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

 EVCC 2018 Championships Day - poster

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.

CC6

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.

CC9  CC10  CC11

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

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