CCCC Glenvale Criterium 9 Oct 2011

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By Carnegie Caulfield Cycling Club

The first Sunday crit of the ‘summer’ season proved to be a wet one. The Novice Clinic had the pick of the conditions with just damp roads to deal with, while during the B and D Grade races what started as drizzle soon became light rain, then got heavier, forcing those races to be cut a few minutes short. With the track getting wetter by the minute the A and C Grade races were cancelled.

Luke Jones (O’Mara Cycles) kicked off the attacks in B Grade, but after a couple of laps out front alone he didn’t quite have the legs to stay with chase group that bridged across, comprising Stefan Imberger (Mainline), Fergus Sully (Bike Gallery) and Hayden Eynaud (Charter Mason). With the roads still dry, the big bunch quickly got back on terms, before a counter attack came from brothers Dan Sam Pickering (Pro-Motion) and Cam Rotter (Burnley Finance).

This quartet was also neutralised as the rain began to fall. Over the next few laps, around half the field erred on the side of caution and called it a day, while some clearly revelled in the conditions, as a group containing Camden Bush (The Freedom Machine), Adam Versteege (Ex Machina), Daniel Nelson (Croydon Cycleworks), Scott Walkerden (Kelly Cycle Coaching), Sully and Tom Quirk went clear but they weren’t able to maintain their advantage for long.

The 30 -odd survivors were all together at the bell, and rounding the last corner Dan Pickering had opened a 20 metre advantage. The small gap wasn’t enough for him to hold off a well judged sprint from Nelson, and he was also passed by his younger brother in the final metres. Jordan Stannus (Jones Cycles) and Mitchell Barry rounded out the first podium of the season, while Bridgette Officer (Team XOSize) sprinted well to take the women’s win ahead of Steph Ives (Cycling-Inform) and XOSize team mate Lucy Coldwell.

When the opening neutral period finished in D Grade, a horde of willing juniors began to lift the pace, as riders like Ben Andrews (Kelly Coaching), Caiden Hull (CCCC Elite) and Michael Stringer ripped out big turns, aided by more experienced riders including Tin Rowe (Trail Mix). Their efforts strung the bunch out, which combined with the rain when it came, saw the bunch split into three groups.

Hull showed his versatility in the final laps when he shook off the rest of the lead group and time trialed the final three laps to take his second win in succession, after claiming the bunch sprint on Tuesday night. Rowe punched home strongly to overhaul Stringer and Andrews for second place, while Chloe Baggs (Quick Cycle Coaching) sprinted well to take the women’s prize ahead of Bridgette Thomas.

CCCC’s summer crits continue at Sandown on Tuesday evening. The Princes Highway gates opens at 5.30pm for a 6.30pm race start. Full details at

Race Results

A Grade

wash out

B Grade 50 mins 57 starters

1 Daniel Nelson Blackburn

2 Sam Pickering CCCC

3 Dan Pickering CCCC

4 Jordan Stannus CCCC

5 Mitchell Barry Blackburn


1 Bridgette Officer St Kilda

2 Steph Ives CCCC

3 Lucy Coldwell Scotland

C Grade

wash out

D Grade 40 mins 38 starters

1 Caiden Hull CCCC

2 Tim Rowe Dirt Riders

3 Michael Stringer Blackburn

4 Ben Andrews CCCC


1 Chloe Baggs Blackburn

2 Bridgette Thomas CCCC

E Grade 30 mins 14 starters

1 Tom Snibson CCCC

2 Conor Rowley Blackburn

3 Ben Walkerdon MTBA

4 Alana Field CCCC

5 Georgia Cummings CCCC

6 Mietta Greig-Hurtig CCCC

7 Erin Thomas CCCC

8 Angus Mennen CCCC

9 Krista Imberger CCCC

10 Lele Kaltmann CCCC

11 Shanelle Freeman CCCC

12 Sam Tickner CCCC

13 Abbie Owen CCCC

14 Blake Rosenberg CCCC

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