By John Sunde
Masters strongman Liam Kelly stormed home to take the overall win in Round 10 of the Real Insurance Series beating upandcoming schoolboy James Rix and another masters strongman Brad Mills to the line. Stewart Campbell and Caleb Jones rounded out the top five placings in the pointscore competition which now leaves Luke Davison, who is away competing at the Oceania Titles in NZ, in an unbeatable position sixteen points clear with only two rounds remaining.
Even using the Cycle Nation ranking system to determine the Series winner it’s hard to see how Davison won’t be awarded the Series first prize of a complete Ultegra equipped Pinarello road bike at the last race for the summer on 27 March.
It was another helter skelter finale as C grade were again only rounded up over the last pimple which puts everyone under enormous pressure to negotiate the tight turns at the netball courts before lining up for the sprint. Tim Willing sacrificed any chance he had of placing by bridging the last 500 metre gap to C grade, before Brad Mills single handedly lead the sprint out from 400m.
Good form and power is relatively easily to spot in cycling and Liam Kelly in his mid forties has the sort of form which eludes many riders half his age. Panache and the inherent quality only seen in Champions of course is something which still eludes Kelly, however in terms of raw strength when it comes to winning at Heffron Park, Kelly has it nailed. Just as impressive was the maturity and power which Joeys Year 12 student James Rix has displayed over the summer and his second place is a sure sign of many strong performances to follow.
Jono Cridland stole the win in B grade with a strong last lap effort which wasn’t surprising as he was well and truly rested from the previous 14 laps sitting on the back. John Sunde was bridesmaid for the second week in a row just beating home another upandcoming schoolboy Patrick Sharpe, who earned himself the most aggressive jersey for a gutsy solo move with three laps to go before being caught on the last lap.
Alex Mihellis notched up his third successive win in C grade and must surely have earned a start in B grade next week, which is the grade he rides in at his own Club races. Alex Hersey was in the points again and Dave Watkinson kept the over 40s flag flying in C grade with third place.
Real Insurance Series (2012) - Round 10
1. Liam Kelly (Caravello)
2. James Rix (Nowra Velo)
3. Brad Mills (Nth Sydney)
4. Stewart Campbell (Bicisport)
5. Caleb Jones (GPM Racing)
1. Jono Cridland (Southern Cross)
2. John Sunde (St George)
3. Patrick Sharpe (Randwick Botany)
1. Alex Mihellis (Sutherland)
2. Alex Hersey (St George)
3. Dave Watkinson (Manly)