Fleming, Will Kettle and Fred Molluso.
3rd scratch were a further 3 minutes behind with Paul Oman, Sam Kennedy, Ray Hamilton and Jeff Martin. Martin looked fresh following a spell and along with Oman and Kennedy looking strong in the early stages.
15 ˝ minutes from the front of the field were 2nd scratch with Matt Grealey, Craig Riddington, Jai Howard and Andrew Clapham.
Rounding out the field was scratch starting 3 ˝ minutes further behind and 19 minutes from the front of the field with Dermie Finnigan, Steve Gray, Dom Molluso, Brett Sands and Jamie Costello Manning.
At the front of the race Michaela Trandy was keen to reduce the gap to her parents Michael & Wendy. Along with Duffy and Woods they had the limit group within sight by the 15km mark.
In the middle of the race Grealy looked fresh from his recent victory last weekend and worked well with Riddington & Clapham.
At the back of the race, the scratch group was working hard to make inroads to the field with Finnegan, Gray & Sands in control.
Into the middle stages of the race, the action was at the front of the race with Woolman in control of 3rd limit with Kettle & Fleming in tow.
As the race entered the 3rd and final lap, scratch and 2nd scratch had formed and led by Finnegan they frantically fought to chase down the leading groups who held a healthy lead.
With 5km to the finish Woolman and Fleming combined well to bridge the gap to the leading 2nd limit/limit combination to set up an exciting contest for the finish.
During this effort Duffy took a long turn on the front and opened up a 20m gap, his fellow riders content to stay within the main bunch.
Not a stranger to a solo-breakaway, Duffy worked hard to open up a significant lead over the remainder of the field as he rounded the final turn with 3km to the finish. Dropping into his biggest gear, Duffy gritted his teeth and drove himself towards the finish.
Just behind Woolman controlled the chasing bunch, taking long turns in an attempt to reel in Duffy. Her efforts along with Fleming and Michaela Tranby kept Duffy within reach whilst keeping the chasing scratch group at bay.
With the line in sight, Duffy was able to savour his victory crossing the finish line with rest of the field jostling for the placing’s
Woolman continued to power to the finish with Fleming, Woods and Tranby in the mix. As the line loomed it was Woods who broke clear for 2nd & Woolman 3rd. Fleming finished in a flurry to take 4th, whilst Finnegan won the sprint within the scratch group to record the fastest time.
Seymour 56Kms - North Central Cycling Series - Race1- 23/5/2010
1st Female rider - Annie Pitcher (EMCC) 2nd Shirley Amy (CCC), 3rd Margi Woolman (EMCC)
EDWARDS CONQUERS MOUNTAIN GOAT
Race 1 of the North Central Cycling Series was held on Sunday 23rd May in Seymour over the notorious ‘Mountain Goat’ course. The inaugural series incorporates the Echuca-Moama, Seymour/Broadford, Shepparton and Castlemaine Cycling Clubs in a 4 race series throughout 2010. Speaking about the series Echuca Moama President Clint Flanigan was excited about its prospects “We are excited to bring all 4 clubs together over 4 very differing courses. It’s really pleasing to see such a level of participation, particularly the junior riders.”
An astounding 71 riders started with Echuca Moama hand cyclist Michael Taylor starting proceedings off the limit mark. Starting 8 minutes back were 2nd limit including Gary Saunders, Steven Nichols, Greg Keddie & Kevin Jenner. With Keddie and Jenner debuting for the Echuca-Moama club last week keen to test their mettle in the hilly Seymour course.
A further 4 minutes behind was 3rd limit with Ken Wilson, Jeff Madex, Ken Maddern, Marcus Aw & Shirley Amy.
5 minutes adrift were 4th limit with Ken Woods, Jacqui Wood, Kathryn Keer-Keer, Jeff Hibberd, Warren Duffy & Simone Costello-Manning. Sporting a new bike Duffy was like a kid with a new toy at the start line however was unlucky to succumb to a mechanical in the early stages. Wood, Keer-Keer and Costello-Manning made up the slack in the early stages as the rolling hills came into play.
Starting 4 minutes further back and 21 minutes from the front were 5th limit with Marg Woolman, Fred Molluso, Stuart McManus, Bruce ‘Silverfox’ Fleming & Neil Ennis. Woolman continued her strong return to racing and looked to assert her dominance over Fleming into the early hills.
Chasing 3 minutes behind were the middle bunch with Anne Pitcher, Greg Patterson, Paul Oman, Ray Hamilton, Bruce Goldburg and Hayden Bed. With some secret hill training, Goldburg looked primed to climb as this group started solidly.
5th scratch was 3 minutes back with Lachlan Jones, Peter Jenkins, Andrew Clapham & Brett Bender. As the lone Echuca-Moama rider in this group Clapham was keen to continue his strong 2010 form.
Just 2 minutes back were 4th scratch with Dom Molluso, Darren Carmody, Neil Thompson, Craig Riddington, Caine Mason, Rod Mann, Paul Maltby, Shayne Kirby, Gary Jones & Phil Gamble. Solid climbers Riddington, Carmody & Thompson looked comfortable early, however they were left 1 rider down in the early stages with Molluso missing the start and forced to start 1 group behind.
The 8 rider strong 3rd scratch were a further 2 minutes behind and included Brett Sands, Rhys Melville, Christy Rilen, Ethan Mcmennimen, Glenn Jacobs, Sam Fuhrmeister, Peter Cooper, Marcus Cook and Peter Baker. This group was quickly strengthened by the inclusion of Molluso and quickly cut into the advantage of those ahead.
2nd scratch started quickly with Jamie Costello-Manning, Dermott Finnegan, Nathan Oman, Tristan Gerrish, Clint Flanigan, Tim Fraser, Carl Harris & Shane Edwards.
2 minutes behind and 35 minutes from the front of the field were scratch consisting of Ian Boyd, Travis Edwards, Tim Fitzpatrick, Troy Griffiths, Liam Harland & Michael Saunders. Following their strong recent form Griffiths & Harland flew out of the blocks in excess of 45km/h with Edwards and Boyd also driving this group on the flat early stages.
The 58km undulating course was proving a challenge to many of the Echuca-Moama riders, with groups losing riders in the rolling hills in the first 20km.
Near the front of the field Aw & Wilson were battling valiantly for claim to the first rider up the mountain, however it was 4th limit who worked strongly to move to the front of the field. As the halfway mark neared it was Seymour rider Jeff Hibberd who used his climbing prowess to break clear and reach the peak with his fellow riders in tow.
Just behind Hamilton and Paul Oman were climbing strongly along with Pitcher, who was closing in on Keer-keer, Costello-Manning, Woolman & Woods in the race for the fastest female.
Further back in the race 2nd scratch lost Flanigan, Oman & Gerrish before the halfway mark allowing scratch to reel them in and continue their charge to the lead groups.
Into the 2nd half of the race, Hibberd broke clear from his group and opened up a 2 minute lead to the chasing scratch group with 15km to the finish. With scratch running out of time, the chasing groups had no time to discuss tactics as they frantically tried to bridge the gap to Hibberd.
The rolling hills in the final 10km were the final straw for many as the battled to the finish, whilst Griffiths, Edwards, Carmody, Molluso, Sands, Thompson and Saunders continued to drive to the finish.
5km from the line Boyd broke from the field with Saunders in tow opening up a significant 200m lead with the end in sight. This move forced Edwards and Griffiths into action and the duo pulled the leaders back into the group with the rest of the field clambering for reprieve.
The valiant effort of Hibberd looked as if it would pay dividends with the uphill finish within his reach; however the strong cross winds in the final stages made life difficult with the chasing scratch group closing in.
With weary legs the remaining riders fought for position on the road, sheltering from the wind and looking for a run into the sprint finish. Edwards led the charge and broke free with riders chasing his wheel. He was strong enough to round Hibberd in the final stages and held off other challengers to record a well earned victory. Close behind was Caine Mason 2nd, Michael Saunders 3rd, Jeff Hibberd 4th & Troy Griffiths 5th. Annie Pitcher finished strongly along with Dom Molluso and was rewarded with the 1st unplaced female and 1st unplaced master prizes respectively.
9 riders fought out a tightly contested junior road race, including Jay Castle, Kate Boyd, Jade Maddern, Chase Costello-Manning, Portia Costello-Manning, Regan Kirby, Cameron Kirby, Harry Rilen & Nic Simpson.
The riders attacked the rolling course and relished the challenge of chasing down their fellow competitors. In an evenly contested affair it was Kate Boyd who was victorious in the J15 category with Jade Maddern 2nd and Jay Castle 3rd. In the J11-15 event Regan Kirby rode strongly to take 1st, with Chase Costello-Manning 2nd and Cameron Kirby 3rd.
Koyuga 52Kms- Race2 - KYABRAM CLUB Ivan Collings Memorial Series 15/5/2010
1st Michael Taylor, 2nd Warren Duffy, 3rd Ken Wilson, 4th Michaela Tranby, 5th Phil Herd, 6th Ken Woods
43˝mins> Michael Taylor
28˝mins> Phil Herd, Bec Gray, Heather Little, Jane Weeden, Joanne Kerr, Kevin Jenner, Wendy Tranby, Michael Tranby, Karen Griffith, Greg Keddle, Bianca Fleming
22mins> Warren Duffy, Elijah Kettle, Michaela Tranby, Simon Mason, Jacqui Woods, Simone Costello-Manning, Ken Wilson, Ken Woods, Karen Butcher
14˝mins> Kathryn Keer Keer, Mark Sampson, Marcus D'Angri, Neil Innis, Graham Sylvestor, Edward Dalle Nogari
12˝mins> Ray Hamilton, Greg Patterson, Marg Woolman, Bruce Fleming, Leigh Murphy, Will Kettle, Marcus Aw
10mins> Jai Howard, Bruce Goldburg, Andrew Clapham, Matt Grealy, Paul Oman, Annie Pitcher, Tim Davey, Matt Sharp
7˝mins> Neil Thompson, Shane Roberts, Graham Butcher, Craig Riddington, David Fulton, Brett Smedley, Adam Furphy
5mins> Tristan Gerrish, Geoff Cobbledick, Brett Sands, Clint Flanigan, Jason Jezewski, Tristan Gerrish, Tony Michelle, M Cook
3mins> Troy Griffiths, Jamie Costello-Manning, Liam Harland, Tim Fraser, Steve Gray, Brad Thomas
0mins> Leigh Egan, Travis Edwards, Steve Fairless, Vic Bovalino, Luke Knox, Trent Stevenson, Nathan Glynn
Juniors- 2 groups
Long Course: 1st Liam Edwards, 2nd Jade Fulton, 3rd Chase Costello-Manning
Short Course: 1st Jack Lee, 2nd Rachel Fulton, Josh Thomson
TAYLOR TRIUMPS IN RECORD IVAN COLLINGS SERIES FIELD.
A series record 69 riders competed in race 2 of The Kyabram Club Ivan Collings Series at Koyuga on Sat 15th May.
In training for the World Titles in August, Michael Taylor started proceedings off the limit mark.
Starting 15 minutes behind were 2nd limit including Phil Herd, Bec Gray, Heather Little, Jane Weeden, Joanne Kerr, Kevin Jenner, Wendy Tranby, Michael Tranby, Karen Griffith, Greg Keddle & Bianca Fleming. New members Wendy and Michael Tranby rode strongly with improved riders Bec Gray, Weeden, Little and Kerr in the early stages and looked in control.
Just behind starting a further 6 ˝ minutes back were 2nd limit with Warren Duffy, Elijah Kettle, Michaela Tranby, Simon Mason, Jacqui Woods, Simone Costello-Manning, Ken Wilson, Ken Woods & Karen Butcher. Duffy used the saying “New bike, new man” to great effect and along with Costello-Manning, Jacqui Woods, Tranby and Butcher immediately cut the deficit to the group ahead.
7 ˝ minutes adrift were 4th limit consisting of Kathryn Keer Keer, Mark Sampson, Marcus D'Angri, Neil Innis, Graham Sylvestor, Edward Polle-Nogare.
The middle bunch started 2 minutes further back with Ray Hamilton, Greg Patterson, Marg Woolman, Bruce Fleming, Leigh Murphy, Will Kettle, Marcus Aw.
Just 2 minutes behind was 5th scratch boasting a great mix of youth and experience with Jai Howard, Bruce Goldburg, Andrew Clapham, Matt Grealy, Paul Oman, Annie Pitcher, Tim Davey, Matt Sharp. Debutants Davey and Sharp looked at home into the opening 10km as this group maintained their pace under the control of Goldburg, Clapham & Grealy.
Looking favourites on paper were 4th scratch with Neil Thompson, Shane Roberts, Graham Butcher, Craig Riddington, David Fulton, Brett Smedley, Adam Furphy. Thompson, Smedley & Butcher had shown strong form over the last month and the inclusion of Roberts further strengthened this group, averaging in excess of 40km/h in the early stages.
Just 2 ˝ minutes adrift were 3rd scratch comprising Tristan Gerrish, Geoff Cobbledick, Brett Sands, Clint Flanigan, Jason Jezewski, Tristan Gerrish, Tony Michelle & M Cook.
Nearing the back of the field were 2nd scratch, another 2 minutes back and consisting of Troy Griffiths, Jamie Costello-Manning, Liam Harland, Tim Fraser & Steve Gray. Griffiths and Harland continued their sensational form and quickly cut the gap to the 3rd scratch group ahead.
Rounding out the field were the scratch markers, starting 43 ˝ minutes from the front of the field and including Leigh Egan, Travis Edwards, Steve Fairless, Vic Bovalino, Luke Knox, Trent Stevenson, Nathan Glynn.
The big numbers ensured large groups on the road and fast racing with the front groups coming together into the middle stages, Hamilton, Murphy, Patterson & “Silverfox”Fleming looking in control.
Towards the back of the race, Scratch were relishing the near perfect conditions, averaging in excess of 45kmh and had rounded up both 2nd & 3rd scratch by the 30km mark and continued to drive towards the finish. Brett Sands seized this opportunity and slotted in with the scorching scratch group, continuing his remarkable improvement in the sport.
At the front of the race was Taylor, in fantastic form following the National Handcycle Series. He was holding a solid lead over the rest of the field averaging nearly 30km/h.
In the middle of the race Smedley hit overdrive with Butcher & Roberts they bridged the gap to 5th scratch and the middle bunch by the 35km mark. This group of 30 riders still had some work to catch those ahead, however organized themselves quickly to cut the deficit to Taylor.
Just ahead the 2nd and 3rd limit groups had merged and were well organized under the watchful eye of Wilson. As they turned into the final straight with 5km to the finish a determined Ken Woods broke from this group with Costello-Manning, Jacqui Woods, Duffy & Michaela Tranby, Herd and Keddle in tow.
The solo-breakaway specialist Duffy tried his luck and opened up a gap of 200m before being reeled in by the rest of his group.
Ahead on the road Taylor powered into the final 200m, a quick glance behind allowed him to celebrate as he crossed the line in 1st place.
The fight for the placings was frantic with Costello-Manning and Woods dictating the pace with 1km to the finish. Duffy and Tranby joined this duo and the race for 2nd was up for grabs with 400m to the finish. Duffy was the first to fire and continued to the line to take 2nd, Wilson 3rd, Tranby 4th and Herd 5th.
Trent Stevenson crossed the line 1 min later to take the fastest time, closely followed by Leigh Egan.
The junior race was a hotly contested affair over the out and back course. The field was split into 2 groups with the long course victory claimed by Liam Edwards who rode very strongly. He was closely followed by Jade Fulton 2nd and Chase Costello-Manning 3rd. The shortened event was taken by Jack Lea who stormed home in the final 200m, closely followed by Rachel Fulton and Josh Thompson. The place getters were followed closely by the remainder of the field including Portia Costello-Manning, Zac Fleming & Jess Thompson.
Cam Gray held off racing in the junior race to complete a full lap with Michael Taylor in the open race, a fantastic effort for Cam.
Congratulations to all of our debutant riders including Bianca Fleming, Matt Sharp, Tim ‘Captain’ Davey & Kevin Jenner.
Date:> 8/5/2010 Rochester 50k
1st Glen Kettle, 2nd Ray Hamilton, 3rd Marg Woolman, 4th Bruce Fleming, 5th Will Kettle, 6th Andrew Clapham, 7th Bruce Goldburg
F/T - Liam Harland 1.12.27, Encouragement Award - Simone Costello Manning
32mins, Michael Taylor
22mins, Simone Costello Manning, Heather Little, Phil Hird, Jo Kerr, Ken Wilson, Karen Griffiths
15mins, Michael O'Toole, Will Kettle, Elijah Kettle, Fred Moluso, Ken Woods
13mins, Ray Hamilton, Bruce Fleming, Mark Sampson, Marg Woolman, Glen Kettle, Neil Ennis
10mins, Jai Howard, Bruce Goldburg, Annie Pitcher, Paul Oman, Dave Oman, Sam Kennedy, Leigh Murphy
6mins, Dave Fulton, Andrew Clapham, Dave Merritt, Brett Smedley, Matt Grealy, Craig Riddington, Dom Moluso
2mins, Clint Flanigan, Karl Christian, Jamie Costello Manning, Steve Gray, Tristan Gerrish, Neil Thompson, Brad Gotch
0mins, Nathan Oman, Liam Harland, Matt Jones, Tim Fitzpatrick, Troy Griffiths, Tim Fraser
Glorious conditions and favorable winds drew 45 riders to the first Rochester Handicap for the 2010 season.
Fresh from being crowned National Handcycle Champion and keen to contest the Rochester hills, Michael Taylor started proceedings off the limit mark.
10 minutes behind were the 2nd limit group with Karen Griffiths, Heather Little, Jo Kerr, Simone Costello-Manning, Ken Wilson and Phil Herd. With a couple of races experience Griffiths, Wilson and Kerr looked in control in the early stages.
7 minutes further back were 2nd limit with Mick O’Toole, Will Kettle, Elijah Kettle, Freddy Molluso & Ken Woods.
Just 2 minutes adrift were 3rd limit consisting of Ray Hamiton, Bruce ‘Silverfox’Fleming, Mark Sampson, Marg Woolman, Glen Kettle and Neil Ennis. With Woolman returning to racing, ultra consistent Hamilton and Fleming firing, and this group worked well in the first 15km.
With a mark of 22 minutes were the middle group with Jai Howard, Bruce Goldburg, Annie Pitcher, Paul Oman, Dave Oman, Sam Kennedy and Leigh Murphy. In the initial stages rolling turns took its toll within the group, with the experienced heads of Goldburg and Oman ensuring track turns prevailed.
4 minutes back on the road were 3rd scratch with Dave Fulton, Adnrew Clapham, Dave Merrett, Brett ‘Turbo’Smedley, Matt Grealy, Craig Riddington & Dom Molluso. Boasting last week’s place getters Grealy and Clapham along with the powerful Smedley, this group settled early and continued to increase their pace in the first half of the race.
2nd scratch started with a 30 minute handicap and included Karl Christian, Jamie Costello-Manning, Steven Gray, Tristian Gerrish, Neil Thompson, Brad Gotch and Clint Flanigan. Christian looked lively early following his fantastic form in the past month, along with Thompson who was unlucky not to place in the Rutherglen 100k Open Handicap last week.
Scratch was a further 2 minutes behind and 32 minutes off the limit mark with Nathan Oman, Liam Harland, Matt Jones, Tim Fitzpatrick, Troy Griffiths and Tim Fraser.
Into the middle of the race Ennis, Sampson and Kettle were working well in the 3rd limit group and were quickly rounding up those ahead on the road as they ventured over Trewin’s Hill.
Despite finding the going tough up to the peak Michael Taylor gave everyone a lesson in how to descend, rounding up the field and taking the lead again as the front part of the field entered the 2nd half of the race.
Just behind on the road, Kennedy comfortably negotiated the rolling hills with Murphy and Pitcher looking settled, this group had the front markers well within sight.
Closer to the back of the field Costello-Manning, Gray and Gotch were taking long turns in an attempt to bridge the gap to 3rd scratch, however consistent efforts from Smedley, Riddington & Dom Molluso ensured they were kept at bay.
At the back of the field, scratch combined well with Harland, Griffiths, Oman and Jones producing scintillating form.
With the race drawing to its finale the front half of the field had now combined, whilst scratch had rounded up 2nd scratch making it a race of 2 groups.
Jones, Griffiths & Harland wound up the pace in the chasing group with Costello-Manning, Gray and Christian providing strong support as they pulled the front group within sight with 5km to the finish.
At the front of the field the pace settled with ‘Silverfox’Fleming, Hamilton, Woolman and Clapham well positioned. Kennedy liked his prognosis for a final assault on the line as he tucked himself into the middle of the field with Kettle and Goldburg.
With 1km to the finish the chasing scratch group looked out of the picture with riders jostling for fastest time honours.
As they rounded the final turn with 600m to the finish line the big leading group settled with riders jostling for position.
As the line neared Hamilton and Fleming looked well placed however it was Glen Kettle who sprinted clear to take 1st, Hamilton finished strongly for 2nd, Marg Woolman 3rd, Fleming 4th and Will Kettle 5th.
Harland scorched home less than 30 seconds after the lead bunch to record the fastest time of 1.12.52
Date:> 1/05/2010 Terricks Road 54k -Star Hotel and Wine Bar Gunbarrel Handicap Race
1st Liam Harland, 2nd Carl Christian, 3rd Andy Clapham, 4th Matt Grealy
1st Female rider:> Kathryn Keer Keer
F/t – Liam Harland, Encouragement Award - Mark Sampson
20mins, Michael Taylor
16˝mins, Michael Tranby, Wendy Tranby, Marcus Aw, Jane Weeden, Heather Little , Ken Wilson
12mins, Warren Duffy, Bernie Leahy, Simone Costello Manning, Kathryn Keer Keer, Simon Mason, Karen Butcher, Jacqui Wood, Michael O'Toole, Michaela Tranby
8mins, Glen Kettle, Dave Oman, Ray Hamilton, Andrew Crowe, Neil Ennis, Bruce Fleming, Mark Sampson
4mins, Greg Patterson, Andrew Clapham, Dave Merritt, Matt Grealy, Matt Sharpe
0mins, Graeme Butcher, Brett Smedly, Dave Fulton, Liam Harland, Karl Christian, Brett Sands
HARLAND FIRES FOR GUNBARREL
Firm winds and a sunny day met the 34 riders contesting the famous Star Hotel Gunbarrel Handicap at Mt. Terricks Rd on Saturday 1st May. Michael ‘Squizzy’ Taylor was the first rider away and worked hard into the wind, fresh from his 2nd place in the National Handcycle Series.
2nd limit started 3..5 minutes after Taylor and with riders like Michael and Wendy Tranby, Marcus Aw, Jane Weeden and Heather Little under Ken Wilson’s experienced eye they started to bridge the gap.
At the 8 minute mark 3rd limit got underway with Warren Duffy, Bernie Leahy, Simone Costello-Manning, Kathryn Keer-Keer, Simon Mason, Karen Butcher, Jacqui Wood, Michael O’Toole and Michaela Tranby quickly organised themselves into a pace line and with Woods, Costello-Manning and Leahy pushing hard they had 2nd limit in their sights by the 10km mark. The loss of Woods and O’Toole from punctures at the 12 km mark slowed down the group but they still managed to pull in 2nd limit by the 15km mark and this new larger group began to work well together.
Meanwhile the 3rd scratch bunch of Glen Kettle, Dave Oman, Ray Hamilton, Andrew Crowe, Neil Ennis, Bruce Fleming and Mark Sampson got underway at the 12 minute mark and with Crowe, Sampson and Fleming taking control were able to average a zippy 38kmph into the headwind. 2nd scratch, who followed 4 minutes behind 3rd scratch, were left with the huge challenge of catching this juggernaut, but with riders of the quality Greg Patterson, Andrew Clapham, Dave Merrett, Matt Grealy and Matt Sharpe they stood a good chance of bridging the gap.
Scratch, which consisted of Graeme Butcher, Brett ‘Turbo’ Smedley, Dave Fulton, Liam Hardland, Karl Christian and Brett Sands, headed off at the 20 minute mark and quickly started to eat into the lead of all those in front of them with Smedley, Butcher and Sands working hard.
The front of the race was coming together at the turnaround point with Hamilton and Oman working hard with the three limit groups in their sight. Duffy and Leahy turned first and began to establish a gap on the new group forming behind them, but this attack was doomed to fail and after 10km out on their own they were dragged back in.
With 7km to go Harland attacked and bridged the gap between 1st and 2nd scratch and the rest of the field leaving Christian, Smedley, Butcher and Fulton having to work hard to catch the dangerous Harland and the front group. By the 4km mark all groups had merged and it looked like the 2010 ‘Gun Barrel’ would be decided by a sprint. Kettle had different ideas and launched an early attack with 2km to go but this was quickly covered by Harland who counter attacked and was able to hold off a rampant Christian to take a well deserved win. Third place was taken by Clapham closely followed by Grealy in fourth. Keer-Keer was the first female rider to finish and Mark Sampson won the Handicapper’s award of a Star Hotel voucher.
Date:> 24/4/2010 Thyra Road Scratch Race, 50k
A Grade ?, B Grade> Matt Grealy, C Grade> Paul Oman
Koyuga 52Kms- Race 1 - KYABRAM CLUB Ivan Collings Memorial Series 17/4/2010
1st Tim Fraser, 2nd Carl Christian, 3rd Andy Clapham
F/T, Leigh Egan, 1st unplaced female, Michaela Tranby
28mins> Karen Griffiths, Emma Gerrish, Bec Gray, Heather Little, Jane Weeden, Joanne Kerr, Sheryl Kettle, Simone Costello-Manning
18mins> Marcus Aw, Warren Duffy, Glenn Kettle, Will Kettle, Mark McQuillan, Paul Fitzgerald, Phil Herd, Michaela Tranby
12mins> Andrew Crowe, Leigh Murphy, Kathryn Keer Keer, Kevin Hone, Mark Sampson, Jacqui Woods, Simon Mason, Margi Woolman, Matt Grealy
9mins> Paul Oman, Ray Hamilton, Phil Goldburg, Andrew Clapham, Anne Pitcher, Greg Patterson, Dave Merrett
6mins> Brad Thomas, Karl Christian, David Fulton, Craig Riddington, Brad Gotch, Neil Thomson, Paul Jarman
3˝mins> Brett Smedley, Tim Fraser, Steve Gray, Tristan Gerrish, Graeme Butcher, Geoff Cobbledick, Tony Michelle
1˝mins> Nathan Oman, Tim Fitzpatrick, Troy Griffiths, Dermot Finnegan, Jamie Costello-Manning, Liam Harland
0mins> Leigh Egan, Travis Edwards, Steve Fairless, Vic Bovalino, Michael Hill
The Kyabram Club Ivan Collings Series for 2010 started under fantastic conditions with a near record 58 riders descending on the Koyuga course.
The junior race kick started festivities with a fantastic turnout of 12 riders. In a close fought event, riders utilised the strong tailwinds along the home straight to their advantage with Shepparton rider Edwards taking 1st, Kade Saunders 2nd and Cam Gray 3rd.
The main event saw a club record of ladies entrants with Karen Griffiths, Bec Gray, Emma Gerrish, Heather Little, Jayne Weeden, Joanne Kerr, Simone Costello-Manning and Cheryl Kettle getting proceedings underway.
10 minutes behind were the 2nd limit markers including club debeutant Michaela Tranby, Phil Heard, Paul Fitzgerald, Will Kettle, Glen Kettle, Warren Duffy and Marcus Aw. Having recently shaved down for the event, Fitzgerald looked comfortable and along with Duffy worked well n the early stages.
6 minutes further back were 3rd limit comprising Andrew Crowe, Matt Grealy, Leigh Murphy, Kathryn Keer-Keer, Kevin Hone, Mark Sampson, Jacqui Woods, Simon Mason & Marg Woolman.
The 4th limit group had 3 minutes to chase and included Paul Oman, Ray Hamilton, Phil Goldburg, Andrew Clapham, Dave Merrett & Ann Pitcher.
The middle of the field included Brad Gotch, Karl Christian, Craig Riddington, Neil Thompson, Dave Fulton, Brad Thomas and Paul Jarman.
24 ˝ minutes from the front of the field were 3rd scratch with Steve Gray, Brett Smedley, Tristan Gerrish, Jeff Cobbledick, Tim Fraser, Tony Michelle and Graeme Butcher.
Just 2 minutes furher adrift were 2nd scratch with Troy Griffiths, Jamie Costello-Manning, Nathan Oman, Tim Fitzpatrick, Dermot Finnegan & Liam Harland.
Rounding out the field and 28 ˝ minutes from the front were scratch led comprising Leigh Egan, Steve Fairless, Vic Bovalino, Travis Edwards & Michael Hill.
Working well in combination the ladies made hard work for the chasing groups until Duffy, Aw and Kettle helped to close the gap into the 2nd lap.
Back in the field 2nd scratch scorched the course in the first lap and despite losing Fitzpatrick to a flat tyre, they had reduced the deficit by 30 seconds.
Just ahead the 3rd scratch grouping settled into the middle stages of the race with Gray, Fraser and Butcher closing the gap to the middle groups.
Ahead on the road winter debutant Crowe and returning rider Hone rode well in 3rd limit along with Murphy and Grealy.
Reigning champion Egan and his fellow scratch markers powered through the middle stages and cut the deficit to the 2nd scratch group.
Into the final stages the massive field was coming together, riders fighting for position along the final straight with the winds ensuring a fast finish.
3rd scratch still looked to have t he advantage into the final stages, closing the gap to the 2nd limit. Gray took the initiative and broke to bridge the gap to the group ahead and take the lead.
With a handful of riders fighting for his wheel they fought to the lead with Fraser powering to the line to take race 1 of the 2010 Ivan Collings Series. Christian sprinted strongly to finish 2nd, Clapham 3rd.
SUMMER SERIES ROAD RACE RESULTS
Date:> 22/3/2010 Thyra Road, 30k
Near perfect temperatures and minimal wind’s drew 26 riders for the penultimate Monday night race of the Summer Series.
Michael Taylor started as the limit marker, fresh from his comprehensive victory in the 3rd leg of the National Handcycle Series in Sydney. Michael won both the road race and criterium to lead with series with 2 races remaining.
Chasing 13 minutes behind were 2nd limit comprising of John Doyle, Jacqui Woods, Warren Duffy, Elijah Kettle, Glen Kettle & new rider Darren Briscoe. Briscoe’s training form had been very strong and was sure to apply pressure from the start.
A further 4 minutes further back were 2nd limit, including Phil Goldburg, Ray Hamilton, Bruce Goldburg, Paul Oman, Greg Patterson & Bruce “Silverfox” Fleming. With a wealth of experience this group used the slight tailwind to their advantage in the early stages and quickly reduced the deficit to the groups ahead.
2 minutes behind were the quartet of Jeffrey Martin, Jay Court, Neil Thompson & Sam Kennedy. Kennedy greeted the harder handicap this week with tenacity and along with Martin made a tough chase for the groups behind.
Brett Smedley led 2nd scratch, who was another 2 ˝ minutes adrift and included Tim Fraser, Graeme Butcher & Brett Sands.
Rounding out the field were the scratch markers, starting 22 ˝ minutes from the front group and including Dermott Finnegan, Steven Gray, Liam Harland, Troy Griffiths & Clint Flanigan.
With the conditions favouring the front groups the back markers worked hard from the outset with Smedley and Butcher showing their strength. By the turnaround they had moved within striking distance of the middle bunch. Just behind scratch had moved to within 70 seconds 2nd scratch however this gap began to increase as the newly formed 2nd scratch/3rd scratch group of 8 surged towards the finish.
Further ahead Oman and Goldburg worked hard into the slight breeze as 3rd limit continued to reduce the gap to those ahead.
Out in front Mick Taylor powered towards the finish and with 1500m to go, still held onto a healthy lead, despite the efforts of Doyle, Woods and Briscoe who were closing in.
As the finish loomed Taylor was able to hold off any challenges and won comfortably with Doyle winning the sprint for 2nd, Briscoe 3rd. Brett Smedley came through to register a well deserved fastest time of the night.
Date:> 15/3/2010 Thyra Road, 30k
Near perfect conditions greeted 21 riders for Monday night racing at Thyra Rd on 15/3/10.
With the welcome return of Kathryn Keer-Keer, Jacqui Woods, Steven Gray and the debut of Brett Sands, all rider were sure to be tested.
Fresh from his fantastic performance at the National Handcycle Series, Michael “Squizzy” Taylor set off on limit. Within minimal wind to speak of he wound up the pace and quickly put distance into those chasing.
13 minutes behind were the 2nd limit group of Jacqui Woods, Bruce Fleming & Kathryn Keer-Keer.
A further 3 minutes back was the big bunch including Paul Oman, Phil Goldburg, Bruce Goldburg, Sam Kennedy, Jay Court and Ray Hamilton. Court’s strong recent performances along with the consistency of Oman & Hamilton, this group looked solid in the early stages.
2 minutes adrift were 2nd scratch, including Jamie Costello-Manning, Brett Smedley, Jeffrey Martin, Craig Riddington & debutant Brett Sands. Sands looked comfortable from the outset with Martin and Riddington keeping the pace.
Another 1 ˝ minutes behind were scratch comprising Tim Fitzpatrick, Dermott Finnegan, Troy Griffiths, Clint Flanigan, Steven Gray and Tristan Gerrish. The early stages were frantic in an attempt to cut the deficit with Fitzpatrick and Griffiths in control.
At the turnaround point, Taylor still held the advantage over the rest of the field, with the middle bunch holding a 1 minute gap over 2nd scratch. 2nd scratch worked well together to the turnaround point and maintained a 45 second gap to the chasing scratch bunch.
Ahead on the road the trio of Fleming, Woods and Keer-Keer worked well as a team and looked as though they may stay away from the chasing field.
At the tail of the race Griffiths pulled a strong solo effort to bridge the remaining gap to 2nd scratch, with the new scratch/2nd scratch combination working well together to reel in the middle bunch ahead on the road.
With 7km to the finish the race looked even with a large group of riders vying for position. Smedley, Gray & Fitzpatrick looked to control the pace, whilst Martin, Goldburg & Oman remained well placed in the final stages.
Into the final 1km there was a break in the field with Gerrish, Fitzpatrick & Court able to gain a 50m advantage. This was quickly countered by Griffiths, Smedley & Goldburg who also broke from the main field. As the line loomed Court attacked with Griffiths & Fitzpatrick frantically diving for the line. In the finish it was Court 1st, Griffiths 2nd, Smedley 3rd, Fitzpatrick 4th. Griffiths also recorded the fastest time of 41.06
National Handcycle Series 27-28th Feb 2010
Date:> 22/2/2010 Thyra Road, 30k
With the welcome return of Ian Harrison to racing, 19 riders competed at Thyra Rd for Monday night racing.
He teamed up with Michael 'Squizzy' Taylor as they set off the limit mark battling a stiff cross wind. 10 minutes behind were 2nd limit consisting of Glen Kettle, Elijah Kettle and John Nutter, whom managed to work well together in the early part of the race
3rd limit started 3 minutes behind and included Greg Patterson, Paul Oman, Bruce 'Silverfox' Fleming, Ray Hamilton and Will Kettle. This group was lead in the early stages by Patterson, whilst Kettle was also running hot.
A further 1 1/2 minutes behind were 2nd scratch including Jeffrey Martin, Sam Kennedy, Matt Grealy and Andy Clapham. Martin looked keen to capitalise on his summer training regime, his hill climbing prowess was sure to feature through Green Gully.
16 minutes from the front of the field were the scratch group of Tim Fitzpatrick, Dermott Finnegan, Brett 'Turbo' Smedley, Jamie Costello-Manning and Clint Flanigan.
Finnegan was fast in the initial stages with Costello-Manning also pushing the pace and by the 12km mark they had the 2nd scratch group within reach.
By the halfway mark scratch were only 1 minute down on the middle bunch with Hamilton keeping tempo, holding the scratch markers at bay.
Ahead on the road Taylor was making life hard for the chasing groups, continuing his strong form from race 1 of the National Handcycle Series.
The race was brought together at the 20km mark with a scratch/2nd scratch bridging the gap to the leading bunches.
This group splintered again with 7km to the finish, with Costello-Manning, Finnegan, Flanigan, Martin, Kettle & Fitzpatrick able to obtain a slight lead on the rest of the field.
Martin looked in complete control in this scratch group with Costello-Manning continually testing his fellow riders.
The final stages saw Fitzpatrick, Finnegan, Costello-Manning and Martin well positioned, however it was Fitzpatrick who fired to take 1st, Costello-Manning 2nd, Finnegan 3rd.
Date:> 15/2/2010 Thyra Road, 30k
COURT SETS TOUGH PRECEDENT
A 20km/h tailwind greeted riders at Thyra Rd for Monday night racing. The near perfect conditions ensured a quick start for the limit group consisting of Sam Kennedy, Jay Court, Glen Kettle, Elijah Kettle and returning rider Jim Cosgriff. Cosgriff unfortunately punctured in the opening 5km, however looked fit and fresh following a spell and will surely challenge in the upcoming races,.
4 minutes behind were 2nd limit including Paul Oman, Craig Riddington, Ben Oman, Matt Grealy and Bruce Goldburg. This group was consistent from the outset with Oman and Grealy particularly quick with the wind at their back.
2 minutes further back were the 2nd scratch trio of Tristan Gerrish, Brett Smedley and Clint Flanigan.
Scratch was another 2 minutes further back and 8 minutes from the front of the field with Troy Griffiths, Nathan Oman, Dermott Finnegan, Jamie Costello-Manning and Liam Harland.
With the pace well over 40km/h the whole field flew down Thyra Rd towards the turnaround point. Kennedy and Court controlled the front group with Riddington making a smooth return to racing in the middle of the race. Just behind Smedley turned on the afterburners with Gerrish and Flanigan in tow as he powered up the hill at Green Gully with the middle group in sight.
By the halfway mark limit held a solid lead over the field, the middle group holding a 45 second break to 2nd scratch and scratch a further 1 ˝ minutes behind.
Griffiths was continuing his dominance of the summer series and drove the scratch group as they hit the turnaround point and into the headwind.
Just ahead Smedley produced 2 strong turns to bridge the gap to the middle bunch and this newly formed group of 8 riders began rolling turns in an effort to catch the leaders with 8km to the finish.
As the race progressed the time gaps remained the same with limit holding onto their lead coming into the final kilometre.
Court, Kennedy and Kettle jostled for position waiting for the opportune time to fire. Kennedy was the first to pull the trigger with 400m to the finish, bursting to the lead with Court and Kettle in tow.
As the line loomed Court counter attacked to hit the lead with 50m to the finish and won with Kennedy a close 2nd, Kettle 3rd. Nathan Oman crossed the line soon after to record the fastest time.
Date:> 8/2/2010 Thyra Road, 30k
With the popularity of the Thyra Rd course growing, 18 riders were fronted with scorching conditions on Monday 8th February. The 30km trek was made tougher by the weather and the handicapper opted for larger groups, much to the relief of those competing. Limit comprised of Paul Oman, Ray Hamilton, Sam Kennedy, Bruce Fleming Warren Duffy and John Doyle. Kennedy looked fresh following his recent good form and this group worked well in the early stages with a slight tailwind. Following 4 1/2 minutes behind were the middle group including Andrew Clapham, Brett "Turbo" Smedley, Jay Court, Ben Oman, Clint Flanigan & Jeffrey Martin. Scratch were chasing a further 2 1/2 minutes further back with Dermott Finnegan, Troy Griffiths, Jamie Costello-Manning, Tristan Gerrish, Nathan Oman and Tim Fitzpatrick making up the field. Up in front the limit group worked well in combination, averaging 39kmh to the halfway mark. They were unlucky to lose Duffy with a puncture at the 10km mark and leave a group of 5 with Oman and Doyle taking long strong turns into the wind. Just behind Smedley lead the middle group and had reduced the gap to the front of the race by 1 1/2 minutes by the turnaround point. This groups chance were made more difficult with the loss of Martin and Court in the crosswind, however it was Smedley and Clapham who maintained the pace. The rampaging scratch group hit speeds in excess of 45kmh as they attempted to reel in the groups ahead with Griffiths, Oman and Finnegan in control. As the race progressed so did the casualties with riders dropped from both the middle bunch & scratch as they attempted to catch the limit markers. The 20km mark loomed as scratch caught the middle bunch and they quickly worked into rolling turns to increase the pace. Further ahead, limit seemed content with their advantage and jostled for prime position as the finish approached. Kennedy was the first to move, surging to the lead with 500m to the finish, with Doyle, Oman, Hamilton and Fleming close behind.With just 100m to the line Oman fired to the line and held off the fast finishing Fleming to claim victory. Fleming finished in fine form to take 2nd and Doyle 3rd. Griffiths stormed to the line to take the fastest time.
Date:> 18/1/2010 Thyra Road, 30k
Monday night racing at Thyra Rd racing saw 22 riders compete with a fierce tailwind for the opening section!
This strong wind saw Michael "Squizzy" Taylor reaching speeds of 35kmh off the limit mark in the early stages. Determined to catch him and chasing 10 minutes behind were Sam Kennedy, Glen Kettle, Will Kettle, Jay Court & Warren Duffy.
A further 3 1/2 minutes behind were 3rd limit comprising Bruce Fleming, Bruce Goldburg, Phil Goldburg, Jeff Martin, Greg Patterson, Ben Oman & Paul. This group reached speeds in excess of 50kmh going out mainly driven by Bruce Goldberg and Jeff Martin who were riding very strongly in combination with Paul and Ben Oman. Patterson and Fleming were also working their turns to cut the deficit down to 2.0 min by the turnaround.
2 minutes further back were 2nd scratch including Matt Grealy, Craig Riddington, Andrew Clapham, Brett "Turbo" Smedley & Paul Jarman.
Rounding out the field 17 minutes from the front were the scratch quartet comprising Nathan Oman, Jamie Costello-Manning, Troy Griffiths and Dermott Finnegan.
2nd limit looked strong with Kennedy and Court doing a good share of their work along with the Kettles and Duffy not missing a turn, keeping the momentum up in the mid to high 40kmh to the turnaround point.
2nd scratch meanwhile had made up more than a minute on the group ahead at the turnaround lead strongly by Turbo, jarman Matty Grealey,and Andy Clapham.
Just behind scratch were driven strongly by Oman, Griffiths, Costello-Manning and Dermott "luck of the irish" Finnegan and had made up about 1 minute to 2nd scratch by the turnaround .
At the 23km mark the race was coming together with Scratch reeling in both the 2nd and 3rd scratch groups as the continued to the finish.
Meanwhile at the front the 2nd limit group rode strongly as a team and were determined not to be cuaght. The youth of Will Kettle saw him first over the line followed by father Glen, Sam Kennedy 3rd and Jay Court 4th. 30 seconds later the 3 remaining sctratch riders stormed over the line with Nathan Oman taking fastest time of 44minutes. Encouragement award went to Matt Grealey.
2010 D'Alberto Holden/Nissan Junior Carnial