Glenvale Crescent Crits (2012) - 29 April 2012
The 2011/2012 crit season wrapped up with another great morning’s racing around the 1.1km hotmix Glenvale Crescent Circuit.
A big thanks go to all the volunteers who made the season such a success. Keeping the ship on course was handicapper and effective CEO Ann Johnstone, who also collects the only perfect attendance record. The rest of the registration team was made up by Doug Moody, Monika Imberger, Linda Hunter, Julie Hale, John Groves and Melissa Nicholls. Setting up the course regularly were Frank Cipriano, Darren Cathie, Graham Prosser, Christian Requin, Mick Thomas, Michael Attwood and Paul Mason. Regular course marshals included Doug Reith, Rob (and the entire clan) Koroknai, Grant Boydell and Jerome Wigger. Assisting with commissaire duties were Brian Reeves and Matt Wright.
Thanks also go to Apollo Bicycles for their continued support of the summer series. Alex Smyth and Carley McKay, the overall men’s and women’s winners had built enough of a buffer that they could not be challenged by the final race, but fittingly both winners were in the thick of the action and capped great seasons with wins today.
As usual, the A Grade race saw attack after attack, and a number of promising breaks develop. The most dangerous saw Smyth (Plan B Racing) working with Warren Knevitt (O’Mara Cycles), James Gray, Hammad Suadi, Michael Gallagher (Jayco VIS), Joel Pearson (Genesys) and Aaron Eynaud, but despite the obvious horsepower of the group the eager bunch was able to pull them back within a few laps.
Late in the race, solo moves saw Danny Kah and Gallagher off the front, with Sir Michael’s attack finally closed down with les than two laps remaining. Matt Shea (Velocino) tried to repeat his heroics of the previous week with a final lap attack, but this time he was more closely marked. The bunch sprint came down to a race in two. More familiarly seen on lead out duties, Knevitt had been led out by Hamish Taylor, but Smyth saw the danger and launched his sprint early, and just had the lengths to hold on for the win despite a massive throw from Knevitt. Rounding out the podium were Luke Were (Genevese Coffee), Eynaud, Dean Johnstone and Kah.
The sprinters were denied in B Grade however, with a two man break holding on for the win. Representing the strong Wynn’s and Canard teams were the giant figures of Simon Frost and Jonathan Dredge. The two diesels worked well over the final laps to build an unassailable lead, and then fought out a close sprint side-by-side down the finishing straight, with Frost taking the win for Wynn’s by half a wheel.
Capping off a good day for Canard was James Dunn, who led the bunch home for third place, ahead of Garth Kotnik and Shane Barr. Carley McKay (Kelly Cycle Coaching) finished her consistent season with another strong ride to take the women’s win.
C Grade also turned into a sprinter’s benefit race, thanks mainly due to the consistently fast tempo that made most attacks very short lived, and contributed to one of the fastest average speeds on record. The finish was tight, but Troy Thompson judged it well to take the win by half a wheel from Jonathan Gray and Jayden Cooper (Kelly Cycle Coaching). Grace Phang figured prominently at the head of affairs throughout the 50 minute race, and still had the legs to hold off Laine Hammond (Terry Hammond Cycles) and Nina Greig-Towers (CCCC Elite/Bikes de Ver) for the women’s win.
Another late move paid off in D Grade, when Ryan Schilt and Marcus Heron (Turning Point Cycles) pulled away from a tired bunch after a very rapid opening 30 minutes. Schilt took the win ahead of Heron, a very recent graduate of Mick Hollingworth’s Novice Clinic which kicks off the Sunday morning program at Glenvale. Third went to Adrian Corbett ahead of George Sarris, while Annina Schillig took the women’s win after another attacking race, followed home by Anna Collins and Bridgette Thomas.
CCCC’s first event for the winter season will be at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit on May 12. Men’s and women’s teams races will be held in the morning – pre-entry for these races is required through Cycling Victoria, with graded club racing to follow in the afternoon.
All CCCC members are required to assist with one event during the winter season. You can nominate a preferred date by email, follow the link above for full instructions.
A Grade 60 mins + 3 laps 38 starters
1 Alex Smyth CCCC
2 Warren Knevitt CCCC
3 Luke Weir CCCC
4 Aaron Eynaud Blackburn
5 Dean Johnstone CCCC
6 Danny Kah CCCC
B Grade 1 hour + 3 laps 45 starters
1 Simon Frost CCCC
2 Jonathon Dredge Britain
3 James Dunn St Kilda
4 Garth Kotnik Southern Masters
5 Shane Barr Southern Masters
Women Carley McKay CCCC
C Grade 50 mins + 3 laps 47 starters
1 Troy Thomson CCCC
2 Jonathan Gray Hawthorn
3 Nathan Heaney CCCC
4 Jayden Cooper CCCC
Women Grace Phang St Kilda
2 Laine Hammond Northcote
3 Nina Greig-Towers CCCC
D Grade 45 mins + 3 laps 38 starters
1 Ryan Schilt Brunswick
2 Marcus Heron CCCC
3 Adrian Corbett CCCC
4 George Sarris Southern Masters
Women Anina Schillig Austria
2 Anna Collins CCCC
3 Bridgette Thomas CCCC
E Grade 30 mins 9 starters
1 Thomas Jones CCCC
2 Bill Simpson CCCC
3 Harry Sturt CCCC
4 Carol Cooke CCCC
5 Lele Kaltmann CCCC
6 Ben Jones CCCC
7 Aden Green CCCC
8 Patrick King Hawthorn
9 Raphael Brazier CCCC