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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)

August 24, 2014: Mt Misery Handicap, 48km

Matt Makes a Move

Matt “Scud” Ritchie has been there or there abouts for the past few races, but somehow kismet has played its part and the finale’s have been miss-fires for Matt, but not today. The usually patient and race savvy Matt knew he was in the hunt again today, but recent losses must have had him on edge. Startled by something, perhaps a bogus sighting of Scratch, or maybe just his own shadow, he launched his final sprint a long way from home. The field hesitated, how can he go so far out? But fuelled by vengeance for past narrow losses, there was no intercepting him and the Scud finally hit the mark. The victory also taking the popular winner to the top of the winter aggregate competition.

A solid field of 24 enjoyed almost fine conditions for a change on Misery, a shifting wind making the run home quick and the front of the race hard to catch.

With no real limit bunch today, the first sortee away was Graeme Parker, Mal Rock, Ron Larkin and Terry Collie off a skinny 16 min. This brave battalion conquered the Misery hill and Black Bottom Rd without sighting anything on radar, however a quick look around at the Ercildoune Rd corner revealed a phalanx of riders descending on them at speed. They braced for the inevitable onslaught of a larger combined bunch, but despite the speed increasing considerably they weathered the charge and all stayed in the game, Graham and Terry riding impressive races and the two of them finishing in the money.

Behind them the 10 min bunch of Kevin Popeye Lee, the time-telling impaired Brian Lee, Bob Morley and Peter “Fifi” Livitsanis had dropped Albie “Honolulu” Govan early to the relative comfort of the bunch behind. Honolulu re-grouped and in Ride of the Day managed to set a Strava PR for the road he got dropped on and cling to second scratch when they came through.

The 10 min group stormed up Misery and were assaulting the 13 min bunch of convalescents John BFG Creek, Matt Scud Ritchie and Dave Pixie Peters, the BFG and Pixie are still recovering from illness but put in great rides for guys that have been off the bike for weeks. Half way down the hill the two groups combined to chase the race lead which came into view on Black Bottom Rd.

Despite instructions to hit the 16 min bunch hard the combined group of 7 were stretched out into single file by the crafty Parker bunch spreading across the road which provided a hook for the Parker bunch to grab onto at the back. Now a peloton of 11 had formed and the games started.

Bob, Fifi and Brian were not happy to see such a large group forming, especially when it contained some sharp sprinters, Parker, Peters and the Scud were in the mix and are not the guys to take to the line. Several attempts were made to put the hurt on and shed a few riders, but fearing counterattacks the hurt didn’t last long and the group turned into Weatherboard as one.

Ron and Brian worked either side of the road up the hill, intending to ride a solid tempo to deter attacks, but Fifi rode through the middle taking Bob and Kevin up the hill, finally unhitching Dave, Brian and Ron. Over the crest and down past the Avenue, Kevin put in a savage attack downhill, having seen Kevin win a race in this manner before, Bob closed him down, the rest of the field watching and waiting.

At the cemetery corner, in sight of the circling magpie at the finish, but still nearly 1km out, Matt clicks down and BANG he rips past Fifi and opens 20m in a heartbeat. Fifi ain’t going that far out and was waiting for a counter wheel to grab but it came too late. Graeme Parker had also hesitated but now the guy with the golden legs finally opened up to chase down Matt. But Matt had screwed his courage to the sticking place, despite making a bold and risky move, he was not going to be taken down today. With Fifi and Graeme stripping his lead quickly he found something in the bottom of his suitcase of courage to hang on by a bike length or two.

Despite very high average speeds the back of the race were left looking for a minute or two by race end. Second Scratch saw the return of Grant Smokey Dawson, who combined with the in-form Richard Taylor, the irrepressible Rob Phillips (who didn’t ride out for today’s race), Dean “Centurion” Wells, Ross McDonald and new rider Duncan Bates. The biggest group in the race were a bit two paced with a spread of race fitness levels and struggled to find a smooth rhythm. Mt Misery tested this bunch that was keen to progress and the cracks started to appear, with both Ross and Smokey getting shelled. With a slender lead on scratch it was only a matter of kms before they were caught and the question asked as to who could hang on.

Scratch started fast and Tony Mirabella appeared keen to keep the pace high all day. After turning into Edmonston road Andrew Sparky Rushton and Phil Cartledge went bush bashing but kept it upright after not getting their turns right (someone was pushing in). After turning into Langi Kal Kal road and the Misery hill, Bob Braszell was unhitched by the fast pace being brought by Tony and Guy Falla. Shortly after a suffering Ross McDonald was sighted who had fallen off the back of second scratch. Phil called him to sit in which he duly did, keen for more suffering he lasted for another 18km – Grant Smokey Dawson was picked up and left just as quickly…he’d been eating too much Moa while holidaying in NZ -gaining a dozen pounds.

After the 20km mark 2nd scratch first came into view -though the catch wasn’t achieved until the Ercildoune corner -at this time Tony thought it pertinent to kick again to make sure there were no free riders, Dan Hale, who was getting a tow, managed to stay in place but Sparky Rushton was unhitched by this move.

Richard Robocop Taylor and new rider Duncan “Pyscho” Bates also managed to hang on to the 4 remaining scratch riders. The impetuous Robocop saw fit to attack the group -gaining a 75m advantage at one point, only to be bought back to the fold by Phil and a hardworking Guy.

Tony checked his watch then kicked again, and the call went out to close him down and all riders responded. After things settled down Phil resumed his usual spot at the front for the run in to the line, Tony kicked from 2nd wheel to take fastest time although you could have thrown a tarp over the 4 scratch riders.

Next week is a long one around the Coghills Ck circuit for the final of the WARS, with 8 riders still with a sniff its sure to be a great race, and a good warm up for our Open on the same course.

Results

1st           Matt Ritchie (13 min)

2nd          Graeme Parker (16 min)

3rd           Peter Livitsanis (10 min)

4th           Terry Collie (16 min)

5th           Kevin Lee (10 min)

FT           Tony Mirabella (Scratch)

ROD       Albie Govan (10 min, but really 4 min)

Winners time     1:25:32

 

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