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Hocking Stuart Criterium – Eureka Vets Cyclying

Hocking Stuart Criterium – Eureka Vets Cyclying

Eureka Veterans Cycling Club
Race Report
27 October 2013
Hocking Stuart Criterium
Production Drive, Graded Crits

Fine, dry conditions and light winds made for some fast aggressive racing on the well swept (thanks Brian and Mal) Production Drive circuit for the 5 grades of riders assembled for battle.
A Grade – “Sparky” Flies
Andrew “Sparky” Rushton has got some serious form going at the right end of the year, and is firming as an eachway bet for next week’s club championships with a surprise victory in a fast and furious 50min criterium. With Tony ”the blue Terror” Mirabella comfortably sitting in the bunch, several riders were not keen to see a bunch sprint finish and pressed their claims throughout the race.
From the flag drop Jonathan Lacey hit the attack button and as he was a bit of an unknown the rest had to respond and hunt him down. This set the pace for a couple of laps until Rushton attacked and disappeared off the front, he stayed there for a lap and a half until Cartledge bridged the gap then disappeared off the front himself.
A bit of a gap was made before Rushton dug in for another go, Cartledge could see him catching and eased off to hitch him up. Once Andrew had had a breather the two started to work as a team to try to break the will of the chasing 3 of Mirabella, Hale & Lacey.
This seemed to be working until just before the half way mark, but as Cartledge thought the others were gaining he decided to up the pace but unfortunately for the two leaders Ruston could not keep his wheel and fell back to the other 3. Cartledge was a bit surprised at this outcome but decided to press on all the same to see if he could go it alone. He managed to hold station for a number of laps but at the realisation he was not hurting the group or opening up a gap he pulled back into the group for the remaining quarter.
The race became a game of cat & mouse with various digs from all the riders but as the race drew to a close it was obvious that it was going to come down to a sprint. Andrew had a crack with a couple of laps to go and heading into the last lap Dan Hale was making a charge, at the start finish line at the beginning of the final lap Cartledge made his move with a big wind up attack, coming out of the final corner he still had the lead and was not showing signs of letting it go, he thought he had it in the bag.  But it’s always about location, location, location and it was Andrew that got the inside rails run around the last corner, to take the final sprint. closely followed by Mirabella and with a lunge Cartledge just managed to hang on for third with Hale hot on his wheel.
Results
1st    Andrew Rushton
2nd    Tony Mirrabella
3rd    Phil Cartledge

B Grade – Jedi Master
Shane Cody again demonstrated that on the flat, no-one goes faster, or finishes more strongly after a keenly contested race.
In an early land grab it was Stephen Richards who made the first attempt to subdivide the B grade field, while Peter Livitsanis was left at the starting gate hanging out the auction flag. The field of 6 was stretched out with Ken Heres and Richard Taylor working hard to bring back the exuberant Stephen. Grant Dawson and Shane Cody settled into the hot pace while Peter eventually found the easement of a back wheel and drew breath. With Stephen’s eventually captured, the field was open for inspection, soon enough a bidding war began, the main protagonists Ken, Shane and Richard raised their hands repeatedly with Grant and Peter trying to counter each offer.  Late into the race Grant went forward in the longest lead out in crit history, the rest of the field content to grab the valuable real estate behind him and wait.
Stephen staked his final claim with a vicious attack three laps out leaving the rest scrambling for wheels, a combination of Shane powering forward and Stephen hitting a brick wall ended the final attack. However it had had the intended result of stringing the field out, Shane rounded the final corner well clear of Richard to slap his “sold” sticker on the race, Peter and Ken left to battle for third.
Results
1st    Shane Cody
2nd    Richard Taylor
3rd    Peter Livitsanis

C Grade – “Kneel!” – commands Walters
(Special report from the Bard of Buninyong)
The weather has cleared the riders were out.
Who was up for pain?
C Grade was made up of young blokes old blokes and lunatics
As far as I could ascertain.

Neil Walters turned up out of the blue
With the usual smile on his face.
You can usually guess he has some form
When he turns up to race.

Bob Morley was out of the gate quickly
No one was sure why.
He only lasted one futile lap
I spose was worth a try.

Then the race settled down
In a predictable format
Curnow hammered on the front
For lap after lap after lap.

Then for a change it was Gazza
Who charged to take control.
The other lads enjoyed the ride and jumped in line
For a lovely Sunday roll.

So Gaz and Greg took it in turns.
Indicating when they’d go.
The other blokes thought ”This is alright”
Sat back and enjoyed the show.

Then just for a change Popeye jumped forward
Gulping Spinach and some kelp.
Hammered around for a couple of laps
Thinking that would help.

Meanwhile Walters, Ritchie and Morley
Were eyeing off each other.
Who would be the wheel in the sprint?
The choice of which to cover.

The bell lap then finally came
It was time to sort things out
Greg Curnow went around the bunch
Mouth agape and flat out.

The cagey Walters grabbed his wheel
Tucked nicely in behind
For all of those who followed
It was trouble they would find.

There was a fracas on the corner
Someone’s wheel misread
All but two were caught up in it
The two were miles ahead.

Young gun Ritchie went as hard as he could
To try and bridge the gap
His stepfather was on his wheel
Hoping his strength to sap

Into the last corner it was Walters
Who had the race by the nuts
Morley chasing after him
Showing considerable guts.

The race was on for third place
Curnow and Ritchie in a man ‘o man war
Billy could not split them
They said it was a draw.

So another crit ridden and over.
And Walters was again too good
Morley was a hapless second again.
We’ll be back and so we should.

Results
1st     Neil Walters
2nd    Bob Morley
3rd    Greg Curnow/Matt Ritchie (deadheat)

D Grade – Brad’s Backyard
Back on the market after a bit of a winter recess, Brad Eppingstall showed he hadn’t just been hibernating and had his crit legs on, accounting for his fellow D grade competitors,  John Faulkner and Lisa Ritchie who proved willing bidders in an honest hit out. All three were racing for sheep stations, the middle of the race being particularly edgy, Lisa clocking up her two fastest lap times on the circuit (one of which was the all-time third fastest women’s time).  But it was Brad who brought the gavel down with a 39km/hr final lap, and even with John chasing hard, Brad had time to enjoy the serenity of the pastoral views as he crossed the line.
And a first for Brad – he managed not to go “off title” around the final corner, keeping his bike on the wide tree-lined boulevard.

Results
1st     Brad Eppingstall
2nd    John Faulkner
3rd    Lisa Ritchie

E Grade – Maz Relegates Ray
Maz Morley made a welcome and successful return to racing after several weeks of sneaky training with Bob. She had to overcome Ray Hodgson in a head-to-head tussle to secure the E grade win. Early on it was a matter of politely testing eachother, later on it was a little more willing. Ray is in the middle of a racing renovation, and always the gentlemen, settled for second, declaring Maz the stronger rider of the day.

Results
1st    Maz Morley
2nd    Ray Hodgson
NTD

Eureka Vets would like to thank our generous sponsors, Hocking Stuart, for their support.

27 October, 2013 – Hocking Stuart Criterium

Fine, dry conditions and light winds made for some fast aggressive racing on the well swept (thanks Brian and Mal) Production Drive circuit for the 5 grades of riders assembled for battle.

A Grade – “Sparky” Flies

Andrew “Sparky” Rushton has got some serious form going at the right end of the year, and is firming as an each-way bet for next week’s club championships with a surprise victory in a fast and furious 50min criterium. With Tony ‘the blue Terror’ Mirabella comfortably sitting in the bunch, several riders were not keen to see a bunch sprint finish and pressed their claims throughout the race.

From the flag drop Jonathan Lacey hit the attack button and, as he was a bit of an unknown, the rest had to respond and hunt him down. This set the pace for a couple of laps until Rushton attacked and disappeared off the front, he stayed there for a lap and a half until Cartledge bridged the gap then disappeared off the front himself.

A bit of a gap was made before Rushton dug in for another go, Cartledge could see him catching and eased off to hitch him up. Once Andrew had had a breather the two started to work as a team to try to break the will of the chasing 3 of Mirabella, Hale and Lacey.

This seemed to be working until just before the half way mark, but as Cartledge thought the others were gaining he decided to up the pace but unfortunately for the two leaders Ruston could not keep his wheel and fell back to the other 3. Cartledge was a bit surprised at this outcome but decided to press on all the same to see if he could go it alone. He managed to hold station for a number of laps but at the realisation he was not hurting the group or opening up a gap he pulled back into the group for the remaining quarter.

The race became a game of cat & mouse with various digs from all the riders but as the race drew to a close it was obvious that it was going to come down to a sprint. Andrew had a crack with a couple of laps to go and heading into the last lap Dan Hale was making a charge, at the start finish line at the beginning of the final lap Cartledge made his move with a big wind up attack, coming out of the final corner he still had the lead and was not showing signs of letting it go, he thought he had it in the bag. But it’s always about location, location, location and it was Andrew that got the inside rails run around the last corner, to take the final sprint. closely followed by Mirabella and with a lunge Cartledge just managed to hang on for third with Hale hot on his wheel.

Results

1st           Andrew Rushton

2nd          Tony Mirrabella

3rd           Phil Cartledge

B Grade – Jedi Master

Shane Cody again demonstrated that on the flat, no-one goes faster, or finishes more strongly after a keenly contested race.

In an early land grab it was Stephen Richards who made the first attempt to subdivide the B grade field, while Peter Livitsanis was left at the starting gate hanging out the auction flag. The field of 6 was stretched out with Ken Heres and Richard Taylor working hard to bring back the exuberant Stephen. Grant Dawson and Shane Cody settled into the hot pace while Peter eventually found the easement of a back wheel and drew breath. With Stephen eventually captured, the field was open for inspection, soon enough a bidding war began, the main protagonists Ken, Shane and Richard raised their hands repeatedly with Grant and Peter trying to counter each offer. Late into the race Grant went forward in the longest lead out in crit history, the rest of the field content to grab the valuable real estate behind him and wait.

Stephen staked his final claim with a vicious attack three laps out leaving the rest scrambling for wheels, a combination of Shane powering forward and Stephen hitting a brick wall ended the final attack. However it had had the intended result of stringing the field out, Shane rounded the final corner well clear of Richard to slap his “sold” sticker on the race, Peter and Ken left to battle for third.

Results

1st           Shane Cody

2nd          Richard Taylor

3rd           Peter Livitsanis

C Grade – “Kneel!” – commands Walters

(Special report from the Bard of Buninyong)

The weather has cleared the riders were out.

Who was up for pain?

C Grade was made up of young blokes, old blokes and lunatics

As far as I could ascertain.

 

Neil Walters turned up out of the blue

With the usual smile on his face.

You can usually guess he has some form

When he turns up to race.

 

Bob Morley was out of the gate quickly

No one was sure why.

He only lasted one futile lap

I spose was worth a try.

 

Then the race settled down

In a predictable format

Curnow hammered on the front

For lap after lap after lap.

 

Then for a change it was Gazza

Who charged to take control.

The other lads enjoyed the ride and jumped in line

For a lovely Sunday roll.

 

So Gaz and Greg took it in turns.

Indicating when they’d go.

The other blokes thought ‘This is alright’

Sat back and enjoyed the show.

 

Then just for a change Popeye jumped forward

Gulping Spinach and some kelp.

Hammered around for a couple of laps

Thinking that would help.

 

Meanwhile Walters, Ritchie and Morley

Were eyeing off each other.

Who would be the wheel in the sprint?

The choice of which to cover.

 

The bell lap then finally came

It was time to sort things out

Greg Curnow went around the bunch

Mouth agape and flat out.

 

The cagey Walters grabbed his wheel

Tucked nicely in behind

For all of those who followed

It was trouble they would find.

 

There was a fracas on the corner

Someone’s wheel misread

All but two were caught up in it

The two were miles ahead.

 

Young gun Ritchie went as hard as he could

To try and bridge the gap

His stepfather was on his wheel

Hoping his strength to sap

 

Into the last corner it was Walters

Who had the race by the nuts

Morley chasing after him

Showing considerable guts.

 

The race was on for third place

Curnow and Ritchie in a man ‘o man war

Billy could not split them

They said it was a draw.

 

So another crit ridden and over.

And Walters was again too good

Morley was a hapless second again.

We’ll be back and so we should.

Results

1st           Neil Walters

2nd          Bob Morley

3rd           Greg Curnow/Matt Ritchie (deadheat)

D Grade – Brad’s Backyard

Back on the market after a bit of a winter recess, Brad Eppingstall showed he hadn’t just been hibernating and had his crit legs on, accounting for his fellow D grade competitors, John Faulkner and Lisa Ritchie who proved willing bidders in an honest hit out. All three were racing for sheep stations, the middle of the race being particularly edgy, Lisa clocking up her two fastest lap times on the circuit (one of which was the all-time third fastest women’s time). But it was Brad who brought the gavel down with a 39km/hr final lap, and even with John chasing hard, Brad had time to enjoy the serenity of the pastoral views as he crossed the line.

And a first for Brad – he managed not to go “off title” around the final corner, keeping his bike on the wide tree-lined boulevard.

Results

1st           Brad Eppingstall

2nd          John Faulkner

3rd           Lisa Ritchie

E Grade – Maz Relegates Ray

Maz Morley made a welcome and successful return to racing after several weeks of sneaky training with Bob. She had to overcome Ray Hodgson in a head-to-head tussle to secure the E grade win. Early on it was a matter of politely testing eachother, later on it was a little more willing. Ray is in the middle of a racing renovation, and always the gentlemen, settled for second, declaring Maz the stronger rider of the day.

Results

1st           Maz Morley

2nd          Ray Hodgson

Eureka Vets would like to thank our generous sponsors, Hocking Stuart, for their support.

13 October, 2013 – Navajo Cycles Handicap, Windmill Circuit, 52km

Matt “Geronimo” Ritchie takes another scalp

It takes a brave Indian to front up and win a race the day after a flogging in the Camperdown – Warrnambool, but we have come to respect the resilience of Matt Ritchie, the pale-faced veteran who feels no pain.

With a hoop and a holler, Matt and the other two limit riding Braves, Greg Curnow and Garry Blood, donned the face paint and went of the warpath early, their steely gaze matched by their steely rides. Perhaps somewhat numb from the previous day’s race, Matt drove his little tribe hard before administering the final hatchet blow in the sprint for the tepee. Showing a clean pair of heels he won ahead of the frothing Curnow and the dour Blood.

Chasing these Indians was, of course, a posse of cowboys. 5min back, Brian “Lone Ranger” Lee was accompanied by his trusty side-kick, his spinach eating blood brother Kevin “Tonto” Lee, working their trusty steeds across the barren windswept wastelands of Coghills Creek in search of something that they had forgotten. They toiled away and halved the gap to the winner by race end but didn’t have the firepower when the Sherriff rolled up behind them with Scratch. Race over, they settled into a trot to the saloon.

Peter Livitsanis went the long way to the start line, leaving Michael Veal and Shane Cody to start without him. A minute or so later, to a roar of laughter, Peter sprinted over the start line (that’s supposed to happen at the end of the race by the way), trying to head his crew off at the pass. By the time he caught the ambling Veal and Cody he was as stuffed as a naked man in a cactus farm. A minute later Scratch riders Phil “the Sherriff” Cartledge and Paul “Deputy Dog” Humphrey appeared on the near horizon, and hell rode with them.

Michael’s bike wouldn’t go fast enough and he was dropped on Donovan’s Road. Paul dug the spurs in over Clarke’s Hill and put Peter back in the cactus farm. That only left Cody to ride shotgun on the Stagecoach of Pain. In the end he was just getting in the way and abandoned the field to Paul and Phil to contest the turkey shoot for fastest. The Deputy had fresher legs and was quicker on the draw than the Sherriff and sprinted clear for 4th and fastest.

Results

1st           Matt Ritchie (13 min)

2nd          Greg Curnow (13 min)

3rd           Garry Blood (13 min)

4th           Paul Humphrey (Scratch)

5th           Phil Cartledge (Scratch)

FastestPaul Humphrey

Very Special thanks to our race sponsors, Navajo Cycles, for their generous support for the club and for donating an A+ Dynamic Bike Fit System to the winner.

(Great – now we’ll never catch him, perhaps the prize should have gone to the lantern rouge – might be of more assistance at that end of the race!)

Horne Earthmoving Handicap – Eureka vets cycling

Horne Earthmoving Handicap – Eureka vets cycling

Mirabella Mixes it up
Tony Mirabella paved his way to victory in emphatic style in this weeks Wayne Horne Handicap, cementing his place on top of the club aggregate competition. Sweating like a bricklayer’s navvy, the sinewy Peter Kiel did his share of the heavy lifting to ensure the Scratch pair made the most of their opportunity.  It was another difficult day for a relatively small field of 18 starters, with only 11 making the finish line, the backmarkers dominating proceedings.
Jude Jonasson and John Faulkner set off 20 min in front of scratch, their recent form contributing to a somewhat leaner handicap advantage. Both accredited themselves well with John the stronger, particularly into the wind and on the rises. Perhaps it was Bob Morley’s borrowed back wheel or perhaps a more testing circuit but Jude found the going tough towards the end of the race, losing touch with a determined John. John survived at the race lead until the last lap in a heroic ride.
Graeme Parker was next away, off 11 min and riding solo, he survived and finished 10th on a day when many didn’t finish. Graeme was followed by a hod of riders off 9 min; including Ron Larkin, Greg Curnow, Brian Lee and Gary Blood. Even the performance enhancing drugs Brian was taking pre-race for his cold couldn’t keep him in the race and Ron, too, was tested and retired to fight another day. Greg and Gary pedalled on bravely until the backmarkers stretched things out and spat them out the back late in the race.
Shane Cook, Bob Morley and promotee Matt Ritchie had three minutes to find in their pursuit of Ron’s bunch. Their chase perhaps proving costly as a combined 1 min and scratch bunch put things to the test up Weatherboard road and Bob’s whole bunch withdrew and failed to finish.
A steel reinforced group of 6 had the slenderest margin of 1 min advantage on the scratch pair. Scott Denno, Grant Dawson and Jonathon Lacey providing a solid engineroom that kept scratch at bay until the halfway mark. Shane Cody was slow to warm up, nearly dropped on the first hill, but found his racing legs toward the finish. Ross McDonald had put his legs to the test the day before and was feeling the effects, a slow leak also contributing to his eventual demise. Scott was riding superbly but when scratch put the hurt on he ran into a concrete wall, dam!
The race came together on Weatherboard road into the wind on the penultimate lap. Tony saw this as an opportunity to trowel the field, he kicked hard with Peter Kiel on his wheel, Shane went into the gravel in a desperate pursuit, he and Jonathon nearly got back on terms but not quite. They sat up and waited for the chasing pair of Peter Livitsanis and Grant Dawson. The rest of the race had been annihilated. The combined four had no hope of catching Tony and Pete, even on the last lap when the pursuit hit 55km/hr down the Burrumbeet road they were nowhere in sight.
Somewhere in the distance the inevitable happened, Tony had more sand and kicked again ditching Pete, and riding away to win in a canter. About a minute and a half back came the pursuing quartet. Grant lead them out, Peter kicked first up the hill, Shane kicked harder and dropped everyone else and raced away for third, Jonathon squeaked past Peter for fourth.
Thanks to our Sponsor – Wayne Horne Earthmoving, for their rock-solid support of our club.
Results
1st    Tony Mirabella (Scratch)
2nd    Peter Kiel (Scratch)
3rd    Shane Cody (1 min)
4th    Jonathon Lacy (1 min)
5th    Peter Livitsanis (1 min)

 

Wayne Horne Earthmoving Handicap
Weatherboard Circuit, 50km
25 August 2013

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