CCCC Sandown Twilight Crits – 29 Movember 2011

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By Carnegie Caulfield Cycling Club

Great racing on a hot and steamy night at Sandown, with the mercury still over 30 degrees when racing finished.

Duncan Smith (O2 Racing) capped off a strong team effort to take the A Grade win with a final lap effort to finish 50 metres ahead of select lead group that had dominated the second half of the race. Tod Wilksch (Giant) led the rest of the break home ahead of Leigh De Luca (Sram), Nick Walker (Fly V), Pat Lane (Jayco AIS) and Garry Pollack (O?Mara Cycles). Other riders to make the winning selection included Tom Donald (Search2Retain), Michael Hale (Charter Mason), Mark Thompson, Wade Wallace and Allan Iacuone (O2 Racing), Murray Spink (Giant), Danny Kah (Cycling-Inform) and Cal Britten (Search2Retain).

Despite a number of promising breaks, that even included a solo effort by noted sprinter Darren (Hi Mum!) Cathie, the B Grade bunch was all together for the final two laps. Los Angeles Olympian Gary Trowell jumped away from the sprinters before the final chicane and powered home strongly to take the win, ahead of another age-defying campaigner, Glenn Hutchinson (Salter Cycles), who held off the fast finishing Jamie Riedy (Fetha) with Sam Pickering (Cyfac) and Adam Versteege (Zoom Video Racing) rounding out the podium. Carley McKay (Kelly Coaching) took the women?s race from Sarah Riley (LIV Giant) and Coach Helen Kelly (KCC).

Matt Bennett (Cycling-Inform) won the C Grade race with a similar late charge to Trowell?s B Grade winning effort. Bennett?s win is all the more impressive given his determined battle with serious illness and he was fittingly cheered across the line by the crowd along pit straight. Ross Honicke was best of the rest, with Graham Prossor third and James Grant fourth. Madeleine Cardillo (KCC) took the women?s division from Sonia Throssell (VeloCino) and Alex Weston in her first C Grade ride.

Fresh from an impressive silver medal in the Victorian Metropolitan individual pursuit championships, James Tickner showed he can sprint too with a dominant win in D Grade. Two lengths back were Brendan Cleary, Lynton Williams and Steve Penman, while first-timer Jennifer Brown recorded a win on debut ahead of Sophie Weston and Mel Hunter.

CCCC criteriums continue at Glenvale Crescent on Sunday morning. The Novice Clinic kicks off the program at 8.30am, followed by B and D Grades at 9am. The morning wraps up with the A and C Grade races at 10.15am.

Race Results

A Grade 60 mins 52 starters

1 Duncan Smith St Kilda

2 Todd Wilksch Horsham

3 Leigh De Luca CCCC

4 Nick Walker CCCC

5 Pat Lane CCCC

6 Garry Pollack CCCC

B Grade 60 mins 65 starters

1 Gary Trowell CCCC

2 Glenn Hutchinson Footscray

3 Jamie Riedy St Kilda

4 Sam Pickering CCCC

5 Adam Vetsteege CCCC

1 Carley McKay Mercantile

2 Sarah Riley CCCC

3 Helen Kelly CCCC

C Grade 50 mins 48 starters

1 Matt Bennett CCCC

2 Ross Honicke Blackburn

3 Graham Prossor CCCC

4 James Grant St Kilda

1 Madeleine Cardillo Brunswick

2 Sonia Throssell CCCC

3 Alex Weston CCCC

D Grade 45 mins 48 starters

1 James Tickner CCCC

2 Brendan Cleary CCCC

3 Lynton Williams CCCC

4 Steven Penman Blackburn

1 Jennifer Brown CCCC

2 Sophie Weston CCCC

3 Mel Hunter CCCC

E Grade 30 mins 10 starters

1 Jack Throssell CCCC

2 Georgia Cummings CCCC

3 John Lewis CCCC

4 Emma Chilton CCCC

5 Lachlan Williams CCCC

6 Tiger McNamara CCCC

7 Mietta Greig-Hurtig CCCC

8 Abbie Owen CCCC

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