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May 24, 2015 – Davidson’s Blinds Hcp – 52.7 km – Weatherboard circuit/start and finish near clubrooms

May 24, 2015 – Davidson’s Blinds Hcp – 52.7 km – Weatherboard circuit/start and finish near clubrooms

Davidson’s Blinds Handicap.  Weatherboard circuit with a new top and tail. 52.7 km

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Tony “the Roman” Blinds ‘em

Some say Tony Mirabella is the product of secret medical experiments behind the iron curtain, and that his tendons have the zip of overwound blind springs.  Today, Tony “the Roman” took full advantage of his window of opportunity, with a superhuman sprint for first and fastest.

Perfect sunny conditions greeted the riders on the start line, with just a zephyr of breeze from the NE to challenge them on the Avenue.  Usually the sort of conditions that favour the front of the race…but not today.

First away off 24 mins was Stay-away Ray and his new side-kick.  Yes, Ray had company for a change – in the form of the new and improved John Faulkner.  With his doctors blessing, John has commenced his comeback.  He has ambitions and a renewed hunger for racing again which will only see him improve every week.  This week John and Ray made a great fist of it.  Riding two-up and being chased by bigger bunches, they lead the race until late into the last lap – an admirable achievement.
John’s efforts rewarded with Ride of the Day.

The chasing 14 min bunch (of three) made steady progress on the Ray/Faulkner duo.  They stayed clear of the chasers until the end of the penultimate lap.  Graeme Parker was in great nick.  Tony Herbert was struggling on the hills, but otherwise raced on-pace.  And Rob Young is making huge improvements with every race.  Rob has been moved back a good 10 minutes since starting with the club this year.

Today the race was brewing from the middle markers back.  With the race drawing together at an even rate like a perfect pleated curtain, the 6 min seamstresses were stitching together the bunches up the road.
Brian Lee was rock solid despite limited racing over the last month.  Duncan Bates provided much needed strength, he had more to give but the bunch was keen to stay together and work as one.  John Creek struggled early but found a rhythm by mid race, by the time the race drew together he wasn’t pedalling squares anymore.  Bob Morley captained the bunch, moderating the enthusiasm and monitoring progress (poorly). To the surprise of the rest, Peter “Fifi” Livitsanis had been granted a lift into the bunch and was frisky on the hills.

Two laps to go and the Morley bunch rounded up the 10 min bunch of Ed Rozycki, Kevin Popeye Lee, gentleman Barry Robinson and new rider – on his maiden club race – Louis Nuspan.
Louis was draped over the most strikingly orange bike ever seen and was a driving force in the bunch early.  Ed was riding well and even worked a few turns with the 6 min guys.  For his great early season form Barry, has been moved back a bunch, while he found the going solid, he rode a smart race, the draw string only snapping when Scratch came through.  At the end of that lap, they caught up with Graeme’s 14 min lads just at the bottom of Hendersons Hill.  Fifi took a fly at the hill to try to dislodge a few, but his attempt was about as substantial as an organza curtain, with most finding what they needed to stay in touch.  Graeme in particular was impressive as he steamed up the short incline.

Rounding the corner into the Avenue for the last time and the call came from Rocky (marshal) on the corner “4 mins, 4 mins to the front”.
That sounded like a lot!  Ray and John must have been digging deep to still be that far out.  However they were fast running out of juice and as they rounded into Weatherboard Rd for the last time is was curtains for them as what was left of the 6,10 and 14 min combine bunch took the race lead.
Morley swivels around in his chair and reports back that Scratch are still 1.5km behind!  Unfortunately he hadn’t swivelled far enough, in fact Scratch and second Scratch were on top of them and 10 sec later were storming past.  From a feeling of complacency it was now time to scramble.
The scratch trio of Phil Cartledge, Tony Mirabella and Brendan Scheimer had been working smoothly and efficiently and for their efforts had caught the larger second scratch markers of Rob Phillips, Grant Smokey Dawson, Darren Terry, Peter Kiel and Dave Peters by mid race.
These 8 combined to chase the rest of the field.  Rob’s new bike must only have one tiny gear on the back and at a cadence of about 80 rpm he ground along like a black steam train.  Darren is always strong and ensured no rest.  In contrast to Philips, Peter Kiel is like the Energiser Bunny, animated and high revving.  Smokey was also riding well, although he took some interesting gambles late in the race.  Dave “Pixie” Peters struggled, yo-yoing off the back and working hard to get back on, occasionally with the assistance of farm machinery.

Into the last lap, the field had all come together on Weatherboard Rd.  Phil led everyone through the chicane at rapid pace which dislodged a few at the back who didn’t have the acceleration out of the corner to rejoin.  Then up the Henderson’s Rd Hill for the last time, terrible Tony, Brendan, Kiely and Phil turned the screws.  Fifi jumped on and the five crested with a bit of a gap.  However, despite the urging of Tony to press on, the five eased off and the stronger chasing riders found back wheels by the Avenue corner.

On toward the pig farm at a leisurely clip, occasionally interrupted by the impetuous, although no-one bold enough for a long distance raid.  Round the final corner and Smokey sneaks off the front into the headwind.  Duncan controls the pace of the pack to maintain the gap to Smokey (or perhaps to give him half a chance to increase his gap).  No one is interested in being the one to close Smokey down and they left him to fry.

The shutters went up for those that fancied a sprint finish, and the race took a deep breath.  Inevitably, with the finish line approaching, someone’s nerve would break, in the end Fifi took off after Smokey.  The junction was made and the curtain was raised on the free-for-all sprint finale.
Tony, Brendan and Kiely opened up simultaneously and whipped up the right, Phil chose suicide inside left, and the four of them took it to the line with Rob and Darren on their heels.
Tony took the lead 50m out and was never headed.  Phil’s line started to close out but he had enough space and pace to take second, with Brendan third and Kiely fourth.

Results:

1st and fastest – Tony Mirabella (scratch)
2nd – Phil Cartledge (scratch)
3rd – Peter Kiel (2 min)
4th – Brendan Schiemer (scratch)
5th – Darren Terry (2 min)
RoD – John Faulkner (limit)

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2015 – South Pacific Veterans Championships

Held at Maryborough, 3rd to 5th April 2015.

 

Mens Road Races

40-44
4th –
Andrew Rushton

45-49
1st – 
Matt Bowman

70-74
2nd – Bob Braszell

 

Mens 300 metre sprint

40-44
3rd – Andrew Rushton

 

Mens Time Trials

40-44
4th – Andrew Rushton

45-49
3rd – 
Matt Bowman

50-54
5th – Phil Cartledge

70-74
2nd – Bob Braszell

 

Mens Criteriums

50-54 
3rd – Phil Cartledge
4th – Tony Mirabella

60-64
4th
- Lindsay Burgoyne

70-74
3rd – Bob Braszell

 

2015 – Victorian State Championships – VVCC events

Time Trials

TBA

 

*Road Races run as part of the South Pacific Veterans Championships (at Easter in Maryborough, Vic.)

Mens Road Races

45-49
1st – Matt Bowman

70-74
2nd – Bob Braszell

 

*Criteriums run as part of the South Pacific Veterans Championships (at Easter in Maryborough, Vic.)

Mens Criteriums

50-54
3rd – 
Phil Cartledge

70-74
1st – Bob Braszell

2014 – South Pacific Veterans Cycling Championships

Held at Maryborough, 18th to 20th April 2014.

 

Mens Road Races

65-69
2nd – Bob Braszell

 

Mens Time Trials

65-69
2nd – Bob Braszell

 

 

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