CCCC Casey Fields Criterium

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Image courtesy Phil Randall

By Carnegie Caulfield Cycling Club

After a few weeks of nice weather, we had a shocker at Casey Fields today. Warm ups and registrations took place while it rained, and only the true hard men (and women) were up to the challenge of pinning a number on.

The worst of the rain blew over for the start of racing, and although a few more brief showers came and wet, the conditions were actually much better then first feared, but the cold and wind still made for a very tough day.

All races proved races of attrition, with early attacks thinning the small bunches down even further by the half way mark of each race. B Grade had the biggest sprint finish of the day with five still in contention in the bunch kick!

Mark Thompson (Bicycle Superstore) took the A Grade win after doing plenty of attacking, and overcoming the twin pronged attack of Croydon Cycleworks pair Brent Nelson and Tyler Spurrell. His last big attack saw the youngsters burn all their matches pulling him back on the last lap, and Thompson led out the sprint before the final turn to just hold on for the win ahead of Nelson and Ciaran Jones (Giant/Bicycles Inc).

Croydon Cycleoworks came out on top in B Grade thanks to Daniel Nelson, who took a narrow win in the bunch sprint ahead of Scott Walkerden (Kelly Cycle Coaching) who made a strong solo dash down the left hand side of the finishing straight when everyone else went right. Third was Kevin Murphy (Classix) in another nail-biter from Stef Imberger (Mainline Cycles) and Zander Hitchcock (Lomo).

Jason King went on the attack early in the C Grade race but was eventually worn down by some good cooperation from the chasers. David Randall made his own move midway through the race, and only King and Costa Stevenson (Crino Cycles) were able to get on terms to make the finale a race of three. Randall dominated the sprint to take a good win ahead of King and Stevenson.

Ned Efe collected his first win with a well judged sprint after spending almost the whole D Grade race on the attack. At the completion of the opening neutral laps it was the youngest riders in the bunch who went on the attack first in Trey Freeman and Tom Stevenson. Efe and Neil Gould chased across, as Stevenson found the early pace too hot, leaving the trio to ride to the finish well ahead of the next chaser.

Thanks to Doug Moody, Monika and Gary Imberger and Mick Cummings for officiating in the dismal conditions, and to Phil Randall for the photos.

Race Results

A Grade 60 minutes

1 Mark Thompson Southern Vets

2 Brent Nelson Blackburn

3 Ciaran Jones CCCC

4 Tyler Spurrell Blackburn

5 Jason Kruger CCCC

B Grade 55 minutes

1 Daniel Nelson Blackburn

2 Scott Walkerden CCCC

3 Kevin Murphy Hawthorn

4 Stefan Imberger CCCC

5 Zander Hitchcock CCCC

C Grade 50 minutes

1 David Randall CCCC

2 Jason King Blackburn

3 Costa Stevenson Hawthorn

4 Johnny Guerini Hawthorn

5 Anthony Wallace CCCC

D Grade 45 minutes

1 Ned Efe CCCC

2 Neil Gould CCCC

3 Trey Freeman CCCC

E Grade 6 laps

1 Georgia Cummings CCCC

2 Conall Murphy Blackburn

3 Joseph Zelenikow CCCC

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