Club Championship EVCC Vets 2012

Club Championship EVCC Vets 2012

Eureka Veterans Cycling Club

Club Championship

4 November


La Grande Echappe – Tony Mirabella Club Champion

Riding in a league of his own, Eureka Vets best rider of the year Tony Mirabella claimed the title of Club Champion in emphatic stye. Tony rode clear of the A grade field with over 20km to go and averaging over 38km/hr in a solo time trial effort, he left a small chasing pack of riders to sort out the minor placings.


A reasonable assemblage of 10 riders contested the 70km race around the Weatherboard circuit. The first lap was conducted in a civilised manner, Dean Wells off the front early just to keep things honest. The second lap saw the start reale, Phil Cartledge and Peter Kiel keen to test legs early, surging up Weatherboard road and attacking the corners. This unsettled Ken Heres and Dean Wells who missed a surge and were relegated to a long, long chase. At the halfway mark the tempo was stepped up again and poor cornering put Peter Livitsanis saw him and Bob Braszell out the back, both riders persevered and rounded up Rob Phillips who had also suffered from a furious assault on the Henderson Rd hill by Tony. This left the in-form riders in a group of five, Phil Cartledge, Darren Terry, Peter Kiel, Richard Taylor and Tony. Darren rode a smart race, content to counter insane moves rather than initiate them, however he was yo-yoing and lost touch with just over two laps to go, just as Tony put everyone into the red. Richard Taylor was riding impressively, riding a higher cadence than usual and saving his legs (and his cranks), Phil was laying his bike into every corner like Casey Stoner and effervescent Kiel had more energy than a box full of energiser bunnies.  These three riders worked together to try to bring back Tony and, although Tony was tantalisingly close up the Avenue, they were tiring and gradually the gap to Tony increased. With about 5km to go Phil lost contact as Kiel and Taylor surged forward in a last ditch effort. Over Henderson’s hill Kiel gapped Taylor and rode on to claim 2nd. Richard not far behind in a very creditable third.



1st     Tony Mirabella

2nd    Peter Kiel

3rd    Richard Taylor




Ably Govan flexed his muscular legs to thwart any challenges to take out the B Grade club champs on Sunday.  In a race short on numbers, but in perfect conditions, still had plenty of intrigue.  Could the tanned and rested John Creek take it out? Or was perennial place getter Bob Morley a chance this year? Or maybe the newly promoted Terry Constable may have been the one to watch.

The race started on the start line with some light sledging from the confident Govan.

Then on the uphill first section the group stayed together and the first real challenge from the day came from Morley through the fast downhill chicane. He went through hard and accelerated out of the second corner with a significant break.

Hefty Smurf, Alby Govan, showed his power early by easily bridging the gap and the challenge was on for the others. Creeky dug in and got back on, towing Terry Constable with him. There were then a few occasional tests from most of the riders but nothing significant enough to cause a breakaway.

So it was down to the last lap and it became a waiting game. The tough slog up the Avenue was broken as the call of “A grade coming” was made. Well it wasn’t all of A Grade, it was the Mercurial Tony Mirabella had ridden away from the rest of his competitors and disappeared into the distance in an exhibition of power individual riding.

Terry Constable took the bunch up most of the Weatherboard Road segment and they came to the last pinch and Alby went click click, and stood and went for it. Morley and Creek responded and covered the move accompanied by a varying assortment of cramping. Constable did not have the juice to bridge but kept chasing in the hope that the three escapees would ease up.

They stormed through the chicane and big Creek was steaming along the wind assisted section. Govan attacked again and the other two struggled to get back on his wheel.

They then turned left and there was John Creek on the right hand side of the road, Govan on the left hand side and Morley on his wheel. Creek led them up and over  the hill but it was all over when Alby sprinted to take a comfortable victory. John Creek was a deserved second placegetter with Morley not far behind for third.



1st    Alby Govan

2nd   John Creek

3rd   Bob Morley



Ritchie Rattles C Grade

Going from strength to strength this season, Matt Ritchie put the cherry on top with a first class win in C Grade. While the result may have been somewhat predictable, he didn’t have it all his own way.


Terry Collie took control of the bunch early to keep the bunch together for at least a couple of laps so that Ray Hodgson could have the unusual experience of riding with a group for a change. So at a stately pace the group wound its way up the first hill and once over the top a quick count was done, Ray was fine, but captain Gary Blood had blown a gasket and was behind the race car!  The bunch stayed pretty tight, keeping solid pace with only Ron Larkin, resplendent on his new Dogma, testing the bunch on any incline he could find, the super Terry Collie sans paper undershirt, and Graeme Parker calling anyone back who tried to chase him (each time it was Greg Curnow).
The Gazman rejoined on the next lap after having a rest and Matt Ritchie started cranking it up a bit, everyone was looking pretty strong but down the back straight someone pointed out the clump of grass hanging out of Gazza’s shoe, Matt lost concentration and went into the corner way too hot, locking up his rear wheel twice, overshot the corner and ended up in the grass. With his own clump of grass hanging out of his toes he caught up before the hill where Ronnie attacked again, he was brought to heel up the Avenue. Half way up the final hill climb Matt attacked and made a run for it, desperate not to be run down two weeks in row. Terry Collie closed the gap with a fast finish for second and Ronnie was third.  Big round of applause for Ray, he stayed on the whole race and averaged over 30kph for the first time in a race.


1st                  Matt Ritchie

2nd                  Terry Collie

3rd                  Ron Larkin



Graded criterium at EVCCs own private race circuit

Graded criterium at EVCCs own private race circuit

A Grade

The largest field for the day greeted the starter for A grade, with a few riders appearing in this grade for the first time this year. The pace was on early with Peter Kiel doing most of the heavy lifting out front. The pace and poor cornering form saw Livitsanis shelled early, the remaining riders settling in for the 35min plus 2 laps. New rider Stephen Brown put some sparkle into affairs with an attack that saw him off the front for several laps before being brought to heel. Richard Taylor was back on song and Bob Braszell never missed a beat, both looking solid for next weeks Champs. With a high pace and an evenly matched field it looked like a sprint finish, however with 2 laps to go Dean Wells launched an unlikely attack into the short windy section and opened up a gap. Through the bell he had prized this lead open to 30m and was powering away, Phil Cartledge stuck in no-mans land with a head cold trying to chase him down, the rest of the field waiting for a catch that was never going to come.  Into the second last corner Paul and Stephen made a charge at Dean, but too little too late, Dean didn’t get out of the chair and motored over the line for a brave win.




1st                  Dean Wells

2nd                  Paul Humphries

3rd                  Stephen Brown


B Grade

5 even participants fronted up for a dash for cash on Sunday morning. The race was fairly predictable with a few spurts from a few riders but there were none with enough fire power to stay away. They were being shown the way by the C Grade duo of Scott Denno and Matt Ritchie. They failed to take any time out of them and it was only two quick laps by Dave Peters that saw them reeled in. So it was only ’til the last lap that the action hotted up. Dave Peters cut through on the inside taking Bob Morley with him and shot around the first corner and going for it. He led into the windward back section and the pace was high. Thunder thighs, Rob Kinna, steamed past the two leaders into the second last corner and had the heavily tanned John Creek in tow. Kinna was strong enough to hold the lead into the last vital corner and held on for a strong wind. Dave Peters was right on him for second place and it was only an ankle injury that prevented him from being more competitive. Bob Morley managed third place just edging out a fast finishing John Creek.




1-Rob Kinna

2-Dave Peters

3-Bob Morley

4-John Creek



C Grade

Photo finish check out the report below

A race in two halves with this year’s most improved rider Matt Ritchie and the imposing Scott Denno battling out a two man match race for first and second, behind them Terry Collie had to work hard to fend off the queen of the Otway Grande Fondo, Mandy Rhook for third. Terry dedicated his small victory to his unorthodox warm up – sweeping the corners before the race. Matt and Scott were going at it with gusto, setting a high pace, neither cracking. It took B-grade most of the race to catch them. Locked together it came down to the final dash for the line. Matt had managed to chisel out a small lead out of the final corner, Scott gradually got the steam engine wound up and was flying at Matt. On the line it was impossible to split the pair and they were awarded a draw.



1st                  Matt Ritchie

1st                  Scott Denno

3rd                  Terry Collie


Great racing this weekend saw a remarkable tie for 1st in C grade

A shot of after the race plenty of happy customers

Blood Banks Another One

Blood Banks Another One

Gary Blood’s fabulous season continued on Sunday adding an aggressive win to his already long 2012 palmares.  In windy conditions Gary’s 18 min bunch was never caught, the race coming down to a match race between himself, Ron Larkin and Greg “Magpie” Curnow. Once upon a time this would not have ended well for Gary, however the tables have turned and Gary is now dishing out the pain.

At one point late in the race Greg and Gary were not so much trading turns but attacks, with Ron just trying to hang on to the recovering rider. The winning move came when Gary sat off the back appearing to be gone, Greg fell for this feint and put in an attack, however Gary was only playing possum and counted with an attack that he wound up from 10m back hitting top pace just as he reached Greg’s back wheel and roared past blowing Greg’s doors off. Ronnie had enough to jump on but not enough to hold Gary for long and he powered away for the win.

Chasing this mini-scratch race was the 9min group of Bob Morley, Kevin Lee, Mal Rock and Colin Hooper. Colin, Bob and Kevin all riding well and the group progressed well with smooth turns and steady pace. Averaging over 34km/hr for the race they were always going to be hard to catch. They caught up with and dispatched Terry Constable and Rob Parker, off 12 min, but surprisingly they failed to reel in Gary’s warparty. The pace caught up with Mal, which left Bob, Colin and Kevin to contest the finish for fourth. Colin put in a huge 2km lead out for Bob who took 4th, Colin hanging in there for 5th.

At the back of the race the Scratch trio of Peter Kiel, Phil Cochrane and Shane Cody had put in a gutsy first lap to capture the 2min bunch of Darren Terry, Dean Wells and Rob Phillips. Further up the road off 5 min, Peter Livitsanis and Richard Taylor had left Ken Heres in a mad attempt to chase down the Morley group four minutes up the road. They took a minute out of them on the first lap but before long normal programming resumed and they rode a steady tempo, realising their best chance of catching the race was behind them.

However, the Scratch riders had other ideas, especially with the number of passengers they were collecting. The combined bunch wasn’t working and they were losing time. On the big drag up the hill on the back straight Kiel dropped the hammer and immediately strung out everyone except the other Scratchies. Livitsanis tried hard to stay in touch but the gap was growing, he, Darren, Dean, and Rob regrouped to ride out the race. By Donovans Road, Scratch had 30 seconds but they were still rollicking along at top speed, gaining ground on the Morley bunch. The final sprint for fastest came at the end of one big drag race, Shane having the legs to take the sprint with Kiel close, again.



1st                        Gary Blood

2nd                        Ron Larkin

3rd                        Greg Curnow

4th                        Bob Morley

5th                         Colin Hooper

Fastest Time            Shane Cody

Brackenbury Criterium Report

Brackenbury Criterium Report

Saturday afternoon at Creswick, weather fine and eleven riders have

answered the call to the Brackenbury Criterium on an L shaped course

with two (pretty much) U turns, one left and one right turn. Throw in

some uphill and you have a technical challenging circuit. With riders

ranging from scratch to second limit how is this going to work. Well as

it turned out pretty well.

The first half of the 45 minute race was ridden gruppo intacto with Greg

Curnow doing a stirling job hanging in there with the bunch. About half

distance Richard Taylor punctured and was resigned to call it a day when

Ken yells out on the next lap that he has spare wheel back up at his car

so Richard is off running slightly uphill to fit the wheel. It’s about

now that phase two starts “turn up the wick” and bang goes the race.

Shane Miller sets it alight but Tony, Shane Cody and Phil are not

letting him have it all his own way. Dean Wells is holding them at a

small gap but in nomans land with everyone else strung out in twos and

threes and singles in some cases. Richard rejoined and decided to give

himself a hit out by doing so with Tony and company. And so it came to

pass that Shane miller soloed away with Tony getting a small on break

Shane Cody (who had ridden the mountainbike race earlier) and Phil with

Shane getting over Phil on the line for third. A very professional show

by all concerned.

Shane Miller departs to the womens Tour of the Goldfields to see

Veronica ride but leaves the prizemoney behind so it’s off to the cafe

for coffee/iced chocolate and a pleasant after race.

Thanks to Bill, Mandy and Ray for the ref and corner marshal work and

nice to meet Mandy’s mum who Mandy has trouble beating at the moment.

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