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Morley Wins on Windmill Circuit

Bob Morley had to work hard to get past the powerful Kevin Lee in a tail wind sprint at Learmonth on Sunday.

A good field took advantage of perfect weather to fight out a 54 handicap on Sunday.

Ray Hodgson, still buoyant from his impressive win last week, was first away with a diminished advantage. Chasing him was big Nick Verhagen riding solo with a four minute chase.

There was power at the back end of the field with Tony Mirrabella, the mercurial Phil Cartledge and Shane Cody was back with the coveted number one pinned to his top.

They had a four minute chase to two of the strongest riders in the club. Darren Terry and Richard Taylor combined would blow a power metre apart. But to counter that, they have a B.R.I.Q (Bike Racing Intelligence Quotient) of about 3.5%

They roared off after Dave Peters and Peter Livitsanis and caught them on the first lap and they would be hoping to stay from scratch and catch the field in front. Peters and Livitsanis did what they could as the other two powerhouses roared ahead.

The eventual winning group only had three minute gap but the Brothers Lee and Bob Morley were working like a well oiled machine and were quickly taking time out of the bunch in front. It is hard to believe Kevin and Brian Lee are actually brothers. They are out of the same factory but are completely different in physique. Kevin Lee is called Popeye because of his muscular build but Brian is built more like Olive Oil.

When you combine the power of Kevin, the hill climbing of Brian and the guile of Bob Morley you have a bunch that was to be reckoned with.

They caught Rob Ferguson, Ron Larkin, Alan Barnett, and Mal Rock on the second lap and lifted the pace on the climb over the back to see who was interested. Fergy and Mal Rock were not, but Larkin and Barnett tenaciously hung on.

They worked together to catch Graeme Parker, Greg Curnow, Jacinta Welch and Garry Blood. Once again the Lee boys thought it was getting a bit crowded and lifted the pace again on a hill and put the bunch back to the original three.

Half a lap to go and they still had not caught Hodgson and Verhagen who were riding better than they did last week. They caught them in the home straight and rode through them with Popeye on the front. Morley jumped on his wheel and the pace levelled out a bit when Verhagen was having a go down the outside. That ignited Kevin Lee into action and he lifted the pace in the tail wind whilst keeping something in store if there was a challenge. The challenge didn’t come until the last 70 metres when Morley jumped out and committed. They went for it side by side and Bob Morley gained victory by a small margin.

Brian Lee was third and Nick Verhagen and Ray Hodgson were fourth and fifth respectively.

The back end of the field had rounded up second and third scratch and Dave Peters was suffering because he had left his form on the previous days training ride.

Pete Livi hung on for a while longer, but shot out the back but continuing his comeback from injury. The second scratch Powerhouses Terry and Taylor jumped in and helped out. But in the tail wind sprint Shane Cody showed he was back with a sprint starting at 60 kms per hour. He went over the line well clear to take out fastest time

1-Bob Morley 2-Kevin Lee 3-Brian Lee 4-Nick Verhagen 5- Ray Hodgson

Fastest time- Shane Cody

Phil Cartledge-First and fastest –Again!!

The rise and rise of Phil Cartledge continues. Last race he chased Ken Heres and Darren Terry and he rode them down. Well try chasing hard man Rob Phillips and Rick Calvert for size. No worries. Head down and chewing the head stem, away he went and caught them in a great display of gutsy chasing and time trialling.

Although many people were scared off by the weather reports, the race was a classic again with the handicapping bring a result from all parts of the field.

Ray Hodgson was first away with big Nick Verhagen giving chase with a minute to close. Verhagen caught him in the first lap and rode with him for a while and then struck out on his own.

Ronny Larkin was paid a compliment by the handicapper by being pitted with Brian Lee and they had to chase his normal bunch which included Graeme Parker Gary Blood and the inimitable Malcolm Rock.

The handicapper’s judgment was well placed because Larkin and Lee rode with power and precision and caught the bunch in front. The combined outfit worked well together and set off after Verhagen who was still a speck in the distance.

Cartledge, Phillips and Calvert were storming along without sighting the leader and just picking up and shredding dropped riders.They picked up Pete Livistanis and strong man Darren Terry and it was the impetus the group needed. Pete Livi did what he could and blew up. Darren Terry made a solid contribution and was shelled on the quarry hill on the last lap.

Verhagen had led the race for two laps and he was caught by the Larkin and Lee led bunch. This group included Graeme Parker and the pesky Malcolm Rock, who was chirping in the bunch, trying to put the exhausted Larkin off  his game. Larkin barely had enough strength to tell him what he thought.

 

After a call of “9 minutes” to the lead bunch on the last lap the chasing bunch could be excused if they shelved any attempt for victory and sit up for fastest time. But in a bunch of goers like that, giving up was never an option and they continued on their storming ride. The lead bunch came back to them quickly as the race lengthened and the wind speed picked up.

They picked up the leaders as they turned into Donavan’s road for the hard slog home.

Phillips and Cartledge lifted on the hill and it was only Malcolm Rock that could hold their wheel!!!

Calvert , Larkin, Lee and Parker were all casualties and struggled home to fill the minor placings.

Cartledge and Phiilips rode away from Rock to fight out the finish. Phil Cartledge took the chequered flag in another remarkable performance. Phillips, a great ride for second.

Third place and perhaps the ride of the day was Malcolm Rock.

Rick Calvert was fourth and Brian Lee well ahead of the languishing field for fifth.

 

1st & Fastest-Phil Cartledge 2-Rob Phillips 3-Malcolm Rock 4-Rick Calvert 5-Brian Lee

Graded Scratch Races-Winfarm Hillclimb Classic

A Grade

A grade was an interesting and super competitive affair that had many attacks and breakaway attempts that were covered.

Main protagonist breakaway specialist was the inform Phil Cartledge whom lit the race up from the outset and let the group know it wasn’t going to be a nice roll around with a sprint at the finish.

Cartledge jumped out of the blocks and attacked up the first hill and quickly opened up a 300 metre lead. Generally this is not a problem but, such has been Cartledge’s form of late, his disappearing off the front could not be ignored.

Experienced gun, Adam Smith, was the first to try and jump across but found himself in no-mans landed he was absorbed by the field.

Former Pro Doug Garley attempted to cross as well but the result was the same. Tony Mirrabella was successful in getting across but as soon as anybody got to Cartledge he would attack again to test the mettle of the chasers. This was the pattern and the frenetic change of pace saw the demise of Ken Heres and Brad Fry.

Richard Taylor and Rick Calvert were off the pace at some stages but fought to get back on. Only the strong could survive Cartledge’s repeated efforts.

The race came together and it was going to be a contest to see who could survive the long climb up the Windfarm Hill. Tony Mirrabella the renowned climber was still there. The rangy Adam Smith was in contention. Peter Kiel was there as well.

Kiel has, over the years turned himself into a top rider, with precise preparation and attention to detail. But you cannot discount the toughness of this sporting legend. Just out of interest I entered the phrase “small frame but huge ticker” into Google Images, and the following image came up. No surprise really.

Doug Garley was still there along with Cartledge and Calvert. It was on for the long slog to the top. Mirrabella prevailed as one would expect but he didn’t have it all his way. Doug Garley was a close second. Rick Calvert was a surprise third. Nobody would have begrudged Phil Cartledge the race and he was fourth with Peter Kiel was fifth.

Great race in the spirit of what a scratch race can be and should be.

 

1-Tony Mirrabella 2-Doug Garley 3-Rick Calvert 4-Phil Cartledge

 

B Grade

 

Darren Terry was the Black Caviar of the field and was an unbackable pre race favourite.

He showed his strength on the second lap when he opened up a gap on the uphill run on Weatherboad road. No- one could go with him and it took until the left hand turn after the chicane that the field came back together. Brett caddy was well off the back and he looked like he was gone. But through determined riding, he re attached to the field in the avenue.

Terry was looking comfortable, and to use a motoring analogy he was ticking over like a slow revving V8. To continue the analogy, you would have to say that Brian Lee and Pete Livitsanis were rotarys. Brett Caddy could be described as a badly tuned V6 and Bob Morley could be likened to a 202.

Thing settled down and Darren Terry was looking ominous but behaving himself. That was until the hill on the fourth lap whereby he rode off the front and easily pulled a gap of 200 metres and he looked like he was going to go on with it in a solo effort. But he pulled up beside D Grade rider Ray Hodgson and slowed for a chat and a rest. The bunch regrouped and Pete Livi though it would be a good idea to counter attack. Yes it was a good idea-it just didn’t work.

The main bunch turned the corner to take on the long climb to the top. Darren Terry led the way with the diminutive Brian Lee stuck to him like glue. They quickly opened up a gap to Bob Morley and Pete Livitsanis who was on his comeback ride.

Darren Terry as expected pulled away from Brian Lee to take a deserved win.

The only interest in the race was the race for third and fourth. Leading to the last hill Bob Morley thought he had third place sorted and was enjoying the cheering and urgings of the crowd. What he didn’t realize that the cheering was recognising the late attack from Livitsanis. Pete Livi willed himself up the hill to take third place from the hapless Morley.

 

1-Darren Terry 2-Brian Lee 3-Peter Livitsanis 4-Bob Morley

 

C Grade

 

A field of six very in form riders contested the C grade event. Gary Blood rode very strongly for the entire race even over shooting a corner and managing to get back onto a field that was not waiting for anybody. Kevin “Popeye” Lee was being closely watched by his opponents as he had the ability to ride away from the group if not kept in check. The smooth as silk Alan Barnett was another contender who appeared to be cruising amongst the field. The bunch rode at a solid pace with everybody sharing the work and all looking lively. The cat mouse games started as the hill climb approached with Gary Blood and Kevin Lee out in front and the more experience Ron Larkin sheltering at the rear. As the group turned into the hill climb section Kevin Lee exploded out of the corner and up the hill winning by a several hundred meters. Ron Larkin followed him for a long lonely climb and finished very happily in second place.  Jacinta Welch pulled away from the remaining field for third place ahead of Graeme Parker.

1-Kevin Lee 2-Ron Larkin 2-Jacinta Welch 4-Graeme Parker

D Grade

Ray Hodgson rode well to take out the D grade event. He rode strongly mostly by himself to take a well deserved victory

Phil Cartledge First and Fastest

Phil Cartledge took the up challenge of the chase and was rewarded with victory. Cartledge was set the tantalising challenge of a solo minute and a half chase to Ken Heres and Darren Terry. Heres and Terry are both in the excavation game and both were digging in and making it as difficult as possible. Cartledge was having nothing of it, and rode hard and picked them up in the first lap in an example of tenacious and talented riding. His low riding style and  big gear pumping, was ideal in the high wind that the field was subjected to.

Once this trio got together there was every chance they would ride though the field. The out markers however had other ideas. The limit rider Nick Verhagen was making the most of his 25 minute advantage and was going for it.

The glimmer twins, Greg Curnow and Garry Blood, were working beautifully trying to take time out of the big limit marker. They succeeded in only taking one minute out of him on the first lap and they were hoping the wind would take its toll.

The middle bunches were aspirational as well with the Lee Brothers and Bob Morley quickly rounding up Ron Larkin, Graeme Parker, Jacinta Welch and the bewildering Malcolm Rock.

They were more than surprised when Cartledge, Heres and Terry hit them near the end of the second lap.

Cartledge was on the front and he lifted the pace and put it down the road to put the blow torch to the field.

Riders shot out the back left right and centre and it was only Popeye Lee that survived the Cartledge onslaught. So it was Cartledge Heres Terry and Lee that set off to haul in the unsighted limit riders.

Verhagen was still holding off team Gaz and Greg by 500 metres when he punctured putting him out of the race. Gary Blood rode away from Greg Curnow in an attempt to greet the chequered flag. The eventual winner had ridden away from Heres and Lee and it was he and Darren Terry that rounded Blood up in the final straight.

Phil Cartledge put paid to all competition by riding away from the gutsy Darren Terry in the final kilometre to take one of his best wins yet.

Gary blood wasn’t far behind Darren Terry for a meritorious third. President Ken Heres was fourth with Greg Curnow a deserving fifth.

 

First and fastest- Phil Cartledge

Second- Darren terry

Third-Garry Blood

Fourth – Ken Heres

Fifth- Greg Curnow.

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