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2014 – Ron Rivette Memorial, Hcp – Balliang (Bacchus Marsh)

1st – David Woreland (Eastern)
2nd – Dean Wells (Eureka)
3rd – Graeme Parker (Eureka)
4th – Owen Tudball (Eureka)
5th and fastest time – Nick Kennedy (Colac)
Ride of the Day – Graeme Parker (Eureka)

Race Report: Windmill Handicap

Eureka Veterans Cycling Club Race Report 6 April 2014 Windmill Circuit, Handicap – By Pete Livistansis

The scratch pairing of Tony Mirabella and Phil Cartledge tore the field apart on their wilful rampage to victory, Tony just nudging out Phil in a closely contested sprint finish. It was total devastation, with 12 of the 23 starters either failing to finish or were dropped early and completed the race for training. Not since Arnold Schwartzenegger and Danny Devito has there been a more odd couple of twins as the scratch pairing of Tony “the Hammer” Mirabella and his trusty sidekick Phil “Tonto” Cartledge, but today that packed a wallop. On the whiteboard it looked like a strong field, no real limit bunch, instead a solid group of 8 off 12 mins got proceedings underway, they held the race lead until late in the last lap. Graeme Parker was unlucky to get two punctures and John Faulkner retired early, however, Ron Larkin and Greg Curnow were keen and spritely. Mal Rock was back in the fold and it was a pleasure to see Sue Parker back out for a race. Being pushed backed was Tony Herbert, last time round this course he was off limit, a great ride by Tony to stay in the mix. Six minutes back was the group of death, no one in this bunch survived. Matt Bowman dropped a chain, Kevin Lee and Terry Constable were dropped and rode out the race in suffering silence. But the final blow came two thirds into the second lap when out of nowhere came a steaming scratch bunch and a couple of hangers on. Snorting fire and physically tearing the pedals out of the bottom brackets they crashed into the back of the 6 minuters. Rob Parker had been travelling along very nicely but was taken off guard spitting his Gatorade back into the bottle, Brad Eppingstall was introduced to what 1000 watts feels like and Al Barnett couldn’t match the ferocity of this onslaught. So what was left of the 6 minuters rolled down Donovan’s Road and pulled out at the conclusion of lap two. While scratch may have been responsible for the demise of the 6 minuters, the second scratch bunch destroyed themselves. With a miserly 1 minute advantage over scratch the six riders panicked. They disappeared out of the start gate like startled rabbits. The group couldn’t settle and rough turns and surging soon took its toll. By the first rise up to Blowhard the group was in trouble. Peter Livitsanis was gone before the corner, Dean Griffin and Jason Haire gone by the top of Cricks hill. Phil and Tony were riding hard behind however they wouldn’t be able to keep it up for too long chasing 6, however now they were only chasing 3, and by Coghills Creek on the first lap they had them. The pace went up again and Dan Hale popped. The two lone survivors were Darren Terry and Grant Dawson daggling on the back of the maniacal Tony and Phil. The paced eased once the group had cleaned up the 6 minute bunch and it was apparent the race was theirs for the taking. But they didn’t factor on one thing, when they finally hit the 12 minute bunch, Greg Curnow managed to hang on, flying the flag for the ordinary man, he pulled out the big shovel and buried himself to finish a very creditable 5th. Darren pulled away from Grant late to pinch third. And for his extended visit to the hurtlocker, Greg “Cadel” Curnow was duly awarded ride of the day Results 1st Tony Mirabella (scratch) 2nd Phil Cartledge (scratch) 3rd Darren Terry (1 min) 4th Grant Dawson (1 min) 5th Greg Curnow (12 min) Fastest Tony Mirabella ROD Greg Curnow

Production Drive, Graded Criterium – Eureka Vets Cycling

Production Drive, Graded Criterium – Eureka Vets Cycling

Trubo charged racing and some stand out results at the Production Drive circuit.

A Grade

Dean “Sparticus” Griffin announced his return to A Grade in emphatic style, gritting his teeth he attacked with approx. 5 minutes and two laps to go (might have been a bit further out than that – Bill is in charge of the stop watch) for “the long scream” to the line. With a heart bigger than Phar Lap and cheered on by his own cheer squad, the heroic Deano turned himself inside out to hold off the fast finishing field to prove it takes more than just speed to win a bike race. The A Grade race was packed with attacks and counterattacks with nearly everyone in the field off the front at some stage. The intermediate sprint was taken by the Phil Cartledge who is discovering that he might be able to sprint with the big boys yet. Shane Cody was powerful at the end but burnt all his matches trying to reel Dean back in on the last two laps. Lindsay Burgoyne and Dave Peters both put in solid efforts to stay in contention for the whole race.

 

Results

1st Dean Griffin

2nd Phil Cartledge

3rd Tony Mirabella

Int Sprint Phil Cartledge

 

B Grade

Matt Ritchie appeared out from under his invisibility cloak at the death to take the front for the first time in the race but at the most important time. With an aggressive kick, he scooted clear on the second last corner and was never headed by his more fancied rivals, celebrating his first B-Grade win – an intelligent ride by an improving racer. The race was dominated by half-hearted attacks by Albie Govan, Jason Haire and Peter Livitsanis, no one willing to fully commit at the risk of not being able to match a counterattack. John Creek is starting to find his legs and stayed handy, pushing the pace on occasion and Neil Walters’ return to the crit course was a lot more uneventful than his last – he managed to navigate the course at speed without falling off. Matt and Brett Caddie kept their powder dry for the inevitable final sprint. With Jason leading out and Peter watching Albie and caught wide, Matt took his chance up the inside of the penultimate corner and got clear, Jason and Albie were close but once he’s clear Matt takes a lot of bringing back.

 

Results

1st Matt Ritchie

2nd Jason Haire

3rd Albie Govan

 

 

C Grade

Out on the windswept plains around Production Drive lurks a mythical beast, the legendary “Crit Monster”, the sounds of his mashing gears and whirring wheels strike fear into most and dread into the rest. The “Crit Monster” is the alter ego of mild-mannered Brad Eppingstall, and yet again on Sunday he unleashed his inner beast to storm off with yet another C Grade crit. This was no ordinary C Grade field, replete with powerhouses Graeme Parker, Scott Denno and Greg Curnow, however no one had enough to eclipse Brad’s devastating final kick.

 

Results

1st Brad Eppingstall

2nd Graeme Parker

3rd Scott Denno

 

 

D Grade

A two up battle of the sexes, Tony Herbert v’s Princess Lisa Ritchie. After a sensational result at Warrnambool and some serious training, Lisa must have been the favourite, however, while the pair were evenly matched, it was Tony who had just a bit more bite in his sprint to pinch it from Lisa. The pair followed C Grade around until their final two laps, ominously they had no real trouble doing this either. This not only set up a red hot sprint it also ensured a very quick average speed, Lisa clocking a 1:30 lap (second fastest women) and an amazing 35+km/hr race average.

 

Results

1st Tony Herbert

 

Production Drive, Graded Criterium – Eureka Vets Cycling Ballarat

Production Drive, Graded Criterium – Eureka Vets Cycling Ballarat

Fine, dry conditions and light winds made for some fast aggressive racing on Production Drive circuit for the 4 grades of riders assembled for battle.

A Grade

Looking more “Wookie” than Jedi, the hirsute Shane Cody unleashed a devastating final lap attack that left a talented A grade field in his wake, chamois dancing across the line. It’s been a while since someone has won a B grade crit one week and returned two weeks later to win A Grade – in fact it might have been the Jedi master himself who last achieved this feat. One thing is certain, when you make the new handicapper look slow you ain’t coming back to B Grade anytime soon.

Phil Cartledge has a unique crit strategy that pays off once in ten, jump off the front and see if you can either get a lap on the field or time trial to victory, this week was one of the other nine times that this doesn’t work. For his gallant efforts he was awarded Ride of the Day.

A grade also welcomed back Guy Falla, he never shows up if he isn’t fit and today was no exception. Guy always keeps things honest and was the engine in a race that averaged around 39km/hr. Club Champ Andrew Rushton threw out an early challenge but settled once caught, finishing in the bunch sprint for second. The Italian Stallion, Tony Mirabella was feeling more draught horse than speedy steed but still managed a respectable 2nd

 

Results

1st Shane Cody

2nd Tony Mirabella

3rd Phil Cartledge

 

B Grade – Captain Phillips

Rob Phillips is not exactly new to racing but this was his very first crit. If he was nervous it didn’t show, he was never really troubled by the tight racing or the speed and penned his maiden crit win into his palmares. This “Man of Steel”s race seemed effortless, he positioned himself well all race and had more punch in the final sprint to out-gun a rapidly improving Albie “Honolulu” Govan. It only took a few laps for the assembled rag tag bunch to work out they were all pretty evenly matched and a tactical race ensued. Characterised by half-hearted attacks from Peter Livitsanis and Bob Morley and the occasional quicker lap or two when Dean Wells or Richard Taylor felt inclined, everything was marked and chased down. Well done to Brian Lee, elevated into B Grade for his sins, he showed the dour Lee spirit to cling grimly to the back on the bunch, while a longshot at best his “win” was still being there and being competitive. The race settled into a rhythm and was always destined for a sprint finish, however it also became evident early that Rob had the biggest kick and would probably win a sprint. Not interested in a last minute furious finish, Albie and Dean combined to try to take the race from a lap and a half out. Their attack shattered the field, but Rob has seen it all before and easily found Albie’s back wheel. It was all too academic around the last bend, Rob comes off the wheel of a weakening Honolulu and nails the sprint.

 

Results

1st Rob Phillips

2nd Albie Govan

3rd Dean Wells

 

 

C Grade

 

Having not raced for over a year, Jason Haire made a welcome return to vets racing and celebrated with a hardworking win, despite his lack of pre-race confidence. A tall but small four man field contested C grade and was mad smaller (but not shorter) when Matt Ritchie punchured on the penultimate lap, leaving it to the tall timber of Jason and John Creek to contest the finale. Usually a handful in crit racing, John Creek is steadily finding form and raced well. With a win under his belt we hope to see more of Jason this season.

 

Results

1st Jason Haire

2nd John Creek

 

 

D Grade

Production Drive is turning into Brad Eppingstalls backyard, so dominant is he in crit racing. It’s never pretty, Brad isn’t the cleanest technician on a bike, he is famous for some of the weird lines he takes around corners, but he is a real powerhouse and not many can come around him when he’s in full flight. The bookies were also quietly watching the rest of the field too as there is a smokey or two in D Grade, the cagey Graeme Parker is sitting on some serious good form and was very aggressive throughout the race, the race pace he was generating not only kept the others gasping, it had D Grade overtaking B Grade. Barry Robinson must be “Mr Consistent”, a hard man to shake and a smart racer, there must be a win not too far off for him.

 

Results

1st Brad Eppingstall

2nd Graeme Parker

3rd Barry Robinson

 

 

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