Glenvale Crescent Crits (2012) - 4 March 2012
With rain still pelting down at 5am, the chances of racing this morning looked slim, but as forecast, the rain dried up as the sun rose, so it was all systems go at Glenvale. The road was still quite damp, but under the expert instruction of Mick Hollingworth and Rob Koroknai the Novice Clinic riders mastered the conditions without any problems.
The road didn?t really dry off until the closing stages of the B and D Grade races, but with almost all riders adjusting their tyre pressures to suit the initial damp, cornering proved little problem Numbers were low early on, with plenty of (more sensible?) riders opting for the warmth of their beds! A and C Grades had the pick of the conditions, and even finished in full sunshine!
Alex Smyth?s (Plan B Racing) four race winning streak finally came to an end. The Jayco VIS and Total Rush teams seemed intent on keeping the bunch together to suit their fast men. The VIS were riding for ring-in Caleb Ewen (NSWIS) who was in town for last night?s Melbourne Madison, while Total Rush aimed to set up the evergreen Ray Forbes.
Both teams were out gunned by Shannon Johnson (Kosdown), riding one up. Johnson started the final lap in third position, and was first round the final corner. The former Superbike rider came within a bee?s proverbial off holding on for the win, but was beaten in a throw by Sam Witmitz (Budget Forklifts) who had capped off a great lead out from CCCC 50km Points Classic winner Mark O?Brien. Ewen was a few inches further back in third, just ahead of Smyth, while David Kelly and Forbes kept the Total Rush boys in coffee money with the final two podium places.
B Grade also looked like heading for a bunch sprint after a couple of strong solo efforts from Stefan Imberger (Mainline Cycles) had been neutralised .That all changed in the final few laps, when Jarad Anderson broke clear with with Richard Cormick (Burnley Finance), with the pair opening a 20 second advantage at two to go.
As the bell rang, David Randall (Bicycle Superstore) set off in pursuit, and rapidly closed in on the tiring leaders. The margin was inside 10 seconds at the final corner, but Anderson had enough left to hold on for the win. Cormick fell one pedal stroke short of a podium finish, as seized up in the shadows of the finish line when first Randall, then OScar Stevenson, Chris Boone (Fitzroy Cycles) and Russell Newnham (Pro-Motion Bicycles) flashed past. In a tight sprint for the women?s win, Ruby Greig-Hurtig (Look) held on ahead of Carley McKay.
Wade Zervaas had a great day in C Grade. After a couple of early attacks, his big move in the final five minutes broke the back of the chase and he soloed home a convincing winner while his father Mark, newly promoted to C Grade, kept an eye on the unsuccessful chase from the back of the bunch!
With the rest of the bunch left to fight for second place, Hamilton youngster Nick Cockerell (Fenton Green) proved quickest, and finished just ahead of Matt Griffin (O?Mara Cycles), Adam Pendelbury and Taj Chopra (PWC). Melissa Kah (Cycling-Inform) dug deep to win the women?s division.
Curtis Morgan followed a similar script in D Grade. After a long early solo break, he maintained a front running position for the remainder of the 45 minute race, before unleashing a terrific sprint to lead home fellow juniors Dylan Thompson and Lex Munoz in the final dash to the line. Serge Krepak ensured the more mature riders were represented on the podium, while Emma Weir made her first wet race a successful one with a convincing win in the women?s division in front of Krista Imberger (Mainline).
Thanks to Mike Eaddy for his shots from this morning?s race. His full gallery can be seen at https://plus.google.com/photos/103110114927998248117/albums/5715859318245587649?banner=pwa
CCCC Criteriums continue at Sandown on Tuesday evening. Twlight crits continue through March, while Sundays at Glenvale Crescent run right through to the end of April.
A Grade 60 mins + 3 laps 48 starters
1 Sam Witmitz Horsham
2 Shannon Johnson Preston
3 Caleb Ewen NSW
4 Alex Smyth CCCC
5 David Kelly St Kilda
6 Ray Forbes Footscray
B Grade 1 hour + 3 laps 25 starters
1 Jarad Anderson CCCC
2 David Randall CCCC
3 Oscar Stevenson Hawthorn
4 Chris Boone CCCC
5 Russell Newnham CCCC
1 Ruby Greig-Hurtig CCCC
2 Carley McKay CCCC
C Grade 50 mins + 3 laps 26 starters
1 Wade Zervaas CCCC
2 Nick Cockerell Hamilton
3 Matt Griffin CCCC
4 Adam Pendlebury Blackburn
1 Melissa Kah CCCC
D Grade 45 mins + 3 laps 22 starters
1 Curtis Morgan Hawthorn
2 Dylan Thompson CCCC
3 Lex Munoz CCCC
4 Serge Krepak Southern Masters
1 Emma Weir CCCC
2 Krista Imberger CCCC
E Grade 30 mins 9 starters
1 Ethan Height CCCC
2 Bryce Marquhardt CCCC
3 Thomas Jones CCCC
4 Ben Foster CCCC
5 Ben Jones CCCC
6 Freya Wickenden CCCC
7 Raphael Brazier CCCC