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September 21, 2014 – Weatherboard circuit, 50km Hcp

September 21, 2014 – Weatherboard circuit, 50km Hcp

Mal Rocks

Mal “Balboa” Rock went the full twelve rounds with a small but talented field and then knocked ‘em into tomorrow with a hellish final burst, clipping a fast finishing Kevin Lee’s ticket by a bike length on the line.

“It ain’t how hard you hit, it’s how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. It’s how much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done” – Mal “Balboa” Rock

Obviously the weather wasn’t bad enough for the really hard men of Eureka to even get out of bed, with only 16 riders donning numbers on a perfect spring morning. What was to be a series of scratch races was quickly converted into a handicap as really only B-grade had sufficient numbers for a race. Little wind and fine conditions made for very fast racing and the front of the race impossible to pull back.

The almost-limit bunch of Graeme Parker, Greg Curnow and today’s winner, the fighting Mal Rock had a slim 17 min advantage over the scratch pairing of Tony Mirabella and Shane Miller. They would have to work hard to preserve that gap, which is precisely what they did. Unseen until the last 5kms this dynamic trio uncharacteristically gelled well to average way above their mark. Greg doesn’t sleep anymore and it’s given him a grim edge and dulled his pain threshold, Graeme has turned back the clock and is riding like a man half his age (a man half his age would almost qualify for Vets – happy birthday Graeme!), however he paid a high price for such a powerful ride, aggravating his dodgy knee. But today was the day Mal finally got his mojo back, a solid contributor all race and a bold final dash for victory.

Chasing these three was John Creek, Brian and Kevin Lee and Brad Eppingstall off 12 min. Pretty lonely ride for these four – didn’t see a sole behind all race and took 2 ½ laps to catch sight of limit who were well up the road. John Creek is somewhere near his competitive best, watch out for him in the coming crits. Brian and Kevin Lee always race honestly and provided the engine for the quartet, Popeye always has something left at the death with a hard kick that surprises the more pure sprinters. Brad “Crit-monster” Eppingstall was “rewarded” for his recent good form with his first move back for the year, starting with the Lee Bros and Creekie is a decent step up for him, but to his credit he didn’t miss a turn until he was completely cooked into Weatherboard Road on the third lap – he dropped off, gasping for air and inhaled a fly, the extra protein didn’t agree with him, turning him greener than his bike.

Mal’s madmen were cooking, Creekie’s 12min bunch worked hard to claw them back but it still took until the final chicane on Burrumbeet Rd to catch them. They had burnt all their matches in the chase and with nothing in the mirror, and bugger all in the tank, they were keen to rest up and prepare for the sprint. This was fine by Mal and his crew who got a 2-3 km free ride home, Mal arrived at the top of the final hill the freshest of the lot, dropped a few gears and laid rubber to the line. Surprised by someone else using his move, Popeye found that last tin of spinach and set to the chase, but Mal wasn’t looking back, ears pinned back it was only the line that held his gaze.

Like one, that on a lonesome road Doth walk in fear and dread, And having once turned round walks on, And turns no more his head; Because he knows, a frightful fiend Doth close behind him tread.

John Creek was rewarded with third for his excellent ride, Greg thought it was all a dream and picked up fourth, while Brian ensured both Lee boys went home with money taking fifth.

With Creekie’s mob averaging over 34km/hr, the rest of the field were never in the hunt. The next bunch on the road, a long way back, was the 7 min mob of Bob Morley, Scott Denno and Albie “Honolulu” Govan. They weren’t making much headway on the leaders until the back of the race arrived, but that was like grabbing a tiger by the tail, the extra pace quickly destroyed the bunch as one by one they were shelled.

Today on the 3 min chopping block was a resurgent Grant “Smokey” Dawson, a recuperating Michael Veal, Dean “Centennial Man” Wells and Peter “Fifi” Livitsanis. With a very skinny 3 minutes on Shane Miller their race was pretty much over before it started and tactics had turned to how to make the final spot on the podium. “Don’t worry” said Tony Mirabella “we’ll work with you when we come through”. Well, Shane had other ideas, the catch came at the 20km mark followed quickly by the dispatch as Shane buried them in the Avenue. Only Smokey could go with scratch, hanging onto their jersey pockets for another lap before he too waved goodbye. Smokey’s ride was particularly impressive, not only hanging onto a rider of Shane Miller’s calibre but also riding through the rest of the race after he was dropped.

The scratch pair of Tony and Shane rode hard and almost caught the race, probably another rider or two would have made the difference, but today they had to settle for a two up sprint for fastest time. In a sprint it’s a bit of a coin toss between these two, in the final analysis Shane had enough to edge out Tony. A great ride by this pair.

Results

1st           Mal Rock (17 min)

2nd          Kevin Lee (12 min)

3rd           John Creek (12 min)

4th           Greg Curnow (17 min)

5th           Brian Lee (12 min)

FT           Shane Miller (Scratch)

ROD       Grant Dawson (3 min)

2014 Eureka Open – link to results, photos and media – 14/09/2014

2014 Eureka Open – link to results, photos and media – 14/09/2014

Fantastic day of racing – thank you to all riders, officials, marshals and everyone else who helped out. For full results visit mylaps.com and photos can be found at the Eureka Veterans Cycling Club Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/EurekaVeteransCyclingClub

2014 Winter Aggregate Race Series – Denno wins the Battle, Ritchie wins the WARS

2014 Winter Aggregate Race Series – Denno wins the Battle, Ritchie wins the WARS

Denno wins the Battle, Ritchie wins the WARS
The last race of the WARS saw a dazzling display of sprinting devastation from Scott “Reduction Man” Denno to dispatch a desperate dive from Dave ‘Pixie” Peters and deliver the dosh to Denno by less than a dragonfly’s digit. It took 20min, a dozen video replays and some heavy duty squinting to separate the pair that hit the line at >60km/hr.
The last day of Winter and not only is the weather warming up, so too is the racing at Eureka, with the last big hit out before our Open for most. Particularly promising is the form of some of our middle and front markers who are much harder to catch, almost impossible to drop and dangerous in the sprint.
A handy six man bunch left off the “minimum chips” limit mark of 17 mins, and held the race lead until the final lap. Graham “The Master” Parker learned to race when TV was still in black and white and he’s still showing the “young guys” how to sprint at the death. The lightly raced Barry Robinson is more machine than man these days, with more replacement parts than grandpa’s holden he always races on the rivet and was a solid contributor again today. Mal Rock is an enigma, you never know what you are going to get from one race to another, on a bad day he is prone to brain fades, has the attention span of a goldfish and the staying power of snow, on a good day he is a tough hombre with a thousand yard stare and a gritty resolve. Today it was the later. Greg “ Cadel” Curnow has had man-flu for about the last 6 months and suffered again today but he wasn’t alone, Rotten Ronnie Larkin was also not at his best, both men shelled. Terry Collie made up the chorus and looked comfortable until the group were caught and the speed went up, Terry’s got a bit more zip about him this year and looks like a man with a plan.
Chasing Parkers bunch of rogues and reprobates was the race killing 8 min bunch. They were the biggest bunch of the day with 7 game riders and some serious firepower hidden in their midst. You could hardly wipe the smiles from their faces at the start line, and as the wind picked up so too did their confidence. Barring a major malfunction there was high expectations that this bunch would be in the mix at the end. The real muscle in the group was today’s winner, Reduction Man has been training hard and despite his self-deprecating assessment of his form, the training is starting to pay off, Scott was irrepressive today, even in the warm up he was dropping riders. He is a serious contender that packs a whollop in a sprint. The current WARS leader (and ultimate winner) Matt Ritchie has had a great winter and only needed a high placing to secure aggregate glory, otherwise his fate was in the hands of the gods, he was keen to ensure his bunch did two things; 1) catch the race, 2) keep Phil Cartledge off their tail – the bunch succeeded on both accounts and Matt walked off with the bubbles and bucks.
After an initiation of fire in recent weeks, new rider Duncan “Psycho” Bates got a lift out and found his level today, racing with conviction and strength. John Creek is finding form fast, he’s already come a long way since returning to racing 3 weeks ago, today he didn’t miss a beat, worked all his turns and was a driving force behind the success of the bunch – justifiably he was awarded Race of the Day. Dave “Pixie” Peters is yet to win a handicap at Eureka but he has gone oh so close on a couple of occasions. He’s on the comeback trail too and is racing a bunch or two in front of his best form. Today was very promising for him, his mid-week retreat to the Murray obviously a tonic. Bob Morley and Kevin Lee rounded out this fearsome group, both have been racing consistently over recent weeks and what they two lack in power/weight ratios they make up for in strength of character and a superhuman appetite for suffering.
The 8 min marauders caught the 17 min bunch on the last lap and stepped up the pace to sort out who had legs and who was there for show. The headwind up Crick’s Hill tested the bunch but once they turned for home downwind down Donovans Rd the race could have been anyones. Over the rise and a kilo from home Kevin ‘Popeye’ Lee stepped out first, trying to steal a march on the more fancied sprinters. Matt saw this as an opportunity and tried to bridge, both of these riders have used this “Hail Mary” strategy in the past for some success but not today, both folded their hands early and were consumed by the pack. Dave kicked hard but Scott was on to him quickly, it took Scott a little while to work up the revs but the engine was fairly singing as he edged in front of Dave. Dave kicked again and threw himself, his bike and all his hope at the line but missed “by that much”, again. In a really fast bunch sprint it was The Master Parker who grabbed third only a bike length behind the winner, with Mal Rock bobbing up for fourth and Bob rocking up for fifth.
The middle and front of the race had ridden so well the back of the race were never in the hunt. Second scratch were on a kamikaze mission to hell, with four riders chasing 7 and looking for 5 mins, into the wind, is was always going to be a tough day on the bike. The last winner on this course Jon Lacey has lost none of his form and race strongly, Dean Wells feels no pain and buried himself on the front, while Peter “Fifi” Livitsanis, who had earned a promotion to second scratch, and Grant “Smokey” Dawson suffered like dogs gritting their teeth and pretending their legs weren’t screaming. They took a minute out of the bunch up the road on the first lap and 1.5mins out on the second but two consecutive red flags took the momentum out of the bunch and sealed their fate, now “winning” had become how long could they maintain their slim margin over Scratch.
Scratch showed up on Quarry Hill on the last lap, Tony Mirabella and Phil Cartledge had ridden through the black mist to finally reel in the 3 min bunch, and they were looking for help. Earlier Andrew “Sparky” Rushton had started with them but a short circuit blew all his fuses and his lights went out on the first lap, leaving Phil and Tony to the chase. In a superb display of selfless riding, Phil put in a huge effort, pulling long high speed turns at a ridiculously low cadence much to Tony’s joy. Once combined with second scratch it was a case of race home as best you can, Smokey got shelled up Crick’s Hill but fought hard to get back on but paid the price 300m later on Coghills Ck corner, Dean had spent all his bikkies and let the guys go on Donovan’s Rd. Fifi hung on so he could witness the finish and have something to write about and Lacey pretended he’d started with scratch and decided to contest the sprint for fun. Tony hit the gas with 100m to go to easily account for Phil for fastest.
This race concluded out Winter Aggregate Race Series, a very successful series which saw most of the clubs racers and members involved in some capacity. Thanks to Dean Wells for the inspiration and sponsoring the series. Congratulations go to this year’s winner was Matt Ritchie.
Results
1st    Scott Denno (8 min)
2nd    Dave Peters (8 min)
3rd    Graeme Parker (17 min)
4th    Mal Rock (17 min)
5th    Bob Morley (8 min)
FT    Tony Mirabella (Scratch)
ROD    John Creek (8 min)

 

Coghills Creek Handicap
31 August 2014
Coghills Creek Circuit, 60km

August 31, 2014: Coghills Creek Handicap, 60km

Denno wins the Battle, Ritchie wins the WARS.

The last race of the WARS saw a dazzling display of sprinting devastation from Scott ‘Reduction Man’ Denno to dispatch a desperate dive from Dave ‘Pixie’ Peters and deliver the dosh to Denno by less than a dragonfly’s digit. It took 20min, a dozen video replays and some heavy duty squinting to separate the pair that hit the line at >60km/hr.

The last day of winter and not only is the weather warming up, so too is the racing at Eureka, with the last big hit out before our Open for most. Particularly promising is the form of some of our middle and front markers who are much harder to catch, almost impossible to drop and dangerous in the sprint.

A handy six man bunch left off the ‘minimum chips’ limit mark of 17 mins, and held the race lead until the final lap. Graham ‘The Master’ Parker learned to race when TV was still in black and white and he’s still showing the ‘young guys’ how to sprint at the death. The lightly raced Barry Robinson is more machine than man these days, with more replacement parts than Grandpa’s Holden he always races on the rivet and was a solid contributor again today. Mal Rock is an enigma, you never know what you are going to get from one race to another, on a bad day he is prone to brain fades, has the attention span of a goldfish and the staying power of snow, on a good day he is a tough hombre with a thousand yard stare and a gritty resolve. Today it was the later. Greg ‘Cadel’ Curnow has had man-flu for about the last 6 months and suffered again today but he wasn’t alone, Rotten Ronnie Larkin was also not at his best, both men shelled. Terry Collie made up the chorus and looked comfortable until the group were caught and the speed went up, Terry’s got a bit more zip about him this year and looks like a man with a plan.

Chasing Parkers bunch of rogues and reprobates was the race killing 8 min bunch. They were the biggest bunch of the day with 7 game riders and some serious firepower hidden in their midst. You could hardly wipe the smiles from their faces at the start line, and as the wind picked up so too did their confidence. Barring a major malfunction there was high expectations that this bunch would be in the mix at the end. The real muscle in the group was today’s winner, Reduction Man has been training hard and despite his self-deprecating assessment of his form, the training is starting to pay off, Scott was irrepressive today, even in the warm up he was dropping riders. He is a serious contender that packs a whollop in a sprint. The current WARS leader (and ultimate winner) Matt Ritchie has had a great winter and only needed a high placing to secure aggregate glory, otherwise his fate was in the hands of the gods, he was keen to ensure his bunch did two things; 1) catch the race, 2) keep Phil Cartledge off their tail – the bunch succeeded on both accounts and Matt walked off with the bubbles and bucks.

After an initiation of fire in recent weeks, new rider Duncan ‘Psycho’ Bates got a lift out and found his level today, racing with conviction and strength. John Creek is finding form fast, he’s already come a long way since returning to racing 3 weeks ago, today he didn’t miss a beat, worked all his turns and was a driving force behind the success of the bunch – justifiably he was awarded Race of the Day. Dave “Pixie” Peters is yet to win a handicap at Eureka but he has gone oh so close on a couple of occasions. He’s on the comeback trail too and is racing a bunch or two in front of his best form. Today was very promising for him, his mid-week retreat to the Murray obviously a tonic. Bob Morley and Kevin Lee rounded out this fearsome group, both have been racing consistently over recent weeks and what they two lack in power/weight ratios they make up for in strength of character and a superhuman appetite for suffering.

The 8 minute marauders caught the 17 minute bunch on the last lap and stepped up the pace to sort out who had legs and who was there for show. The headwind up Crick’s Hill tested the bunch but once they turned for home downwind down Donovans Rd the race could have been anyone’s. Over the rise and a kilo from home Kevin ‘Popeye’ Lee stepped out first, trying to steal a march on the more fancied sprinters. Matt saw this as an opportunity and tried to bridge, both of these riders have used this ‘Hail Mary’ strategy in the past for some success, but not today – they folded their hands early and were consumed by the pack. Dave kicked hard but Scott was on to him quickly, it took Scott a little while to work up the revs but the engine was fairly singing as he edged in front of Dave. Dave kicked again and threw himself, his bike and all his hope at the line but missed “by that much”, again. In a really fast bunch sprint it was The Master Parker who grabbed third only a bike length behind the winner, with Mal Rock bobbing up for fourth and Bob rocking up for fifth.

The middle and front of the race had ridden so well the back of the race were never in the hunt. Second scratch were on a kamikaze mission to hell, with four riders chasing 7 and looking for 5 minutes, into the wind, is was always going to be a tough day on the bike. The last winner on this course Jon Lacey has lost none of his form and race strongly, Dean Wells feels no pain and buried himself on the front, while Peter ‘Fifi’ Livitsanis, who had earned a promotion to second scratch, and Grant ‘Smokey’ Dawson suffered like dogs gritting their teeth and pretending their legs weren’t screaming. They took a minute out of the bunch up the road on the first lap, and 1.5mins out on the second, but two consecutive red flags took the momentum out of the bunch and sealed their fate, now ‘winning’ had become how long could they maintain their slim margin over Scratch.

Scratch showed up on Quarry Hill on the last lap, Tony Mirabella and Phil Cartledge had ridden through the black mist to finally reel in the 3 min bunch, and they were looking for help. Earlier Andrew ‘Sparky’ Rushton had started with them but a short circuit blew all his fuses and his lights went out on the first lap, leaving Phil and Tony to the chase. In a superb display of selfless riding, Phil put in a huge effort, pulling long high speed turns at a ridiculously low cadence much to Tony’s joy. Once combined with second scratch it was a case of race home as best you can, Smokey got shelled up Crick’s Hill but fought hard to get back on but paid the price 300m later on Coghills Creek corner, Dean had spent all his bikkies and let the guys go on Donovan’s Rd. Fifi hung on so he could witness the finish and have something to write about and Lacey pretended he’d started with scratch and decided to contest the sprint for fun. Tony hit the gas with 100m to go to easily account for Phil for fastest.

This race concluded out Winter Aggregate Race Series, a very successful series which saw most of the clubs racers and members involved in some capacity. Thanks to Dean Wells for the inspiration and sponsoring the series. Congratulations go to this year’s winner was Matt Ritchie.

Results

1st           Scott Denno (8 min)

2nd          Dave Peters (8 min)

3rd           Graeme Parker (17 min)

4th           Mal Rock (17 min)

5th           Bob Morley (8 min)

FT           Tony Mirabella (Scratch)

ROD       John Creek (8 min)

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