A small contingent of Manly riders headed up to Newcastle for the annual ‘Orica Kermesse’ run by the Hunter Cycling Club on Saturday 2nd April. This event has riders heading around an 8.25km course for a set number of laps. MWCC had riders in Mens A,B,C and Womens Combined.

While the sun was shining on the course, all the riders were faced with a flat and wind exposed course with a bit of coal dust thrown in for measure. The day of racing had over 200 entries and certainly made a change for the MWCC riders who are use to more rolling terrain. While the riders seem to face a constant head wind or tail wind which didn’t help some of our smaller riders, the constant attacks from the riders in all grades meant that positioning in the bunch was vital.

A lesson in the art of positioning and strength was shown by MWCC rider Andrew Crawley who was riding for Team Bike Bug as he got in a break away with 4 other riders in Mens A. Obviously being powered by more than plain old coal, Andrew Crawley and his breakway covered the 74km in just under 100 minutes, with an impressive average of just under 45km/hr they managed to stay away from the chasing peloton with Andrew picking up a pay cheque for his efforts finishing in fourth.

In the other grades, the lack of team mates hampered the riders efforts as they were chased down in an attempt to get away as they faced the full might of the Central Coast cycling clubs. The riders all finished within the main bunches however they certainly got in a tough day’s racing and got to see a fair bit of industrial machinery as they raced around the Port of Newcastle.

Alexis Kaless

Edit: Is Andy Crawley a man or machine? Here are his Garmin stats for the race Split 1 through to 14…..