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November 2, 2014 – Brackenbury graded criteriums – Creswick

November 2, 2014 – Brackenbury graded criteriums – Creswick

EVCC provided the curtain raiser for the annual Brackenbury mountain bike cycling event at Creswick this week, with a series of graded criteriums on a technical circuit.

A Grade

Phil was away on a suicide mission early powering his way around the tight corners, and stretching the field. This early pace put Dave Peters in trouble and he was tailed off quickly. Tony Mirabella and Brendan Scheimer were content to give Phil some free reign confident they could reel him back in soon enough. Dean Wells has been preparing for the endurance slog fest next week and found the tight circuit and the repetitious surging somewhat not to his liking and was the next to be shelled, the other “stayer’ in the bunch was Jonathon Lacey who retreated later to ride out the race with Dean. Phil’s training time trial ride came to an end about halfway when Tony and Brendan rounded him up and then dumped him. Round and round they went until finally Tony opened a gap on Brendan and chiselled out a race winning lead. Brendan maintained the gap to Phil, the field finishing spread to the winds.


1st           Tony Mirabella

2nd          Brendan Scheimer

3rd           Phil Cartledge

B Grade

John Creek was back from his sunny holiday up north and with only four in the field he had a chance of a podium finish in his first ride back. But today was the storming Matt Bowman’s day, what he lacks in cornering ability he makes up for twice in determination and his explosive attack. The group of four stayed together most of the race with only some fast cornering by Peter Livitsanis stringing them out a bit. Kevin Lee was keen not to see a final four up sprint and laid out a few hard laps to see who he could shake, he had Matt off the back by 30m but didn’t bury him, Matt clawing his way back on. Then on the penultimate lap Matt attacked up the hill, knowing that he had to control the speed into the corners, he gapped the other three and set himself to a long sprint. Matt got around the last roundabout first and sprinted for the line, winning uncontested, Kevin got over Peter on the downhill straight, and into the last roundabout first, a slow moving A Grader got in between Peter and Kevin, coming out of the roundabout Kevin had 20m on Pete who charged late but ran out of road, Kevin taking second by a tyre.


1st           Matt Bowman

2nd          Kevin Lee

3rd           Peter Livitsanis

C Grade

Hooray! Tony Herbert wins his first race at Eureka, and claims a couple of in-form scalps in the process. Graeme Parker, Mal Rock and Greg Curnow made up the well matched field which saw Graeme driving the bunch at every opportunity however his dodgy knee prevented him from blowing things apart. Mal sat off waiting for the opportunity to jump the bunch late. Greg was concentrating on not forgetting or falling off his bike and road a sound race. Into the final lap things were still tight, it was going to come down to a final sprint. Around the roundabout they lined up for the line, Graeme boxed in by Mal and Greg, couldn’t get a run at the line. With Mal and Graeme watching each other, no one thought to look for Tony and he hit them halfway up the hill and sailed away to his maiden win. Graeme and Mal finishing close behind.


1st           Tony Herbert

2nd          Graeme Parker

3rd           Mal Rock

D Grade

John Faulkner returned to the winners list with a comfortable win over Lisa Ritchie on her shiny new bike, and Ray Hodgson on his shiny new/old bike. John was in control today and stamped his authority over the race early putting Ray in the hurt locker and off the back, Ray content to see out the race, no doubt he’ll be fitter for the showing next time out. Lisa hung in with John, her new ride inspiring some additional adrenalin, but an uphill sprint is perhaps not Lisa’s most favourite way to finish a race and John laid the power down to take the win.


1st           John Faulkner

2nd          Lisa Ritchie

October 26, 2014 – Navigators circuit, 66km Hcp

October 26, 2014 – Navigators circuit, 66km Hcp

Brendan S – Back to Back Wins

New rider Brendan Schiemer has taken Vets racing by storm taking out his second victory in his first two races.

Last week he belted a handy B Grade field in the crits and this week he backed up with another strong victory in a handicap race at Dunnstown.

A big field turned out in great conditions for a 66 km race around an old vets track at Dunnstown. In fact it was a meeting at the Dunnstown pub in late 1989 the original Ballarat Vets was formed under the guidance of Richard Marnell.

So with a big field and some form riders it was on from the start. First away was John Faulkner, Ray Hodgson, and Lisa Ritchie off with a 26 minute advantage over the three scratchies. The two boys from Bacchus Marsh on a comeback ride and Lisa astride a brand new steed.

They made good progress when Faulkner suggested that Lisa should strike out for victory alone.

Next bunch away was Terry Collie, the General Graeme Parker, the chirpy Mal Rock and the improving Tony Herbert. Terry collie was found wanting after a lap but the others battled on with Mal Rock the strongest. Tony Herbert performed admirably until lap two and then left the other two to go for it.

Chasing this bunch was a collection of goers, led by Flyin’ Brian Lee. He was backed up by his brother Kevin, Bob Morley, Matt Ritchie, Brad Eppingstall, and Robert Parker. They were not expecting to hold of the bunch of 10 behind them and their job was made more difficult when Bob Morley punctured early.

All the action was at the back of the field where a small trio of scratchies were chasing a massive group of 10 off second scratch. It was all or nothing for Tony Mirabella, Phil Cartledge and Andrew Rushton.

Cartledge got on the front and committed to giving a huge turn to make ground early. This was good in theory but it buried the current club champion Andrew Rushton and he was spat out the back. This left Cartledge with an edge off him and left Mirabella with a choice. He chose and jumped clear to bridge the minute gap by himself. Surely not possible! But he dug in and inch by inch he pegged them back risking blowing up in the attempt. The one minute bunch faltered at the T intersection because of roadworks and that was all Mirabella needed to bridge.

This formed the basis of a marauding group that cut a swathe through the group in front.

And what a bunch it was. Heaving with talent with a mixture of regulars and new riders. Charlie Stebbing, a veteran from way back, slotted into the bunch effortlessly adding valuable experience.

Others in the bunch included Grant Dawson, eventual winner, Brendan Schiemer, power house riders in Dean Wells, Grant Dawson, Richard Taylor and Michael Veal. Also lithesome trio of Shane Butler and Jonathon Lacey and Matt Turner.

They rounded up the bunch in front and Mirabella lifted the pace up the hill before the left turn toward Dunnstown. Veal, Ritchie, Parker, Kev Lee, all felt the blowtorch that was applied and the super group charged on. Only Brian Lee survived.

It was only a matter of time ‘til they rounded up the bunches in front, and Lisa, on the new bike, was the last to be caught in Ti Tree road and discarded.

The group was now up and it was down to strength and ad tactics. Coming into Navigators saw the pace settle. Dean Wells jumped not far past Yankee flat Road but was quickly covered by Stebbing and the eventual winner in Schiemer.

Stebbing then went to the front with Brendan second wheel. Schiemer jumped clear into the corner und up the small ascent over the bridge and it was on. They were all watching the lone scratch rider Mirabella to take charge but he was happy to settle for second and fastest. Schiemer was well clear and went over the line with severe cramps to take a notable victory.

Third was Jonathon Lacey, fourth was Shane Butler, and fifth was Dean Wells.

A great race with great individual performances.


1st -Brendan Schiemer

2nd and Fastest-Tony Mirabella

3rd-Jonathon Lacey

4th-Shane Butler

5th Dean Wells

Ride of the day went to Tony Herbert

October 19, 2014 – Graded Criterium, Production Drive, Alfredton

October 19, 2014 – Graded Criterium, Production Drive, Alfredton

Production Drive, Graded Criterium

The Open season for riders is finally over and club racing returned to Ballarat, a small field and only   2½ races contested.

A Grade

Only two riders, Tony and Dean, so they sat on the back of B Grade in a ‘coaching’ role before a one lap sprint for the win. No question about the winner, Tony out-gunning a competitive Dean.


1st           Tony Mirabella

2nd          Dean Wells

B Grade

Bob Morley bought his neighbour, Brendan Schiemer, along for a try-out with Eureka Vets. He was welcomed into B Grade to see how he’d go. “Good bloke”, remarks Bob. “Can go a bit”, said Bob. Well, he went very well indeed, easily accounting for the field in a devastating prolonged break with Rob Phillips. Nine riders started, plus the two A Grade ‘coaches’, who controlled the tempo for the first few laps from the front. Peter ‘Fifi’ Livitsanis and Rob Phillips were not impressed and started to break the tempo up with some sharpish turns out front. It’s when he’s out front, that you realise Rob has a drinking problem, not much of it actually gets in his mouth, most of it ends up showered over the bunch behind. About 15mins in, and Scott ‘Reduction Man’ Denno rails the corner into the back straight and puts the race in the gutter, he’s opened up about 15m on the field who are now scrambling for wheels. He’s shut down by the top of the straight but the attack has gapped Albie ‘Honolulu’ Govan and Matt Ritchie who had been yo-yoing off the back from the gun. With everyone gasping for air, Brendan counter-attacked. Only Rob Phillips saw it coming and jumped across to his back wheel. Now with the two strongest riders off the front and two others off the back, the five left had work to do. Dave ‘Pixie’ Peters, Richard ‘Robocop’ Taylor and Fifi set about working turns under the expert coaching of Tony Mirabella. This is not always easy for the tempestuous Pixie, who is inclined to take off whenever he feels like it. Robocop seemed to be cruising, having the time and breath to send cheerios to his small adoring fans. The increased workload put Reduction Man and the neighbourly Bob Morley in the hurt locker and they retired to the sidelines, but not before lapping Albie and Matt. The chasing trio had given away the intermediate sprint to the two caning it up the road, hoping that once contested they would sit up a bit. Rob was hoping this would be the case too, his eyes bulging and his mouth full of handlebar. But this was not apparently Brendan’s plan, he smashed the sprint, easily taking the win. Contesting the sprint also increases the gap to the chasers and, with the hammer staying down, the gap is extended. Into the final lap, Brendan still has gas left and attacks into the wind leaving the suffering Rob Phillips in his wake and cruises home ¾ of a lap in front of the chasers. Rob was well clear for second and Pixie triumphed over Fifi in the dash for third cash. Welcome to A Grade Mr Schiemer.


1st           Brendan Schiemer

2nd          Rob Phillips

3rd           Dave Peters

Int Sprint: Brendan Schiemer

C Grade

A field of 6 lined up, consisting of Graeme Parker, Mal Rock (fresh from 104 kms on Saturday), Greg Curnow (fresh from whatever shift he is on this week), Tony Herbert, Terry Collie (fresh from four Opens in five weeks) and Barry Robinson (lightly raced and just fresh).

After a lap to allow Graeme to warm up, the group settled into a reasonably solid pace in the windy conditions. Tony Herbert must have just taken delivery of a new small chainring and was giving it a real workout trying to bed it in with some serious spinning. The windy conditions kept things in reasonable check until the bell for the first sprint when Greg gave himself a flick with the whip and dashed clear putting plan A into action – go for the first sprint then just stay off the front for the remainder of the race. Nothing complicated and, for a considerable period, effective. Of course you can imagine the conversation in the bunch – ‘leave him out there’ – which was easier said than done as Greg was keeping up a steady tempo.


Eventually however the lack of any break in the effort took its toll and he was welcomed back into the fold. At about this point Tony Herbert had spun his legs out and departed company after a really solid workout and a great effort on the day.

Fifty-five minutes dragged on to an hour and a half and still no sign of the bell. Terry’s legs were asking him ‘it must be this lap, surely?’ He responded with a ‘shut up legs’, with apologies to Jens. When the bell mercifully was rung there was one last effort from Terry and then he swung off turning into the back straight. Graeme, Mal and Barry were not keen to take the wind too hard so Terry was able to hang on the back all the time expecting the typical Greg flourish up the back straight but it never came. Mal led into the short straight and into the last corner, and with 104 in the legs and having ridden out the residual stiffness from Saturday, hung on for a good win from Graeme and Barry. Everyone satisfied with a solid workout.


1st           Mal Rock

2nd          Graeme Parker

3rd           Barry Robinson


Int sprint:   Greg Curnow

Pete, Scott and Brad in the money at the 2014 Geelong Open

Pete, Scott and Brad in the money at the 2014 Geelong Open

Congratulations to Pete Livitsanis on 3rd place in the 2014 Geelong Open (October 5). Scott Denno finished close behind in 4th and Brad Eppingstall finished 7th. Thanks to the Geelong Veterans Cycling Club for hosting a great event. Geelong Open placegetters

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