Crits Race Report 26 February

Cody Crushes Crit

Shane Cody rode away from the rest of the A grade field to record a commanding victory on the super fast Production Drive criterium circuit.
Another first for the Eureka Vets was staging a criterium around the new circuit. Twenty seven riders competed in 3 grades, for many this was their first criterium, for most it was indeed a “learning experience”.

A Grade

From the gun it was clear that Shane Cody meant business, launching frequent attacks, and along with Tony Mirrabella, Adam Smith, Andrew Rushton and Phil Cartledge, they soon had the 10 man field strung out all around the circuit. Dave Peters, Bob Braszell and Richard Taylor continued to chase like mad things but made no impression on the steamtrain up front.
The relentless pressure then put paid to Rushton and then Cartledge as the trio of Smith, Mirrabella and Cody went clear. With a lap and a half to go Jedi Cody stamped on the accelerator and rocketed to a 40m lead, then held that lead for the entire last lap to claim a stunning win.

Results

1st                  Shane Cody

2nd                  Tony Mirrabella

3rd                  Adam Smith

 

B Grade

Juggernaut John Creek managed to find the right path through the throng of B and C grade riders to sprint home for an impressive win, edging out new rider Brad Slade and Peter Livitsanis. An eight man mix of seasoned crit vets and first timers were soon testing each-other out to see who had the legs, nearly everyone having a crack at some stage.
Darren Terry, recuperating in B Grade, repeatedly attacked into the wind, more often than not it was policeman Bob Morley who chased hard to close Flat-top Terry down. Rob Kinna and Rob Parker, both in solid form, glided around the circuit and looked to be contenders.  Kevin Lee, graduating to B grade, started strongly but struggled late.
The final sprint became confused as B grade sprinted into the back of C grade around the final corner, many riders deciding that sitting up was wiser than contesting the sprint. Creek, however, ploughed straight through and was surprised by the checked flag.

Results

1st                  John Creek

2nd                  Brad Slade

3rd                  Peter Livitsanis

 

C Grade

A return to form for Brett Caddy saw him easily account for the C grade field in a tactical race.C grade all enjoyed their race with the intensity being lifted right from the start of the event.

After a few messy corners the more experienced riders quickly pulled the bunch into order and the pace went up early. Unfortunately, Ross Waddington and the injured Greg Curnow fell victim soon after and the bunch settled down for a solid ride. Gary Blood continues to show his sheer strength controlling the pace over several laps only to pull out on the last lap.
Graeme Parker and Malcolm Rock were also out in front often with Sue Parker displaying her improving form in chasing them down and bringing the bunch back up. Brett Caddy looked smooth as silk, whilst Ron Larkin rode within the bunch as did the legendary Gail Oliver. The group went around for the last few laps warily, no-one willing to launch the suicide attack and it came down to the final sprinter.  Brett Caddy sensed his opportunity and jumped, his explosive effort saw him first over the line.
Sue Parker cheered on by her training partner in Gail Oliver, was second, with the gallant Malcolm Rock finishing third.

 

Results

1st                  Brett Caddy

2nd                  Sue Parker

3rd                  Malcolm Rock

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