September 16, 2018 – Oscar’s Hotel & Cafe Bar spring criterium series – round 1

Oscar’s Hotel & Cafe Bar spring criterium series

16 September 2018

ROUND 1

Victoria Park criterium circuit

 

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Spring Is Here

Spring is here! Why doesn’t my heart go dancing?
Spring is here! Why isn’t the waltz entrancing?
No desire, no ambition leads me
Maybe it’s because nobody needs me

- Frank Sinatra

Overnight snow did little to smother the enthusiasm of the 25 riders that assembled for round 1 of the Oscar’s Hotel & Cafe Bar – Spring Criterium Series.
Three divisions raced on the damp, yet safe Victoria Park circuit.

A small Division 3 field was immediately a three-man affair as Roger McMillan, Phil McLennan and Steve Linane rode off in search of warmth.  Trial rider Kathy Wood enjoyed a safe “first race” experience with chaperone Dean Wells at her side.
The race ahead saw Linane too classy in the sprint for the finish.

Division 2 fielded eleven riders with a mix of talents and race fitness.  Visiting Geelong & Surf Coast CC rider – Marcus Coppock – was suitably impressed with the track surface, however the “ski-field” temperature was less to his liking.  Jeremy Vanderklift was often on the front, being closely marked by the likes of Matt Ayres, Peter Gunston and Bob Morley.
Tempo laps was just what the doctor ordered for James Gretton and Mark O’Callaghan.  New rider Ben Davies was keen to flex some muscle and Gary Wheeler and Dan Whelan were also hiding in the bunch somewhere.
None of them were any match for Brian Ure who unleashed his sprint early in the straight, created the gap and comfortably held it to the line.

A classy line up in Division 1 with seven dual BSCC/Eureka licence holders lining up.
Action aplenty as well with Brett Martin, Tim Canny and Sam Smith all providing something to chase.  Rob Ellis acquitted himself well in his return to racing. Tony Mirabella and Greg Ley made sure they held good positions.  Andrew Sullivan and Craig Lee marked every attack.  Jason Hendry was once again impressive.  This raw talent is a little bit scary in how quickly he has progressed.
Smith got away with a lap and a half to go and held it all the way to the line as his adoring cheer squad screamed out “Go Daddy!”.  He won easy and the sprint for the minor placings was exciting as the field ripped apart.  Lee claimed *second just ahead of Hendry with Canny fourth.
*Jason Birch did not race 

Results:
Division 3 (35 min):
1st – Steve Linane
2nd – Roger McMillan
3rd – Phil McLennan
Division 2 (40 min):
1st – Brian Ure
2nd – Matt Ayres
3rd – Ben Davies
Division1 (45 min):
1st – Sam Smith
2nd – Craig Lee
3rd – Jason Hendry

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