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August 28, 2016 – Team Time Trial handicap – Waubra out and back, 43 km – EUROPA CAFE W.A.R.S. round 7

August 28, 2016 – Team Time Trial handicap – Waubra out and back, 43 km – EUROPA CAFE W.A.R.S. round 7

Europa Café

W.A.R.S. – round 7

Team Time Trial handicap – 28 August 2016

Waubra out and back, 43 km


W.A.R.S. 2016 round 7

We can get together!

*Round 3 of the Europa Café 2016 W.A.R.S. was cancelled due to dangerous weather conditions.
With the reduction in total races for the series from 7 to 6,
the aggregate will now be decided using the best SIX race results of each rider.
In the event of a tie, placings will be determined using a count back system.

Spring arrived in Learmonth on black and white wings with sharp beaks and claws (yep that darn magpie is back!).  To celebrate its return (ok it was still actually winter…but it felt like spring) the 12 cyclists assembled under the very residence (the big finish line tree) of the most obnoxious, cantankerous mascot of a second rate footy team (that’s harsh!) that ever existed.
Helmets were given a beating by winged furies with eyes black as coal and talons of steel.  However, apart from spontaneous gesticulation and swearing, rider’s spirits were high because today was Team Time Trial day – a much awaited phenomena that no one understands but everyone enjoys.

For those unfamiliar with this form of racing please refer to the perfectly simple explanation written by Terry Collie (see bottom of this report…after the bit about the W.A.R.S. sponsor – Europa Café) which may cause your brains to explode as you try to comprehend the (tongue in cheek) explanation.

The TTT was also the last race in the W.A.R.S.  Whilst the race had no bearing on the eventual aggregate winner, the minor placings did come down to today – including one of the corner marshals – yes “Sparky” Rushton stood on a corner and earned a single point for his participation…that put him equal third in the aggregate (fourth on a count back).

Team Scratch/A Grade

(Thanks to Dean for the storyline – and because they won A Grade get the longest write up!)
The Scratch Team consisted of Tony Mirabella, Dean Wells and newbie Rick Calvert.  Rick is still coming to terms with being elevated to Scratch.  Like many before him, Rick sees his promotion as a short term solution until more capable riders return to racing.
At the start line, all three riders discussed and agreed upon the race plan.  The outward leg would have a lot of head wind on the road to Addington and crosswinds would be battled on the journey to the turnaround point at Black Bottom Rd.
The plan was simple.  Ride an even race on the way out, gradually build up pace in the crosswind.  Try and come home harder.

Bill counted the start down and away they went.  Tony straight to the front and within 100 metres the pace is already over 40 kph.  Longer turns as each rider got a feel for the wind.  Tony leading up the first climb towards the Avenue Rd intersection.  Dean gradually ramps the pace up as they close in on the Edmonston Rd turn.  Right turn and whack!  The wind is being funnelled by the hedges straight down the road.  Shorter turns and the pace is in the mid 20s.

Nearing the top of the climb the team start to pick up the pace again, but the downhill to Addington doesn’t help as the headwind is quite strong.  Through the left turn and the climb out of Addington sees the team close together and maintaining a good pace.  Over the crest and some distant figures can be seen way ahead.  It does’t look like the Scratch team has taken any time (3 minute gap from the start) out of the Morley, Livitsanis, O’Callaghan team.
At the sharp rise near the Waubra Rd intersection, Rick eases back to help Dean who struggled.  Dean then rolls through to the front and leads the trio all the way to the highpoint.

Tony and Rick swap turns after cresting the climb and the pace is up above 50 kph.  Occasionally one of the other teams is spotted far ahead.  Tony leads on the steeper downhill section and finally other teams – that have already turned around – are spotted as they pass by.
A little bit of a shambles at the turnaround, the team quickly regroups and Tony sets the pace for the steeper part of the climb.
Onto the straight section and the other teams pop into view at intervals as they ride over higher sections of road.

The Scratch team is closing rapidly on the other teams and they can see that the Morley team is already overtaking others.  Even rotations from Scratch see them pass the Parker, Jonasson, Ritchie team, then they are quickly upon the Collie, McMillan, Ayres team.  The Morley team has already crested the hill and have a few hundred metres over Team Scratch.

The long drag back towards Addington sees Scratch gradually close the gap to the Morley team, them a small rise in the road allows the catch to happen quickly.  Clear road ahead!
The Scratch team race down to the Addington turn and surge out of it.  Barely a chance to catch their breath as they charge back up the Edmonston Rd climb.  Easy on the steeper section, but Rick and Tony are bounding upwards as though it doesn’t exist.
Dean back into the lead for the final few hundred metres to the crest.  The tailwind aides a terrific pace that is over 45 kph.  Tony takes over for the whole run down to the left turn.  The wind is literally throwing the Scratch team towards that corner.

Safely through the sharp left turn and the team quickly regroups and start driving towards the finish.  Each rider pushing to his maximum as the line nears.  The last few hundred metres hurt and then finally the line.  Braking, patting each other on the back, gasping and looking around to see how much gap they have opened.
Back to the finish line to watch the other teams roll in, then an easy tailwind assisted ride back to the clubrooms.  Everyone exuberant after having completed their Team Time Trial.

Team B Grade/Morley

Captain Bob Muncher Morley issued his complicated instructions to Mark O’Callaghan and Peter Fifi Livitsanis, they weren’t listening all that intently and all they heard was ‘….go hard when you’re on the front….’.  The countdown by Bill Goldfinch…and ‘away you go’.

Muncher peeled off the start line at a million miles an hour and between sharp intakes of air Mark commented that ‘Muncher wasn’t kidding was he…’, Fifi didn’t comment because to open his mouth would have meant letting go of the handlebars that were securely lodged between his teeth.
Morley was certainly on a mission, probably because as handicapper he knew the slim handicap advantage this bunch was trying to defend.

They slogged their way into Addington and Fifi pushed the tempo up Misery, Mark felt the sharp bits a bit more severely than Fifi and Bob but was a huge advantage on the long straights and downhills.  Approaching the turnaround and the two teams ahead had not come into view on their return journeys yet – all good signs they were closing in.
Sure enough over the last brow of a hill and there were the C and D grade teams just making a start on the return climb.
Bob rounded the cone and pressed forward, Mark and Fifi made a bit of a mess of the turnaround and dropped a few seconds.  Soon enough they were into the hill, and the field started to collapse.  They were gaining quickly on C and D Grade and A grade were nipping at their heels.

The catch was almost simultaneous, B grade passed C and D and A grade were quick to follow.  A Grade eventually claimed B grade not far from Addington.    Now like everyone else it was a matter of committing to limiting gaps if they had any chance (except A Grade who were trying to make as big a gap as possible and beat the “secret” handicap marks).
The final analysis it was a determined sprint for the line that brought second place glory by mere seconds.

Team C Grade/Collie

With the advice of the self-appointed captain, Terry Collie ringing in their ears ‘don’t go until you blow up’, the power in this group trio came from Matt Ayres. Although he was to be conservative to avoid popping his stitches – one man’s conservative is another’s world of pain.
Optimism ruled the day early as both Terry and Roger McMillan settled in and started working turns, however by the time the trio reached the monument on the way OUT reality had set in…and it became a case of Matt in control.  The other two doing what they could to help out and give Matt what assistance they could.
The front group of Jude, Graeme and the lightly raced Matt Ritchie were caught not long after the turnaround point near Black Bottom Road and then back on the Waubra Road the two chasing groups (B and A grade teams) caught and passed in quick succession.  Both the A and B grade teams appeared to be evenly matched and were making good progress.
It was then a case of doing the best possible to the finish.  Roger was digging deep and admitted post race that under normal conditions he would have dropped off but that is the beauty of teams racing – you find something you perhaps thought was not there – love the Team Time Trial!

Team D Grade

The alpine lass with the Nordic temperament, Jude Jonasson was accompanied by Colonel Graeme Parker and the newly returned prodigal son Matt Ritchie, who was in search of his “summer beach body”.  Matt’s returns always seem to coincide with a race on Misery, not the greatest course if you’re looking for a soft start to your cycling season.
The three kept things together with Jude leading the way up the hills and tagging on the back going down them, Graeme and Matt cursing gravity on the way up and celebrating on the way down.  Gravity is the universe’s weakest force, however it still seems to conquer cyclists (so perhaps cyclists are the universe’s weakest force) – well may the force be with you.

They made the turnaround at Blackbottom Road without being caught – a great effort seeing they only had a 4 min head start on C Grade.
The long climb back up Misery started to take its toll as one by one the three teams behind whistled past.  Now it was just a slog for the line to limit the damage and hopefully maintain their handicap advantage.
They arrived together and while finishing fourth they were only a few minutes off the winning time.

1st – A Grade (Rick Calvert, Tony Mirabella, Dean Wells)
2nd – B Grade (Bob Morley, Peter Livitsanis, Mark O’Callaghan)
3rd – C Grade (Matt Ayres, Terry Collie, Roger McMillan)
4th – D Grade (Jude Jonasson, Graeme Parker, Matt Ritchie)


2016 Winter Aggregate Race Series – proudly sponsored by Europa Café.
And what of the W.A.R.S.?
The winner of the aggregate, (who takes home a $100 Europa Café voucher)
and immense glory was Damien Kierl, with a handicap race and two scratch race wins from just three starts in the series.
Second place was Bob Morley, third Peter Livitsanis and fourth was Andrew Rushton.
All place getters received a bottle of sparkly wine courtesy of Dean Wells.
Special mention to Bob Morley and Mark O’Callaghan for being the only two riders to participate on each of the six days
(round 3 was cancelled due to inclement weather).
Special thanks to Dean and Europa Café for bringing the series together and their support.

And so, yes the W.A.R.S. have come to an end for 2016, but that also means that winter is over!
What better place to celebrate the return of spring than Europa Café where you can enjoy the hospitality every day from 7:00am for breakfast.

Europa Café is located in the Ballarat CBD at 411 Sturt Street.

Breakfasts, lunches, coffee and cake…maybe even a nice glass of wine,
the spacious, inexpensive family style café, offers a range of tasty treats, hearty meals and scrumptious snacks.

We thank Kathryn and Jason for their ongoing support of our club and the Winter Aggregate Race Series.

The winners of EVERY race in the 2016 W.A.R.S. receive a Europa Café voucher.

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August 21, 2016 – Graded Scratch – Mt. Misery 46 km – EUROPA CAFE W.A.R.S. round 6

August 21, 2016 – Graded Scratch – Mt. Misery 46 km – EUROPA CAFE W.A.R.S. round 6

Europa Café

W.A.R.S. – round 6

Graded Scratch – 21 August 2016

Mt. Misery, 46 km

W.A.R.S. 2016 round 6

Wet, wet, wet

*Round 3 of the Europa Café 2016 W.A.R.S. was cancelled due to dangerous weather conditions.
With the reduction in total races for the series from 7 to 6,
the aggregate will now be decided using the best SIX race results of each rider.
In the event of a tie, placings will be determined using a count back system.

Clear skies with a warm sun would have greeted riders somewhere in Australia today.  At Learmonth there was light rain and plenty of ground water from the downfalls we have had during the week.  A small contingent of <insert disparaging comment> arrived out at the club rooms.  Many were hoping for a cancellation…but really the weather wasn’t that bad.  Strong winds would have been another story!

A Grade:

A warm welcome to Rick Calvert who graduated to A Grade today and rode a very controlled race.  Rick was even still in with a show when the final sprint started.
Tony was up and about today, leading from the front and spending a few kilometres up the road.  This wasn’t by design though.  Back in the field one rider was having a few body issues and the rest of the group eased up to check him out.

A surge out of Addington didn’t unhitch anyone, but the next hills did, with both Dean Wells and Matt Bowman off the back.  A concerted chase by Wells (with Bowman dangling off the back) resulted in a regrouping by the highpoint on the circuit.
Bowman then launched off the front of the bunch and held the chasers for 20 kilometres.  For most people this would be a pretty good achievement…for Matt…we sort of expect nothing less.  Wells was dropped during the groupo chase of Bowman who was eventually caught by the remnants of the bunch and went straight out the back.  Job done for Matt…in what was a final time trial effort before heading over to Perth for the 2016 Gran Fondo World Championships in early September.

The Bowman catch saw a flurry of attacks from Keirl and Mirabella.  Andrew Rushton was the next to unhitch, leaving Damien Keirl, Mirabella and Calvert to take it to the line.  Rushton was bemused by Bowman’s continuing time trial antics as they continued to the line.  Matt in front, Matt behind, Matt a long way back, Matt surging past again, Matt dropping back again, etc.

In the race to the line Calvert felt the pinch first and it was left to Mirabella and Keirl to go head to head.  Keirl winning the sprint with ease.

1st – Damien Keirl
2nd – Tony Mirabella
3rd – Rick Calvert

B Grade:

Noel Said (Northern) ventured up from Melbourne for another hit out with Eureka.  He was surprised at the rain because up until Gordon the roads had been dry.  A little bit of mirth before the start for Mark O’Callaghan actually making it to the start line on time (the previous day he was over 5 minutes late for a race with his running club)!
This interesting bunch rolled turns for the first half of the race before O’Callaghan attacked.  Scott Denno realised this was a train he needed to catch and quickly scrambled aboard.  So quick was the attack that Said, Dan Whelan and Bob Morley were completely caught out.
Chase as they might, this one wasn’t coming back – the trio chasing would sprint for 3rd place only.

Into the straight and over the final rise, the two new friends (having only met at the club rooms prior to the race) would now become foe.
Denno was “stuffed” and just about to sit up (to let O’Callaghan take the glory for his decisive move), when O’Callaghan shouts out ‘You go for it’.
Game face back on, Denno cleared away to take the prize in a “one up” sprint.  O’Callaghan took second place after his courageous attack early in the race.
The chasing trio sprinted for the final podium place with Morley the best of the rest in the run home.

1st – Scott Denno
2nd – Mark O’Callaghan
3rd – Bob Morley


Mano e mano.  On this last day of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, it was only right that at least one contest should be fought out in a style befitting the occasion.

Ed. – Actually there is more drama in the following write up than ought be, because let’s face it, one on one means a lot of pain for both riders if they attack each other from the “get-go”.

Terry Collie and James Gretton were like dogs turned wild as they surged from the starting gate.  Over the first rise and the first of many attacks is launched.  Quickly countered, the warriors then set about systematically destroying each other.

Proceedings eased down Black Bottom Road as the pair were passed by the larger A and B grade races.   It seemed the combatants were even enjoying their time…  (Ed. – this is in fact how the whole “race” was played out until the final sprint)

Over the Weatherboard hill and the race has resumed its earnest battle to the death.  Shoulder to shoulder, hip to hip, maybe even a few head buts thrown in…but at the line the younger Gretton has prevailed over Collie.  Maybe it happened like that?

C Grade:
1st – James Gretton
2nd – Terry Collie

The W.A.R.S. might be coming to an end next week, but you can enjoy the hospitality of Europa Café anytime.

Europa Café is located in the Ballarat CBD at 411 Sturt Street.  The cafe is open every day from 7:00am for breakfast and lunch.

The spacious, inexpensive family style café, offers a range of tasty treats, hearty meals and scrumptious snacks.

We thank Kathryn and Jason for their ongoing support of our club and the Winter Aggregate Race Series.

The winners of EVERY race in the 2016 W.A.R.S. receive a Europa Café voucher.

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August 14, 2016 – FORTY WINKS Eureka Interclub – Windmill, 52.5 km

August 14, 2016 – FORTY WINKS Eureka Interclub – Windmill, 52.5 km

Eureka Interclub

14 August 2016

Eureka VCC, Colac VCC, Geelong SCC

Windmill circuit, 52.5 km

EVCC Interclub 2016 - poster


Typical Ballarat sunny skies greeted the 42 riders who converged for the Eureka Interclub race.
Colac and Geelong riders joined Eureka in a 52.5 km handicap on the Windmill circuit which had a north westerly breeze blowing across it.

The 4 minute group rode a smart race to fill four of the top five places.  They were the largest bunch on the day and caught the 8 minute group by the end of the second lap.  The large combined bunch soon had their sights on the leaders and members of the 4 minute group assumed responsibility for the chase.
A concerted effort saw them catch the leaders by the crest of Crick’s Hill.  This left just eight kilometres to try and shake all the passengers they had picked up along the way.

At times the 30 strong bunch were spread out in single file as the pace continued to increase.  Riders from the out-marker groups started to drop off the back as the stronger riders kept applying pressure in the wind, however some very fast finishers from the 8 and 12 minute groups were getting a tow to the finish.
Into Donovans Road and over the rise for the final time the field was again stretched out as riders started jockeying for position to ensure they wouldn’t be dropped.
Inside the final two kilometres an adventurous attack by one rider saw him open a small twenty metre gap which was soon reeled in.

A bunch finish was going to decide the outcome as over twenty riders hurtled towards the finish.  Grant Rogers started his sprint early and opened a small gap on Brett Dedman, the two drew away from the chasers with Rogers winning by two bike lengths.  A tight group of seven riders crossing the line a further two lengths behind Dedman.

Watching the race from behind was the remnants of the combined bunch of Scratch and the 1 minute group.  Each group had lost manpower on the first lap and whilst they continued to take ground off the supersized lead bunch, they were never going to catch them.
In the end Gary Wearmouth and Tony Luppino fought out a sprint for Fastest Time.  A dead heat was declared.

In other news… Grant Dawson (1 minute) had a fall just before the turn into Donovans Road for the last time.  Grant had dropped off the back of the combined Scratch and 1 minute bunch.  An entanglement with Carl Judd saw Grant hit the deck and suffer a broken collarbone and much road rash.  Grant insisted on shooting the wind with fellow riders at the post race feed, before finally being coaxed off to hospital.  We wish Grant a fast recovery, along with all the other Eureka Vets who are sidelined post crashes, illness and operations.

Thank you to everyone who made the trip out to Learmonth today – the riders, spectators, marshals and officials and of course our marvellous kitchen volunteers.

1st – Grant Rogers (Geelong, 4 minutes)
2nd – Brett Dedman (Eureka, 4 minutes)
3rd – Ralph Iselt (Colac, 4 minutes)
4th – Scott Denno (Eureka, 8 minutes)
5th – Craig VanDort (Geelong, 4 minutes)
6th – Vic Mason (Geelong, 8 minutes)
7th – Amanda Hosking (Geelong, 12 minutes)
8th – Paul Bird (Geelong, 12 minutes)
Fastest Time (deadheat) – Gary Wearmouth (Geelong), Tony Luppino (Colac) in 1h 19m 45s

Photo L-R: Brett Dedman (2nd), Grant Rogers (1st), Ralph Iselt (3rd).



August 7, 2016 – Handicap – Mt. Misery reverse 46 km – EUROPA CAFE W.A.R.S. round 5

Europa Café

W.A.R.S. – round 5

Handicap – 7 August 2016

Mt. Misery reverse, 46 km

W.A.R.S. 2016 round 5

 Dominant Damo’s Demolition

*Round 3 of the Europa Café 2016 W.A.R.S. was cancelled due to dangerous weather conditions.
With the reduction in total races for the series from 7 to 6,
the aggregate will now be decided using the best SIX race results of each rider.
In the event of a tie, placings will be determined using a count back system.

The “high revving” Damien Keirl demolished all-comers in a dominant bunch sprint – proving yet again that he is the fastest thing on two wheels at Eureka.
Winning Race 5 of the club’s Winter Aggregate Race Series (W.A.R.S.) has given Keirl a large lead on the points table.

Mild conditions, light winds and the first sighting of swooping magpies.  The day favoured the front of the race, however a disciplined performance by the backmarkers rolled the race up 5 km from home.  With most of the field closing on the finish line grippo compacto, the Scratchmen were licking their lips and snarling at each other.

Mal Rock and Graeme Parker were first away.  The two old war horses are showing the wear and tear of years of sporting abuse; crook knees, busted hip, it’s amazing they still want to get on a bike let alone race – such is their love of the sport.  They enjoyed each others company and no doubt complained all the way around, but they stayed clear until caught by nearly everyone at Addington.  Despite suffering and then being shelled by the peloton, the Limit riders both returned to the clubrooms with big smiles and stories to tell.

Chasing the Limit group was the prodigal son of Eureka, John Creek, in his return race.  Accompanied by James Gretton they probably had a reasonable show at achieving high placings.  It would all probably depend on how they climbed and how much time they gave up in the process.  In fact, it was actually a question of how much maintenance Creekie had done on his bike during his lay-off…the answer unfortunately was not enough.
A tyre flat for Creekie at the bottom of the climb put paid to his and James’ hopes.  In a stroke of luck, the mechanical occurred just as they were being reeled in by the chasing bunches.  Seeing Creekie on the side of the road with an inadequate repair kit (spare tube valve stem not long enough for the deep dish wheels), Bob Morley from the bunch behind threw him a tube and a canister.  As luck would have it, the “survival kit” unfortunately bounced off the road and hit a *vehicle which was following.  The two “rural” occupants of said vehicle took umbrage and a bit of road rage ensued.  In a weird parody of a professional easing back to the team car, Bob gently explained what had occurred.  The situation quickly diffused and all was well.
*Vehicle being the loose term used to describe the motorised contraption which has clearly been a faithful servant to its owner…and is surprisingly still allowed to be registered to travel on roads…

Bobby’s group of six included three large blokes – Scott Denno, rewarded with a handicap reduction for his recent successes; Mark O’Callaghan, probably the fittest guy in the club; Jason Haire, joint patron of the W.A.R.S. and returning to racing from a long list of injuries and illnesses.
Joining the “heavies” were three lightweights – Peter Livitsanis, his elbow has repaired and he’s starting to find form again; Noel Said, the diminutive visiting Northern CC rider; Bob Morely, who is near the upper edge of the “lightweight” scale.
Good even rolling turns were the order of the day.  Jason endured until half way along Ercildoune Rd but was pretty cooked and dropped off after saying goodbye and thanks…and showing off his brand new bike which is pretty schmick!  The remaining five soldiered on, trying to make the climb before being caught.

The chopping block Second Scratch group were charging along, holding off Scratch and quickly reeling in Bob’s group in front.
Rob Phillips, Andrew Rushton, Brett Dedman, Rick Calvert and Steven Kennedy all of a single purpose as they had very little time to play with.  However the tale of day’s race was with Scratch and their epic ride…

Most of the Scratch bunch were in various states of fitness today.
More machine than man, Damien “Damo” Keirl was wired up in the ongoing analysis of his heart…or was that telemetry back to the pits for the Renault mechanics?
A relaxed Tony Mirabella was just back from a month overseas, the break doing his state of mind the world of good, but the pasta wasn’t helping with the power-to-weight.
Brendan “Sheems” Schiemer returning from weeks on the sidelines with a serious bout of life-threatening man-flu.
The bunch also included Dean “Kit” Wells and the lean and hungry Grant Dawson who had been promoted (long overdue some might say…particularly those he hammers every week) to join the ranks of Scratch.  Congratulations Smokey.

The ride up to the chicane was very controlled and quick.  Post race we would learn that Damien’s heart was going nuts (that’s a technical term for when someone’s heart rate exceeds 220 bpm) in the first 10 kilometres, so it was quite amazing that he lasted to the end.??  Rob Ellis (corner marshal) called out that Scratch were just 1 minute 20 seconds back at the chicane.  So far so good… they had taken 40 seconds off Second Scratch in less than 6 kilometres.
Controlled riding was the order of the day for Scratch.  Easy on the rises, power down the slopes.  Nice easy turns.
Closing towards the end of Ercildoune Road it was apparent that they were still over 1 minute in arrears of Second Scratch. ?The time and distance margin tumbled towards the end of Black Bottom Road, but ideally the catch would have been made earlier.
Onto the climb and Creekie is on the side of the road asking for someone to organise a lift for him.  Wells shouts out ‘Run like Froome’.

Scratch closes within fifty metres of the 2 minute group.  The 5 minute group is just ahead of them.  Scratch ease up and let the other two groups join.  It is only nearing the top of the climb on Beaufort-Waubra Rd that Scratch finally close the gap and take over the running, but not before Denno goes from the back to the front to do a suicide turn on the front, then pop(!) he’s out the back.
Cresting the climb the leaders can be seen up ahead.  ??No attacks along this section, although Wells rolls off the front before the downhill to Addington.  It’s a sharp corner and he wants clear road ahead!
Up the Edmonton Rd climb and the two leaders are soon collared.  Dawson assumes the pacemaking roll with Wells alongside.  Both really just trying to block the road and be in the right place if someone attacks…although Tony was twenty metres up the road for some reason and Rick Calvert is looking edgy.
Sheems puts in a burst nearing the top of the climb.  A few riders follow, and a few don’t.  Wells jumps into the fray and assumes pacemaking as they charge down toward the home turn.??  A car coming the opposite way means the combined bunch has to go almost single file…then a sharp turn which Sheems and Fifi almost overcook.  Wells is placed handy to attack – but that wouldn’t be fair after the bunch had to string out for the vehicle leading into the technical turn.??  The bunch regroups with Dedman, Dawson and Calvert all prominent.
Kierl is in about 6th wheel as they race down the dip, Andrew Rushton is glued to his back wheel tighter than a tubular tyre, Sheems tried to pinch his spot, but the only way to get onto Keirls wheel was probably under Rushton.  Sheems settles for Mirabella’s wheel instead.
Wells launches out of the dip hoping to drag some with him.  Let’s face it…a bunch sprint should really only end one way (Kierl winning), so Wells is really trying to disrupt a few riders and help a Scratch rider win.??  Most of the bunch is smarter than that (all except whoever followed).  The bunch regroups and soon after Keirl launches from a hell of a long way out.  It looks like he has caught everyone napping and he has opened a few bike lengths.  Rushton comes out of the pack, but daylight is second and Keirl holds a clear margin to the line.  Brett Dedman also sprints into the clear to take third with daylight back to Smokey Dawson.  Sheems gets over a labouring Mirabella for fifth.

1st – Damien Keirl (Scratch)
2nd – Andrew Rushton (2.5 minutes)
3rd – Brett Dedman (2.5 minutes)
4th – Grant Dawson (Scratch)
5th – Brendan Schiemer (Scratch)
Fastest Time – Damien Keirl (Scratch) in 1hr 12min 55 sec

Europa Café is located in the Ballarat CBD at 411 Sturt Street.

Europa Café is open every day from 7:00am for breakfast and lunch.

Europa Café is a spacious, inexpensive family style café, offering a range of tasty treats, hearty meals and scrumptious snacks.

We thank Kathryn and Jason for their ongoing support of our club and the Winter Aggregate Race Series.

The winners of EVERY race in the 2016 W.A.R.S. receive a Europa Café voucher.

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