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December 1, 2018 – Time Trial Championship / Commodores Cup – Mount Beckworth 37.5 Km

December 1, 2018 – Time Trial Championship / Commodores Cup – Mount Beckworth 37.5 Km

Race Against The Clock – 1 December 2018

Time Trial Championship /
Commodores Cup

Mount Beckworth short circuit, 37.5 km

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100% effort

“It’s the race of truth”
-Paul Sherwen

ARRIVAL OF THE TRIATHLETES
ELLIS – SUBLIME IN TIME TRIAL VICTORY
GOODALL – TROPHY VICTORY AT SECOND RACE
CHAOS AT THE START LINE

EUREKA Cycling closed out the 10th anniversary year with the inaugural Club Time Trial Championship.  In keeping with recent tradition, the Commodores Cup was also awarded at the final race.
Fastest times decided the TT Championship.
Handicap times decided the Commodores Cup.

The idea for a Club Time Trial Championship was provided by Matt Bowman back in 2017.  Including the Commodores Cup in the day ensured that every rider would be racing for a prize and not just those riders with time trial specific bikes, or worse still…triathletes…

Eighteen riders started in the first Time Trial the club has ever staged.  A strong wind was blowing from the north and everyone was mentally preparing themselves for an absolute smashfest.  Riders would start at one minute intervals.
For many, it would be their first ever Time Trial of any description.
Expectation weighed heavily on a few riders – Craig Lee; Matt Bowman and Rob Ellis were the favourites to stand on the podium.  All three would be mounted on pure Time Trial steeds…

To the start line and Brian Ure started off proceedings at 10:00 AM.  Ure sits a little taller than most riders.  He caught a lot of wind today on his road bike.
Emma Goodall was away next, in just her second ever race with Eureka.  Goodall has a triathlon background and was riding a top of the line machine, weighed downed to ensure the wind didn’t blow her off course.
One of the favourites – Rob Ellis – was all nerves before the event.  His anticipation of the hurt he was about to endure had he sweating.  Unlike a triathlon, he didn’t need to save his legs for the run leg…  At the start line he pressed the “mental mode” button and was off.
Dan Whelan was the fourth rider out on the road.  Whelan accepted that his beard would act like a windsock and slow him down.  He’d just ride harder on his road bike…
Ash Burke was hopeful of a lull in the wind as he rode out for his first ever Time Trial.  He didn’t get it, however he did get smashed on his road bike!
Stuart Brien brought experience from the Ironman 70.3 staged in Ballarat a few years ago.  Brien rode the Time Trial leg in the team’s event back then without any aero aids…it would be the same on this day.
The outright favourite for the day was Craig Lee (former triathlete).  He rolled up to the start line on his TT machine (complete with rear disc wheel) only to be told by the assistant starters that he had a flat front tyre.  Lee moved aside.  Matt Bowman offered a spare wheel.  Could it be delivered to Lee in time to start at the end of the list?
Dean Wells was next away – with a regular road bike and clip on bars.  Would his recent time trial practise help his cause?
Bob Morley had a harrowing experience just one week and a half earlier.  Blown off the road by a truck whilst trialling clip on bars, Morley fell back onto the road and was lucky not to be struck.  Chatty as ever at the start line, Morley’s witty commentary belied his nerves.
Roger McMillan was next away – regular road bike and tattoo sleeves to protect himself from the sun didn’t look weird…
Phil McLennan was looking forward to getting his large frame out on the road.  He wondered pre-race just how much more this would hurt than cross country running.
Another of the favourites – Matt Bowman – was next on the start line.  The man in black had a race plan to help him on the long climb.  Coming back would suit his power abilities!
Greg Ley was on his shiny new TT bike and certainly looking the business.  Could he deliver in front of his personal cheer squad?
Peter Canny rolled up on his road bike and proclaimed that the wind was definitely stronger according to his anemometer.  Everyone just looked at him.
Next to set off was Jason Hendry.  It’s hard for the taller riders to make an effective aerodynamic shape – Hendry made it look awkward as well.
Chris Chatham is another new rider and another triathlete on a triathlon TT rig.  Chatham is impervious to the pain he inflicts on himself and was champing at the bit to get out into the wind.
Craig Lightfoot was a late entry.  Lacking race fitness due to a minor procedure (removal of bolt from knee), Lightfoot found a suitable replacement for his corner marshal duties and rocked up to the start in anticipation of failing again.  Failing to make a podium in any race during 2018 was within his grasp…
Last away was Craig Lee after getting the replacement front wheel.  With the field before him, Lee’s bid to claim another Champion sash was in his own control…

Let us just assume that there were varying degrees of pain felt during the Time Trial.

Post race, all riders were unanimous in their enjoyment of the final seventeen kilometres…the downhill bit…with the tail wind…

Fastest on this day was Rob Ellis.  He denied Craig Lee by just 23 seconds! Matt Bowman was third fastest, just 62 seconds behind Ellis.
It was a long gap to the next riders.  Dean Wells was fourth fastest, just a handful of seconds later was Greg Ley, with a similar margin to Stuart Brien.

After the handicaps were applied, the winner of the Commodores Cup was Emma Goodall.

Club TT Championship (actual time): 37.5 Km
0:54:41, 41.1 kph – Robert Ellis
0:55:04, 40.8 kph – Craig Lee
0:55:44, 40.4 kph – Matt Bowman
1:00:17, 37.3 kph – Dean Wells
1:00:24, 37.3 kph – Greg Ley
1:00:31, 37.2 kph – Stuart Brien
1:02:50, 35.8 kph – Jason Hendry
1:03:45, 35.3 kph – Chris Chatham
1:03:53, 35.2 kph – Peter Canny
1:04:58, 34.6 kph – Craig Lightfoot
1:06:39, 33.8 kph – Danny Whelan
1:07:34, 33.3 kph – Bob Morley
1:07:53, 33.1 kph – Emma Goodall
1:08:35, 32.8 kph – Brian Ure
1:10:24, 31.9 kph – Peter Livitsanis
1:10:36, 31.8 kph – Phillip McLennan
1:10:56, 31.7 kph – Ashley Burke
1:11:40, 31.4 kph – Roger McMillan
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Commodores Cup (timers adjusted for handicap marks):
1st – Emma Goodall
2nd – Rob Ellis
3rd – Matt Bowman
4th – Dean Wells
5th – Craig Lee
6th – Greg Ley
7th – Stu Brien
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November 25, 2018 – Secret Handicap – Waubra, 42 Km

It’s A Secret! – 25 November 2018

Secret Handicap

Waubra Out & Back, 42 km

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Colonel Parker serves up a winner with new secret recipe

“I didn’t realise they would go so fast at the start”
- unnamed rider

Smashing performance by Ellis as he pilots Smith to Fastest Time

Emma – New girl on the block

VOGA influence increase with arrival of Chatham

The inaugural Secret Handicap was a resounding success with the new format applauded by the power riders…

Overcast and cool with a southerly breeze made selecting race wear tricky – at least it wasn’t raining!
To ensure the timing wasn’t activated early, the twenty two riders lined up about five metres short of the timing strips for the mass start.  All appeared set, before a last minute reshuffle by Race Referee Bill Goldfinch saw the field strung out two wide and eleven deep.

James Knipe and Matt Ayres had read the memo about guarding positions at the start line.  In positions 1 and 2, they had accelerated away before others had even clipped in.
The reshuffle hardly made a difference once the race started though – with some riders from the rear, passing 3/4 of the field before they had even reached the actual start line.  Riders caught up in the traffic jam lamented their positioning as Dean Wells in hyperdrive blue took off around the field to find Knipe’s wheel.  Ash Burke and Rob Ellis soon caught up.  Sam Smith found some clear road and powered forward, towing Richard Taylor, Jason Hendry and Peter Gunston along for the ride.
It had taken just 500 metres to spread the field out and Ellis and Wells pressed the advantage.

By the turn into Edmonston’s Road the lead bunch had just eight riders and that number halved as Ellis put the power down and threatened to ride away.
Smith, Hendry and Taylor made the cut.
Wells, Ayres and Gunston the next group on the road.
Burke was soon joined in no man’s land by new rider Chris Chatham and as they raced down towards Addington, Dan Whelan caught them as well.
James Knipe and Steve McLennan had united down Edmonston’s Road as well.  Steve Linane caught them, took a few breaths, then dropped them climbing out of Addington.
Bob Morley was struggling to put much power into his pedalling after a fall during the week.  He had the race doctor with him – Jude Jonasson – to render motivation and assistance.
Pete Livitsanis had teamed up with new rider Emma Goodall.
Roger McMillan had teamed up with Jakkii Dawson.
Graeme Parker was in Time Trial mode.
Rob Kinna and Bill Dwyer were making sure no one had been left behind.

At the head of the race the Smith & Ellis Power Show was climbing the steps on its way to Mount Misery.  Tactical accelerations had not dislodged Hendry or Taylor.  Finally the Bacchus Marsh pair were encouraged to take a turn at the front, which proved their undoing as both were immediately shed from the lead.  The final selection had been made!

The chase group behind behind (Wells with Gunston on his wheel) could see the split in the leaders, however they had lost the powerful Ayres from their number.
Burke and Whelan kept powering along.  Chatham dropping off on the climbs, then catching them on the faster sections.
Linane had joined Morley and Jonasson the remaining riders still in their early groups.

Down to the turnaround and Smith and Ellis had a considerable advantage over the field.  They already had more than a minute on Taylor.  Hendry was another twenty seconds behind.
Ayres had caught Wells and Gunston in the last few kilometres to the turnaround, however they blew apart through the turn with Wells setting off in pursuit of Hendry and Taylor.

Smith and Ellis were flying back up the Mount Misery climb and increasing the gap with every pedal stroke.  A moment of terror for Ellis as Smith somehow failed to see a pine cone sitting in the middle of the tarmac and duly rode over it with both wheels…just remember that the next time you’re flying and hear the pilot say, “I’m Sam Smith, your captain for today’s flight…”

Hendry and Taylor had regrouped behind the two leaders – a long way behind.  Uniting had helped the pair slow the rate that Wells was catching them.  Ayres was next on the road with Gunston along for company.  Whelan and Burke were next – having lost Chatham on the hills.
Chatham is another triathlete and accustomed to riding alone.  Time Trial mode suited him!
Linane, Morley and Jonasson were next on road and they held their advantage over Knipe and McLennan.
Semi disaster further back in the field with Parker narrowly missing a rock which had been flung onto the road by a passing car.  Dawson was not so lucky and struck the rock and punctured.  McMillan was quickly alongside and swapping his wheel out so that Jakki could continue and he could retire due to her mechanical – such chivalry!

Fastest Time would be decided by the two leaders.  At some stage Smith would have to consider riding away from Ellis if he wanted to also win the Handicap.
Both riders had correctly guessed that Smith would be the lone Scratch rider, however what handicap advantage did Ellis have?  More importantly, did he have the power to get away from Ellis who had been riding in Mental Mode all day?

Through Addington our leaders had an insurmountable lead over Hendry and Taylor.  That pair had pulled away from Wells who was still in No Man’s Land, however Ayres and Gunston were steadily closing on him.
Nearing Weatherboard Smith tried to get away from Ellis.  It didn’t work and Ellis reminded Smith that “You’ll win the sprint, keep working for time.”
And so it was…
To the finish line and Smith accelerated away for the Fastest Time.  The pair waiting three and a half minutes before Hendry and Taylor crossed the line. Just over a minute later Ayres and Wells crossed, ahead of Gunston.  A few minutes later Burke won the sprint of the non-sprinters against Whelan.  Another minute to Chatham who rounded out the Top 10 across the line.

Back to the club rooms for the calculations…with the final standings (on handicap) showing Graeme Parker taking the win ahead of Rob Ellis who claimed his first ever prize money at Eureka in three years!
Third place went to Sam Smith ahead of Emma Goodall in her first ever road race and Richard Taylor in fifth place.
Post race discussions revealed some riders were very surprised by the violent acceleration off the starting line…even though it was telegraphed in the race preview…
We doubt anyone will be caught unawares next year!

Race results (with secret handicaps):
1st – Graeme Parker (22 min) in 1h 22m, ave. 30.7 Kph
2nd – Rob Ellis (2 min)
3rd – Sam Smith (Scratch)
4th – Emma Goodall (18 min)
5th – Richard Taylor (2 min)
Fastest Time: Sam Smith (Scratch) in 1h 6m, ave. 38.1 Kph

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November 18, 2018 – Victorian Veteran Road Race State Championships

November 18, 2018 – Victorian Veteran Road Race State Championships

2018 Victorian Veteran Championships

- ROAD RACE – 

at Learmonth on Sunday 18th November

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The State Championships have been decided on warm and windy circuits.  New courses were designed especially for these Championships and they were roundly applauded by the riders who appreciated the hills.

Entries for the Women’s events may have been light, however there was pride on the line.  All the women’s events were combined on the 44.6 Km circuit.

Cheryle Barker (Central) and Eureka’s Jude Jonasson provided spectators with a great finish – under half a second separating them on the line!

The Men’s events over the 44.6 Km course were also combined.  Robert Nicholls (Geelong) soloed away to the finish line to win his 75-59 race.  Almost four minutes behind him, the 70-74 race saw four riders separated by less than one second.

The Men’s 60-69 race was combined with the 60-64.  Trevor Coulter (Northern) rode away to an easy win in the 60-64 race.
45 seconds later, a seven rider sprint settled the minor placings for Coulter’s race and also the quinella for the 65-69 race.

The Men’s 50-54 and 55-59 races were also combined.  Neville Laffy (Goulburn) and Andrew Baker (Geelong) fought out a tight finish.  Twenty three seconds later a four man sprint provided the podium for the 55-59 race.

The longer races of the day were staged on a 77 Km course.

In the Men’s 35-39 race, James Ogilvie (Eastern) time trialled away to a magnificent 7 minute victory and averaged 40 Kph.  Eureka’s Tim Canny finished second and he was over five minutes clear of the third placegetter – Eureka’s Craig Lee.

Northern’s Luke Medhurst broke away near the end of the 40-44 race to win back to back Victorian Road Race State Championships (won Division B race in 2017).  Michael Borowski (Northern) and Eureka’s Dave Ogilvie filled the podium positions.

The Men’s 45-49 race was a tactical affair with Eureka providing eight of the eleven riders.
Eureka’s James Gretton exploded out of the gate and (in Grand Prix parlance) “punched a hole in the air for his team mates…Dean Wells capitalised on the effort and broke away early before being joined by fellow Eureka rider Andrew Rushton.
The race regrouped at Black Bottom Road.  Eureka riders keeping Geelong’s Dave Newett and Andrew Goodwin on a tight leash early in the race.

Emilio Romano (Northern) broke away on the Mount Misery climb.  Eureka’s Greg Ley bridged the gap and the two opened a few hundred metre lead heading towards Addington and the real climbing.
Newett and Goodwin broke clear and started to chase the two leaders, when Eureka’s Rob Ellis emerged from the pack and powered up the Harrison’s Road climb – catching Romano and Ley at the top.

Newett was able to catch the leaders on the run down Flynn’s Road.  Wells and Goodwin were the next riders ahead of Eureka riders Jason Birch, Tavis Baker and Rushton.  Eventually those riders would regroup.
Eureka’s Peter Gunston had lost contact on the climb and was consigned to a time trial to the finish line.

The four leaders steadily increased their gap and it was a race in four as they neared Weatherboard.
Ellis tried multiple times to split the group, however they all followed the wheel.

The four man sprint finish saw Newett claim back to back Victorian Road Race State Championships (won Division A race in 2017) from Romano.

Women 60-64, 44.6 Km
1st – Meg Parnaby (Grampians), 1h 26m 38s, ave. 30.9 Kph
QOM – Meg Parnaby (Grampians)
Women 55-59, 44.6 Km
1st – Cheryle Barker (Central), 1h 25m 0s, ave. 31.5 Kph
2nd – Susan Williams (Eastern)
QOM – Cheryle Barker (Central)
Women 50-54, 44.6 Km
1st – Tina Stenos (Geelong SC), 1h 25m 32s, ave. 31.3 Kph
2nd – Paula McGovern (Eastern)
QOM – Tina Stenos (Geelong SC)
Women 45-49, 44.6 Km
1st – Kym Petersen (Eastern), 1h 25m 31s, ave. 31.3 Kph
2nd – Jakkii Dawson (EUREKA)
QOM – Kym Petersen (Eastern)
Women 40-44, 44.6 Km
1st – Jude Jonasson (EUREKA), 1h 25m 0s, ave. 31.5 Kph
QOM – Jude Jonasson (EUREKA)
Women 35-39, 44.6 Km
1st – Jennifer Collier (Grampians), 1h 25m 35s, ave. 31.3 Kph
2nd – Jo Hand (Geelong SC)
QOM – Jennifer Collier (Grampians)
Men 85-89, 44.6 Km
1st – Brian Long (Geelong SC), 1h 57m 17s, ave. 22.8 Kph
KOM – Brian Long (Geelong SC)
Men 80-84, 44.6 Km
1st – Donald Stuart (Geelong SC), 1h 57m 17s, ave. 22.8 Kph
KOM – Donald Stuart (Geelong SC)
Men 75-79, 44.6 Km
1st – Robert Nicholls (Geelong SC), 1h 26m 57s, ave. 30.8 Kph
2nd – Keith Wade (Eastern)
3rd – Dan Ives (Eastern)
KOM – Robert Nicholls (Geelong SC)
Men 70-74, 44.6 Km
1st – John Thompson (Eastern), 1h 30m 49s, ave. 29.5 Kph
2nd – Robert Lewis (Eastern)
3rd – George Goodrope (Northern)
KOM – to be confirmed
Eureka riders:
DNS – Bob Braszell
Men 65-69, 55 Km
1st – David Pike (Geelong SC), 1h 36m 45s, ave. 34.1 Kph
2nd – Lindsay Burgoyne (EUREKA)
3rd – Carl Judd (Geelong SC)
KOM – David Pike (Geelong SC)
Men 60-64, 55 Km
1st – Trevor Coulter (Northern), 1h 35m 59s, ave. 34.4 Kph
2nd – Peter Canny (EUREKA)
3rd – William Dempsey (Geelong SC)
KOM – Trevor Coulter (Northern)
Eureka riders:
5th – Peter Kiel
9th – Dan Whelan
11th – Bob Morley
Men 55-59, 55 Km
1st – Russell Newnham (Eastern), 1h 30m 40s, ave. 36.4 Kph
2nd – Tony Mirabella (EUREKA)
3rd – Philip Bramich (Northern)
KOM – Tony Mirabella (EUREKA)
Eureka riders:
4th – Rick Calvert
5th – Roger McMillan
6th – James Knipe
DNF – Greg Nunn
Men 50-54, 55 Km
1st – Neville Laffy (Goulburn Valley), 1h 30m 17s, ave. 36.5 Kph
2nd – Andrew Baker (Geelong SC)
3rd – Brendan Schiemer (EUREKA)
KOM – Neville Laffy (Goulburn Valley)
Eureka riders:
4th – Peter Livitsanis
Men 45-49, 77 Km
1st – David Newett (Geelong SC), 2h 7m 19s, ave. 36.4 Kph
2nd – Emilio Romano (Northern)
3rd – Greg Ley (EUREKA)
KOM – Emilio Romano (Northern)
Eureka riders:
4th – Rob Ellis
6th – Tavis Baker
7th – Andrew Rushton
8th – Dean Wells
9th – Jason Birch
10th – Peter Gunston
DNF – James Gretton
Men 40-44, 77 Km
1st – Luke Medhurst (Northern), 2h 8m 38s, ave. 35.9 Kph
2nd – Michael Borowski (Northern)
3rd – Dave Ogilvie (EUREKA)
KOM – Michael Borowski (Northern)
Eureka riders:
6th – Matt Ayres
Men 35-39, 77 Km
1st – James Ogilvie (Eastern), 1h 54m 52s, ave. 40.2 Kph
2nd – Tim Canny (EUREKA)
3rd – Craig Lee (EUREKA)
KOM – James Ogilvie (Eastern)
Eureka riders:
5th – Jason Hendry
DNS – Sam Smith

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Host club: EUREKA Cycling

Venue: Eureka club rooms, Lake Learmonth, east foreshore

Registration:  Race day registration from 8 AM at Eureka club rooms.

Event organiser: Veterans Cycling Victorian

Series sponsor: KREHALON Australia

Event details: Age Based racing

Change rooms:  Male and female change areas, including toilets and showers are available.

Medal presentations:  The official VCV presentations will take place inside the Eureka club rooms from approximately 2 PM onwards.

Food and drink:  FREE tea, coffee and food will be available inside the club rooms after the races are completed.  Soft drinks will be available for purchase.

 

Official Race Program

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VCV 2018 Road Race – State Championships program

VCV 2018 Road Race start list

Circuit maps

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VCV 2018 Champs RR map – 44 Km

VCV 2018 Champs RR map – 55 Km

VCV 2018 Champs RR map – 77 Km

VCV 2018 Road Race start list  EVCC 2018 Road Race - State Championships program

44 km races from 9 AM
ALL Women divisions 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64
Men 70-74, Men 75-79, Men 80+

VCV 2018 Champs RR map - 44 Km

55 km from 9:40 AM
Men 50-54, Men 
55-59, Men 60-64, Men 65-69

VCV 2018 Champs RR map - 55 Km

77 km from 10:55 AM
Men 35-39, Men 40-44, Men 45-49

VCV 2018 Champs RR map - 77 Km


2018 VCV State Championships series

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2017 memories…

EUREKA cycling riders Brian Ure and Jeremy Humber all smiles
after participating in glorious winter racing
and being rewarded with medals for their efforts.

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November 11, 2018 – Eureka Club Championships Day – graded divisions

November 11, 2018 – Eureka Club Championships Day – graded divisions

Ken Heres ROAD RACE Championships Day
11 November, 2018

graded divisions

Mount Beckworth circuit – 69 km
Coghill’s Creek circuit – 63 km

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Armistice Day Centenary

“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.”

The 2018 Eureka Cycling Road Race Championships Day was conducted on Sunday 11th November – 100 years on from Armistice Day 1918.
The sacrifices by people on all sides of the conflict known as World War 1 have shaped much of modern society.
We are privileged to ride our bicycles in a country devoid of the devastating conflict which they knew, lived and fought.

Lest we forget.

2018 Eureka Championship Race

Seventeen riders signed on the 2018 Eureka Championship Race.  It was a star studded field with no less than four previous Club Champions.
2017 Champion Tim Canny was aiming for back to back victories.  That feat has not been achieved so far in the ten year history of Eureka.

The 2018 Championships had been moved away from the traditional Weatherboard circuit due to 100 year commemorations of Armistice day.  The course for the Championship race was newly designed especially for the event and included two laps of the Mount Beckworth circuit.
And so, the scene was set.

The man with the “blingiest” bike was Matt Ayres.  With his shiny blue bike and attired in a skinsuit, Ayres resembled a Power Ranger. Unfortunately he lacked any power today as the battery on his bike was flat…such is life in a modern world…a true disappointment for the race, as Ayres would have more than held his own with the way events transpired!

The circuit itself was sun drenched and the day promised to be most suitable for racing in summer kit.  The Championship set off last and the field of sixteen rolled out at an easy pace.
Riders were happy to gradually build up speed and warm up enroute to glory.  Turning onto Coghill’s Creek Road for the first time and finally some action was seen.  The pace ramped up considerably with the slight tail wind and the race favourites moved towards the front.  Canny was swapping turns with Craig Lee, Rob Ellis and Dave Ogilvie.  The rest were happy to let them do the work, however Cameron Farrington did roll through for a few turns as well.
Ogilvie tried shaking things up, which only awakened Matt Bowman and he charged through and off the front for a brief period.

Through Coghill’s Creek and the long climb to Mount Beckworth commenced.  Most riders had already committed to a day of self preservation.  They knew that every ounce of energy would be required when the attacks commenced.

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Canny and Ellis were doing the most work heading past the winery.  Dean Wells joined in the rotations.  Everyone else seemed to be waiting.

Past the Glendaurel CFA station and the field was still as one.  Tensions mounted as those expecting a shellacking on the day tried to edge forward.

Finally the attack came and it quickly split the field.  Lee and Ogilvie launched, Canny chased the wheels and everyone scrambled as one.
To the turnaround and the field was stretched out.  Stuart Brien bridged the gap and towed a handful of riders along with him.  The race regrouped on the way back down to Glendaurel and the field was in single file as they headed back into the light headwind.

The race remained this way as it rejoined the Coghill’s Creek circuit.  Through the chicane and into Donovan’s Road there was the odd quickening of pace, however the size of the field helped keep everyone together.
Greg Ley rolled through to the front and took up rotations with Canny, Ellis and Lee.  The rest of the field were happy with this situation and the status quo remained through the start/finish line for the end of lap one.  Canny accelerated out of the “highway corner” and tried to create a break, which was quickly shut down.
Tony Mirabella tried to go off the front a few times, however the conditions were not suitable for a breakaway and any effort off the front was easily covered.

Through Blowhard and Jason Birch moved forward with Tavis Baker to ensure they were present for the next round of attacks.  No attacks eventuated.

Through Coghill’s Creek and Canny was back on the front with Wells acting as chaperone.  Brendan Schiemer edged forward as the road started to turn up, however it was Canny on the front and there he stayed for kilometre after kilometre.
Ley, then Mirabella rolled through to the front as the climb proper commenced.  The pace started to pick up and riders started edging their way forward.  Andrew Rushton moved up towards the front as the field compressed.

Eventually an attack came…
Ogilvie and Lee the protagonists, then Canny over the top.  
The attack was once again covered and through the turnaround the peace had returned.  Rick Calvert rolled through to the lead on the downhill and made himself present for a very long time – often off the front.
Canny was soon at the front again with Wells on his wheel.

The race was still together and it looked destined to finish in a sprint finish due to the light breeze and lack of attacking opportunities.
Nearing the chicane Ogilvie launched an attack which had riders scrambling, however it was shut down soon into Donovan’s Road.
Jason Hendry rolled up towards the front as the race entered the final few kilometres.

Coming to the crest on Donovan’s Road and the pace had slowed.  Ogilvie on the front, Hendry behind him.  Canny and Lee close by.  Birch and Rushton filling the front rank.
The road was blocked and the race edged closer to the finish.  Calls to “hold your line, hold your line” echoed around the bunch.  Fourteen riders in such a small space was making everyone nervous.

The final four hundred metres and the pace was only slowly creeping up.
At two fifty metres there was some twitching and Wells exploded out of the pack.  Canny and Lee launched on cue.  For a moment, others seemed flatfooted.
One hundred metres out and Wells was having delusions of grandeur…
Lee was the first to sweep past with Canny hot on his heels.

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Into the dying metres and Lee has the advantage, he will be the new Club Champion ahead of a gallant Canny.
Hendy finishes fast to snare third place and Birch finally sees daylight and emerges from the pack for fourth at the line ahead of Wells.  The rest a blur of coloured lycra.

Results:
1st – Craig Lee
2nd – Tim Canny
3rd – Jason Hendry
4th – Jason Birch
5th – Dean Wells

Super Vets Championship

The field for the new category, Super Vets, was small, but heaving with talent.  63 kilometres awited them – three laps of the Coghill’s Creek circuit.

Australian representatives, fresh back from Italy, were Bob Braszell and Lindsay Burgoyne – both star inclusions.
Rob Phillips, the current Eureka Open, winner was installed as the early favourite.
Peter Canny was there and he has been winning most races he starts in.
Rounding out the field was the relentless Danny Whelan and Bob Morley who was making up the numbers.

All riders were concerned about what Burgoyne would do.  They didn’t have to wait long as he took his rightful place on the front and proceeded to test the field.
Phillips was on his wheel and was determined if Burgoyne was going to get away he would have company.
Burgoyne predictably attacked on the quarry road hill to see what the rest of them were made of.
Phillips went around him at the top to add to the angst.  The field stayed on.

Around the corner they went and Burgoyne went to the front again.  Two more corners and into the Donovan’s Road Hill they went.
Predictably, Burgoyne attacked again.
Everybody covered the move and he was starting to think that this might be a difficult task.

Into quarry hill road (aka Sulky Road) Burgoyne attacked again.  Again, no one was off the back.

So all together into the last lap and Burgoyne decided that he would settle onto the back of the bunch and there he stayed.

The bunch was rolling along and all were wondering what is Lindsay up to?  Up the Donovan’s Road pinch all were waiting for him to come off the back.  He didn’t.
What was Lindsay up to?  

Rolling down Donovan’s Road the pace came off the race considerably.
It got so slow that they would not have been surprised if either the “auto pause” function kicked in on their Garmins, or their pacemakers gave them a jolt…

Two kilometres to go and Lindsay was still on the back.  What was he up to?

Canny was on the front and kept looking back waiting for the attack off the back.  It didn’t come.
Whelan couldn’t stand going so slow and went to the front and picked up the pace but it was still a pretty gentle clip.

The whole field got to 250 metres out and Canny got sick of waiting for the Burgoyne tilt and hit out for the finish.
Phillips used his strength and acceleration – went to the lead and took a comfortable victory.  Canny held off a fast finishing Bob Morley to take second place.

They are still wondering what Lindsay Burgoyne was up to.  Not much it seems…

Results:
1st – Rob Phillips
2nd – Peter Canny
3rd – Bob Morley

Division 2 Championship

Today we express our freedom and friendship with our fellow riders.  Well that was before the race began.

Ten started the Division 2 Championship on this Remembrance day.
Peter Livitsanis was the first to attack – into the first corner, fast and furious like the air venting from his tyre – another flat for Livi…

Now nine remained – to go hard.
They stayed together for the first lap.
The pace was up a bit on the second lap.

An Unknown Rider was up the road…was it Tim Tyler, was it Riachrd Kennedy?

As the race came towards the finish line, Jeremy Humber gave chase of the break.  A huge effort, followed by an all out sprint to “win” lap number two…
Humber’s reward for effort?  Hearing the bell toll to announce the last lap…
The miscount had cost Humber dearly, he was spent and out of the race soon after.

Eight remained for the fight.
Craig Lightfoot and Ash Burke were hatching plans for a counter attack.  When would they deliver?

Hurtling past the quarry and towards the hill in a charge which would have done a mounted brigade proud.
Except no Ralph Jones (James Gretton), the cannon was gone, what better man to blast through a head wind?
Seven remained.

Into the final stages the bunch dropped the pace getting ready for desert storm.  All guns locked and loaded.  Sights set on victory ahead.
The wind up to top speed was an effort.

Peter Gunston led the squadron home – caution to the wind – attacking like a kamikaze pilot and driving it home to victory.
Steve Linane was like a Spitfire – guns blazing, then all ammo spent.  Then in the final moments the Red Barron like Roger McMillan swoops in to snatch away second prize.

Results:
1st – Peter Gunston
2nd – Roger McMillan
3rd – Steve Linane


Division 3 Championship

The opening lap was ridden with caution, no rider willing to expose their hand this early in the race.

The pace started to move along on at start the second lap exposing Bill Dwyer by mid lap.  The remaining riders worked their longish turns, Jakki Dawson appreciating the shelter behind the bigger men.

Lap three and big Phil McLennan stated to assert his strength, putting pressure on the other riders.
Pulling massive strong, long, turns, was he doing too much too soon? 

Coming into Donovan’s the last time the group slowed, strategy and gamesmanship came into play.
Rob Parker was left dangling of the front, the other’s happy to approach the finish with caution.

Over the rise a few hundred metres and Phil made his play, launching a strong long range sprint.
Parker and Dawson responded, but neither were able to make any head way into the lead McLennan had established.  McLennan riding away to a comfortable and well deserved victory.  Parker struggled into second, with Dawson capping off a strong race with third.

Results:
1st – Phil McLennan
2nd – Rob Parker
3rd – Jakkii Dawson

EVCC 2018 Champions

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