Another solid weekend of MWCC Road Racing, with just over 140 riders coming from all over Sydney to take on the rolling terrain and the variety of clubs in attendance was reflected in the riders on the podium.
The Prestige and Hubbard divisions again appeared to be a popular addition to the grades, with more riders choosing Prestige in B Grade and fairly even numbers in C Grade. It was noted that a number of riders have stepped up from D Grade and are using the C hubbard as a chance to learn the ins and outs of the two lap racing format. The quality of the racing was also reflected in the high standard of the A Grade field, the size of the field continues to grow and it was pleasing to see a number of the MWCC boys amongst the mix in the A Grade race.
Evan Snow (MWCC rider in the middle) looks like he could be in a bit of trouble in the next few moments
A Grade Report: Tristan Bauer took out first prize in a large A Grade sprint and was rewarded with $200 cash for his efforts and due to Col’s bizarre apportionment of prize money. The fluoro kits continue to filter into the peloton and Kane Macri representing Macarthur CC edged out strong man Jake Kauffman MWCC/Budget Forklifts for third place. None of the breaks that attempted to get away during the race could stay away, with a number of riders within the bunch willing to put their turn in on the front to pull back any deadly attacks. Young Dan ‘Schleck’ Scheiner led the sprint out but was outgunned in the straight.
A Grade Results
1.Tristan Bauer (SUVelo)
2. Kane Macri (Macarthur)
3. Jake Kauffman (MWCC)
B Prestige Report – This was a bit of a procession and Sunday group ride until the final berg, with no rider wanting to go off the front and no one really wanting to do any work. The group was happy to just roll around and take their chances at the end. Simon Finch obviously wasn’t happy with his second place in A Grade last month and so he demoted himself down to B Prestige for the win. That will see him back in A Grade next month – sandbagger! Evan Snow saw any chance of the podium at the final turnaround disappear, when a rider decided that the inside dive was the best option, only for them to swing out wide – inside suicide as the saying goes. At least we have a photo of it.
B Grade Prestige Results
1. Simon Finch (MWCC)
2. James Bernard (SUVelo)
3. Steve McMahon (SUVelo)
B Hubbard Report -Some good solid racing from everyone. Plenty of strung out moments and no dawdling. Lots of mini attacks up the hills to keep the pace high. 4 or 5 man break got away towards the end of the first lap but disintegrated over the bergs turnaround and got gobbled up soon after as they couldn’t get organised again. A few riders pumped out the back on the last lap home. There was big surge towards the bergs with most of the field looking for position. Out the other side was a lead group of 4 and a chase group of another 4 or 5 riders.
Mitch Dixons sneaking training in the Alps has worked wonders and he is certainly on his way to top form after the injury that sidelined him last year. He took the finish by a good bike length of Ben Sawers (RBCC) and Lucas Laxale (MWCC) probably left his run a little late because he still looked like he had another 100 metres in him as he motored over the finish line – although he is looking good for his mountain biking exploits.
Brad photo bombs this podium
B Grade Hubbard Results
1. Mitch Dixon (MWCC)
2. Ben Sawers (RBCC)
3. Lucas Laxale (MWCC)
C Prestige Report – Always good to have a number of clubs mixing up with the locals and Northern Sydney riders Phil Scheideller and Tim Leigh showed that it isn’t just the flat courses of Beaumont Road, that suit these NSCC riders as they went 1-2 ahead of SUVelo rider Alex Abell.
C Grade Prestige Results
1. Phil Scheideller (NSCC)
2. Tim Leigh (NSCC)
3. Alex Abell (SUVelo)
Duke takes the win Greipel style
C Hubbard Report – Duke Millington ensured that it was worth the trip down from the Central Coast for the flying carrots, when he showed his own Andre Greipel impersonation as he came across the line in first position. Not far behind him was Club president Jim Buda who also managed to get on the podium at Friday night HART racing. A fantastic effort by Martinette Van Vuuren who showed a ridiculous amount of power over the last little berg, which positioned her well for the sprint, ensuring that she was on the podium in third.
Martinette (far right) went from mid pack at the final turn around to third by the finish
C Grade Hubbard Results
1. Duke Millington (CCCC)
2. Jim Buda(MWCC)
3. Martinette Van Vuuren (MWCC)
D Grade Report – It was a bit of a MWCC domination and stacked field in D Grade even with John Ward having been promoted to C Hubbard, a few riders found it tough going from the start – on this one lap belter. By the end it was 8 riders battling it out over the last section, with Andrew ‘Unabomber’ Thompson finishing ahead of Paul Klemes and Craig Wotherspoon – all from MWCC on the podium. Andrew I think has the legs for the 2 lap option.
D Grade Prestige Results
1. Andrew Thompson (MWCC)
2. Paul Klemes (MWCC)
3. Craig Wotherspoon (MWCC)
Thanks must go not only to all the riders, but also the selfless volunteers who gave up their day of racing to man the marshall positions. Luke O’Brien, Trevor Smith manned the turn around points and Col Carrigan was on the finish line. Commissaires were Brad Ward, Antoni Mikac and James McAdam, which actually gave us the added benefit of having a roving marshall on course during the race, to ensure the safety of all races.
If you felt the benefits of your E Load hydration, thanks to Jarrah from the Endurance Store for coming out yesterday – more info and the ability to purchase can be found on the following link:
Next road race 10 March.