2017 Victorian Championships
– ROAD RACE –
at Learmonth on Sunday 13th August
The Road Race State Championships were held in near perfect (for winter) cycling conditions. The day started out with Learmonth enveloped in fog, however by race start time the fog had been blown away and sunshine streamed down upon the riders.
Division A were the first to be issued orders and set underway on their 85 km race. A flurry of aggressive attacks soon had riders struggling and by the second lap pain was being dished out left, right and centre.
Nick Squillari (Geelong & Surf Coast) spent a long time off the front time trialling away happily to himself. Eventually reeled back in, this just enabled the riders to resume attacking.
Tim Canny (Eureka) launched an attack the second time down Langi Kal Kal Road and had many riders looking at each other to see who would respond. Eventually he too was brought back into the fold.
With around twenty kilometres remaining a race defining break was made – Geelong & Surf Coast riders David Newett and Brad Haskell got off the front and were joined by Eureka rider Tony Mirabella. Tony used his local knowledge to guide the Geelong riders through the next ten kilometres and they opened a significant gap. Cresting the Weatherboard climb the three knew they had the race in the bag. Their gap was nearly 800 metres and the chasers were at the bottom of the hill!
Down to the finish line and the Geelong riders played a terrific one-two on Mirabella to claim the quinella. They finished 30 seconds clear of the remaining pack who fought out a tight sprint for fourth place.
Results Men A:
1st – David Newett (Geelong & Surf Coast) in 2h 10m 41s, ave. 39 kph
2nd – Brad Haskett (Geelong & Surf Coast)
3rd – Tony Mirabella (Eureka)
4th – Peter Howard (Eastern)
5th – Tim Canny (Eureka)
6th – Josh McMinn (Warrnambool)
7th – Steve Baxter (Northern)
8th – David Boonzaayer (Hume)
9th – Darren Roberts (Northern)
10th – Michael Borowski (Northern)
18 riders started
Division B road off at a sedate pace and enjoyed their Sunday morning ride knowing that 85 km was going to mean hurt box.
Craig Harvey (Northern) showed the way early and during the middle of the race and in the back half of the race. Kudos to Craig for a brilliant ride shouldering almost all the responsibility out on course and still being there at the end!
The first effort of the day came at the turn off Black Bottom Road. Dean Wells (Eureka) had clued Ian Amsden (Geelong & Surf Coast) and Harvey into what lay ahead – narrow road and cross wind.? Turning onto Ercildoune Road the three put the hammer down (relatively speaking) and the race into the gutter. The three swapped turns and were rewarded by dislodging four riders out the back.
The pace backed off again and turning back towards Addington for the second lap Rick Buckwell (Geelong & Surf Coast) rode off the front and kept going. With no impetus in the chase, Buckwell was soon 300 metres off the front, albeit with 40 kilometres remaining.? Through the neutralised section for the second time and Scott Blade rolled to the front and gave chase. This extraordinarily long unassisted effort almost bridged the gap to Buckwell, but once again he opened his gap. Scott Riddell (Northern) punctured at this stage and just ten riders remained in the hunt.
Back to the nasty crosswind section on Ercildoune Road and Wells and Harvey once again put the race in the gutter. No rider was shelved this time and Tom McDonough (Northern) used the effort as a springboard to jump across to Buckwell. The group soon reformed and McDonough launched away shortly after.
With 15 kilometres remaining, the riders were in management mode. No concerted effort to real McDonough back in, but he always just one hundred metres in front.
The turn back onto the Weatherboard climb had most riders struggling. McDonough was caught and just four kilometres remained.
Racing past the Edmonston Road section and a touch of wheels saw Justin Foster (Northern) come down – to be confirmed that it was Justin. Amsden pulled up immediately to check on the fallen rider and just eight riders remained with 2 kilometres to go.
Blade found himself in front with one kilometre remaining, closing to 500 metres he swung wide to the right to try and get a short sit, but Wells used this as his chance to attack. Blade quickly chased and caught Wells, setting it up for the riders behind and Rob Southern (Geelong & Surf Coast) came over the top only to be passed nearing the line by Luke Medhurst (Northern).
Medhurst probably spent all of ten metres on the front all day – but they were the most important metres!
Results Men B:
1st – Luke Medhurst (Northern) in 2h 27m 3s, ave. 34.7 kph
2nd – Rob Southern (Geelong & Surf Coast)
3rd – Scott Blade (Northern)
4th – Nick Brown (Geelong & Surf Coast)
5th – Dean Wells (Eureka)
6th – Tom McDonough (Northern)
7th – Rick Buckwell (Geelong & Surf Coast)
8th – Craig Harvey (Northern)
15 riders started
Division C was the hammer bunch. Just 46 kilometres to decide the State Champion, this division was full of quality riders who could probably have easily coped with another 20 kilometres of racing.
A short race means a tough race! Geelong & Surf Coast rider Paul Retake was the biggest agitator on the day and fellow GSCCC rider Kane Airey provided great back up to his efforts.
Thirteen riders were still in with a show as they charged over Weatherboard and race towards the finish. Some erratic riding saw some riders back out of the contest – content to not be knocked from their bikes. The rest powered to the line and seven riders fought out the tight sprint with Colin Morris (Northern) taking the win ahead of John Short (Northern) and Matt Ayres (Eureka).
Curiously, Ayres was disqualified post race. No further comment will be made on that decision at this time.
Results Men C:
1st – Colin Morris (Northern) in 1h 19m 48s, ave. 34.6 kph
2nd – John Short (Northern)
3rd – Paul Rettke (Geelong & Surf Coast)
4th – Oliver Reid (Northern)
5th – Roger Cronk (Geelong & Surf Coast)
6th – Damian Luppino (Colac)
7th – Michael Hartman (Northern)
8th – Gavin O’Brien (Colac)
9th – Kane Airey (Geelong & Surf Coast)
10th – John Hasouras (Northern)
17 riders started
Division D race over 46 kilometres and the event was highlighted by a mid race breakaway that literally rode away with the race.
This was a joint race in that the Women A Grade event was competing concurrently.
Just 13 kilometres into the race and Dan Whelan (Eureka) rode off the front nearing the highpoint on the circuit. Fellow Eureka rider Jeremy Humber saw this as an opportunity and attacked from the bunch with Anthony Plummer (Hume) and Nigel Pearson (Geelong & Surf Coast). The three crossed to Whelan and the days’ break was set to fly.
Back in the bunch and riders were issuing chase instructions, but no one was actioning them with any effect. The Eureka riders were more than happy that two members of their club were up ahead and the female riders couldn’t be coerced into helping the chase…’Ummm, we have our own race to ride!’
The breakaway extended its lead and by the turn off Black Bottom Road were well over one minute ahead. They worked together well and pressed the advantage. The chase group were losing riders and any chance of catching the leaders – at least one male rider was becoming frustrated with his own club members!
Up ahead and it was all plain sailing for Humber, Pearson, Plummer and Whelan. They raced over Weatherboard with close to a two minute advantage.
Now for the fun and games. Friends became foe and the pace ramped up for the sprint. Plummer and Humber cleared out from their cohorts with Plummer prevailing.
The pack came over the ridge some two minutes later. A sprint finish for the Women A Grade medal saw Rebecca Luppino weave her way through the pack and narrowly claim the gold ahead of Amanda Hosking in what was the closest finish of any grade all day!
Results Men D:
1st – Anthony Plummer (Hume) in 1h 20m 13s, ave. 34.4 kph
2nd – Jeremy Humber (Eureka)
3rd – Nigel Pearson (Geelong & Surf Coast)
4th – Dan Whelan (Eureka)
5th – James Gretton (Eureka)
6th – Bob Morley (Eureka)
7th – Vincent Haveaux (Geelong & Surf Coast)
8th – Paul Beasley (Geelong & Surf Coast)
9th – Nick Nomikos (Northern)
10th – James Burzacott (Eureka)
Results Women A:
1st – Rebecca Luppino (Colac) in 1h 22m 42s, ave. 33.4 kph
2nd – Amanda Hosking (Geelong & Surf Coast)
24 riders contested the concurrent event
Division E saw a small field dominated by Eureka riders tackle the 46 kilometre Mount Misery circuit – well everyone tackled it today…
This was a joint race in that the Women B Grade event was competing concurrently.
The Eureka riders used their knowledge of the course to put their few opponents into the hurt box and the race became a training ride of sorts, with medals for everyone at the end.
Eureka riders Brian Ure and Dan Crook cleared out as the finish line loomed with Ure blasting away for the win.
Jude Jonasson rode to the gold medal in the Women B event, finishing within a minute of the men…in her first road bike ride in close to six weeks (lots of moutain biking though!).
Results Men E:
1st – Brian Ure (Eureka) in 1h 24m 24s, ave. 32.7 kph
2nd – Dan Crook (Eureka)
3rd – Kevin Lee (Eureka)
4th – Vince Sinni (Northern)
Result Women B:
1st – Jude Jonasson (Eureka) in 1h 25m 22s, ave. 32.3 kph
7 riders contested the concurrent event
Division F was the last group to ride away.
This was a joint race in that the Women C Grade event was competing concurrently.
The strengthening wind soon smashed the pack apart and individual time trials became the order of the day as other riders abandoned.
Gavin Gamble (Geelong & Surf Coast) won in a canter.
Second across the line was Jo Read (Northern) taking the gold in the Women C event.
Results Men F: 1st – Gavin Gamble (Geelong & Surf Coast) in 1h 33m 24s, ave. 29.6 kph
2nd – Ian Buckingham (Northern)
3rd – Ron Stranks (Eastern)
Results Women C:
1st – Jo Read (Northern) in 1h 38m 15s, ave. 28.1 kph
2nd – Meredith Kelly-Smith (Northern)
3rd – Susan Williams (Eastern)
6 riders contested the concurrent event – however ONLY 3 riders achieved electronic timing results. Gold, Silver, Bronze medals were awarded in both divisions, however another rider on the day was disqualified for not achieving an electronic timing result – curious.
Eureka Cycling wish to thank all the wonderful volunteers who helped make this day a success. Without this small army, we cannot achieve big things.
Many thanks also to those who donated the use of their vehicles and equipment for the day.
Of course we must also thank all the Eureka family and friends who produced the food which we ate after the event and Salvatore Regional Butcher and Mal Rock for supplying the raffle prizes.
New sponsor – Southern Cross Business Machines were kind enough to donate their printing services which produced the Official Program and the mini posters which we gave to the medal winners as a memento of their achievement.
Thank you to Julie from Bean Me Up – Mobile Espresso for setting up early in the compound and making some fantastic coffee.
And finally, to all the riders who participated today. Thank you for coming out to Learmonth and racing with us today.
A special mention to Northern Cycling and Geelong & Surf Coast for entering the largest number of riders in the 2017 Road Race – State Championships.
Event organiser: Victorian Veterans Cycling Council
State Championship events sponsor: KREHALON Australia
Event details: Graded Scratch racing
Distances: Mens A and B grades, 85 km
Mens C, D, E, F grades, 46 km
Womens A, B, C grades, 46 km
Race start times: Racing commences from 10 AM onwards.
Grades will be released at intervals.
Host club: EUREKA Cycling
Registration: 9 AM to 9:30 AM
Venue: EUREKA Cycling and Lake Learmonth Yacht Club
Lake Learmonth, east foreshore
Host club EUREKA Cycling invite all race participants to the club rooms which are located on the east foreshore of Lake Learmonth.
Change rooms: Male and female change areas, including toilets and showers are available.
Coffee van: Bean Me Up will be present on site before the event.
Medal presentations: Post race the official VVCC presentations will take place inside the club rooms.
Food and drink: FREE tea, coffee and food will be available inside the club rooms after the races.
Soft drinks will be available for purchase.
Raffle: Raffle tickets will be available for purchase throughout the morning.
Draws will be conducted after the presentations.
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Mens events – A and B grades, distance 85 km
Mens events – C, D, E and F grades, distance 46 km
Womens events – A, B and C grades, distance 46 km
EUREKA cycling riders Brian Ure and Jeremy Humber all smiles
after participating in glorious winter racing
and being rewarded with medals for their efforts.