Footscray Cycling Club ‘Legends’ Criteriums @ VU 9/1/2021
Round #11 of the Footscray Cycling Club’s summer calendar saw riders contesting the Member’s only ‘Max Campbell’ Memorial Criteriums at the VU track on an overcast and chilly ‘summer’ morning; riders extra motivated to contest this prestigious race and snag a sash, trophy or medallion.
A grade’s race had a lovely 20 minutes of calm before all hell broke loose; riders setting off grenades on each other for the rest of the race, the attacks severe and regular enough to shell many a rider. In the end, it came down to a bunch sprint; a mano-a-mano duel between Josh Zammit and eventual winner Dan Purcell. ‘We had a quiet first third of the race; everyone knew that with the strong wind there were probably not going to be any breaks, and then the attacks came after that. It was very active and that’s what you want. I spent the last lap just checking over my shoulder, and sure enough a few guys rolled past, I got onto their wheel and hoped I still had enough left for the sprint.’ He did, Purcell taking the winner’s sash from Zammit and Jason Costin.
B-Grade’s race opened with all the calm of a sudden heart attack (which the author may have had); Anthony Gercovich and Glen Wright hammering out a brutal attack on lap 2, which split the pack. Try as they may, the chasers just could not peg the 7 breakout artists back; and inevitably over the course of the windy race were lapped by the leaders. In the final few laps, riders took themselves into the red to try and string the bunch out and hold a good wheel, with eventual winner, Anthony Gercovich showing a great turn of strength by leading the riders home and taking the trophy, Marcus Nyeholt taking second and Ben Lowe third.
C-Grade saw Phil ‘Sensei’ Tehan and Graeme ‘Coke’ Cole hit the bunch with an early-doors committed attack and breakaway that had the chasers rightly concerned, and try as the bunch may, they could not reel the pair in. Cue eventual winner, Tan Tran, who saw the writing on the wall and launched off the front of the bunch to bridge across to the pair. Tran made it across quickly, and the now 3 riders set about building an unbeatable lead. In the end, it came down to a sprint, where Tran’s youth managed to just hold off Tehan and Cole’s experience; the 38-year-old Tarneit resident showing he’s building his skills and fitness and ready to take on the next challenge. ‘I knew that we weren’t going to catch Phil and the iron man (Cole) as the gap kept getting bigger, so I jumped. It was windy so no one was going to catch us easy. Phil was great; he was teaching me how to select the right gears and what to do out there, and we all worked very hard, so hard that I was struggling. These two guys I have to give them credit. They are a lot older than me (in fact, both are so old they personally attended Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount) but they were so strong.’ Tran took the win with Tehan just in behind in second and Cole in third place. Afterwards, Tehan and Cole were set to be drug tested by ASADA but the officials got sick of waiting because of their dodgy prostates 😛
D-Grade saw riders wind up to a healthy pace early on in the race, with noted heavy hitters David O’Keefe and Josh Dahdah just applying the thumbscrews to the bunch through regular, incremental surges that saw riders strung out and in all sorts of bother. Sensing their opportunity, eventual winner Dahdah and second placed O’Keefe piled on and ratcheted up the power for the last few laps and strung the bunch out, Steven Richards taking the bunch home for a well-earned third place. Dahdah getting better at sensing his opportunities and is gaining valuable racing experience. ‘I felt good today; I thought I was working, but when I discovered I could race I took the opportunity. I spent a lot of today on the front with David, and I was not sure if it would be him or me today as we both were working pretty hard at the end; I managed to take the win though, so I’m happy with that.’
A-Grade: 1st Dan Purcell, 2nd Josh Zammit, 3rd Jason Costin, 4th Harry Willen, 5th Jared Raynes.
B-Grade: 1st Anthony Gercovich, 2nd Marcus Nyeholt, 3rd Ben Lowe, 4th Michael Dam, 5th Shawn Smith.
C-Grade: 1st Tan Tran, 2nd Phil Tehan, 3rd Graeme Cole, 4th Barry Heywood, 5th Simon Perryman.
D-Grade: 1st Josh Dahdah, 2nd David O’Keefe, 3rd Steven Richards, 4th Barry Cram, 5th Jason Egbers.
Footscray Cycling Club VU Criteriums @ VU 14/1/2021
Round #10 of the Footscray Cycling Club’s summer calendar saw riders converge upon the VU track on a calm summer evening with moderate temperatures and a light wind.
A grade’s race saw 16-year-old Harry Willen take his first ever win in A with a gutsy solo move; the junior signalling his arrival in A in style. After a series of attacks that saw quite a few riders shelled, and a few strong solo efforts, the remaining riders bunched up with 3 to go, and that’s when Willen made his plans. ‘It was an insanely good race, so many hard attacks, so much hard work to be there at the end. I looked behind and noticed I had a bit of a gap after the bunch brought back a rider, and I just thought I would roll the dice and see if I get lucky. I was looking under my arm just to see if I still had my gap and if anyone was coming across. One guy (Ben Redpath) was, but he blew up so I knew when I turned into the straight I had it. It feels awesome to win an A-Grade race!’ Willen took the win well clear of Redpath in second place, also well clear of the bunch, with Josh Zammit taking the bunchie and third place.
B-Grade’s race saw 36-year-old Nick Zhang meter out a stinging sprint at the end of a very tough race; the Sunshine West resident being one of the riders who made it to the end stage of the race. ‘No one was getting away; there were just a whole lot of strong guys pushing the pace hard, and I was just trying to stay in a good spot. I was pretty far back with 3 to go, and I just kept moving up slowly. On the last lap I found myself on the front, but then 2 guys rolled over me and I was then in a good position.’ Zhang took the sprint definitively, with Toni Jovanovski taking second place and Thomas Rebesco third.
C-Grade was an on and off affair, with the pace varying substantially, a fact noted by eventual winner, 45-year-old Altona Meadows resident Sam Tammaro. ‘It started off very civilized, then of course Phil Tehan kicked it off with a few attacks, and then once he started others did the same. All the attacks were getting chased down, so I got on a good wheel, Baz Heywood’s, and then there was an opening and I just went for it. Tammaro took the sprint narrowly from Paul Martinucci and Pat Mercieca.
D-Grade saw 16-year-old Altona Meadows resident Joshua Dahdah make a definitive move in the last few laps of the race to take a strong win; the junior mechanic at Salter Cycles following the attack of Scott Morrison and keeping the momentum all the way to the line. “Scott and I talked tactics at the start; he launched with two to go and I stuck to his wheel, and with about a lap to go he said ‘go’ and I went. I had a gap but I had to make it stick for the full lap; I wasn’t sure if I had it in me, but I did. I am loving racing, this is my first win and I want to see how far I can go.’ Dahdah took the win well clear of David O’Keefe, who had also gapped the field a little, veteran Tommy Gray taking third.
A-Grade: 1st Harry Willen, 2nd Ben Redpath, 3rd Josh Zammit, 4th Jason Costin, 5th Andrew Naughtin.
B-Grade: 1st Nick Zhang, 2nd Toni Jovanovski, 3rd Thomas Rebesco, 4th Ben McCarthy, 5th Mark Koutsogiannis
C-Grade: 1st Sam Tammaro, 2nd Paul Martinucci, 3rd Pat Mercieca, 4th Walter Chetcuti, 5th Jay Stiles
D-Grade: 1st Josh Dahdah, 2nd David O’Keefe, 3rd Tommy Gray, 4th Tristran Limbery, 5th Michael Scragg.
Footscray Cycling Club ‘Legends’ Criteriums @ VU 9/1/2021
Round #9 of the Footscray Cycling Club’s summer calendar saw riders contesting the Members only ‘Legends’ Memorial criteriums at the VU track on a perfect summer morning with moderate temperatures and a light wind; riders extra motivated to honour the memories of the Club’s four Legends; the deceased Harry Jones and Hugh Cram, and the two living Legends, Frankie and Mark Zanatta.
A grade’s race saw Travis Small and Miles DaCosta set off on a long, sustained and determined break early in the race; a break that lasted long enough for the two to take a sprint each whilst they were up the road. With the winds light and a lot of riders wanting to bring the race back together, it was however inevitable that the boys would be reeled in. After a further series of surges and attacks, it was Small who tried again in the dying stages of the race to go solo; Small holding his lead for three laps and only being engulfed by the tsunami of gun sprinters on the home straight (earning himself the most aggressive award). Eventual winner, 31 year old Altona Meadows resident Dan Purcell flying past to take a strong sprint win from new daddy Jared Raynes in second and Bjorn Williams (not a new daddy as far as he knows) in third place; the hard nature of the race not lost on Purcell. ‘There were a few guys who got maybe 10 or 15 seconds away a few times, but with not a lot of wind blowing and plenty of guys very eager to place well they were caught. Ben Redpath did a huge turn to get us close to Trav; it’s nice to have friends in the bunch.’ This race had extra meaning for Purcell, who had lost his uncle, a past FCC racer, the week before. ‘I really wanted to win this one; my uncle, Graham Smart, passed away last week. He was an FCC member and racer who placed in the Warny and I really wanted to win for Smarty. 100% it gave me extra motivation; I was super-determined and so pleased to win the Legends race’ it’s very fitting.’
B-Grade’s race was also highlighted by a few strong attacks; most notably that of Shawn Smith, who spent a long time alone and up the road (earning himself the most aggressive award), before the light conditions and work ethic of B saw the race come together. After some hotly contested sprints that looked like they were for real (Gercovich taking two, O’Leary one), and towards the end of the race, Anthony Gercovich decided he’d like to torture himself for seven hard, lonely solo laps, again only getting caught within sight of the finish line. In the end it came down to an extraordinarily tight bunch sprint; and the extra motivation of his emotional connection to having been guided by our Legends giving 43 year old Pt Cook resident Ben O’Leary the physical impetus to just edge out Ben Lowe to take the win; Lowe taking second and Peter Burke third. O’Leary has such fond memories of our now departed Legends, Harry Jones and Hugh Cram, that it gave him wings. ‘Ever since I joined the Club when I was 15, Hughie and Harry just did the Footscray thing and served others; they did a mountain of work for us all, as so many in the Club still do. It was a great race, Shawn and Anthony are going really well, and I thought it might have been won with a solo. That was a very hard sprint and I really had to give my all to hold off Ben, it was so close. The last time I won this was 10 years ago, and it means a lot to me.’
C-Grade was a very evenly-matched race; a good strong field of riders who kept chasing down the attacks of the notorious serial attacker and noted dad-joke and bad-pun aficionado Phillip Tehan (who earned himself the most aggressive award), as well as some hard sprinting that saw eventual winner, 43 year old Williams Landing resident Peter Williams take both sprints. ‘I was a bit frustrated as my legs aren’t there yet, and because gaps kept opening up I kept working to close them, but of course every time you catch one, another goes and you have to chase again. My goal was to take both sprints and the race; I nearly lost the second sprint as (Simon Perryman) was right there, and in the main sprint for the race I was last wheel at the last corner but I had my sprint worked out, out of the saddle at the second last corner and then when I come round the last corner I drop to the last gear.’ Williams carried his extra momentum to take the win from Barry Heywood and Sam Tammaro.
D-Grade saw a good steady pace for the first half of the race that slowly ratcheted up as various riders threw in attacks and contested the two sprints, with David O’Keefe driving the bunch and eventual winner, 16 year old Ballarat girl Shannon Craggill dominating the two sprints. ‘It was definitely different to the last few races; a lot harder. I was planning on going for the first sprint, but the second one I was on the front and so I thought “Why not give it a shot?” I spent a lot of the race watching to see if anyone was going to jump so I could chase them. The last couple of laps were really me just seeing how I was feeling and watching the bunch; there was an attack (by first Tommy Gray and then David O’Keefe) so it was me for the last lap just chasing and trying to make sure I was at the front and those behind weren’t catching me. I didn’t give up and really only just caught David on the line.’ The accelerating Craggill had to make up quite a few bike lengths to run down the tiring O’Keefe, taking the win by a half-wheel, O’Keefe second and Eddie O’Farrell third.
A-Grade: 1st Dan Purcell, 2nd Jared Raynes, 3rd Bjorn Williams, 4th Jason Costin, 5th Travis Small.
Sprint #1 Miles DaCosta, Sprint #2 Travis Small, Sprint #3 Dan Purcell.
B-Grade: 1st Ben O’Leary, 2nd Ben Lowe, 3rd Peter Burke, 4th Michael Dam, 5th David Walker.
Sprint #1, Anthony Gercovich, Sprint #2 Ben O’Leary, Sprint #3 Anthony Gercovich.
C-Grade: 1st Peter Williams, 2nd Barry Heywood, 3rd Sam Tammaro, 4th Walter Chetcuti, 5th David Lane.
Sprint #1 Peter Williams, Sprint #2 Peter Williams.
D-Grade: 1st Shannon Craggill, 2nd David O’Keefe, 3rd Eddie O’Farrell, 4th Tommy Gray.
Sprint #1 Shannon Craggill, Sprint #2 Shannon Craggill.
Footscray Cycling Club Graded Criteriums @ VU 2/1/2021
Round #7 of the Footscray Cycling Club’s summer Criteriums took place on a windy morning at the VU track; riders hoping the rain predicted would hold off and let them get their cycling hit.
A grade’s race was definitely diesel-fuelled, with a whole lot of hard pedlars all keeping the pace high and steady. The pace did peel the odd rider, but the bunch was relatively intact when the ‘3 to go’ board went up, when Little River resident Travis Small decided to string the bunch out and apply some pressure. ‘I was feeling pretty good out there today; I’ve been putting in the extra training out at the Youies, taking the lead from the master Phil Tehan. We were all consistent and solid out there today; 41 into the headwind, no-one shirked their turn, so it was solid. I came around the last corner in the lead, and thought I’d spent all my bikkies early, but I got up and sprinted the last 20 meters and held them off.’ Small took the win from Miles daCosta and David Newett.
B-Grade saw a quality field attacked early by Harry Willen, the 16-year-old Woodend lad really trying to make his break stick. Shawn Smith went with him, but the bunch eventually reeled them both in, only to have Smith launch again with 4 to go; Willen quickly bridging across to him. ‘I saw Shawn go, and bridged across really quickly, and then just kept going.’ Willen crossed the line clear of Smith, with Ben O’Leary taking third place.
C-Grade rode a strong race, with a few early attacks, including the in-form Phil Tehan, and eventual winner, Williamstown lad Mark Koutsogiannis; the 57-year-old feeling strong at the end. ‘We stayed together until the race had 5 laps to go, and then I attacked and got a gap. The body felt pretty tired, but I saw A Grade go past and then used them as a marker to keep my speed up. I was waiting for someone to jump me but at the last corner I was still clear.’ Koutsogiannis took the win from Sam Tammaro and Phil Tehan.
D saw a steady pace kept throughout the race, until first time racer Tan Tran slowly and incrementally wound up the pace; his fitness putting pay to all except the in-form Peta Antonello, who stuck with Tran through the last laps; Tran sprinting to the win clear of Antonello; Shannon Craggill taking the bunchie and third place.
A-Grade: 1st Travis Small, 2nd Miles daCosta, 3rd David Newett, 4th Andrew Naughtin, 5th Steven Moses.
B-Grade: 1st Harry Willen, 2nd Shawn Smith, 3rd Ben O’Leary, 4th Glen Wright, 5th Keith Trovatello.
C-Grade: 1st Mark Koutsogiannis, 2nd Sam Tammaro, 3rd Phil Tehan, 4th John Miles, 5th Colin Morris, 1st Female Fran Pidgeon.
D-Grade: 1st Tan Tran, 2nd Peta Antonello, 3rd Shannon Graggill, 4th Michael Scragg, 5th Eddie O’Farrell.
D-Women: 1st Peta Antonello, 2nd Shannon Craggill.
Footscray Cycling Club Graded Criteriums @ VU 2020
Round #6, Christmas Criteriums, Dec 19th.
A grade’s race was hot from the start, with Brad Erickson, Josh Zammit and Marco Duys working the bunch over for the first 20 minutes. At once stagem when the umpteenth break was just being absorbed into the bunch, Miles da Costa and eventual winner, Brad Erickson snuck off the front and kept the pace high; the bunch never really letting the gap get too big but never fully absorbing Erickson and daCosta. The bunch dithered and in the end didn’t close down the break with daCosta leading out the sprint that saw 25 year old Erickson power away to a well-deserved win.
B-Grade saw only 4 riders turn up for the Xmas crit; all wondering how this was going to go in another cross-wind challenge at VU. The quartet started out just rolling turns but the pace got too quick for newly promoted Nick Tippett who retreated to the rear of the bunch and let the heavy hitters do the majority of the work. Leigh McCrabb had a red hot go at a solo break in the hope of earning a Christmas pudding for his efforts, but Ben O’Leary and Ben Lowe slowly wound him back in. The sprint was a Ben Lowe master-class for his maiden win this season with Ben O’Leary second and Nick Tippett third.
C-Grade riders all felt there race was a hard race, with Phil Tehan doling out a flurry of attacks, which the bunch, often led by eventual winner Simon Perryman, was chasing down. On the last lap the race was breaking up and it looked like two riders would stay clear, but veteran gun Colin Morris jumped hard. Perryman got onto his wheel to the last corner with good speed, kept all his momentum and took it all the way to the line, with Mark Koutsogiannis taking second and Morris third.
D saw a steady pace kept throughout the race, until Tommy Gray threw in a cheeky attack. The bunch worked well to bring him back to the group and it came down to the sprint, with Joe Caruana taking the sprint from Shannon Craggill and Stuart Higgins.
A-Grade: 1st Brad Erickson, 2nd Miles daCosta, 3rd Dan Purcell, 4th Josh Zammit, 5th Travis Small.
B-Grade: 1st Ben Lowe, 2nd Ben O’Leary, 3rd Nick Tippett, 4th Leigh McCrabb.
C-Grade: 1st Simon Perryman, 2nd Mark Koutsogiannis, 3rd Colin Morris, 4th Phil Tehan, 5th William Hamilton.
D-Grade: 1st Joe Caruana, 2nd Shannon Craggill, 3rd Stuart Higgins, 4th Riley Kenny, 5th Tommy Gray.
D-Women: 1st Shannon Craggill, 2nd Natalie Tancredi.
Footscray Cycling Club Graded Criteriums @ VU 2020
Round #6, Christmas Criteriums, Dec 19th.
A grade’s race was hot from the start, with Brad Erickson, Josh Zammit and Marco Duys working the bunch over for the first 20 minutes. At once stagem when the umpteenth break was just being absorbed into the bunch, Miles da Costa and eventual winner, Brad Erickson snuck off the front and kept the pace high; the bunch never really letting the gap get too big but never fully absorbing Erickson and daCosta. The bunch dithered and in the end didn’t close down the break with daCosta leading out the sprint that saw 25 year old Erickson power away to a well-deserved win.
B-Grade saw only 4 riders turn up for the Xmas crit; all wondering how this was going to go in another cross-wind challenge at VU. The quartet started out just rolling turns but the pace got too quick for newly promoted Nick Tippett who retreated to the rear of the bunch and let the heavy hitters do the majority of the work. Leigh McCrabb had a red hot go at a solo break in the hope of earning a Christmas pudding for his efforts, but Ben O’Leary and Ben Lowe slowly wound him back in. The sprint was a Ben Lowe master-class for his maiden win this season with Ben O’Leary second and Nick Tippett third.
C-Grade riders all felt there race was a hard race, with Phil Tehan doling out a flurry of attacks, which the bunch, often led by eventual winner Simon Perryman, was chasing down. On the last lap the race was breaking up and it looked like two riders would stay clear, but veteran gun Colin Morris jumped hard. Perryman got onto his wheel to the last corner with good speed, kept all his momentum and took it all the way to the line, with Mark Koutsogiannis taking second and Morris third.
D saw a steady pace kept throughout the race, until Tommy Gray threw in a cheeky attack. The bunch worked well to bring him back to the group and it came down to the sprint, with Joe Caruana taking the sprint from Shannon Craggill and Stuart Higgins.
A-Grade: 1st Brad Erickson, 2nd Miles daCosta, 3rd Dan Purcell, 4th Josh Zammit, 5th Travis Small.
B-Grade: 1st Ben Lowe, 2nd Ben O’Leary, 3rd Nick Tippett, 4th Leigh McCrabb.
C-Grade: 1st Simon Perryman, 2nd Mark Koutsogiannis, 3rd Colin Morris, 4th Phil Tehan, 5th William Hamilton.
D-Grade: 1st Joe Caruana, 2nd Shannon Craggill, 3rd Stuart Higgins, 4th Riley Kenny, 5th Tommy Gray.
D-Women: 1st Shannon Craggill, 2nd Natalie Tancredi.
Footscray Cycling Club Graded Criteriums @ VU 2020
(apologies for brief and tardy reports for some races; I am running with the basic info I collected whilst on a break…)
Round #2, Nov 28.
Great late charge by Trav Small and Marco Duys in A saw the bunch caught napping after rain; the two nearly, nearly! Hanging on to take the bikkies; except Dan Purcell spoiled the party by pipping the two at the line; Purcell taking a strong sprint win from Small and Duys.
B were in a feisty mood all night, attacking each other at the drop of a hat, with the bunch really struggling to keep up with all the body blows being deal out, resulting in the last few laps seeing riders spread out over half of the course. With Mark Micallef and Ben Lowe marginally clear on the bell lap, and Zhang sitting in as third wheel; Zhang taking the win by hitting the last 500m freshest of the three and sprinting well clear of Lowe in second and Micallef in third.
C saw Peter Williams take a sprint win from Dave Lane and Mark Koutsogiannis, and D saw Joe Caruana take a well-earned sprint win from Eddie O’Farrell and Riley Kenny.
A-Grade: 1st Dan Purcell, 2nd Travis Small, 3rd Marco Duys, 4th Jason Costin, 5th Brad Erickson.
B-Grade: 1st Nick Zhang, 2nd Ben Lowe, 3rd Mark Micallef, 4th Marcus Nyeholt, 5th Steve Harris
C-Grade: 1st Peter Williams, 2nd David Lane, 3rd Mark Koutsogiannis, 4th Tim Robertson, 5th Phil Tehan.
D-Grade: 1st Joe Caruana, 2nd Eddie O’Farrell, 3rd Riley Kenny, 4th Barry Cram, 5th James Stuart.
Round #3 Dec 3rd.
Riders headed off to the VU circuit in Hoppers Crossing for Round #3 of the Footscray Cycling Club’s 2020/21 Criterium season on Thursday evening.
A-Grade’s race saw lots of attacks but in the end it came down to a bunch sprint; Dan Purcell taking the bunchie form Josh Zammit and Jason Costin.
B-Grade’s race saw Dan Atkins take another sprint win from Toni Jovanovski and Ben Lowe (all in good form atm…).
C-Grade’s race saw another bunchie, with Nick Tippett taking the sprint from the in-form and lean Simon Perryman and veteran Dave Lane.
D-Grade saw, after a period of neutral rolling of turns, two new young talents in Dale Williamson and Ben Norton take off with a few laps to go and take a decisive first and second respectively from the chasing bunch with James Stuart in third.
A-Grade: 1st Dan Purcell, 2nd Josh Zammit, 3rd Jason Costin, 4th Andrew Naughtin, 5th Simon Phuah.
B-Grade: 1st Dan Atkins, 2nd Toni Jovanovski, 3rd Ben Lowe, 4th Steve Harris, 5th Matty Johnson.
C-Grade: 1st Nick Tippett, 2nd Simon Perryman, 3rd David Lane, 4th Kelly Phuah, 5th Mark Koutsogiannis.
D-Grade: 1st Dale Williamson, 2nd Ben Norton, 3rd James Stuart, 4th Shannon Craghill, 5th Tommy Gray.
D Women: 1st Shannon Craggill, 2nd Natalie Tancredi.
Round #4 Dec 5th.
Saturday afternoon’s racing saw riders rock up to VU on a sunny day with strong winds which meant all grades started at the same time to beat the worsening wind.
A-Grade’s race saw Brad Erickson throw in a barrage of attacks that peeled many riders off as they individually hit their limits; the bunch coming together after each attack but more weary and fewer in number each time. Brad Erickson took the sprint from Josh Zammit and Jason Costin.
C-Grade’s race saw Dave Lane break away early and stay away for a gruelling solo session; eventually the bunch reeled him in, at which time the master of the attack, Phil Tehan, set off on his own solo breakaway for the last 5 laps. Being an all-or-nothing break, Tehan put his head down and gave it his all; that and the cagey chasers in the bunch behind meant Tehan stayed clear and took a smart win; the bunch then contesting second place with Simon Gullery taking second and Jeffery Moon taking third.
D-Grade saw riders race in a safe and neutral manner; the results neutralised by a non-contested finish.
A-Grade: 1st Brad Erickson, 2nd Josh Zammit, 3rd Jason Costin, 4th Travis Small, 5th Miles Dacosta.
C-Grade: 1st Phil Tehan, 2nd Simon Gullery, 3rd Jeffery Moon, 4th 68?? TBC??, 5th David Lane.
D-Grade: Equal 1 point: James Stuart, Eddie O’Farrell, Joe Caruana, 2nd Shannon Craggill, 3rd Steve Gillingh.
Round #5 Dec 10th.
Another Thursday evening of wind and mayhem, riders .
A-Grade’s race was disrupted by the need to call an ambulance for an earlier crash; the bunch contesting a sprint that saw Dan Purcell take the win from Jason Costin and John Ross.
B-Grade’s race saw Ben McCarthy take a well deserved win after a very animated race. As the race progressed, McCarthy saw his oppoertunnity and took it. ‘There were a series of attacks early in the race then at around the 17min mark going into the headwind before the “hill” a break of around 5 riders was caught by the bunch. I took that opportunity to attack as I thought they might look at each other for a bit and I could get a little distance. Shortly after I was joined by Shaun Smith who asked me to take the wind so he could help out. Over the next 30 minutes we took lap turns and gave everything. When we got the 3 lap sign Shaun said he was spent but he stuck with me and gave me some help on the second last lap then said to go. I was wrapped he managed to hold on to second as we both put in 100%. We didn’t know that Tiernan had crashed until after the race as it was cleared by the time we came through. I’m not sure how often I’ll win a race and I’m proud of the way I won this race and of how Shaun and I held the bunch off for over 30mins’; Smith holding on to second as the bunch chased him down at the finish line; Nick Zhang sprinting to third.
C-Grade’s race saw the same ambulance disruption to their race, further compounded by a crash of their own; Barry Heywood coming undone with a pretzel for a front wheel whilst in a break; the later sprint being taken by the in-form and moving up Nick Tippett from Travis Grieve and David Lane.
D-Grade saw Stuart Higgins get away towards then end of the race; Shannon Craggill doing the same in pursuit of Higgins. In the end, Higgins crossed the line for the win with a margin, Craggill taking second with a margin and Michael Scragg taking third with the bunch,
A-Grade: 1st Dan Purcell, 2nd Jason Costin, 3rd John Ross, 4th Josh Zammit 5th Brad Erickson.
B-Grade: 1st Ben McCarthy, 2nd Shawn Smith, 3rd Nick Zhang, 4th Ben Lowe, 5th Steve Harris.
C-Grade: 1st Nick Tippett, 2nd Travis Grieve, 3rd David Lane, 4th Phil Tehan, 5th Jay Stiles.
D-Grade: 1st Stuart Higgins, 2nd Shannon Craggill, 3rd Michael Scragg, 4th James Stuart, 5th Riley Kenny.
Round #6 Dec 12th.
A perfect blue sky and a stiff southerly breeze greeted riders on Saturday arvo; bunches choosing to hit hard and early in A and C.
A-Grade’s race saw Josh Zammit, Brad Erickson and Trav Small put the hurt on early, with riders being shelled one by one until they were scattered across the circuit like Brown’s cows. In the end, it was Zammit and Erickson clear in first and second, ahead of Small in third some way back but indefatigable.
C-Grade’s race saw Jeffery Moon take a very strong win on a tough day; the 41 year old Yarraville resident spending a great deal of today’s race solo. ‘I had a crack about 10 minutes in, and stayed out for about 5 laps. Then I conserved energy until I saw Mark Z bring out the 2 to go sign and then I had another crack and I managed to stay away.’ Moon, new to racing after 7 years of riding in bunches, is enjoying the racing scene and the challenges it presents. ‘I really like this circuit; it’s got a nice little kick in it and the corners are nice!’ Moon took the win maxxed out and well-clear of the bunch, with Simon Perryman taking the bunchie for second and Phil Tehan showing some true grit to finish third.
D-Grade saw a civilized and co-operative bunch roll together for the majority of the race, until the dying stages when the pressure went on and things broke up a bit. In the end, it was the youth of Craggill who took the sprint win from the cunning veterans James Stuart and Joe Caruana in second and third respectively.
A-Grade: 1st Josh Zammit, 2nd Brad Erickson, 3rd Travis Small, 4th Miles Dacosta, 5th Luke Chippindale.
C-Grade: 1st Jeffery Moon, 2nd Simon Perryman, 3rd Phil Tehan, 4th Tim Robertson, 5th David Baillie.
D-Grade: 1st Shannon Craggill, 2nd James Stuart, 3rd Joe Caruana, 4th Peta Antonello, 5th Tommy Gray.
FCC Graded crits Round #2 @ VU, Saturday 28 Nov ’20
A great afternoon of racing was held out at the VU track at Hoppers; B and D getting an uninterrupted run on the track beofre A and C had a rain interrupted stint.
In D, Joe Caruana took a strong sprit win from another experienced rider in Eddie O’Farrell and an up and comer in Riley Kenny. Caruana is enjoying getting back to raicng, and enjoyed how the race unfolded. ‘We started at even pace, Barry put in a couple of attacks which put the bunch under pressure, I attacked on the hill but everyone stayed on my wheel. Young Kenny attacked with 3 to go, brilliant chasing by Eddie to bring back young Kenny. I set on for the sprint and on the last corner I attacked and held the rest off to the finish.’
In B, the pace was high from the start, with many riders keen to push hard into the wind. this style of shennanigans continued until the last few laps, when a series of hard attacks saw riders strung out and having to push hard to make the head of the race, with only Mark Micallef, Ben Lowe and Nick Zhang being in the frame for a win. In the end, it was Sunshine West resident Nick Zhang who delivered an attack with half a lap to go that left Micallef and Lowe too spent to react; Zhang taking a comfortable win from Lowe and Micallef.
In C, after their rain interruption, it came down to a sprint; Dave Lane leading out the bunch around the last corner; Peter Williams taking the win from Lane and Mark Koutsogiannis.
In A, after an on again / off again race, Trav Small and Marco Duys were up the road having a go at staying away; the bunch in no hurry to reel them back in….Until, due to imminent rain, Commisaire Mark Zanatta gave them a surprise 2 to go to finish the race in the dry. That gave Small and Duys a great opportunity and they did their very best to stay clear, but gun sprinter Dan Purcell gatecrashed their party and took the sprint by a whisker from Small and Duys.
Footscray Cycling Club Graded Criteriums @ VU, Nov 30, 2020
After an enforced break of a mind boggling 256 days, riders returned to the VU circuit in Hoppers Crossing for Round #1 of the Footscray Cycling Club’s 2020/21 Criterium season; cool spring weather and a stiff southerly breeze making the racing tough and challenging.
A-Grade’s race saw Team Zammit launch 25 year old GUN Brad Ericson up the road very early on in the race; the whippet-lean Ericson showing immense determination to stick fat and last the majority of the race half a lap up on the hard chasing bunch. Ericson took the solo win, with noted sprinter Dan Purcell holding off Josh Zammit for 2nd and 3rd respectively.
B-Grade’s race saw another massive solo effort; with a break forming early on in the race; 19 year old Bjorn Williams showed he is ready for a red number by outlasting all of the other breakaway artists to LAP THE WHOLE BUNCH in a stunning ride. Williams ended by taking a well-deserved win. In behind in the bunchie, it was Steve Harris who jumped cleverly and consequently led out that sneaky Malteser Mark Micallef, who took second in a very ugly and grinding sprint from Ben ‘Ask the Leyland Brothers’ Lowe in third, who enjoyed a brief tour of the gravel on his way across the finish line.
C-Grade’s race saw a hotly contested bunch sprint, with the strong legs of Barry Heywood leading out the bunch; Nick ‘call me Zwifty’ Tippett taking the close win from Simon Perryman in second, with Heywood hanging in for third.
D-Grade saw papa-bear to Bjorn, Peter Williams, gain inspiration from his cub and take the win in D from Elwyn Davies and veteran Dennis Hobbs.
A-Grade: 1st Brad Ericson, 2nd Dan Purcell, 3rd Josh Zammit, 4th Jason Costin, 5th Dale Cameron.
B-Grade: 1st Bjorn Williams, 2nd Mark Micallef, 3rd Ben Lowe, 4th Steve Harris, 5th Peter Burke.
C-Grade: 1st Nick Tippett, 2nd Simon Perryman, 3rd Barry Heywood, 4th Mark Koutsogiannis, 5th David Lane.
D-Grade: 1st Peter Williams, 2nd Elwin Davies, 3rd Dennis Hobbs, 4th Tommy Gray, 5th James Stuart.
Footscray Cycling Club Criterium Aggregate, 2019-20
A highly successful Criterium season saw the mighty Footscray Cycling Club conduct a 40 race season in 2019-20; riders being awarded 1 point for the start, 2 points for 3rd, 3 points for 2nd and 4 points for the win.
This year saw our season cut short due to an historic first –a pandemic – and for the first time in its 125 year history, no 2020 Road Season. Having tallied up the points, First place in the Aggregate went to A-Grade’s Josh Zammit, sitting comfortably on a whopping 90 points, well clear of a pair of consistent fellows in D-Grade’s James Stuart on 55 in Second place and B-Grade’s Mark Micallef on 46 in third. Other notable performers include gun veteran Phil Tehan who raced every single race in the season, as well as manning the broom for some pre-race track maintenance, and A-Grade stalwart Trav Small who had a strong, consistent season as well.
Zammit, who had a stellar season on the bike, was chuffed with the win. ‘I’m pretty happy to hear I got up for the win with the big numbers and competitive racing the club was getting at all races throughout the season and as I knew a few others ( Ben Redpath, Andy Waldron, Trav Small ) had all been in the results and ridden well all season long.’ When asked about his form, Zammit put his form down to having gotten plenty of consistent sadle time. ‘I felt good as I was able to race both crits ( VU & Drake ) most weeks which helped me stay fit and consistent, The personal highlight for me was being in the winning breakaway at Drake alongside fellow club member Trav Small and pro Ben Perry and just knowing that us “club riders” could be somewhat competitive with a rider like that was quite motivating to keep turning up to races knowing that we’re always in with a chance no matter what level of bike racer would turn up on a Sunday morning.’
Given the cancellation of the Road Season, we are looking to start an elongated 2020-21 Crit season at the earliest opportunity. See you all out there!.
Report from the Cycling Vic State Crit Championships.
Congratulations to the 15 odd Footscray CC riders who competed, with Dan Purcell wining Gold in MAS1, John Mogavero taking Silver in MAS3, Dave Newitt Gold and Simon Phuah Silver in MAS4, and Karen Lechner Silver in WMAS5. Well done to all riders as it was a freezing, tough, windy day out at Victoria Park in Ballarat; all raced hard and gave their all and the mighty FCC will be back next year!
Footscray Cycling Club Graded Criteriums @ Drake Blvd, Mar 15, 2020
Another strong field of riders across all grades converged on the smooth and fast Drake Boulevard circuit in Altona for Round #40 of the Footscray Cycling Club’s 2019/20 Criterium season; cool autumn weather and a stiff breeze making the racing tough and challenging.
A-Grade’s race broke up once a few key riders applied the blowtorch; the deceptive conditions leaving riders with a lot of chasing to do to keep bringing the race together. This meant that many riders handed back their red number a fair bit earlier than they may have planned, and a much-reduced bunch by the end stages. The race then broke up as the end game played out; in the end it was Henry Dietze who took a spirited sprint from Josh Zammit and Angus Collins.
B-Grade’s race was run at near A-Grade pace, with a 42 kph average seeing riders often strung out or chasing back a few serious breaks. With 2 to go the bunch stalled somewhat; riders then having to scramble for a wheel or suffer in the wind. In the end it was a cracking sprint, with young gun and SKCC member Fergus Browning taking the win from Ben Lowe and Harry (the H-Bomb) Willen; 16-year-old Browning happy to hold on for the win. “It was a fast race and a bit sketchy; we kept bunching up. I got in a good break and I thought we could maybe get away, but that got brought back. I was sitting way too far back coming into the last lap but somehow I got a good sit at third wheel on the back straight and then just went for it from the bottom corner and tied to hold everyone off; I just got there.” B-Women started and race with B-Men, so the whole bunch were in the thick of the action for the entire circus; in the end it was International rider Kasuga Watabe from Japan who took the win from Neve Bradbury and Hayley Jenkins.
C-Grade’s race saw riders rolling at a very high average of 40 kph; several serious breaks went up the road and were brought back but they all contained eventual winner James Ley, who spent so much of the race on his own and powering along like it was a Sunday ride along the foreshore; Ley easily winning and holding off the hard chasing bunch, with Lewis Vitsentzatos taking the bunchie and second and Paul Martinucci third. C-Women saw super strong Fran Pidgeon take the win from FCC star Diane Edwards and Amelia Marshall.
D-Grade saw the Men and Women start together, and both were mighty impressive. After a few serious attacks and a lot of chasing, it was Tania Launder who won overall and first female, nen’s winner Bailey Killingsworth next and second placed female Alana Humphries-Grey third across the line.
A-Grade: 1st Henry Dietze, 2nd Josh Zammit, 3rd Angus Collins, 4th Riley Hart, 5th Graeme Frislie.
B-Grade: 1st Fergus Browning, 2nd Ben Lowe, 3rd Harry Willen, 4th Nick Gils, 5th Nick Bell.
B-Women: 1st Kasuga Watabe, 2nd Neve Bradbury, 3rd Hayley Jenkins, 4th Ashlee Jones.
C-Grade: 1st James Ley, 2nd Lewis Vitsentzatos, 3rd Paul Martinucci, 4th Alvin Dumaraos, 5th Sam Tammaro.
C-Women: 1st Fran Pidgeon, 2nd Diane Edwards, 3rd Amelia Marshall.
D-Grade: 1st Bailey Killingsworth, 2nd Elwin Davies, 3rd David Downing.
D-Women: 1st Tania Launder, 2nd Alana Humphries-Grey, 3rd Amelia Marshall.
FCC Summer crits @ VU, 12 March 2020
Last crit of he summer season; windy as, hot, but fun. A-grade beat each other up till there were 3 for the sprint; Jase tried to run first and get away but Jared took the sprint with a well-timed effort to get his first win in A. B was similar; lots of really good attacks and breaks, but a bunch sprint at the end, Mark jumped first and led the bunch out; young Harry taking a well deserved win with his trademark sprint. C saw Matt Atherton just hold off Barry in the sprint, with James taking D grade.
A: Jared Raynes, Josh Zammit, Jason Costin.
B: Harry Willen, Toni Jovanovski, Mark Micallef, Dean Maclennan
C: Matthew Atherton, Barry Heywood, Darren Eaton.
D: James Stuart, Dennis Hobbs, David Downing. 1st Female: Erin Preston.
Footscray Cycling Club Cyclehouse Sprint Crits @ Drake Blvd, Mar 8, 2020
Riders keen on testing their sprint out headed down to Drake Boulevard in Altona for Round #38 of the Footscray Cycling Club’s 2019/20 Criterium season; incorporating Round #3 of the FCC Women’s Criterium Series and the Cyclehouse Sprint Crits.
A-Grade’s race saw 27-year-old Carnegie-Caulfield CC rider Callan Douglas take the win after making the winning break and going solo for the last 2 laps; the Cyclehouse Racing rider enjoying the challenge of Drake Boulevard. ‘I have never raced here before and it was actually really good fun! It is a whole different kettle of fish here, very flat but the wind makes it tricky. I picked up the first sprint and Aidan Buttigieg picked up the next 2. Our break up the road was not really planned at all; it just sort of eventuated. We had 2 guys up the road then one by one we bridged across; we aren’t the sort of guys that want to sit on the bunch and block; that’s not in the spirit of club racing, so we had some fun trying to rip each other to bits and then when we had a break we worked together to stay away. I was hoping we would lap the field, but they were pushing hard too I hear. With 2 and a half laps to go it lulled a bit and I was expecting Mark Seddon to have a crack off the front but as it lulled I just hit the gas and got a gap and kept it. It was a good day out!’ Douglas took the win from team-mates Dean Coxon and Mark Seddon.
A-Women saw 19-year-old Brunswick CC rider Fiona Bonnet put in a masterful sprint to take a close win. ‘I love the course; it’s a great course and even though we have had small fields, the riding has been close and quick so it’s fun racing. We debated about going into the men’s field but we decided to just stick to it and we didn’t want a boring race so everyone was having a go and putting in attacks. I knew I wanted to be on Minda’s wheel at the end so I set myself up there and got the line into the last corner and it was a long hard sprint which suits my training.’ Bonnett took the sprint win narrowly from Minda Murray and Karla Bell.
B-Grade’s race saw 16-year-old Brunswick CC rider Nicholas Bell have a stonkingly good solo run to the line that out a quality field into the dirt. ‘It was a good race and probably my hardest race for a while. No real plan; just go hard. I was out there on my own for 5 or 6 laps and for part of that time I thought I would make it and at other times not; but I was confident and held the lead till the end.’ Bell crossed the line from super veteran and wiley competitor Agi Giramondo; who separated two young guns with Fergus Browning shooting through for third.
B-Women saw Phillipa Thomas take a strong win from Stephanie Hibburt and Alana Humphries-Grey.
C-Grade’s race came down to a bunch sprint, with the in-form Barry Heywood just pipping Simon Gullery and Alvin Dumaraos; all 3 having dominated recent races.
C-Women’s sprint was taken by Mardi Bassett, who took a well-deserved win over Kerryn Minehan and Lisette Jiminez.
D-Grade saw first time racer, 33 year old John Anskip, power off the front to take a solo win. ‘It was my first crit race and it was great! I was really keen to give racing a crack and it was good here with the marshal’s briefing at the start to make sure everybody knew what was going on and the sprint was fun too. Then I broke away and stayed out till the end; I was hurting but enjoying putting myself through a bit of pain.’ Anskip took the win from Eddie O’Farrell who took the bunchie from Aldo Kersovanic in third.
A: 1st Callan Douglas, 2nd Dean Coxon, 3rd Mark Seddon, 4th Aidan Buttigieg, 5th Josh Zammit, 6th Terence Hore.
A-Women: 1st Fiona Bonnett, 2nd Minda Murray, 3rd Karla Bell, 4th Raelene Lesniowska.
B: 1st Nicholas Bell, 2nd Agi Giramondo, 3rd Fergus Browning, 4th Dean Maclennan, 5th Harry WIllen.
B-Women: 1st Phillipa Thomas, 2nd Stephanie Hibburt, 3rd Alana Humphries-Grey, 4th Amy Seedsman, 5th Samantha Lewis.
C: 1st Barry Heywood, 2nd Simon Gullery, 3rd Alvin Dumaraos, 4th Nick Tippett, 5th Oliver Kimberlin.
C-Women: 1st Mardi Bassett, 2nd Kerryn Minehan, 3rd Lisette Jiminez, 4th Natalie Tancredi, 5th Karen Lechner.
D: 1st Johnny Inskip, 2nd Eddie O’Farrell, 3rd Aldo Kersovanic, 4th Barry Cram, 5th Adrian Fitzgerald.
A- #1 C Douglas, #2 A Buttigieg, #3 A Buttigieg
B- #1 F Browning, #2 F Browning.
C- #1 A Dumaraos, #2 B Heywood.
D- #1 J Inskip.
Footscray Cycling Club Graded Criteriums @ Drake Blvd, Mar 1, 2020
Another strong field of riders across all grades converged on the smooth and fast Drake Boulevard circuit in Altona for Round #36 of the Footscray Cycling Club’s 2019/20 Criterium season; including Round #2 of the FCC Women’s Criterium Series.
A-Grade’s race saw a maiden victory for Footscray resident Ken Attard; the 35-year-old carrying some great form over from his 10th place in the Fred Icke the day before. ‘I finally made the right split; between myself and Trav Small we rolled solid turns, but then we saw the bunch was closing in, and then Josh Zammit bridged and those two boys are a hell of a lot stronger than me so I got the armchair ride, so big thanks to those two boys. In the last few laps I knew I wasn’t as strong as those two so I conserved, sat on the back and sprinted from just outside the last corner. That was my first win so I am bloody happy!’ Attard took the win from Zammit in second and the first non-Maltese finisher was Small in third.
A-Women saw the field throw everything but the kitchen sink at each other, to the point where towards the end riders had run out of tricks and left it to the sprint; in the end it was Fran Pidgeon from Karla Bell and Diane Edwards.
B-Grade’s race never let a single break go for more than a few laps; too many riders willing to bring the bunch back together and try their luck at a bunch sprint. Unfortunately for any riders with that plan in mind, the race broke apart in the last two laps; first Vito Depetro escaping up the road, then Mark Micallef tried a last lap move that saw him inadvertently drag Ben Lowe and Dan Atkins into the no-man’s land between the bunch and the escapee; in the end it was 39-year-old Seddon resident Dan Atkins who took his first win in B and made the most of each opportunity as they arose. ‘I had a bit of a go early doors, then decided to sit in for the middle part of the race as nothing was getting anywhere; and then the last few to go Vito went, and we watched him roll up the road, then Mark jumped out of the bunch and I followed Ben’s wheel until I found myself on the front and I thought I’m not towing the bunch so I attacked and lucky enough no one came around.’ Atkins took the win ahead of Lowe and Julian Lee.
B-Women saw Steph Hibburt take the win from Phillipa Thomas and Suzanne Schrijnder; the early race seeing riders tested by several hard turns on the front by Rowena Harris; Hibburt taking the sprint in fine style.
C-Grade’s race saw quite a few attacks and chases, but again early morning light conditions helped riders bring back any potential breaks. With a lap to go Damir Djikic unleashed on the front and looked the goods, but faded as he rounded the last corner, swallowed up by the bunch sprint headed by Barry Heywood in first, Simon Gullery in second and Nick Tippett in third place.
C-Women was a lively race; all riders enjoying the competition and the fun; in the end it was Susan Williams who took the win from FCC Women’s Officer Karen Lechner in second and Tamaryn Stevens in third.
D-Grade saw Andrew Davidson take the win from Jason Egbers and Eddie O’Farrell; the race breaking apart early on and seeing the fragmented field finish in twos and threes.
A-Grade: 1st Ken Attard, 2nd Josh Zammit, 3rd Travis Small, 4th Paul Kenny, 5th Dan Purcell.
A-Women: 1st Fran Pidgeon, 2nd Karla Bell, 3rd Diane Edwards.
B-Grade: 1st Dan Atkins, 2nd Ben Lowe, 3rd Julian Lee, 4th Ben McCarthy, 5th Vito Depetro.
B-Women: 1st Stephanie Hibburt, 2nd Phillipa Thomas, 3rd Suzanne Schrijnder, 4th Erin Preston, 5th Amelia Marshall.
C-Grade: 1st Barry Heywood, 2nd Simon Gullery, 3rd Nick Tippett, 4th Damir Djikic, 5th Mark Koutogiannis.
C-Women: 1st Susan Williams, 2nd Karen Lechner, 3rd Tamaryn Stevens, 4th Joanne Gruba.
D-Grade: 1st Andrew Davidson, 2nd Jason Egbers, 3rd Eddie O’Farrell, 4th Dennis Hobbs, 5th Natalie Tancredi.
Footscray Cycling Club Graded Criteriums @ Drake Blvd, Feb 23, 2020
Another strong field of riders across all grades converged on the smooth and fast Drake Boulevard circuit in Altona for Round #34 of the Footscray Cycling Club’s 2019/20 Criterium season; including Round #1 of the FCC Women’s Criterium Series.
A-Grade’s race saw a decisive break of 4 form after a particularly fast paced race with a good dollop of attacks and chase-downs; but the break of 4 had their work cut out stying clear, especially in the last few laps, with the bunch forming an arrowhead and the break staying disciplined and focussed. In the end, with the bunch about to overrun the break, it was 17-year-old Oskar Moore (From the break) who just held off Henry Dietze (from the bunch) and Jason Costin; the Brunswick CC rider rapt to hold off the bunch. ‘I found myself off the front after a break went that was brought back quickly; I countered and brought a few guys with me and we were off. We knew the bunch had sat up so we settled into taking turns, egging each other on. I didn’t look back for the last few laps, but I hear that it was pretty close. I was about to launch when the wheel I was on (Costin) went and it was the perfect lead-out.”
A-Women saw the riders settle into a routine of swapping turns, with the gameplay only really emerging towards the end; in the end 3 girls hammered into the straight, with a really spirited duel between Fiona Bonnett and Ella Atkinson coming out in Bonnet’s favour over Atkinson, with Diane Edwards taking third place.
B-Grade’s race saw Darren Roberts sneak off the front of the pack early; the 50 year old surprised that no one went with him but content to grind it out on his own; Roberts taking the win half a lap up on the bunch, with Chris Quick and Vito Depetro taking second and third respectively.
B-Women saw a large bunch swap consistent turns for the majority of the race, with eventual winner and first time racer Rowena Harris having the odd dig and piling on the pressure. In the end, Harris, who has a triathlon background, rode off the front and finished well ahead of second placed Stephanie Hibburt and Karla Bell in second and third, with Alana Humphries-Gray showing true grit by re-mounting and running fourth after a mid-race scrape which saw her lose a fair amount of bark.
C-Grade’s race saw Simon Gullery take the sprint win from Marcel Randles and Barry Heywood; the race being quite animated and full of action even though the light conditions allowed breaks to be brought back easily by the chasing bunch.
C-Women was taken out by Corinna ‘Charlie’ Brown from Natalie Tancredi and Kelly Dalton; Brown enjoying the race. ‘The race was fantastic! I survived and instigated several attacks and got a win!”
D-Grade saw Luke Molan take the win from veteran Tom Moloney and Mel Humphries-Gray.
A-Grade: 1st Oskar Moore, 2nd Henry Dietze, 3rd Jason Costin, 4th Dan Purcell, 5th Stuart Darling.
A-Women: 1st Fiona Bonnett, 2nd Ella Atkinson, 3rd Diane Edwards, 4th Shannon Craghill.
B-Grade: 1st Darren Roberts, 2nd Christopher Quick, 3rd Vito Depetro, 4th Hayley Jenkins, 5th Steve Harris.
B-Women: 1st Rowena Harris, 2nd Stephanie Hibburt, 3rd Karla Bell, 4th Alana Humphries-Gray, 5th Tania Launder.
C-Grade: 1st Simon Gullery, 2nd Marcel Randles, 3rd Barry Heywood 4th Alvin Dumaraos, 5th Robert Nichols.
C-Women: 1st Corinna Brown, 2nd Natalie Tancredi, 3rd Kelly Dalton, 4th Alix Watson, 5th Grace Went.
D-Grade: 1st Luke Molan, 2nd Tom Moloney, 3rd Mel Humphries-Gray, 4th Tommy Gray, 5th Andrew Davidson.
FCC Crits @ VU Thursday 20 Feb 2020
A tough night’s racing out at VU. In A, Josh Zammit took the sprint win from Jared Raynes and Jason Costin; the bunchie taking place after the peloton was split in two early on and stayed that way for the rest of the race. In B, Ash Leone and Mark Micallef fully committed to a two-man break that was chased hard, but these boys had a never-say-die attitude and a determination to either win or go home; every time the bunch got close they would tear themselves up and hammer out a tough lap to get some distance. In the end, Leone took the exhausted sprint from Micallef; with Toni Jovanovski taking the bunchie half a lap behind for third. In C, Tom Leong made a last lap effort to go off the front; Leong staying clear to take the win from Matty Johnson and Sam Tammaro. In D, big Jimmy Stuart took the win from Erin Preston and Dennis Hobbs.
A: Josh Zammit, Jared Raynes, Jason Costin, Gerard Zammit, Travis Small.
B: Ash Leone, Mark Micallef, Toni JOvanovski, Ben Lowe, Steve Harris.
C: Tom Leong, Matt Johnson, Sam Tammaro, Damir Djikic, Phil Tehan.
D: James Stuart, Erin Preston, Dennis Hobbs, Tim Price, Natalie Tancredi.
Footscray Cycling Club Graded Criteriums @ Drake Blvd, Feb 16, 2020
Another strong field of riders across all grades converged on the smooth and fast Drake Boulevard circuit in Altona for Round #32 of the Footscray Cycling Club’s 2019/20 Criterium season; rain clearing overnight to allow a chilly morning of racing, with a moderate and gusty South-Easterly wind making the racing challenging.
A-Grade’s race saw a barrage of attacks early leading to quite a few riders having a short race, as well as a split in the bunch that waxed and waned as riders tried to keep the bunch intact. Eventually FCC gun Travis Small initiated a break that saw Josh Zammit and eventual winner, 25-year-old Canadian International rider Benjamin Perry, get up the road and stay there. With 3 to go, Perry, from the St Catherine’s Club in Ontario, hit the other two and Zammit hung in there as long as he could; Perry taking the win well clear of Zammit in second who in turn as well clear of Small in third. Perry, racing for the Israel Cycling Academy / Israel Startup Nation continental team, was still revelling in his fourth place in the ‘Warny the day before. ‘I’m leading some younger Israeli riders in the startup team for about a third of my time, and the rest of the time I’m racing with the main team. I aim to lead by example and win with the young guys, and then when I race the Sun Tour I’m doing the leadouts, getting bottles, going in the breaks. I did the Melbourne to Warrnambool for the first time yesterday and took fourth place; it was amazing and it suited me really well as it was cold and wet; not ideal for the Aussie riders but great for me at 15 degrees with rain so it was fun but really hard as I was there as an individual, trying to decide which attack to chase and which to let go. It was great to meet and get my picture today with Frank Zanatta who I was told has done 34 of them which is amazing.’ Perry is off to Turkey tomorrow to compete in the Tour of Anatolia having enjoyed his short stay in Aus.
B-Grade’s race demanded all riders give their full attention, as the pace combined with the wind led to numerous splits; the bunch becoming two distinct groups separated by some distance on several occasions. Combine that with quite a few serious attacks and the race was an entertaining affair. In the dying laps of the race; a serious split saw a lead bunch of riders 200 meters ahead of the chasing bunch, those in behind thinking their day had gone sour. But, with the front bunch attacking each other, the second bunch ranged up behind the leaders and on the back straight the two bunches joined. It was at this point that Matthew Heath and Mark Micallef used the extra speed from the second chasing bunch to power past the stalling front bunch and keep their momentum into the last two corners; 40 year old FCC rider Heath carrying a 6 bike length last corner advantage and taking the sprint win with Micallef in behind in second; the best of the catch-up chasers being Nicholas Bell in third who ran out of room to advance any higher.
C-Grade’s race saw a strong break head up the road for the last 25 minutes of the race; at one stage Trevor Perry, Matty Johnson and Dave Lane spearheading the break, but with the bunch chasing strongly the break lost riders and therefore lost strength and looked like it was about to be swallowed up by the peloton; eventual winner Perry deciding not to give up and make a do-or-die run to the line on the last lap solo. With the finishing line in sight, and the angry hordes breathing down his neck, 53-year-old Preston resident and FCC rider Perry ground out a tight win from the first of the peloton in Tam Nguyen and Paul Martinucci; Karla Bell and Peta Antonello first and second respectively in the Women’s category.
D-Grade saw a lively race capped off by a hotly contested sprint; Fiona Bonnett taking the women’s race and overall win from Men’s winner Bryce Sestich and Women’s second Tania Launder.
A-Grade: 1st Benjamin Perry, 2nd Joshua Zammit, 3rd Travis Small, 4th Dan Purcell, 5th Abraham Nasre.
B-Men: 1st Matthew Heath, 2nd Mark Micallef, 3rd Nicholas Bell, 4th Cristopher Quick, 5th Matt Callahan.
B-Women: 1st Neve Bradbury.
C-Grade: 1st Trevor Perry, 2nd Tam Nguyen, 3rd Paul Martinucci, 4th Matt Johnson, 5th Alvin Dumaraos.
C-Women: 1st Karla Bell, 2nd Peta Antonello.
D-Men: 1st Bryce Sestich, 2nd David Bonnett, 3rd James Stuart, 4th Tommy Gray, 5th Eddie O’Farrell.
D-Women: 1st Fiona Bonnett, 2nd Tania Launder, 3rd Natalie Tancredi.
D finishing order: Bonnett F, Sestich, Launder, Bonnett D, Stuart
Footscray Cycling Club Eric Turner Memorial Criterium Championships @ VU, Feb 9, 2020
Footscray CC riders one-and-all converged upon the VU track in Hoppers Crossing on a very windy morning for Round #30 of the Footscray Cycling Club’s 2019/20 Criterium season; riders contesting the Club’s Eric Turner Memorial Criterium Championships at the tricky VU circuit for the first time in a few years. In today’s conditions, the winning strategy was definitely to be second wheel going into the straight, with ALL winners employing this strategy.
A-Grade’s Championship race was torrid from the start, with constant attacks seeing a constant stream of dropped riders peeled off the peloton; the culmination of the race being the expected showdown between incumbent Crit Champ Josh Zammit and unseated former Champ Dominik Dudkiewicz, with 36-year-old Dudkiewicz taking the bunch sprint and the coveted number 1 race number back in his possession. “It was always going to be a fair, hard race on the VU circuit with the super-strong wind; it’s a hard enough circuit as it is, but when the wind is like it was today it gets pretty nasty and tears the race up. Within the first five minutes there was a big split and there were seven of us; I rolled off the front inadvertently trying to keep the pace high and I think the gap’s not opening up or closing down so it’s not looking great to do this for another 45 minutes, so I eased up and they weren’t really closing, so I figured I was being hung out to dry so I eased up more. There were a few more attacks and then I just covered and prepared for the sprint. At the end we all watched each other and Trav and Jase had half-hearted attempts to sneak away. With 2 to go Brad Erickson jammed it in the gutter giving no-one but Josh a sit and Dan and I were exposed to the wind. On the last lap Dan popped a bit and I was on Josh and he tried the tactic of keeping the pace high to wear me down; I was second wheel on the last corner and that was all I needed; it was an aggressive, fair race.’ Dudkiewicz took the sprint from Zammit and Purcell.
The Women’s Championship was a race of attrition, with 6 riders starting out and within a short period 3 riders there for the business end of the race. In the end, it was a surprised Jill Stevenson who took the win from Diane Edwards and Peta Antonello. ‘It was a bit strange having a separate Women’s race as we are usually in with the guys so everyone was looking at each other and a little tentative! All of these races with these girls have been good fun; it was horrendously windy today and it broke up pretty quickly and when there were four of us Di and I looked at each other and said ‘Shall we go?’ and we went and then there were three of us and we all rolled turns till the end. We got to the last lap and we were all looking at each other and on the last corner I was second wheel with Di on the front and Peta behind, waiting to go. I jumped and got ahead of Di and managed to stay in front!’
B-Grade’s race was another high paced race of constant attacks, with the definitive breakaway forming about 20 minutes in; initially a 2-rider break but filling out to a more sustainable 5-man break, with pre-race favourite Marcus Olive taking home the B-Grade medallion; the 40 year old Yarraville resident too strong in the wind and too fast in the sprint. “It was a really tough race, plenty of attacks; lots of people firing off and getting reeled back in, but it was when Richard Parker, Leigh McCrabb and Glen Wright took off, and Matty Arthur was dangling about half way across, that I launched and got to Matty and we bridged across together, and then we started working really well and stayed away for the second half of the race. On the last lap I was being cautious and pulled with the wind and not into it, and was second wheel into the last corner and then boom I got it!’ Olive took the win from McCrabb and Arthur.
C-Grade’s race saw the sprinters come out to play, with the first 5 places dominated by noted sprinters. With several strong and committed breakaways, including Phil Tehan and Dave Lane early on, and then a Tehan, Lane and Barry Norton combo looking the goods, a Norton and Barry Heywood combo but all efforts being reeled back before the end. In the end it was a bunch sprint; Lane leading out the bunch into the straight with eventual winner Roel Burghouwt taking the lollies from noted sprinters Trev Perry and Matty Johnson.
D-Grade saw 49-year-old Peter Coulson took the sprint win from James Stuart and Tom Moloney; the Newport resident chuffed with the win. “It was a hard day; there were a few different breaks today but they didn’t go anywhere; luckily we had Michael Scragg sit on the front for the last few laps and coming in to the final straight I was second wheel behind Scraggy and I was able to pull out and with the front wheel shaking like crazy I went as hard as I could and didn’t look back and I finally got a win!
A-Grade: 1st Dominik Dudkiewicz, 2nd Josh Zammit, 3rd Dan Purcell, 4th John Ross, 5th Travis Small.
Women’s: 1st Jill Stevenson, 2nd Diane Edwards, 3rd Peta Antonello, 4th Kerryn Minehan, 5th Karen Lechner.
B-Grade: 1st Marcus Olive, 2nd Leigh McCrabb, 3rd Matt Arthur, 4th Glen Wright, 5th Richard Parker.
C-Grade: 1st Roel Burghouwt, 2nd Trevor Perry, 3rd Matthew Johnson, 4th Jim Stoddart, 5th Tam Nguyen.
D-Grade: 1st Pater Coulson, 2nd James Stuart, 3rd Tom Moloney, 4th Riley Kenny, 5th David Masterson.
FCC VU Thursday night racing, 6 Feb ’20.
In typical Melb style, we rock up on a warm night and there are threatening blobs coming on the radar. B and D got in uninterrupted racing, with the B grade bunch being lapped by 46 year old new to FCC member Simon Purah (welcome to A Grade mate! ) ; the bunchie being a hotly contested affair with young Harry “H-Bomb” Willen taking second from Mark Micallef and Ben Lowe (who were a only a bee’s proboscis apart). D saw Bryce Sestich take the sprint form James Stuart and David Masterson.
Then C and A hit the track, and the weather starts to look a little dodgy, but that does not stop both grades from hammering the living bejeezus out of each other. (very entertaining to watch) with rain starting to fall, MZ gave both grades the bell and it was Walter Chetcuti who took the win in C (I want him drug tested) from Rickybobby Stocker and Steve Biggs, with Fran Pidgeon taking fourth and first female. A’s sprint was taken by Dan Purcell from Josh Zammit and Jason Costin. See y’all at the Champs this Sunday…
A: Dan Purcell, Josh Zammit, Jason Costin, Jared Raynes, Stuart Darling.
B: Simon Purah, Harry Willen, Mark Micallef, Ben Lowe, Toni Jovanovski.
C: Walter Chetcuti, Robert Stocker, Steven Biggs, Fran Pidgeon, Damir Djikic.
D: Bryce Sestich, James Stuart, David Masterson, Barry Cram, Peter Coulson.
Footscray Cycling Club Graded Criteriums @ Drake Blvd, Feb 2, 2020
Another strong field of riders across all grades converged on the smooth and fast Drake Boulevard circuit in Altona for Round #28 of the Footscray Cycling Club’s 2019/20 Criterium season; riders enjoying a cool summer’s morning of racing, with enough of a westerly blowing to make racing a little more interesting.
A-Grade’s race saw the all too familiar ‘fast from start again’ routine that saw a few riders spat early. There were several 2, 3, and 4 rider breaks attempting to forge a break that might stick, but boy the horsepower in the bunch was put to good use. With about 5 laps to go Josh Zammit and Jimmy Butler got a break and at 2 to go the bunch seemed a bit hesitant to chase and the break looked a chance; in fact the dynamic duo still had 100 or so metres at the bell. They turned into the finishing straight in the lead but the arrow shaped bunch was closing fast and got them in the shadows of the post. Subaru-Giant rider Graeme Frislie won the sprint convincingly from Pat Drapac in second and Butterfields rider David Randall in third.
B-Grade’s race was fast and at a very high standard, and saw a few riders try to emulate A Grade and throw a few 1, 2, 3…up to 7 man breaks, that were all brought back, and a massive bunch sprint then ensued, with Lindsay Dugan taking the chocolates form youngster Kai Donaldson and Andrew Waldron..
C-Grade’s race was another bunchie, with Nick Carter taking the win form Marcel Randles and young Lucas Moore, will Jill Messier taking the women’s race from Di Edwards.
D-Grade saw Flynn Rolfe take the win from Agostino Giramondo and Hoi Yin Chan, with Tania Launder taking the win from Kerryn Minehan and Lauren Spagnolo.
A-Grade: 1st Graeme Frislie, 2nd Patrick Drapac, 3rd David Randall, 4th Russell Lee, 5th Josh Zammit.
B-Men: 1st Lindsay Dugan, 2nd Kai Donaldson, 3rd Andrew Waldron, 4th Ash Micallef, 5th James Callahan.
B-Women: 1st Hayley Jenkins
C-Grade: 1st Nick Carter, 2nd Marcel Randles, 3rd Lucas Moore, 4th Matt Johnson, 5th Paul Martinucci.
C-Women: 1st Jill Messier, 2nd Diane Edwards.
D-Men: 1st Flynn Rolfe, 2nd Agostino Giramondo, 3rd Hoi Yin Chan, 4th Tommy Gray.
D-Women: 1st Tania Launder, 2nd Kerryn Minehan, 3rd Lauren Spagnolo.
Footscray Cycling Club Graded Criteriums @ Drake Blvd, Jan 26, 2020
A keen field of 140 riders converged on the smooth and fast Drake Boulevard circuit in Altona for Round #26 of the Footscray Cycling Club’s 2019/20 Criterium season; riders enjoying a perfect summer’s morning of racing, with barely a light breeze and temperatures in the low 20’s.
A-Grade’s race saw 30-year-old FCC rider Dan Purcell take a very tight sprint from last week’s winner Graeme Frislie and Bill Simpson; new Altona Meadows resident Purcell needing the winner’s envelope as he has only just joined the ranks of the mortgaged homeowner. ‘This race felt quicker than last week; it was a big bunch and we had the Subaru guys out and a few special international guests from the Israeli Cycling Academy (who are aligned with pro team Bahrain-Merida) who helped make it a much quicker race. I tried to stay out of trouble and not expend all my energy as I have made that mistake too many times; I just played to my strengths and hoped it would come to a sprint as it eventually did. I stayed at the front with 3 to go and the Subaru guys were doing a leadout and peeling off so I hoped I would be third wheel or so towards the end. It got very tight on the last lap, elbows here and there, and I sprinted from the last corner and had daylight until just at the line when Graeme came like a freight train, but I just held on.’ Purcell took the win from Frislie in second and Bill Simpson in third.
B-Grade’s light race conditions saw riders nullify any moves made or breakaways attempted, so it was a mass bunch sprint in a capacity bunch at the end. 31 year old Steve Flack took the bunch sprint from Nicholas Bell and Chris Quick; the 31-year-old Brighton resident using his nous to take the win. ‘I loved racing here. The standard was really good and I felt safe and I had a ball. I made sure I stayed at the front most of the time; the pace wasn’t outrageous so you could do that. I was able to jump on the wheel of the leadout train and was third wheel going into the straight, and got the chocolates!’ Notably, Eli Nuspan not only took the Women’s B race but also was third overall; Nuspan taking the win from Hayley Jenkins and Ashlee Jones.
C-Grade’s race was another hotly contested bunch sprint after the obligatory 237 attacks by ‘Fabulous’ Phil Tehan; new racer Toni Jovanovski taking the sprint from 2 veterans in Walter Chetcuti and Matty Johnson.
D-Grade saw the bunch under control for the first 30 minutes; riders then being set free to attack and have a little fun. The start, according to Phillipa Thomas, was steady and the pace good at 36.4kph, and the bunch sprint hotly contested and orderly! Scott Barlow took the Men’s from Wiliam Haines and consistent placegetter Bryce Sestich, and the Women’s taken by Emma Jackson from Thomas and Peta Antonello.
A-Grade: 1st Dan Purcell, 2nd Graeme Frislie, 3rd Bill Simpson, 4th Jason Costin, 5th James Forbes.
B-Men: 1st Steve Flack, 2nd Nicholas Bell, 3rd Christopher Quick, 4th David Martinez, 5th Ag Giramondo.
B-Women: 1st Eli Nuspan, 2nd Hayley Jenkins, 3rd Ashlee Jones, 4th Hannah Geelan.
C-Grade: 1st Toni Jovanovski, 2nd Walter Chetcuti, 3rd Matt Johnson, 4th Alvin Dumaraos, 5th Adam Holloway.
D-Men: 1st Scott Barlow, 2nd William Haines 3rd Bryce Sestich, 4th Peter Coulson, 5th Eddie O’Farrell.
D-Women: 1st Emma Jackson, 2nd Phillipa Thomas, 3rd Peta Antonello, 4th Jill Stevenson, 5th Kerryn Minehan.
FCC @ VU, Thursday 23 Jan
Very very windy night, which meant most grades smashed each other and broke up pretty early, which made Michael Dam’s job as Commissaire so much harder!
A Grade broke up into a lead group and chasers, Joash taking the sprint win from Dan and Jimmy. B smashed each other from the get go, but a lot of determined chasing meant there were 10 in the sprint; Marcus Sprinted like a boss and beat home Ben and H-Bomb. In C, newbster Toni J took the sprint win from a couple of wiley old characters, Rob (Rickybobby) and Wiliam. D saw Shannon kick it in the sprint and beat home the boys!
Nice work all who raced on a very very tough night; thanks Michael Dam (the Viet Fabio) for Comms, Phil and MZ for setup.
A: Josh Zammit, Dan Purcell, Jimmy Butler, Brad Erickson.
B: Marcus Olive, Ben Lowe, Harry Willen, Mark Micallef’
C: Toni Jovanovski, Rob Stocker, William Hamilton, Nick Tippett.
D: Shannon Craghill, Bryce Sestich, David Masterson, James Stuart.
Footscray Cycling Club Graded Criteriums @ Drake Blvd, Jan 19, 2020
Hot on the heels from raising $1,800.00 for the Bushfire Appeal at the last race meeting, riders headed down to Altona for Round #24 of the Footscray Cycling Club’s 2019/20 Criterium season; riders enjoying relatively calm conditions on the fast and smooth Drake Boulevard Circuit. With over 140 competitors signing up, every bunch had great numbers with B grade reaching its limit.
A-Grade’s race saw riders maintain a high average of over 45 kph; with each and every break being chased down by the keen as mustard peloton. In the end it was a bunch sprint, with 18 year old Subaru-Giant Team rider Graeme Frislie taking a tight sprint from Pat Drapac and Dan Purcell; the Brunswick CC member just picking up his team place recently, and looking to learn. ‘I got on to Subaru-Giant for the 2020 season and hoping to do well in the NRS this year; I want to gain experience, keen on studying and keep up the track training as that’s my focus, especially the Team Pursuit and Omnium. It was a good race today; the wind was savage so I thought I’d save it for the sprint.’
B-Grade’s race saw a high average of 42.5 kph; many riders trying their luck at a breakaway but most being brought back. That is, until the last 15 minutes, when a select few riders got up the road and stayed away albeit marginally. The strongest rider in the break took the win; Nick Owen beating home Matt Irons, Chris Quickand Hamish Munro, with Ben McCarthy taking 5th and the bunch sprint.
C-Grade’s race was dominated by a mass-bunch-sprint; with Footscray CC rider Peter Burke taking the narrowest of wins. ‘What a race! The bunch would not let a break go all race; there were two guys driving it back together for most of the race and keeping the pace high. I got up to third wheel with 1.5 laps to go. After last week I worked out I needed to be 2nd to 4th wheel coming around the last corner to place. I came round the last corner in third and started the sprint long. Couldn’t have raced a better race; everything just went right!’ Burke took the win from Alvin Dumaraos and Sam Tammaro. In the Women’s race, Imola Giusti took the win from Hannah Geelan and Kate Scarlett.
D-Grade saw the Men and Women’s grades start together and finish in quite the mixed sprint; Keely Bennet taking the actual sprint from William Haines and Shannon Craghill.
A-Grade: 1st Graeme Frislie, 2nd Pat Drapac, 3rd Dan Purcell, 4th Bill Simpson, 5th Benjamin Tampion.
B-Grade: 1st Nick Owen, 2nd Matthew Irons, 3rd Christopher Quick, 4th Hamish Munro, 5th Ben McCarthy.
C-Grade: 1st Peter Burke, 2nd Alvin Dumaraos, 3rd Sam Tammaro, 4th Matt Johnson, 5th John Gillies.
C-Women: 1st Imola Giusti, 2nd Hannah Geelan, 3rd Kate Scarlett.
D-Men: 1st William Haines, 2nd Bryce Sestich 3rd Bailey Killingsworth.
D-Women: 1st Keely Bennett, 2nd Shannon Craghill, 3rd Kerryn Minehan.
D Race Finishing Order: Bennett, Haines, Craghill, Sestich, Killingsworth, Coulson, Minehan.
VU Thursday night Crit
Josh is riding very well atm; took the sprint from Trav and Jimmy Butler. In B, a real hard hitout for all saw Matty Heath use those POWERFUL legs of his to smash the sprint and take the win from youngster Kai Donaldson and Andrew Waldron. In C, Shawn Smith really broke the bunch up (they were ON IT tonight!) and took the win clear of Robbie ‘Rickybobby’ Stocker who was in turn clean of Wade Buchan who rode a buchan good race (obligatory dad level crap joke), and in D young bike racing newbster Tony Jovanovski took his first ever win in his second ever race, from David Masterson and Tommy Gray.
A: Josh Zammit, Trav Small, Jimmy Butler, Paul Kenny, Jared Raynes.
B: Matty Heath, Kai Donaldson, Andrew Waldron, Mark Micallef, Ben Lowe.
C: Shawn Smith, Rob Stocker, Wade Buchan, Sam Tammaro, Ross Schubach.
D: Tony Jovanovski, David Masterson, Tommy Gray, Dennis Hobbs, Jeremy Bree.
Footscray Cycling Club Bushfire Benefit Criteriums @ Drake Blvd, Jan 12, 2020
Round #22 of the Footscray Cycling Club’s 2019/20 Criterium season saw riders enjoy the fast and smooth Drake Boulevard Circuit in Altona with all prize money and profits going to the Bushfire Appeal. With a fantastic turnout, the Club raised over $1800 to help victims of the recent bushfires along Australia’s East Coast. A-Grade’s race saw an incessant number of serious attacks, notably from strongmen like Travis Small, Jimmy Butler and Josh Zammit, but with a very strong bunch of chasers continually reeling in the twos and threes who ventured up the road it did always look like the race would finish with a hectic and full on bunch sprint. And finish with a hectic sprint it did; the last few laps a flurry of riders scrambling for a wheel and trying to stay near the spearhead of the race. In the end, it was 25-year-old Club Criterium Champion, Josh Zammit, who took the win a half-wheel ahead of Jason Costin and Russell Lee; Zammit sure how the race was going to end. “It was one of those races where every time you’d get two or three guys make a move but the bunch would always bring it back, so I thought it would end up a bunch sprint. Steve Price and I went up the road and try as hard as we did for 15 minutes we never got more than 100 meters up the road, and that was every break for the day. Jimmy took off at the end and we were all stuffed and no one was chasing, then Paul Kenny went on the second last lap. We chased hard then and we managed to catch them both at the second last corner. Kenny led it out and then on the second last corner I jumped. Jason was coming at me and I just held him off by half a wheel.” Zammit took the win from Costin in second and Price in third.
B-Grade’s race saw a similar high speed series of attacks and chase-downs for the first third of the race, until a decisive move saw three riders power off the front and stay clear all the way to the line; Stuart Darling taking the win from Leigh Kelly in second and Tim Jones in third, with Mark Micallef taking the bunch sprint in behind.
C-Grade’s race was equally as fast and saw a mass bunch sprint in which Gerrit Prent just held off Barry Heywood and Matt Browell, with Diane Edwards taking the Women’s C race ahead of Phillip Thomas.
D-Grade saw Simon Gullery take a strong sprint win from Jerrery Moon and Oskar Van Wyss, with Emma Andrews taking Women’s D form Jill Stevenson and Kerryn Minehan.
A-Grade: 1st Josh Zammit, 2nd Jason Costin, 3rd Russell Lee, 4th Michael Downing, 5th Scott Blade.
B-Grade: 1st Stuart Darling, 2nd Leigh Kelly, 3rd Tim Jones, 4th Mark Micallef 5th Glen Wright.
C-Grade: 1st Gerrit Prent, 2nd Barry Heywood, 3rd Matthew Browell, 4th Alvin Dumaraos, 5th Steve Harris.
C-Women: 1st Diane Edwards, 2nd Phillipa Thomas.
D-Grade: 1st Simon Gullery, 2nd Jeffery Moon 3rd Oskar Von Wyss, 4th Emma Andrews, 5th Bailey Killingsworth.
D-Women: 1st Emma Andrews, 2nd Jill Stevenson, 3rd Kerryn Minehan.
Footscray CC @ VU, Jan 9th 2020.
First race of the new decade. A tough night. Not super windy, but enough to make it hard and also smoke haze and a bit humid when the wind dropped.
Leigh Kelly was probably away for half the race on his own in B, chase as hard as we did we couldn’t touch him.
A grade top 5 were only ones left on lead lap. They just slowly dropped riders.Barry Norton and Phil Tehan were the class of C, and newcomer Jeremy Bree taking D Sprint.
See you all at Drake on Sunday for our Bushfire appeal races!
Footscray Cycling Club Christmas Criteriums @ Drake Blvd, Dec 22, 2019
Round #20 of the Footscray Cycling Club’s 2019/20 Criterium season saw riders enjoy the fast and smooth Drake Boulevard Circuit in Altona on a perfect summer morning for the very last race of this decade. A-Grade’s race saw 36-year-old FCC gun Dom Dudkiewicz and 28-year-old SKCC member and NRS Team INFORM rider, and Expat German, Raph Freienstein break away from a massive, high quality and intensely committed bunch and stay away for the bulk of the race. Freienstein has had a great second season with INFORM, taking the last stage crit in Devonport of the Tour of Tasmania and the win at the Tour of Brisbane. Dudkiewicz, who is winding up his crit season with some impressive early season form, knew this was the break to be in. ‘I came out hoping that we’d have good numbers and it would be a hard race and that’s what it turned out to be. Raph went on the second lap; I went across and then it looked like the bunch had pulled us back, but then I looked back again and they left a bike length so I surged Raph went with and the gap grew and then we just went full gas for the next 15 minutes; we were averaging 47 or 48 kph and the bunch were still there chasing hard. As it happened, we kept building more of a gap bit by bit and then about 40 minutes in we finally snapped the elastic and then we eased up as we were coming up on the bunch, but we didn’t know there was a small bunch in between who were still chasing, so we stopped cruising and started going a bit harder. On the last lap Raph took the front and really I did not know what was left in my legs given how hard we went with a 55 minute effort. We both pushed; we got up and whatever legs we had left we used and luckily I had just enough. And it is all about winning the pudding!’ Dudkiewicz took the pudding just beating home Freienstein, with Pat Drapac making the best of the sprint in behind and grabbing third from Sam Greenwood in fourth and Dwayne Peter Budge in fifth.
B-Grade’s race saw a maxxed out field of 40 riders average above 42 kph, venturing into A-Grade’s pace, with JCM Malaysia Team rider, 17 year old Muhammed Nagel taking a definitive and powerful sprint win from his compatriot Abdul Aliyas; the pair being chased down by the massive sprint of Mr Fixie, Keith Trovatello in third, FCC up-and-comer Andrew Waldron showing great form in fourth and Ash Micallef at the pointy end in fifth. The Malaysian team are here for just over a month, doing both track and Criterium racing. ‘This is my first time in Melbourne; for the last two years we have gone to Sydney which was good, but here is better because the Criteriums are so fast! Before I started the race my plan was to break away, but the group was fast and too many chased, so I changed the plan to a sprint. I think I will have one more race here, and I want to do A-Grade.’ Ruby Roseman-Gannon was the first female finisher.
C-Grade’s race was totally dominated by a Malaysian breakaway; Muhammad Bin Surana and Muhammad Bin Mohd easily beating home the bunch for first and second, with Matthew Slade taking a solo third and Jamie Coles taking fourth and the bunchie; C women also a Malaysian clean-sweep with Nurul Mohd Asri taking the win.
D-Grade saw SKCC rider Aurimas Karosas take a strong and definitive win from Simon Gullery and Cholo Santos, with Peta Antonello the first female home.
A-Grade: 1st Dominik Dudkiewicz, 2nd Raphael Freienstein, 3rd Pat Drapac, 4th Sam Greenwood, 5th Dwayne Peter Budge.
B-Grade: 1st Muhammad Nagel, 2nd Abdul Aliyas, 3rd Keith Trovatello, 4th Andrew Waldron 5th Ash Micallef.
B-Women: 1st Ruby Roseman-Gannon.
C-Grade: 1st Muhammad Bin Surana, 2nd Muhammad Bin Mohd, 3rd Matthew Slade, 4th Jamie Coles, 5th Mohammad Bin Mohd Nawawt.
C-Women: 1st Nurul Mohd Asri, 2nd Khairunnisa Saifulnizam, 3rd Raelene Lesniowska.
D-Grade: 1st Aurimas Karosas, 2nd Simon Gullery, 3rd Cholo Santos, 4th Jeffery Moon, 5th Tommy Gray.
D-Women: 1st Peta Antonello, 2nd Natalie Tancredi.
Footscray Cycling Club Criteriums @ VU, Dec 19, 2019
Windy windy and windy, yep, VU was dishing out the wind. After some hectic pace and a fair bit of damage to the bunch, Brett Kingston took the A-Grade sprint from Josh Zammit, Brad Erickson, Thomas Rebesco and Tim Van Der Schans. In B, Andrew Waldron took the sprint from Ben Lowe, David Walker, Matty Heath and Steven Douglas in a race that saw a very high pace until the usual late race shennanigans. In C, Chris Fenech held off Shawn Smith, Barry Heywood, Matty Johnson and Steve Harris. In D, Bryce Sestich took the win from Tania Launder, Dennis Hobbs, Tommy Gray and Barry Cram. See you all at the Christmas race on Sunday.
Footscray Cycling Club Criteriums @ VU, Dec 12, 2019
Another tough, windy night, but good numbers and lots of good racing. A grade saw Josh Zammit take a strong win from John Ross, Trav Small, Thomas Rebesco and Jared Raynes.
B grade saw a bout 4 breakaways, Micallef for some reason deciding to suffer solo and in most breaks, the race coming back together for a sprint, taken by first time rider at VU, Nick Owen from Harry Willen, Matty Heath, Vito Depetro and Andrew Waldron.
C grade saw fabulour Phil tehan thrown in his ususal barrage of attacks, but again it came down to a bunchie, with Peter Burke taking the win from Barry Heywood, Chris Fenech, Steve Harris and Rob Stocker.
D saw Peter Coulson just hold off Shannon Cragghill in the sprint, followed by James Stuart, Bryce Bestich, and Tania Launder. (Women’s D top 3 therefore Shannon, Tania and Peta Antonello.)
Footscray Cycling Club Campbell Memorial @ Drake Blvd, Dec 8, 2019
Round #14 of the Footscray Cycling Club’s 2019/20 Criterium season saw riders enjoy the fast and smooth Drake Boulevard Circuit in Altona on a perfect summer morning; the FCC member’s only Max Campbell Memorial Criteriums. A-Grade’s race saw a return to form for Melton resident and FCC gun rider Dominik Dudkiewicz; the 36 year old trying his luck in a break before taking the sprint. ‘There were a lot of attacks; I tried, Adam Murchie tried, Brad Erickson had a go, Josh had a go, Tony Hallam had a go, but the mild conditions, light winds and a motivated bunch meant everything got brought back really quickly. Even when I was doing 49 kph laps with Brad we were brought back quickly. It carried on like that until there were 3 to go; Tony got on the front and put in some solid pace, and then with 1 to go I was waiting for an attack, so I kept my eye out. With half a lap to go Paul Kenny and Chris Munro both attacked and I got onto Paul’s wheel, and I was about 5th wheel and started the sprint going into the last corner and got it.’ Dudkiewicz took the win from Simon Hurn in second place and Josh Zammit in third.
B-Grade’s race saw Ben Redpath take his third win in a row; the 43 year old Altona Meadows lad riding the leadout train to the flag. ‘That was a fast race; the average speed would have been in the 40’s. Strangely enough, I played it a little smarter today and sat out the back for a lot of the race. I knew that if I went to the front today I would have been left there, so I played it a little tactically different today and got a nice little leadout towards the end. We weren’t all in place, so I had 3 who buried themselves towards the end. I saw Bjorn coming up but I held him off. Redpath took the win from Bjorn Williams in second and Andrew Waldron in third.
C-Grade’s race came down to a very hotly contested bunch sprint; with 53 year old Pt. Melbourne resident Steve Harris taking the win. ‘It was a nice smooth race and I tried hard to stay in the top half a dozen; I got pushed back a little further when we were on the last lap and I saw Andy go up the back straight and I jumped onto his wheel, and when Andy goes he’s hard to jump on to as he has a good kick, and I was just able to get over him at the end.’ Harris took the win from Dick in second and Peter Burke in third.
D-Grade saw Michael Scragg take a great sprint; the 35 year old Braybrook lad taking a patient line. ‘It was definitely a game of patience today, I waited and waited and when I went on the back straight I didn’t look back.’ Scragg tookt he win from Tom Moloney and James Stuart. Jill Stevenson took the Women’s D race today. ‘We didn’t have the largest bunch, but we had 5, and we started with Men’s D, and it worked to my advantage. We were able to roll turns and chase down breaks, and in the last few laps they put the hammer down and we were able to hang on.’ Stevenson took the win from Peta Antonello in second and Sarah Dam in third.
A-Grade: 1st Dominik Dudkiewicz, 2nd Simon Hurn, 3rd Josh Zammit, 4th Thomas Rebesco, 5th Brad Erickson.
B-Grade: 1st Ben Redpath, 2nd Bjorn Williams, 3rd Andrew Waldron, 4th Ben Lowe, 5th Leigh Kelly.
C-Grade: 1st Steve Harris, 2nd Andrew Dick, 3rd Peter Burke, 4th Alex Vichidvongsa, 5th Trevor Perry.
D-Grade: 1st Michael Scragg, 2nd Tom Moloney, 3rd James Stuart, 4th Peter Coulson, 5th Barry Cram.
D-Women: 1st Jill Stevenson, 2nd Peta Antonello, 3rd Sarah Dam.
Footscray Cycling Club Criteriums @ VU, Dec 5, 2019
Again a windy VU evening; Josh is in killer form in A, the bunch shattered in no time into several bunches chasing Josh and Dan Purcell with Josh taking the sprint. B saw a massive series of attacks and lots of chasing down, then Ben Redpath just rode away from the bunch at the half way mark and stay away pumping out the massive watts; winning easily. In behind Micallef had a go with 2 to go, but he got run down in the last few meters; Ben Low taking the bunchie. In C, Alex V made it 2 in a row at VU; taking the sprint from Pete Burke, and in D Scraggy hammered out a noice little sprint to win from Tania Launder.
Footscray Cycling Club Criteriums @ Drake Blvd, Dec 1, 2019
Round #12 of the Footscray Cycling Club’s 2019/20 Criterium season saw riders enjoy the fast and smooth Drake Boulevard Circuit in Altona on what was rumoured to be the first day of summer but was more like a windy winter’s day in Siberia; A-Grade’s race was unreasonably fast, the first 15 minutes of sitting on 45kph average laps blowing a few riders out the back. A decisive, early and killer break consisting of current FCC Club Crit Champ Josh Zammit and Olivers Real Food rider Connor Murtagh powered away from the bunch, eventually lapping and then passing the peloton towards the end of the race. In behind the Murtagh / Zammit 1-2 steam-train was a solo for third Dominik Dudkiewicz and fourth Bentley Niquet-Olden; these riders in a world of pain and doing it tough in no-man’s-land, with Dan Purcell taking the bunchie for 5th.
B-Grade’s race saw youth triumph over experience, with 15 year old Harry Willen blowing away a huge field in the mass-bunch-sprint; after numerous attacks and a very willing bunch closing all breaks down, Willen just beat home the fixie King, Keith Trovatello for second and Daniel Roberts for third and fellow youngster Hayley Jenkins taking home the Women’s B win.
C-Grade’s race was fast paced and full of attacks, with the bunch remaining mainly intact by the end; Maximus McCallion taking the sprint from Alastair McDonald in second place and Steve Harris in third place.
D-Grade saw Damir Djikic take his third win on the trot and earning himself a promotion, taking the win ahead of Michael Lambert and Jeffery Moon, with Jessica McClelland taking the win in Women’s D from Erika Gosney and Emma Andrews.
A-Grade: 1st Connor Murtagh, 2nd Josh Zammit, 3rd Dom Dudkiewicz, 4th Bentley Niquet-Olden, 5th Dan Purcell.
B-Grade: 1st Harry Willen, 2nd Keith Trovatello, 3rd Daniel Roberts, 4th Damien Gatt, 5th Glen Wright.
B Women: 1st Hayley Jenkins.
C-Grade: 1st Maximus McCallion, 2nd Alastair McDonald, 3rd Steven Harris, 4th Colin Morris, 5th Nicholas Bell.
D-Grade: 1st Damir Djikic, 2nd Michael Lambert, 3rd Jeffery Moon, 4th Tom Moloney, 5th Simon Davies.
D-Women: 1st Jessica McClelland, 2nd Erika Gosney, 3rd Emma Andrews, 4th Amelia Marshall.
FCC Evening crits @ VU on 28 Nov.
Windy night, but nice blue skies and a great turnout of riders. In A, Josh and Trav flew up the road, Josh taking the sprint from Trav and Johnny Moga taking the bunchie for 3rd. B saw Micallef, Depetro, Nyeholt and Coke form a nreak and work their butts off to stay away, with Coke losing his bubbles and going a bit flat with 10 to go and drifting back; in the end Micallef jumped first and just beat home Vito and Marcus. C ended with Alkex just rolling over the top of Dave Lane in the bunchie to take the win, with Pete Burke in third. D saw new rider, 40 year old Sunshine Damir Djikic take a strong sprint win from James Stuart and Peter Coulson in his 4th ever race; with a couple of 2nd places to his name Damir will be heaidng up the ladder soon.
A: 1st Josh Zammit, 2nd Travis Small, 3rd John Mogavero, 4th Thomas Rebesco, 5th Marco Duys.
B: 1st Mark Micallef, 2nd Vito Depetro, 3rd Marcus Nyeholt, 4th Peter Robertson, 5th Gregrory Walters.
C: 1st Alex Vichidvongsa, 2nd David Lane, 3rd Peter Burke, 4th Chris Fenech, 5th David Quarrell.
D: 1st Damir Djikic, 2nd James Stuart, 3rd Peter Coulson, 4th David Masterson, 5th Dennis Hobbs.
Footscray Cycling Club Graded Scratch Races @ Drake Blvd, 24/11/19
Footscray CC’s Summer Criterium Season saw riders head out to Drake Blvd in Altona for the first hit-out at this much loved circuit for the 2019/20 season on a perfect late spring day. A large field of A-Grade riders threw in a series of fast and numerous attacks/breaks. The main bunch split into 2 bunches at about the half way point, but it came back together with about 10-15 minutes to go. At this point, Dom Dudkiewicz got away solo for several laps, only to be caught just before bell lap. But being the gun that he is, Dudkiewicz still had the speed and power to win the sprint by 3 lengths from Brett Kingston and Josh Zammit. B-Grade enjoyed a fast race with many riders trying out different breaks. Ben Redpath was at the front consistently, and was away in a 2 man break mid race. He then got the jump on the bunch in the back straight and hung on down the straight for the win; Redpath from Fergus Browning and Andrew Waldron.
Meanwhile in C, again there were several different breaks, but all were brought back by the light conditions and the eager chasers, but it came to a bunch sprint. Steve Harris seemed to get the jump on them and hung on. In D-Grade Michael Tan and Damir Djikic were the class of the field had been in an early break together. Djikic was in another solo break late in the race, but again the light conditions mean it came to a bunch sprint; Tan holding off Djikic and Tom Moloney, with Jill Stevenson holding off Peta Antonello and Sarah Dam in Women’s D.
A: 1st Dom Dudkiewicz, 2nd Brett Kingston, 3rd Josh Zammit, 4th Brad Erickson, 5th Brett Hickford.
B: 1st Ben Redpath 2nd Fergus Browning, 3rd Andrew Waldron, 4th Harry WIllen, 5th Ben Lowe.
C: 1st Steve Harris, 2nd David Diviny, 3rd Andy Dick, 4th Alvin Dumaraos, 5th Alex Vichidvongsa.
D: 1st Michael Tan, 2nd Damir Djikic, 3rd Tom Moloney, 4th Jill Stevenson, 5th Peta Antonello.
DW: 1st Jill Stevenson, 2nd Peta Antonello, 3rd Sarah Dam.
Footscray Cycling Club Criteriums @ VU, Nov 10, 2019
Round #8 of the Footscray Cycling Club’s 2019/20 Criterium season headed out to the VU circuit in Hoppers Crossing on a cool and windy morning; A-Grade’s race was a race of attrition, with riders being shelled by the pace; Club Champion Josh Zammit powering away from the bunch to take a strong solo win, with Jason Costin outsprinting Andrew Naughtin for second and third place respectively.
B-Grade’s race saw a few choice riders flex their muscles and place a world of hurt on the bunch; Ben Redpath, Thomas Rebesco, Marcus Nyeholt and Keith Trovatello eventually thinning the bunch down to seven. At this stage, Ben McCarthy went up the road for a long break, being joined by eventual winner, 31-year-old Maidstone resident Andrew Waldron. ‘It was a typical VU race, lots of wind and this time I didn’t do a lot of work in the first half as I typically do. In the second half I had a few attacks but then Ben McCarthy had a good break going so I jumped at the hill and bridged across. We worked together, but with 3 to go he unselfishly told me to go as he was done, so I did a solo effort for the last 3 laps, which felt like a lifetime. I looked back on the last corner and I saw Keith and Ben and I thought it might be close.’ Waldron took the win clear of Trovatello who took second just ahead of Redpath in third.
C-Grade’s race was also dominated by a solo breakaway and a strong win; 45-year-old Travancore resident and Brunswick CC rider Jeremy Beaumont getting clear in the latter half of the race. ‘I haven’t raced this course before; the hill is great as it softens the bunch up a little. With about 15 to go I took off; I have been training for the Tour of Bright so I felt pretty good out there.’ Beaumont won by half a lap, with fabulous Phil Tehan taking the sprint for second place and Craig Shaw third in behind.
D-Grade saw 47-year-old Newport resident Darren Eaton take a win; the new to racing cyclist showing some good early form. ‘It was great having Barry there to help me with swapping turns and giving me advice; I may have mucked it up a few times but he was patient. On the last two laps I didn’t want to be beaten in the sprint so I thought I’d try to get away. I stayed clear for the last 2 laps and got the win.’ Eaton took the win from James Stuart and Tom Moloney.
A-Grade: 1st Josh Zammit, 2nd Jason Costin, 3rd Andrew Naughtin, 4th John Mogavero, 5th Paul Kenny.
B-Grade: 1st Andrew Waldron, 2nd Keith Trovatello, 3rd Ben Redpath, 4th Mark Micallef, 5th Ben McCarthy.
C-Grade: 1st Jeremy Beaumont, 2nd Phil Tehan, 3rd Craig Shaw, 4th Jeremy Smith, 5th Andrew Dick.
D-Grade: 1st Darren Eaton, 2nd James Stuart, 3rd Tom Moloney, 4thBarry Cram, 5th Joe Caruana.
D-Women: 1st Sarah Dam, 2nd Keren Lechner.
FCC Crits @ VU, 31 Oct 2019.
Hot hot night, windy as all hell. B and D had the worst of it, sweltering the the afternoon sun. Pete McQuade, Thomas Rebesco, Peter Robertson, John Mogavero and Marcus Nyeholt just rode away from the rest, lapping everyone. Pete McQuade got away and took the win from Moga and Pete Robertson. D was under control for a while, but then broke up. Riley Kenny took the win from Thomas Dapcich and the Sensei Pugsly.
Dan Peck from Coburg CC took his first ever A Grade win in a massive solo breakaway, Josh Zammit and Jared Raynes rounding out the podium. In C Michael Ryde powered away from the bunch and took a very strong win, with Al McDonald and Jim Stoddart 2nd and 3rd.
A: Dan Peck, Josh Zammit, Jared Raynes, Jason Costin, Steart Morgan.
B: Peter McQuade, John Mogavero, Peter Robertson, Thomas Rebesco, Marcus Nyeholt.
C: Michael Ryde, Alastair McDonald, Jim Stoddart, Matt Johnson, STeve Harris.
D: Riley Kenny, Thomas Dapcich, Barry Cram, Gary Hughes, Dennis Hobbs.
Footscray Cycling Club ‘LEGENDS’ Criteriums @ VU, Oct 27, 2019
Round #5 of the Footscray Cycling Club’s 2019/20 Criterium season headed out to the VU circuit in Hoppers Crossing to contest the ‘Legends’ Criteriums, held in honour of the Club’s 4 Legends, Harry Jones, Hughie Cram (both dec.) and our living Legends, father and son combination Frankie and Mark Zanatta; the medallions a prize members relish, hence the large fields. A-Grade’s race was rain interrupted; riders having to remain neutral whilst the track dried. Himself returning form a self-imposed break, 36-year-old Dominik Dudkiewicz, FCC’s class rider of the last decade, showed that the cream still rises to the top. ’After the rain started the road was not great, and the interruption certainly changed the race a bit, but it was probably always going to be a bunch sprint. For the last 3 laps I was on the front, expecting a few guys to attack, looking over my shoulder and waiting for it. Josh tried to lead his mates out and I jumped on their leadout train and got to the final corner first wheel, and got the sprint.’ Dudkiewicz took the sprint from the fast-finishing Jared Raynes and Crit Champ Josh Zammit; Dudkiewicz also taking home the Sprint Prize.
B-Grade’s race saw Werribee resident Thomas Rebesco take a very strong win in a very strong field of riders; the 20-year-old seizing his opportunity in forming a break. ‘The first part of the race was controlled with any attacks being covered; at about 35 minutes I attacked and I managed to get into a break with Marcus Nyeholt. The break was hard; I was very keen to stay away and so it was a very tough 20 minutes. At the end I got over the top of Marcus.’ Rebesco took the win from Nyeholt, with promising up from C rider, 17 year old Bjorn Williams taking the bunchie and third, with Ben Redpath taking the sprint prize. This win is especially significant for Rebesco. ‘This win means a lot, considering how Harry Jones was such an influential a part of my dad’s life.’ Thomas’ father Anthony, himself an immensely gifted racer, had the benefit of Harry Jones’ life and cycling advice for many years.
C-Grade’s race was also interrupted by rain and a hiatus; and when the hiatus lifted it was the evergreen Club stalwart and Life Member, Fabulous Phil Tehan who decided to give himself a 67th birthday present; the gun attacking the bunch and setting out on a 5-lap solo break. ’67 today and what a present! It was very very painful; and I was a bit worried on the last lap as they were catching me, so I gave it everything. I had no other choice. When we were coming down the straight, I knew they would have to work to catch me, so I gave it one more effort and when I crossed the line I was cooked.’ Whilst Phil may have been cooked and in need of a defib, his herculean effort in the last few laps are a testament to the man’s true grit; holding off two gun sprinters in Trevor Perry and Matty Johnson.
D-Grade saw 42-year-old Williams Landing resident Peter Williams take a very tight bunch sprint in D and earn himself a likely promotion to C; the expat South African making his race hard and having to do a lot of work in the sprint. ‘To those who say D-Grade is an easy ride, well I disagree! We were going along at a good, steady pace, but my race was not easy. I tried a solo jump for 3 laps after but was caught, I was escorted out into the dirt for some cyclocross on the last corner, but held the bike up and got back onto the bunch, and sprinted from dead-last wheel. On the last corner I was the last wheel and only won by half a wheel, I had to come through 7 riders who were fanned out over the whole track!’ Williams took the sprint win from Darren Eaton and Joe Caruana, with James Stuart taking the sprint prize.
A-Grade: 1st Dominik Dudkiewicz, 2nd Jared Raynes, 3rd Josh Zammit, 4th Brad Erickson, 5th Jason Costin.
Sprint: Dominik Dudkiewicz
B-Grade: 1st Thomas Rebesco, 2nd Marcus Nyeholt, 3rd Bjorn Williams, 4th Andreas Machado, 5th Leigh McCrabb.
Sprint: Ben Redpath
C-Grade: 1st Phillip Tehan, 2nd Trevor Perry, 3rd Matt Johnson, 4th Peter Burke.
Sprint: Matt Johnson
D-Grade: 1st Peter Williams, 2nd Darren Eaton, 3rd Joe Caruana, 4th Tom Moloney, 5th James Stuart.
Sprint: James Stuart.
FCC VU THU 24/10/19
A: Josh Zammit, John Ross, Stuey Morgan, Brad Erickson, Jared Raynes
B: Pete McQuade, Thomas Rebesco, Peter Robertson, Ben Lowe, Marcus Olive.
C: Matt Ninnes, James Cagliarini, Phil Tehan, Matt Atherton, Steve Harris.
D: Ian Collier, Riley Kenny, James Stuart, Peta Antonello, Barry Cram.
Footscray Cycling Club Graded Criterium #2 @ VU, Oct 17, 2019
A tough evening at VU; windy as a lentil curry, cold as the stern gaze of a mother in law on a reality TV show; small groups in most grades. A grade saw the Aussie version of Schwartzenegger, Trav Small, Paul Kenny and Bilal Ocal hammer each other with a series of attacks, with Trav lasting one punch longer than the rest and sailing home for the win, Paul hanging on for second and Bilal third. B saw Mark Micallef, Thomas Rebesco, Dave Walker, Peter Robertson, Dave Lane and first ride in B, Bjorn Williams, get serious with the attacks pretty early on, Laney and Bjorn getting caught out by one particularly savage attack. The 4 up the road then beat each other over the head for another 30 minutes; lots of gutter action, lots of shennanigans (GET OFF MY WHEEL DAVE!). In the end, Micallef jumped early and first, and got to the tailwind sprint as first wheel, holding on to win by a tyre width to Thomas in second and Texas in third. In C, James Cagliarini just powered off the front in an early solo break, which put the bunch under pressure and it busted apart. James taking the win by half a lap from in-form youngster Neve Bradbury and Michael Ryde.
Footscray Cycling Club Graded Criteriums @ VU, Oct 12, 2019
Round #1 of the Footscray Cycling Club’s Criterium season headed out to the VU circuit in Hoppers Crossing on a warm, sunny afternoon, with good fields in all grades and three grades being lapped by the winners. A-Grade’s race saw Albury-Wodonga rider Zachary Owen, and second placed Lionel Mawditt put a lap into the peloton over the course of the race; the 17-year-old loving the circuit. ‘We are down for the Melbourne Marathon, which starts tomorrow; this is an awesome circuit. It’s not super technical but it has enough character to make it interesting to race on. On the 3rd lap I stretched the legs a bit over the hill and got a gap; then I pushed for a bit longer and noticed that Lionel was getting across and the bunch were sitting up, so once we got together we committed to the break. I was very happy with the two of us in the break; we did a lap each for the next 45 minutes. I was hurting towards the end and on the last lap I got on the front, put it into the gutter so he had to hit the wind if he wanted to come around, and we were side by side going into the straight.’ Owen lit the afterburner as he rounded the last corner, taking the sprint a bike length clear of Mawditt, with Club Pres Miles DaCosta taking the bunch sprint and third place.
B-Grade’s race saw 52 year old Pete McQuade and Marcus Nyeholt take advantage of a misbehaving peloton and head up the road early on in the race; the pair being themselves chased by Anthony Gercovich, Leigh Kelly and Ben Redpath, with the rest of the bunch resigning themselves to a lonely race. ‘The bunch were not riding very smartly so when Marcus went up the road and I know he is amazing in a breakaway I went across to him and we swapped turns and tried to build a lead. After 15 minutes I thought we were going to get caught but I could see the bunch kept messing around and you could see guys going off the front and it was breaking up so I realised we had a good chance. I saw Leigh and Ant were getting closer, and Marcus was suffering, so Marcus did the selfless thing and told me to go on the last lap as he was in trouble. I went all in flat out for the last lap and ended up having a relaxing win.’ McQuade took the win from Gercovich, with Nyeholt holding on to third over Kelly.
C-Grade’s race was absolutely dominated by 17-year-old South African expatriate Bjorn Williams, the FCC rider lapping the field in a massive solo breakaway. ‘I went at the 15 minute mark, pushing hard when I had the wind behind me and took it a bit easier into the wind; at the start I didn’t think I could hold the bunch off, but after a while I lost sight of them and then near the end I saw I was coming up behind them.’ Williams sprinted past the bunch on the last lap to take the win, with Matt Johnson taking the bunchie and second from Matt Ninnes in third; Williams looking forward to the challenges B Grade will hold and is aiming for A Grade in the future.
D-Grade saw talented Ballarat girl Shannon Cragghill take the only bunch sprint for the day, the 15 year old Brunswick CC rider enjoying the pace of the race. ‘It was really good, pretty fast and really windy. I was thinking about going on the attack, but I decided not to; it became more about chasing down any breaks. Everyone worked well to bring back any breaks so it came down to the sprint. For the whole of the last lap I was second wheel, just waiting for that last corner, went around and went hard.’ Craghill took the sprint from veteran Tom Moloney in second and talented junior Riley Kenny in third place.
A-Grade: 1st Zach Owen, 2nd Lionel Mawditt, 3rd Miles DaCosta, 4th Dylan Benson, 5th Andrew Naughtin.
B-Grade: 1st Peter McQuade, 2nd Anthony Gercovich, 3rd Marcus Nyeholt, 4th Leigh Kelly, 5th Ben Redpath.
C-Grade: 1st Bjorn Williams, 2nd Matt Johnson, 3rd Matt Ninnes, 4th James Black, 5th Sam Tammaro.
D-Grade: 1st Shannon Craghill, 2nd Tom Moloney, 3rd Riley Kenny, 4th Tania Launder, 5th Dennis Hobbs.
Footscray Cycling Club Road Race @ Kirksbridge, Sept 22nd 2019.
The last round of the Footscray Cycling Club’s Winter Road season saw riders head out to Kirksbridge on a testing winter’s day; questionable weather and a strong wind making for hard work on a bike,
In A-Grade riders were keen to try and escape up the road, with Morgan Smith heading up the road early on; with 2 to go Smith was away, subsequently brought back, and then he hit again on the last lap, and this time he stayed away, taking a convincing win. The rest finished in twos and threes, with Josh Zammit taking second and David Newett third.
B-Grade’s race saw riders working together and swapping turns until, on the second last lap, Hawthorn CC rider David Bertovic got away with FCC powerhouse Ben Redpath; amazingly Bertovic then powered away from Redpath and rode solo to the finish to win easily, at least a kilometre ahead of the bunch; Ruby Roseman-Gannon taking the bunch sprint and second and Ben Hodge third.
C-Grade’s race saw Tom McDonough and Leigh McCrabb ride away from the bunch and finish well ahead of the next riders; in a near dead-heat McCrabb taking the narrowest of wins from McDonough in second and Luke Chippindale in third.
D-Grade had an entertaining race; they split up on the first lap, got together again and then broke up on the approach to the sprint; with William Ashton the winner by 200 m to Olivia Verlaan in second and the same distance back to Dennis Hobbs in third.
A-Grade: 1st Morgan Smith, 2nd Josh Zammit, 3rd David Newett, 4th Travis Small, 5th Ken Attard.
B-Grade: 1st David Bertovic, 2nd Ruby Roseman-Gannon, 3rd Ben Hodge, 4th Agostino Giramondo, 5th Keith Trovatello.
C-Grade: 1st Leigh McCrabb, 2nd Tom McDonough, 3rd Luke Chippindale, 4th David Rooke
D-Grade: 1st William Ashton, 2nd Olivia Verlaan, 3rd Dennis Hobbs, 4th James Stuart.
Footscray Cycling Club – Winter Crit #4 @ VU Hoppers Crossing; Sept 14 2019.
Riders headed out to the deceptively challenging VU Hoppers Crossing track for a serious hit out on a sunny and pleasant spring day.
In A-grade, 33 year old Brunswick CC rider Matthias Kiernan had a lonely race, taking off for an early solo breakaway that proved the decisive move of the race. ‘Maybe 15 minutes in I attacked and got away; I must be antisocial! I don’t have much of a punch at the moment so I knew it would be good to get away. Towards the end I caught the other guys, lapped them and then attacked and went up the road just so I could totally empty the tank.’ Kiernan took the win a lap up from his three chasers, with Miles DaCosta second, Ben Costin third and his brother Jason fourth.
B-Grade’s race saw a high pace and a lively series of attacks make for an entertaining race, with the race splitting into two at the half way point. With the lead riders pushing hard, it was another attack by 28 year old Fitzroy North resident Dom Walker going solo for the last 20 minutes. The Coburg CC rider showed his class by staying away even though he was chased mercilessly. ‘I had to dig hard a few times just to get away; but once I was out there I felt fast, and with 3 to go I thought I’m a good chance here; I had a few peeks and saw the guys chasing but I knew I had them covered.’ In behind Walker the chasers broke apart I the last 2 laps, with Keith Trovatello fanging his fixie along for second place and the evergreen Agi Giramondo taking third.
C-Grade saw FCC rider Bjorn Williams take the sprint win, the 17 year old conserving energy during the race. ‘I didn’t want to do too much work like I usually do. I watched Luke (Chippindale) as I knew he had a powerful jump and I covered him; when we got to the straight I was third wheel and went right and got past Luke.’ Williams took the sprint from Dan Johnson in second place and Luke Chippindale hanging on for third place.
D-Grade saw St Kilda CC rider Erika Gosney take the sprint win. ‘It was a nice race and we rolled turns; Barry put in a few surges just to keep us interested but it all stayed together, and 5 of us sprinted. I was second wheel at the last corner and Tommy and I went around Peta, Tommy just hesitated a little so I got the better jump and just got the win.’ Gosney took the win from Peta Antonello in second place and veteran Tommy Moloney in third place.
A-Grade: 1st Matthias Kiernan, 2nd Miles DaCosta, 3rd Ben Costin, 4th Jason Costin.
B-Grade: 1st Dom Walker, 2nd Keith Trovatello, 3rd Ag Giramondo, 4th Chris Quick, 5th Liam Fitzgerald.
C-Grade: 1st Bjorn WIlliams, 2nd Dan Johnson, 3rd Luke Chippindale, 4th Mark Koutsogiannis, 5th Haydn McLean.
D-Grade: 1st Erika Gosney, 2nd Peta Antonello, 3rd Tom Moloney, 4th Gary Hastings, 5th Dennis Hobbs.
Footscray Cycling Club – Winter Crit #3 @ VU Hoppers Crossing; Aug 31 2019.
Hardy riders headed out to the deceptively challenging VU Hoppers Crossing track for a serious hit out on a sunny but windy winter’s day, with a strong Northerly making the day a tough one for all.
In A-grade, Josh Zammit took his second sprint in a row, the Club Crit Champ in super form, beating home Trav Small and Kenny Attard.
B-Grade’s race saw just up from C’s Andrew Waldron make it into the winning break; Waldron then coming around the last few corners in 4th wheel and only hitting the front meters from the line, Wldron taking the win from the in-form Ben Lowe and Julian Lee.
C-Grade saw a battle between 18-year-old Bjorn Williams and Tam Nguyen; the pair driving the bunch and throwing in a few serious attacks; Nguyen just beating Williams home in the sprint for first and second respectively, with Chris Fenech taking third.
D-Grade saw Bjorn Williams’ father, 42-year-old Williams Landing resident Peter, take a massive solo win by breaking away quite early, with David Masterson taking second and the bunch sprint from Garry Hastings. ‘I just recently am back racing on the bike; I last raced in 2016 in South Africa; the wind here in Australia is tough though. We have this type of clear blue sky winter’s day in SA, but not this wind! 5 of us started and after 10 minutes I thought it’s time to go and see how far I get. I rode tempo and really enjoyed it and I just went for it.’ Williams stayed well clear of the chasers and is looking good for a promotion soon.
A-Grade: 1st Josh Zammit, 2nd Trav Small, 3rd Ken Attard, 4th Jason Costin.
B-Grade: 1st Andrew Waldron, 2nd Ben Lowe, 3rd Julian Lee, 4th Ben Redpath, 5th Marcus Myeholt.
C-Grade: 1st Tam Nguyen, 2nd Bjorn Williams, 3rd Chris Fenech, 4th Paul Downes, 5th Phil Tehan.
D-Grade: 1st Peter Williams, 2nd David Masterson, 3rd Garry Hastings, 4th Dennis Hobbs.
Footscray Cycling Club – Winter Crit #2 @ VU Hoppers Crossing; Aug 24 2019.
A strong field of riders keen to test their skills headed out to the deceptively challenging and rewarding VU Hoppers Crossing track for a serious hit out on a chilly but fine winter’s day, with a very strong 60kph Northerly wind meaning the Footscray Cycling Club’s second winter crit would be a torrid affair.
In A-grade, a high initial pace and a series of attacks saw the bunch pulled apart early on, with notable attacks by Club Road Champ Lachie Marshall and gun Jimmy Butler only adding to the pain for the main bunch. With a select bunch up the road, it was a real game of cat and mouse for the lead bunch; with eventual winner, Club Crit Champ Josh Zammit playing it smart. ‘The first 20 minutes was as hard as it gets, and we kept losing guys one by one. In the end, it was me Lachie and Jimmy for the sprint; I lead out around the last corner after Jimmy moved over and was about half a bike in front before Lachie ran out of steam.’ Zammit took the win from Marshall and Bultler in second and third.
B-Grade’s race was a tough one from the get-go, with the attacks leaving the bunch strung out and scrambling for a wheel; not long after a small group pulled clear of the bunch and one by one gained extra riders until they numbered 7; with eventual winner, 16-year-old Preston CC rider Aubrey Price keen to push on. Price, who has been busy with road racing and time trials over winter, was raring for a crit. ‘This is my first crit for the year; early on the race split into two, and it took me about 20 minutes with 2 other guys to catch back on but I ended up having to work solo to join back up with the front bunch; I burned a lot of matches doing that and tried to manage my race. I was on a great wheel coming into the sprint and managed to pop out and take the win.’ Price took the win in a tight sprint from John Mogavero in second place and the fixie king Keith Trovatello in third place.
C-Grade broke up at about the half-way mark, with riders put into difficulty by attacks and guttering, leaving several small groups scattered over the circuit. ‘C-Grade’s race was pretty tough today. I knew who the riders were to watch and I made sure I stayed in the top 6; about half way through the race I didn’t want to see everyone there for the sprint, so I initiated a breakaway. There were about 5 of us and we stayed away. Bjorn Williams jumped with 2 corners to go and I was on his wheel and I got past him on the corner into the straight.’ Waldron took the sprint strongly, with Williams in second and Matty Ninnes in third place.
D-Grade may have played nice for Instructor Cram for 25 minutes or so, but a serious attack by eventual winner, 56 year old Footscray resident and FCC rider David Masterson caused the race to break apart. ‘I was fortunate enough to be up the road with two other fellows; we worked turns together and managed to stay away.’ Masterson took the sprint from Peter Williams in second place and William Aston in third place.
A-Grade: 1st Josh Zammit, 2nd Lachlan Marshal, 3rd Jimmy Butler, 4th Trav Small, 5th Jared Raynes.
B-Grade: 1st Aubrey Price, 2nd John Mogavero, 3rd Keith Trovatello, 4th Kai Donaldson, 5th Fergus Browning.
C-Grade: 1st Andrew Waldron, 2nd Bjorn Williams, 3rd Matthew Ninnes, 4th Shawn Smith, 5th Paul Downes.
D-Grade: 1st David Masterson, 2nd Peter Williams, 3rd William Aston, 4th Tom Moloney, 5th Erika Gosney.
Footscray Cycling Club RR #16 Graded Road Races, August 10th 2019.
Round #16 of the Footscray Cycling Club’s Winter Road season saw riders head out to Balliang on a testing winter’s day; sub-zero temperatures, rain and hail, and gale-force winds leaving rider numbers low and racing extremely challenging, with riders completing the ‘Balliang Square’ 6 times.
In A-Grade riders started off with a co-operative lap, swapping turns and warming up before the attacks started, leaving only 3 riders to contest the podium; 26 year old Jimmy Butler taking the win in fine style after a tough race. ‘I am glad we didn’t cancel, so I was impressed. We are lucky when we race out here as there isn’t much traffic, and we had some top quality volunteers to stand out in this weather. We started rolling turns and before you knew it there were only 3 of us; I was trying to encourage young Harry Willen to hang in but it proved to be just a bit too much for him today. When we lined up for the sprint one of the other riders attacked me with about 800 meters to go, I was certainly a bit worse for wear but somehow I managed to pace myself back to them and then I went straight past them with about 100 to go so I dunno if I won the race or if they just mucked it up.’ The New Gisborne resident and Sunbury CC rider took the win from Jason Costin and Jared Raynes.
B-Grade’s race saw a small but determined bunch head out into the chilly winds, swapping turns and being relatively co-operative for a lap before the powerhouse that is Nic Newby started tossing grenades into the bunch in the form of sustained attacks aimed at getting a break going, working in tandem with fellow Alba Rosa rider Jules Lee, but Dave Lane, Shane Parker and Mark Micallef kept reeling the attacks in. After a few laps of swapping turns interspersed with attacks into the gutter and a little cat and mousing, riders lined up for the sprint in hail and strong winds. Nic Newby unleashed an attack with about 700 meters to go, with his team-mate slotted in behind. Unfortunately for the team mates, 55-year-old Werribee lad Mark Micallef was stuck to Lee’s wheel like a limpet mine. ‘I was in my element today, using my brain as the fitness isn’t there at the moment. I was getting the perfect, albeit unintentional, leadout, and once Nic swung off (completely exhausted) and Jules hit the wall of wind making his run for the line I kind of knew it was too far for him; I waited until the absolute last moment and peeled past at maximum thrust and just got by not a moment too soon’; an exhausted Micallef taking the win from a spent Lee in second and Shane Parker in third place.
C-Grade’s race was combined with D-Grade; the combined bunch setting off at a brisk pace, with the D-Grader James Stuart taking the combined sprint. ‘We stayed together mostly, Dennis and I didn’t work much into the wind. David Baille attacked at the bell and Paul Downes followed and they got away for most of the straight past Balliang Hall; we all come back together though. Then there was a bit of cat and mouse, until the final straight when Paul laid down some gutter action and then Jim Stoddart jumped. Paul reeled him back in then I lead out to the line.’ Stuart took the closely run sprint win from David Baillie and Ross Schubach.
A-Grade: 1st Jimmy Butler, 2nd Jason Costin, 3rd Jared Raynes.
B-Grade: 1st Mark Micallef, 2nd Julian Lee, 3rd Shane Parker, 4th David Lane, 5th Nic Newby.
C/D-Grade: 1st James Stuart D, 2nd David Baillie, 3rd Ross Schubach, 4th Paul Downes, 5th Jim Stoddart, 6th Dennis Hobbs D.
Footscray Cycling Club – Winter Crit #1 @ VU Hoppers Crossing; Aug 4 2019.
Having just reached a long-term agreement between the mighty Footscray Cycling Club and Vic Uni to secure use of the crit track until 2024, a great field of 77 riders were keen to test their skills on this deceptively challenging and rewarding track for a serious hit out on a chilly but fine winter’s day.
In A-grade, a high initial pace and a series of attacks saw an early break stick to the end, with 22 year old St Likda CC rider and Hampton resident Aidan Buttigieg leading the charge for the line. ‘I love this circuit; it’s one of the best circuits I’ve ridden on actually; really quite enjoyable with that little hill out the back. It’s nothing much but you can set up a good move there and that’s where we got a break going. I kicked it on the approach and then I further established it over the hill and railed it on the backside of the hill. Once the two cyclehouse guys and one other (Mark Seddon, Brodie Sims, Josh Zammit) made it across, and at that point I knew we had a solid 4 and we all worked on pulling away. On the last lap we had Brodie absolutely whack it and try to set Mark up for the sprint, but then I managed to make my way onto their wheel and when we were going past the registration point I gave it a kick on the left side of Brodie and managed to get past both of them.’ Buttigieg took a narrow sprint win from Sims and Seddon to round out the podium.
With a large field of gun riders and an average speed more akin to A-Grade of 43 kph, B-Grade’s race was a killer from the get-go, with 20 year old Elwood resident and Melbourne Uni CC rider Raph Unger take out one of the most hotly contested and close sprints of the year. ‘I have never raced on this course before; it actually gives you a lot of variety and it’s great that Footscray are able to race here. There was a lot of surging at the start; people would attack and others would chase. So nothing got away. In the last 10 minutes the pace rose and stayed high, and I stayed up the front to keep position. On the last few corners I found Thomas Beattie’s wheel and then followed him through the last corner and mucked it up a little as I came around the last corner wide, but once I started sprinting, I managed to get past him with a little to spare.’ Unger took the sprint from Thomas Beattie and Dominik Walker.
C-Grade had a similarly combative race, with quite a few attacks and chases, eventually settling into a waiting game and a mass bunch sprint. In the end it was 49 year old Gisbourne resident and Coburg CC rider Scott Donaldson who got his nose in front. ‘This is my first crit out here and it’s great. I sat in a bit as I didn’t feel fit enough, but then I came good and just managed to get the right wheel and a perfect leadout around the last corner. I came into the last corner second wheel, and I passed him half way down the straight.’ Donaldson took the sprint from Stewart Teese and Steve Harris.
D-Grade saw a great mix of men and women start under the expert tutelage of the inimitable Barry Cram, and after a settling-in period, riders set a strong pace and had a few digs and many tried to set up a break, but it came down to a bunch sprint, with on his way to C and FCC rider Jim Stoddart taking a very close sprint win from the Women’s D winner; 18 year old Yr 12 student and Macedon resident Sharni Morley; the two winners clear of the chaser in behind; David Masterson and Tom Moloney rounding off the men’s podium and Erika Gosney and Sarah Dam rounding out the Women’s podium.
A-Grade: 1st Aidan Buttigieg, 2nd Brodie Sims, 3rd Josh Zammit, 4th Mark Seddon, 5th Grant Harvey.
B-Grade: 1st Rafael Ungar, 2nd Thomas Beattie, 3rd Dominik Walker, 4th Harry Willen.
C-Grade: 1st Scott Donaldson, 2nd Stewart Teese, 3rd Steve Harris, 4th Andrew Dick, 5th Bjorn Williams.
D-Grade Men’s: 1st Jim Stoddart, 2nd David Masterson, 3rd Tom Moloney.
D-Grade Women’s: 1st Sharni Morley, 2nd Erika Gosney, 3rd Sarah Dam.
(Actual finishing order: Stoddart, Morley, Gosney, Masterson, Moloney, Walker, Dam.)
Footscray Cycling Club Andrew Mackellar Memorial Handicap, July 20, 2019.
Under clear blue skies, riders set off in 5 bunches to contest the Footscray Cycling Club’s 4th Annual Andrew McKellar Memorial Handicap held to honour one of the FCC’s fallen brothers; the handicap format requiring each bunch of riders to co-operate and push themselves to the limit to keep the chasing bunches at bay; the stronger riders of Scratch starting out with a 25-minute deficit to make up over Limit. With strengthening Northerly winds, 5 determined bunches set off from Little River and headed out to the Flinders Avenue circuit at the base of the You-Yangs Regional Park; with all 5 bunches doing their best to catch the bunches ahead.
The action really started on Lap 4, when Limit were caught by a hard-charging 2nd Limit, who were still 5 minutes ahead of the Middle-markers. Scratch also mopped up 2nd Scratch and Middle, and were in pursuit of the combined bunch ahead. At the start of the last lap, Scratch still had 3:30 to make up and it really looked like the combined 2nd Limit/Limit bunch ahead would stay clear, but a series of attacks and lulls broke their tempo and washed away their lead at a rapid rate, and by the time they were on the home straight eventual winner, 36 year old Melton resident Dominik Dudkiewicz and current Road Champ Lachie Marshall had them in their sights and were gunning for the win. ‘We were working very well for the first few laps, doing track turns the whole way, maintaining a good speed, but with 2 to go we caught 2 groups ahead of us, but a few of the guys in Scratch were fading so I knew I would have to attack to have any chance of winning. Lachie and I got a gap and as we started the last lap we were told we had 3 and a half minutes to catch the guys ahead, but it wasn’t a typical Limit / 2nd Limit and we knew it would be very hard and we weren’t sure we could catch them as there were very good riders in there. When we finally saw the bunch we could see they were attacking each other, which I thought might work for us or against us, but Lachie and I just worked hard and caught them and motored past with a kay to go, and I took the sprint from Lachie. I wasn’t planning to race this week, but when I saw it was Andrew’s race I had to ride it; he was such a big part of my time here at Footscray as a great rider and true gentleman and I really wanted to honour his memory.’ Dudkiewicz took the win from Marshall by three bike lengths, with Mark Micallef taking third about 15 seconds behind from Andrew Waldron, with Phil Tehan and Nic Newby rounding off the top 6.
1st / Fastest Time Dominik Dudkiewicz @ 1:42:50, 2nd Lachlan Marshall, 3rd Mark Micallef, 4th Andrew Waldron, 5th Phillip Tehan, 6th Nic Newby, 7th Peter Race, 8th Nick Tippett.
Footscray Cycling Club Eric Turner Memorial Road Championships @ Sheoaks, June 23rd 2019.
Riders gathered at Maude to contest the Footscray Cycling Club’s Eric Turner Memorial Road Championships; the hilly course a series of serious ascents, descents and fast rolling hills whose difficulty was compounded by chilly, though sunny, conditions.
It was a race of attrition in A-Grade which saw Lachlan Marshall cross the line as the Club’s new Road Champion; the bunch split in half early with mechanicals and punctures. By Lap 4 it was John Ross, Josh Zammit and Lachlan Marshall out front with 3 chasing Attard, Naughtin and Costin (who then punctured). On last lap Marshall attacked on every climb and finally broke free on the last climb soloing to the end to take the win. “I was feeling pretty good coming into the road champs with the challenging course, not many Footscray races have decent hills so this was right up my alley. I gave the bunch a little test midway through the 1st lap and that’s where the race split. For the next 3 laps Josh (Zammit), John (Ross) and myself rolled turns and at the start of the 4th lap I decided to try and gap the other two as I didn’t want it to end in a sprint. After multiple kicks I finally managed a gap going up the final hill; it was heads down and maximum effort to the finish. Really happy with the progression I’ve made in the last year and a half and look forward to many more club champs to come!’
B-Grade’s race saw the Club’s Tour winner take the B Grade Road medallion as well, with Raphael Hammond in his element in the hills. The high pace at the start and the hilly course saw the dropping of riders one by one until there were 6 left in the bunch. Liam Fitzgerald made a move on the start of the last lap, putting in a big attack, splitting the bunch in half with only Evan Millar able to follow. Raphael Hammond jumped across which was well timed as he was able to stick with those two and out sprint them at the end. ‘After to the tour win, I felt a little bit of pressure to perform today. There were a number of solid solo attacks throughout the race by some in-form riders. I had received a hot tip on the favourites so I tried to stick to their wheels like glue, and not get caught up in closing gaps to solo breaks. Evan Miller and Liam Fitzgerald rode up the ascents with a cracking pace and soon the group started to break up. On the fourth lap, Evan attacked on the climb from Sutherland Creek and I managed to keep contact. Evan, Liam and I distanced the group and managed to stay away with a gap of 2 minutes. I didn’t feel the strongest in the trio, as I had been crook the past week. I found myself in the unenviable position of leading into the final stretch, so I dialled back the pace like in track race, waited to about 150m to go, and then dropped the hammer and managed to hang on for the sprint win.’ Hammond took the win from Miller in second place and Fitzgerald in third place.
C-Grade started with several attacks, including John Boyle, at each ascent through the hills, but it kept coming back together. Arguably the top 5 were left with a lap to go. On the last lap Graeme Cole managed to break away; Andrew Waldron digging deep and getting across. Once Waldron got across the two worked together for the last lap, with Cole the better in the sprint. Paul Downes, Sam Tammaro and Andrew Waldron worked turns with Boyle to keep the pace high. Diane Edwards was also making her presence felt with several attacks, one of which was up the dreaded Steiglitz Hill. The third lap was the killer; some of the early pace setters like John Boyle and Diane Edwards saw them out of gas on lap 3 and being dropped. Cole attacked on the last lap before Steiglitz. The four riders remaining chased (Phil Tehan, Sam Tammaro, Paul Downes and Andrew Waldron). Before the final left hand turn home Andrew Waldron left the chasers and joined Coke. Try as they may, Phil Tehan, Paul Downes and Sam Tammaro could not chase them down (however they did get close). In the end, it was Graeme Cole in first, Andrew Waldron second (in the hotly contested sprint) and not far behind them Sam Tammaro pipped Phil Tehan for third, with Paul Downes fifth.
A-Grade: 1st Lachlan Marshall, 2nd John Ross, 3rd Josh Zammit, 4th Ken Attard, 5th Andrew Naughtin.
B-Grade: 1st Raphael Hammond, 2nd Evan Miller, 3rd Liam Fitzgerald, 4th Martin Oroszi, 5th Michael Dam, 6th Ben Redpath.
C-Grade: 1st Graeme Cole, 2nd Andrew Waldron, 3rd Sam Tammaro, 4th Phillip Tehan, 5th Paul Downes.
Footscray Cycling Club 61st Annual 3 Day Tour, June 8-9 2019.
A strong field of riders gathered at Balliang for what is the Footscray Cycling Club’s most gruelling and prestigious event for the year, the 61st Tour, held over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.
Stage 1 started out at Balliang Hall on a perfect winter’s day, with riders having to deal with a strong Northerly, complicating the racing. A Grade’s stage saw the bunch split into multiples in the climbs; Dom Dudkiewicz, Lachie Marshall and Josh Zammit powering away to clean up stage honours; Dudkiewicz taking the win from Marshall and Zammit. If B-Grade’s race was a wrestling bout, it was a free for all donnybrook from the get go with Ben Redpath putting the whole bunch into the hurt box for the first 15 kilometers; attack after attack saw the bunch split and regroup numerous times, with Raph Hammond putting in a notable 20 km solo effort that had the whole bunch working hard to reel him in, and head into the sprint largely intact; the bunchie taken out by the in-form Vito Depetro from Zavier Coppock and Raph Hammond. C Grade saw Sam Tammaro dominate the KOMs and a fair spread of riders take the Sprints; all riders staying together until the final climbs, where Dave Lane, Phil Tehan and Graeme Cole put the pressure on and got their breakaway to stick; Lane taking the win from Tehan and Cole.
Stage 2 saw the weary riders shake off the fatigue from Stage 1 and re-mount for a short, 7km climbing time trial from Balliang Hall to Staughton Vale. In A, Dom Dudkiewicz took the win from Lachie Marshal and Jared Raynes, with Zammit taking the KOM. Ben Redpath moved himself up to the overall B grade lead by taking the TT from Raph Hammond and Pete McQuade with Martin Oroszi taking the KOM. In C, Graeme Cole took the TT from Lane and Tehan; Lane also taking out the KOM.
The scene was set for the Stage 3 showdown at Kirksbridge, with bar stem problems leaving defending 6 time Tour Champ Dom Dudkiewicz in a world of bother. ‘I had an issue with my stem and missed the race start by a minute or so. Chasing a hard-driving peleton into a block headwind I honestly thought I was done. Just as I was losing hope Paul Kenny dropped back from the bunch and gave me some much needed help. I managed to get back to the bunch before the left hand turn into the crosswind.’ Kenny’s selfless act to pace Dudkiewicz back to the bunch into a strong Northerly meant that it was game on for the defending champ. ‘After that the race was manageable with a steady pressure reducing the bunch to 6 and finishing in a sprint for the stage.’ Dudkiewicz took the sprint from Jared Raynes in second and Josh Zammit in third. In B, the worse of timing and misfortune hit the leader going into Stage 3; Ben Redpath looking unbeatable until misfortune hit. Just after second and third on the road, Xavier Coppock and Raph Hammond, as well as Liam Green, threw in an attack on lap 2, Redpath punctured and had to perform a wheel change; the bunch showing great sportsmanship by waiting for Redpath to get back on and then start chasing. But 38 year old Hammond and Coppock put their heads down and did not look back. ‘To be honest I went in to Stage 3 with an open mind as I wasn’t sure after 2 stages on Saturday if I had anything left in my legs, but after the first sprint on lap 2 I saw Xavier down the road and my natural inclination was to go and get to his wheel. I didn’t really understand why there was such a gap and we didn’t know about the puncture, so I thought just keep going. Liam and I worked hard to get to Xavier but he was motoring so hard Liam buried himself when we got to him. Xavier and I kept going and he really took control and led me through the whole break. At the end I rode away from Xavier in the last kilometer and took the win.’ Hammond took the stage win from Coppock, with Redpath taking third but losing 2 minutes and the overall lead, with Hammond taking the GC from Coppock and Redpath. In C, 62 year old Werribee resident David Lane’s months of training paid off when he consolidated his stage 1 win with another. ‘Really it was only me and Coke (Graeme Cole) who had a chance to take the GC win, so we were watching each other. There were a few attacks, including Coke, but it all stayed together. At the end of the third lap, Paul Downes and Phil Tehan got away, and I thought that was my chance to get away, so I got across to them, but the bunch worked hard and closed the gap. When we got near the final sprint, I played to my strengths and I hit them early in the uphill sprint and held them all off.’ Lane took the GC win, with Graeme Cole taking second and Phil Tehan third.
Final Results – After Stage 3:
Main Race: 1st Dom Dudkiewicz, 2nd Lachlan Marshall, 3rd Joshua Zammit, 4th Jared Raynes, 5th Jason Costin.
Sprint King: Dom Dudkiewicz.
King of the Mountains: Joshua Zammit.
B Grade: 1st Raphael Hammond, 2nd Xavier Coppock, 3rd Ben Redpath, 4th Peter McQuade, 5th Stuart Coull.
Sprint King: Xavier Coppock
King of the Mountains: Raphael Hammond.
C Grade: 1st David Lane, 2nd Graeme Cole, 3rd Phillip Tehan, 4th Sam Tammaro, 5th Paul Downes.
Sprint King: David Lane.
King of the Mountains: Sam Tammaro.
First Female Finisher: Diane Edwards.
Footscray Cycling Club – Graded Road Races @ Little River; June 2 2019.
Footscray Cycling Club riders prepared for next week’s FCC Tour by heading out to Little River on a chilly winter’s morning, with riders competing on the Sandy Creek circuit at the base of the You Yangs, completing 5 ‘hotdog’ laps of Sandy Creek Road.
In A-Grade 34 year old New Zealand expat Jared Raynes made it 2 wins in a row, taking the bunch sprint from Jason Costin and Andrew Naughtin, after a combative race that saw many try to break the race up but the light conditions making the chase all too easy. ‘Miles tried to go early, about 1km out and then Jason went with about 250m to go and I thought it was too early but went anyway so I just put my head down and went for it and I put about 4 bike lengths on everyone.’
After a long series of unsuccessful breakaways, B-Grade’s race looked like it may have been heading for a bunch sprint, until Michael Dam decided to throw in an attack that gave eventual solo winner, 45 year old Yarraville resident Marcus Olive, the impetus to chase him up the road and then power away from Dam and the chasing bunch. ‘In training I have set this race as one of my target races and was conserving my energy for the first few laps. Nobody could really get away today, so I sat on the back and sussed the race out a little. Up the climbs for the last time, Michael got away and I thought that could be a good move, so I jumped and got across to him, and then I was able to drop him on the climb and put my head down; it felt like an eternity to the line.’ Olive finished well clear of the chasing bunch, with team mate Jules Lee taking the bunch sprint and second in his first race back from a long break with Vito Depetro taking third place.
C-Grade’s race saw a bunch sprint with Matthew Johnson just managing to roll David Lane over the line; the 38 year old Mordialloc resident unsure if he won. ‘Our race stayed together for the most part; a few boys tried to attack in the hills, but they got reeled back in, and then it was hell for leather on the descents! Coming into the sprint I was fourth wheel, and then Dave Lane jumped and I went with him. We both went pretty hard for the line, and I only just pipped him. Johnson took the win from Lane in second and Sam Tammaro in third.
D-Grade was dominated by David Baille, who was well clear to take a strong win from the very consistent Tom Moloney and Dennis Hobbs.
A-Grade: 1st Jared Raynes, 2nd Jason Costin, 3rd Andrew Naughtin.
B-Grade: 1st Marcus Olive, 2nd Julian Lee, 3rd Vito Depetro.
C-Grade: 1st Matthew Johnson, 2nd David Lane, 3rd Sam Tammaro.
D-Grade: 1st David Baille, 2nd Tom Moloney, 3rd Dennis Hobbs.
Footscray Cycling Club Harry Jones Memorial @ Balliang, May 25th 2019.
Riders gathered at Balliang to contest round 7 of the Footscray Cycling Club’s Winter Road Season; the highly coveted Harry Jones Memorial Handicap, held to honour a Legend of the Club who epitomized the FCC spirit of humility, quiet determination and camaraderie. In wet and windy conditions, 6 bunches of determined riders set off to contest 75 kilometers of hard racing around the flat Balliang loop, and then climbing into Staughton Vale and turning back for home at the Anakie Hall; the handicap format requiring each bunch of riders to co-operate and push themselves to the limit to keep the chasing bunches at bay; with the gun riders of Scratch starting out with a 22-minute deficit to make up over Limit.
Each bunch set out into a strong North-Westerly wind, which only emphasized the need for riders to pull steady turns and keep formation; each bunch closing in on the bunch ahead as the first 35 km lap ended. By the second lap, 2nd Scratch had caught and merged with 3rd Scratch, and not long after Scratch joined the chase. Unfortunately, in rapid succession Scratchmen Shane Ward punctured, Travis Small crashed heavily and pre-race favourite Dom Dudkiewicz punctured as well, leaving 3 riders to escape and make the 15 km run for the finish. 2nd Scratch riders Jared Raynes and Andrew Naughtin and 3rd Scratch rider Geoff Robertson determined to seize the opportunity. 34-year-old CSIRO scientist Jared Raynes knew this was a massive opportunity. ‘It got pretty messy when the groups joined up through no one’s fault; it was so windy and there wasn’t enough space on the road for all riders to get a sit. But by the time we got to Anakie Hall we had picked off all the bunches ahead of us and then the pace went way up, I think Dom put the pressure on, and then Trav crashed right next to me and Dom got a puncture, so I put the hammer down and myself, Andrew Naughtin and Geoff Robertson got away and we worked together. When we were close to the finish we started to fox, but when we saw Dom in the distance we went back to taking turns, until the sprint where I sat 3rd wheel, hit the sprint at 1400 watts and got the win.’ Raynes took the win from Naughtin and Robertson, with Jason Costin taking Fastest Time a minute behind.
1st Jared Raynes, 2nd Andrew Naughtin, 3rd Geoff Robertson, 4th Ben Redpath, 5th Jason Costin, 6th Shane Parker, 7th David Lane.
Fastest Time: Jason Costin.
Women racers from the Western Suburbs were given a chance to improve their cycling skills and develop friendship networks with the Footscray Cycling Club Women’s group heading out to the beautiful coastal town of Anglesea for a training camp, with the aim for the weekend to prepare for the FCC road race season and support women’s racing in the west.
The women stayed at The Lodge accommodation, which was a fantastic base for training. For their first training ride the girls set out for the Great Ocean Road with an enjoyable 106km loop; the picturesque views and the long bike shadows cast behind them as the sun rose. The girls were fortunate enough to secure the help of two star cycling coaches, Jake Coward and Jessica Lane to come along to pass on their knowledge and experience to the girls and help them during the ride. Jake hails from England and rides for a Belgian cycling team and Jessica rides for the National Road Series Team ‘Total Rush’.
The first challenge was for Queen of the Mountain at Lorne where Dianne Edwards paced past the rest of the group with ease; the bunch riding through Deans Marsh and then the group rode strongly back into Anglesea. Many milestones were achieved for the girls including one having now ridden her longest distance. The smiles at the finish were endless. The hungry riders the enjoyed a BBQ dinner, followed by an informative education session from Jake and Jessica. They covered what is involved with a structured training plan, looking after yourself before, during and after a race, race nutrition as well as key stretches to keep the body finely tuned.
The riders were grateful for the support of both the Footscray Cycling Club and the generous donation from Mobil, and hope to make this an annual event to encourage women riders from the West.
Footscray Cycling Club Graded Road Races @ Sheoaks, May 11th 2019.
Riders gathered at Maude to contest race #4 of the Footscray Cycling Club’s Winter Road Season; the hilly course a series of serious ascents, descents and fast running rolling hills whose difficulty was compounded by wet, misty and chilly conditions. It was a race of attrition in A-Grade which saw 9 riders set off on Lap 1, at which stage Matthias Kiernan put the pace on, splitting the bunch with 5 out front and 4 dropped. Kiernan set off with Josh Zammit, Jared Raynes, Sam Barnden and Kenny Attard but Lap 2 saw Attard, then Barnden and then Raynes succumb to the pace and lose the leaders; so it was Kiernan and Zammit who set off on Lap 3; Zammit just unable to stay with Kiernan on the last climb, leaving all riders to finish one by one, strung out, with Kiernan taking the win from Zammit and Raynes.
B-Grade’s race saw 16 riders set off for 3 laps of the infamous She-oaks circuit in cold, drizzly conditions. On the first climb Ben Redpath went to the front and set a pretty stiff pace with Evan Miller on his wheel. This impossible pace shed rider after rider immediately and as the dwindling group hit the climb out of Steiglitz the first time Miller managed to bounce off the front with Liam Fitzgerald and they established a small gap, which was reeled in just before the flat cross wind section near the end of the lap. Redpath decided the old one-two punch was required immediately, and had the bunch all in the gutter chewing their stems. On Lap 2 Fitzgerald and Miller repeated the attack and were reeled in again, but each attack took its toll on the bunch, which lost more riders. The final lap saw about 8 left in the bunch; at which point Fitzgerald attacked on the first climb followed by Miller and Thomas Rebesco. The trio buried themselves up the final climb before the turn for home, swapping turns to the finish. Fitzgerald went into the final sprint first wheel and gave Miller the perfect run to the line; Miller taking the win from Fitzgerald and Rebesco.
C- and D- Grade started together and co-operated for the first lap, at which stage the pace was upped, but it turned out that the D graders were more than up to it. The combined group settled in, all doing turns at a high tempo. Junior rider Haley Jenkins rode very well and impressed in the hills, but restricted gears made it a bit hard for her on the high speed return leg. Veteran Phil Tehan rode the hills with the pace of a youngster. Andrew Waldron was probably the strongest rider and got away out of She Oaks the last time with David Lane hot on his wheel, who could not go with him up the hills and was caught in no-man’s land. On the flat Lane was winding him in, but the chasing bunch of 3 was winding Lane in, so he waited and they all chased as a strong bunch of 4. With a big turn from Paul Downes they caught him just before the quarry with Stephen Nowicki from D grade opening up the sprint with Lane on his wheel, who managed to get over him just on the line for a hard fought win.
A-Grade: 1st Matthias Kiernan, 2nd Joshua Zammit, 3rd Jared Raynes, 4th Sam Barnden, 5th Kenny Attard.
B-Grade: 1st Evan Miller, 2nd Liam Fitzgerald, 3rd Thomas Rebesco, 4th Matt Arthur, 5th Ben Redpath.
C-Grade: 1st David Lane, 2nd Andrew Waldron, 3rd Paul Downes, 4th Diane Edwards.
D-Men: 1st Stephen Nowicki, 2nd Phil Tehan, 3rd Hayley Jenkins
Footscray Cycling Club Hugh Cram Memorial @ Kirksbridge, May 5th 2019.
Riders gathered at the Little River Cricket Club to contest the first handicap race of the Footscray Cycling Club’s Winter Road Season; the highly coveted Hugh Cram Memorial Handicap, held to honour a Legend who joined the Club in 1939, served in a multitude of roles for half a century culminating in his time as President, was made both a Life Member, then a Club Legend of the FCC; a man who was made a both a Life Member of Cycling Victoria and posthumously elevated to the lofty heights of the Cycling Victoria Hall of Fame. In chilly and deceptively windy conditions, 5 bunches of determined riders set off to contest 88 kilometers of hard racing on the difficult Kirksbridge circuit; the handicap format requiring each bunch of riders to co-operate and push themselves to the limit to keep the chasing bunches at bay; the FCC using a new finish just beyond the bridge, with the gun riders of Scratch starting out with a 24-minute deficit to make up over Limit.
Each bunch took off hard on the first of five laps; in fact some may speculate too hard as they shelled valuable riders and their potential firepower. As the bunches settled into their chain-gangs, the times between groups dwindled, and the gaps shrunk. The combined bunch set off to chase down the now combined bunches ahead; the chase was on. The guns in Scratch driving their combined bunch whilst the Middle men drove the combined bunch up ahead. The end game would see a combined Scratch / 2nd Scratch chasing and catching the Combined Middle/ 2nd Limit / Limit bunch 5 kilometers from the finish and forming a super group of the surviving riders; the run to the line seeing current FCC Crit Champ Josh Zammit taking the win; the 25 year old choosing his wheels wisely in the run to the finish line. ‘After one lap we caught 2nd Scratch; we thought that the Middle bunch might get up and take the win, but we worked really well with 2nd Scratch and made good time; they did the best they could, took turns when they could and we couldn’t ask for more.’ ‘With about 5 kilometers to go we all came together, so it was good handicapping in the end. Being a headwind sprint, I just sat in. Travis Small slammed it into the gutter and tried to split the race while the rest of us tried to hold on. Then Paul Kenny jumped at the bridge, and I thought I’d grab his wheel, and when I went I thought it was about 100 meters to the line but it turned out to be 350 meters so it was way too early, but I just held on.’ Zammit finishing just ahead of John Ross in second and Travis Small in third.
1st Josh Zammit @ 2:36:12 (corrected 2:12:12), 2nd John Ross, 3rd Travis Small, 4th Dale Cameron, 5th Miles Da Costa, 6th Leigh Kelly, 7th Thomas Rebesco, Ben O’Leary.
1st Female: Diane Edwards.
Fastest Time: Josh Zammit.
Footscray Cycling Club – Salter Memorial Graded Road Race; April 28 2019.
The Footscray Cycling Club’s second road race of the 2019 season saw riders head out to Balliang on a chilly, wet and windy autumn morning, with riders completing the climb through Staughton-Vale and then testing their skills on the gravel section returning towards Balliang multiple times.
In A-Grade a decisive break occurred early in the race, with the field being decimated on Lap 1. According to winner Dom Dudkiewicz, the race did not take long to break apart due to the conditions. ‘A Grade’s race was already strung out on the first climbs, and then by the dirt it was a little dicey as we hit it at 55 kph; there was a fair bit of slipping and sliding but we managed to get through that, and then as I exited the gravel I saw Miles and Trav were 70 meters up the road and I bridged, as did Josh Zammit, so there were four of us, and we put our heads down and that was the last we saw of the bunch. On the last lap I broke away at the bottom of the hill and Miles and Trav chased me till the gravel and then they broke up and so we finished separate of each other.’ Dudkiewicz took the Salter sash, with Small taking second and DaCosta third.
B-Grade’s race fared similarly, with riders being strung out on each climb and the subsequent tricky run through the loose gravel section; eventual winner, Hoppers Crossing resident David Walker amazed to take the win in the race given the level of difficulty faced by riders. ‘This was the hardest B-Grade race I have ever done. When Ben Redpath, Evan Miller and I got away on the dirt section on Lap 2, we worked together perfectly. My bike was working like a dream on the dirt; my 22mm tubs were great. This is my second Salter win; I have won C and B, so bring on A next year!’ In the run to the line, Redpath put in a massive turn into the wind, with Miller then coming to the front and pushing into the wind; 50 year old Walker easing past him with about 50 to go, and holding off the spent Miller and Redpath, who were all 3 minutes up on the bunch.
C-Grade’s race saw a high attrition rate on the first lap, with riders unable to climb and forge through the gravel at the required pace. The rider to make the best of conditions was 44-year-old Altona Meadows resident Sam Tammaro, taking the win by managing the tricky gravel and placing himself out of the wind coming into the sprint. ‘We started off with a small group of seven riders, and then it was 5 after Lap 1, and then four. It was pretty rough going on the gravel, but we managed to get through. I went into the sprint as third wheel, and I got to the Balliang sign and thought go for it, and I pulled away from the bunch and felt the fantastic enjoyment of the win.’
D-Grade set out in a co-operative mood, working together to get over the climbs and through the dodgy dirt sections as a bunch; but by Lap 2 there were only four riders left. It was 66-year-old Werribee lad Phil Tehan who went into the sprint third wheel, easing past Jim Stoddart with 50 to go and snatching the win, with Stoddart taking second and Tom Moloney third; Tehan praised his group’s level-headedness. ‘We were smart enough to let each rider set their own pace on the dirt, as we had an agreement to come together after the dirt and forge on, so D rode a smart, safe race. Coming into the straight, Jim attacked and I sat on his wheel and went past when he tired.’ Tehan took the win from Stoddart in second and Moloney in third. Corinna Brown took the E Grade race, the 45-year-old hanging on to the D bunch as long as she could, and then riding tempo to the end of the race.
A-Grade: 1st Dominik Dudkiewicz, 2nd Travis Small, 3rd Miles DaCosta, 4th Josh Zammit, 5th Andrew Naughtin.
B-Grade: 1st David Walker, 2nd Evan Miller, 3rd Ben Redpath, 4th Liam Fitzgerald.
C-Grade: 1st Sam Tammaro, 2nd Ross Schubach, 3rd Steve Biggs, 4th Steve Firman.
D-Grade: 1st Phil Tehan, 2nd Jim Stoddart, 3rd Tom Moloney, 4th Dennis Hobbs.
E-Grade: 1st Corinna Brown.
Footscray Cycling Club 59th Bob Robson Memorial Anzac Criterium, April 25 2019.
The 59th Bob Robson Memorial Anzac Day Criteruims were held around Williamstown High School on a perfect autumn afternoon with family, friends and assorted spectators enjoying some amazing racing in a carnival-like atmosphere and enjoying great camaraderie, with four categories of quality riders ready to face the difficult and challenging layout around Williamstown High School for the last, and most prestigious, criterium of the season. With a strong field of gun riders assembling on the start line of A-Grade Men, riders threw in exploratory attacks and tried to get up the road for the dual effects of good positioning for a Prime and a brakaway attempt for line honours, with the four Primes being taken by Jason Costin, Stuart Morgan, Richard Link and Travis Small respectively. But in the end the decisive move came when Dom Dudkiewicz and Paul Kenny found themselves clear of the bunch and working hard to stay clear, and the 34-year-old Club Road Champion and Melton resident Dudkiewicz took home his third Anzac sash. ‘It’s always hard to break the elastic on this course; there are always guys who are willing to chase, and it was after a Prime when Travis and Miles were recovering that I thought these are the guys who do the chasing so if I go now there will be 2 guys less to do the chasing to pull me back. I went and then after a while Paul Kenny bridged across and I was expecting him to do that as we all know he enjoys that huge effort either at the finish or to make a break; and with about a lap to go I put in an effort but I think he was spent and dropped off my wheel that little bit.’ In the end it was Dudkiewicz who took the winner’s sash from Kenny, with Josh Spagnolo taking the bunch sprint for third.
In A-Grade Women, a similar run for the Primes saw Carrie Lim and Marie-Louise Fitzgerald take the two on offer, and then Fitzgerald and Fran Pidgeon managed to get a good break on the chasing bunch and work together in a run for the line. In the end it was 32-year-old Collective Cycling Club rider and Clifton Hill resident Marie-Louise Fitzgerald who took home the winner’s sash. ‘I have never raced this course before; it’s beautiful and a great place to practise cornering at speed; you need to pick your line carefully to miss the potholes. Fran Pidgeon and I were away for about 15 minutes early on and we were pretty busy trying not to throw up! We worked really hard and when we had two laps to go I smashed it out and that’s when I lost Fran.’ Fitzgerald took the win clear of Pidgeon, who was clear of third placed Leah Peterson.
The Men’s Support Race saw riders maintain a high pace throughout the race, with the Primes being taken by Gary Johnstone and Vito Depetro; once the Primes were done the bunch tried a few moves but it came down to a bunch sprint. In the end it was 34-year-old Newport resident Gary Johnstone who proved to be the strongest rider on the day, making his move on the last lap stick. ‘This was my first race around this circuit; I had to be a little careful until I got used to it; you have to hit the corners right and keep cool. I went in to this race with the idea to sit in a bit more; I get a bit too excited during a race and needed to conserve a bit more and bide my time. I listened to Vito who told me to get to the last few corners first wheel; I could feel Vito just in behind me after the last corner.’ Johnstone held Depetro off, with Mark Micallef taking third place just ahead of Ben Lowe.
The Women’s Support race saw Elizabeth Windsor clean up, taking both of the primes and the win; the 38-year-old Brunswick CC rider and Mont Albert resident taking a win on a difficult circuit in her first ever crit race. ‘It was a beautiful circuit and a lovely day. I started off fairly cleanly, and I managed to contest and get both sprints. For the last two laps I was sitting near the front and I jumped on the final lap just after the first corner.’ Windsor powered off to take the win from Corrina Brown in second and Samantha Lewis in third place.
The scene is now set for the 60th running of the Robson Memorial in 2020, a magnificent feat by the mighty Footscray Cycling Club!
A-Grade Men: 1st Dominik Dudkiewicz, 2nd Paul Kenny, 3rd Joshua Spagnolo, =4th Jason Costin and Naish Chapman.
A-Grade Women: 1st Marie-Louise Fitzgerald, 2nd Fran Pidgeon, 3rd Leah Paterson.
Support Race Men: 1st Gary Johnstone, 2nd Vito Depetro, 3rd Mark Micallef, 4th Ben Lowe.
Support Race Women: 1st Elizabeth Windsor, 2nd Corrina Brown, 3rd Samantha Lewis.
Footscray Cycling Club Graded Road Race #1, April 13th 2019.
The Footscray Cycling Club’s first road race of the season saw riders head out to Balliang on a perfect autumn morning, with riders completing the ‘hot-dog’ course that circles Balliang, climbs through Staughton-Vale, hot-dog turns and repeats the process, all in 20 degree warmth and virtually no wind to speak of.
In A-Grade keen riders started off from Balliang, swapping turns and keeping their powder dry until the climbs into Staughton Vale saw Matthias Kiernan pick the pace up; incrementally cooking, shelling and peeling rider after rider off the bunch; Kiernan taking the win from Travis Small and Josh Zammit who were 3 minutes behind.
B-Grade’s race saw Martin Oroszi make a bold move in the first kilometre, attacking off the front at breakneck pace, with Richard Parker and Ben Redpath in hot pursuit and the bunch in chase mode from the get-go. Once Parker, Redpath and Oroszi formed up and started swapping turns, the bunch made their chase more emphatic and so began the chase. But with a turn of pace that easily matched that of A-Grade, Parker and Redpath pushed Oroszi beyond his maximum and then set about building an insurmountable lead; try as they may and chase as hard as they did, the gap not only didn’t shrink but grew to an insurmountable 3 minutes. In the end it was 42 year old Seddon resident Parker who took the sprint from Redpath 30 seconds behind, with Ben O’Leary taking the bunch sprint a further 3 minutes and 10 seconds behind. ‘We went from the gun; once I saw Ben go I thought he’s a solid rider so we rolled turns for about 65kms, and then I went into the final straight and I was just easing ahead. I have been working really hard for the last 18 months training for the World Gran Fondo in September’.
C-Grade’s race was taken by Kingsville resident Shane Parker; the 48 year old FCC rider breaking away on the final climbs. ‘2 of us broke away heading for the hotdog turn; David Lane and I took turns for the last 15 kays and then at the end I just beat him in the sprint.’ Parker took the win from Lane, with Paul Downes taking the bunch sprint a minute behind.
D-Grade saw a small field of veteran riders swap turns in a disciplined manner, with 58 year old Williamstown resident David Baille taking the win from Phil Tehan and Tom Moloney; Baille stretching his legs a little on the final climb into Staughton Vale. ‘On the last climb I pushed a little bit and stressed the guys a bit, but we came back together, and then I attacked on the last run past the hall, but again they got me back, and then I launched from pretty far out as I wasn’t totally sure where the finish was but then I saw Mark Zanatta at the line and held the guys off.
A-Grade: 1st Matthias Kiernan, 2nd Travis Small, 3rd Josh Zammit, 4th Miles DaCosta, 5th Jared Raynes.
B-Grade: 1st Richard Parker, 2nd Ben Redpath, 3rd Ben O’Leary, 4th Vito Depetro, 5th Mark Micallef.
C-Grade: 1st Shane Parker, 2nd David Lane, 3rd Paul Downes, 4th Alessandro Alesci, 5th Steve Firman.
D-Grade: 1st David Baille, 2nd Phil Tehan, 3rd Tom Moloney, 4th Joe Caruana, 5th Dennis Hobbs.
Footscray Cycling Club Crits @ Drake Blvd, Mar 24, 2019.
Round #44 of the Footscray Cycling Club’s Criterium season saw riders congregate at Drake Boulevard in Altona to contest a day’s crit racing on a warm and sunny morning.
A-Grade’s race was a series of brutal attacks and do or die breakaways from early on, with Travis Small and Fraser Short working at the limit to maintain a workable gap to the chasing peloton, with riders trying to bridge across to them and the bunch chasing hard. In particular, Hal Hunter was pulling massive turns in an effort to bring the break back. In the end it was 16-year-old Brunswick CC rider Henry Dietze who seized the opportunity to bridge across and take a storming win. ‘Breakaway initiators Fraser Short and Travis Small were up the road, and I had Hal Hunter get on the front with 3 to go and he brought the gap back; then me and Stephen Price managed to catch the two out front and then I went again.’ Dietze took the sprint from a flagging Trav Small in second and Stephen Price in third.
B-Grade’s race saw 20-year-old Castlemaine CC rider (soon to be FCC member) and Macedon resident Harrison Douglas dominate on the front with his fellow team members, driving the pace high enough to control the pace and therefore the race. ‘I stayed on the front with the boys and we kept it going; on the last lap I was on the front and I led it all out; Another rider took it up the back straight and I went through as I couldn’t stitch him up, so I was first into the straight and I put it into the gutter a little bit and found out what was left in the legs. It turned out there was more than enough left to take the win.’ Douglas ended up beating home Christopher Quick and James Anthony in the hectic sprint.
C-Grade’s race was marred by a crash in the last corner after a high paced 40 minutes of attacks and chases, with returnuing from injury Ben Lowe taking a strong win and possibly a promotion, Stuart Teese taking second and Steve Harris third place. In C-Women Sarah Dam and Diane Edwards sprinted for the line side by side, the Commisaire’s unable to separate the two even after intense photo scrutiny (Sarah’s hubby Michael spending extra long on that photo) and declaring it a dead heat.
D-Grade’s race saw Coburg CC rider Fran Pidgeon take the Outright and Women’s win in D, Pidgeon working hard in the break. ‘I was part of the break away. There were four of us. A Footscray rider and I were out the front for quite a while…then two bridged over and it was a four person sprint to the end.’ Pidgeon took a well worn route to racing, sharing commen ground with her son. ‘I’m just a mum who’s son showed an interest in track and road…I found waiting around watching a bit tiresome…that was two and a bit years ago…It’s been fun learning to ride both track and road….and having some common ground to share with my son.’ And new to racing Mark Botoulis took the Men’s D win; the 20-year-old Brunswick CC rider, Uni student and sports nut showing form that augurs well for the future. Riding for just over a year, and only racing his third crit, Botoulis is loving his newest sporting endeavour. ‘I’ve done just about every sport under the sun; I’ve taken up cycling to keep up the aerobic fitness.’ ‘It was a new experience for me to bridge to a break; I’d heard it was very difficult, especially the last 50 meters trying to get onto that last wheel. I spent a lot of the time on the front first trying to bridge the bunch across to the break, but with 10 minutes to go I jumped solo and made it. Then the break split and I found myself on the front of a 4-man break, then on the last corner they all came through. I stayed there for a bit and then slingshot off them, and it worked.’ Botoulis held his nerve and went on to win by half a bike length to David Baille and Tom Reddington. In D-Women, Fran Pidgeon took the Outright and Women’s win from Corrina Brown, and in E Grade Tamaryn Stevens took the sprint from youngster Oscar Dowling and Karen Lechner.
A-Grade: 1st Henry Dietze, 2nd Travis Small, 3rd Stephen Price, 4th Brodie Sims, 5th Marco Marroni.
B-Grade Men: 1st Harrison Douglas, 2nd Christopher Quick, 3rd James Anthony, 4th Ben Redpath.
C-Men: 1st Ben Lowe, 2nd Stuart Teese, 3rd Steven Harris, 4th Tim Smith.
C-Women: Dead Heat =1st Diane Edwards, Sarah Dam.
D-Men: 1st Marc Botoulas, 2nd David Baille, 3rd Tom Reddington.
D-Women: 1st Fran Pidgeon (1st outright), 2nd Corrina Brown.
E: 1st Tamaryn Stevens, 2nd Oscar Dowling, 3rd Karen Lechner.
Footscray Cycling Club Crits @ Drake Blvd, Mar 17, 2019.
Round #43 of the Footscray Cycling Club’s Criterium season saw huge fields of riders travel to Drake Boulevard in Altona on a perfect Autumn morning, with barely a breeze and moderate temperatures leading to high speed racing on the billiard table circuit that is Drake Boulevard.
A-Grade’s race was incredibly fast and smooth, but with too many riders willing to pull any moves back to the bunch, it was always going to come down to a sprint. In the end it was Dom Dudkiewicz who took the sprint win after the mother of all lead-outs from a hammering and stonking Paul ‘Steam-train’ Kenny; Henry Dietze taking second place and Dan Purcell taking third.
B-Grade’s race saw a high pace and incessant attacks, especially from Coburg rider Chris Drummond, but to no avail, with a solid band of chasers reeling in a few serious attempted breakaways, including a final break that saw 4 riders only caught in the finishing straight with mere meters to spare. In the end it was Ripponlea resident Morgan Daniel who took the sprint win; the 28-year-old Coburg CC rider having strong legs at the end. ‘Last week I got caught after 7 laps on the last lap after a solo break, so this week I waited and got a good lead-out. The break got to the last corner ahead of us but they had nothing left in the tank. You could see some pretty anguished faces as we caught and rolled past the breakaway.’ Daniel took the sprint and the win from the very consistent Daniel Roberts and Timm Weitzel. In B-Women it was the consistent and ever-improving 17-year-old Brunswick CC rider Eli Nuspan who took the win; Nuspan showing maturity beyond her meagre age. “The first 15 minutes were pretty hard as they boys hit it from the get-go, and the stronger ones started placing their attacks pretty strategically, so I tried to maintain position and place myself for the sprint. With 2 laps to go I stayed on Grace Phang’s wheel and tried really hard to keep it; it was really only the last 100 meters that I tried to get around her, which was really hard on restricted gearing.’ Nuspan took the sprint from Phang in second place.
C-Grade’s race was a fast and smooth race, with a huge bunch contesting a bunch sprint at the end of a fast, fast race; Tom King taking the win from David Diviny and Sam Satchel. In C-Women, Diane Edwards rode a great race and positioned herself cleverly in the sprint, taking the win from Erika Gosney in second place.
D-Grade’s race again stayed intact, with the bunch sprint being taken by Tim Smith from James McMillan and Ignatius Smith, with Amelia Marshall taking the Women’s sprint from Erin Preston and Corrina Brown.
A-Grade: 1st Dominik Dudkiewicz, 2nd Henry Dietze, 3rd Dan Purcell, 4th Michael Dowling, 5th Naish Chapman.
B-Grade Men: 1st Morgan Daniel, 2nd Daniel Roberts, 3rd Timm Weitzel, 4th Harrison Douglas, 5th Guiseppe Fortunato.
B-Grade Women: 1st Elizabeth Nuspan, 2nd Grace Phang.
C-Men: 1st Tom King, 2nd David Diviny, 3rd Sam Satchel, 4th Ben Rawson, 5th Andrew Waldron.
C-Women: 1st Diane Edwards, 2nd Erika Gosney.
D-Men: 1st Tim Smith, 2nd James McMillan, 3rd Ignatuis Smith, 4th Barry Cram, 5th David Baillie.
D-Women: 1st Amelia Marshall, 2nd Erin Preston, 3rd Corrina Brown.
Footscray CC Crits @ VU, 14 March 2019
Moderate winds on a beautiful evening saw A riders Josh, Paul and Trav break away from the bunch and stay away, Josh just pipping a tiring Paul for the win, Trav taking third. Another break in B with Browning, Micallef, Robertson and McQuade clearing off on the bunch after a brutal first 30 minutes, with young gun Angus Browning jumping with half a lap to go to take the win from Robbo and Micallef. And yet another break in C with Chris Fenech and Liam Fitzgerald attempting to hold the bunch off; Fitzgerald jumping Fenech and remaining clear of the chasing bunch to take the win; Fenech getting swamped within a few meters of the line; Nick Zhang taking second and Andrew Waldron third. In D, a small field sprinted it out; youngster Otto Crawford taking the win from Ian Wan and Barry Cram.
A: Josh Zammit, Paul Kenny, Trav Small, Jason Costin,
B: Fergus Browning, Peter Robertson, Mark Micallef, Peter McQuade, Ben Redpath.
C: Liam Fitzgerald, Nick Zhang, Andrew Waldron, Ben Lowe, Chris Fenech
D: Otto Crawford, Ian Wan, Barry Cram, Dennis Hobbs
Footscray Cycling Club Crits @ Drake Blvd, Mar 10, 2019.
Round #41 of the Footscray Cycling Club’s Criterium season saw riders travel to Drake Boulevard in Altona on a perfect Autumn morning, with a light Northerly wind and moderate temperatures leading to high speed racing on the billiard table that is Drake.
A-Grade’s race was the last on circuit; like the other grades the still conditions lead to A grade looking like being a bunch finish, but with about 6 laps to go a strong break got away. A lap or two after they established, someone in the heavens flicked a switch and it started to blow a strong westerly. Paul Kenny and then Ian Ross jumped from the bunch but couldn’t quite bridge the gap to the break. Not keen to wait for the sprint, Travis Small made a run for the line after the bell and turned into the straight ahead, but popped in the last 50m, being swamped by Ray Hunter who took first place and Martin Hoggart in second place, with Small hanging in there for third place.
B-Grade’s race saw a very talented bunch of riders keep the pace high, with one notable break running for about 20 minutes and only being reeled in by a very determined bunch; in the end it was a legendary cycling brain living in the 59 year old body that is the legendary Agostino Giramondo; Aggie showing the younger riders in the race how to perfectly place yourself in a bunch sprint. Giramondo took the win from youngsters Harrison Douglas in second place and Kade Killen in third place.
C-Grade’s race was a fast-paced affair, hanging around 42 kph in the light conditions; the light breeze also meaning no breaks were able to get away. Halfway around the last lap the bunch split, leaving half the bunch to sprint it out for the win. The rider to cross the line first was relegated to third for changing lines in the sprint, leaving 40-year-old FCC rider Ben Lowe to take the win; the Pt Cook resident getting back into the flow of racing after a nasty crash over Christmas. Lowe took the win from David Swetman and Felipe Gorsten, with Women’s-C being taken by Nonie Carr from Kerryn Minehan.
D-Grade’s race was a quick affair as well; riders swapping solid turns and keeping the pace high; Tim Smith taking the win from Roel Burghouwt and Richard Tierney, with Jill Stevenson taking Women’s-C over Natalie Tancredi.
A-Grade: 1st Ray Hunter, 2nd Martin Hoggart, 3rd Travis Small, 4th Josh Zammit, 5th Naish Chapman.
B-Grade: 1st Agostino Giramondo, 2nd Harrison Douglas, 3rd Kade Killeen, 4th Chris Douglas, 5th Guiseppe Fortunato.
C-Men: 1st Ben Lowe, 2nd David Swetman, 3rd Felipe Gorsten, 4th Ben Rawson, 5th Sam Tammaro.
C-Women: 1st Nonie Carr, 2nd Kerryn Minehan.
D-Men: 1st Tim Smith, 2nd Roel Burghouwt, 3rd Richard Tierney, 4th Matt Whiting, 5th Barry Cram.
D-Women: 1st Jill Stevenson, 2nd Natalie Tancredi.
Footscray CC Thursday 7 March VU crits… Quick report.
In A, Damion Drapac overcame a slipping freewheel to take the win; a 4 man break staying clear of the bunch.
A: Damion Drapac, Jason Costin, Josh Zammit, Travis Small, Paul Kenny.
In B, 25 year old SKCC rider James Hampson held off the two old blokes to take the sprint in a lively race; Mark Micallef throwing his bike to get 2nd from Dave Walker.
B: James Hampson, Mark Micallef, David Walker, Fergus Browning, Nick Tippett.
In C, Tony Browning held the bunch off with a solo 6 or 7 lap break at the end.
C: Tony Bowning, Felipe Garsten, Ben Lowe, Alistair McDonald, Nick Zhang.
In D, Andrew Waldron cleaned up with a great run to the line.
D: Andrew Waldron, David Masterson, Riley Kenny, Barry Cram, Umberto Scolaro.
Footscray Cycling Club Crits @ Drake Blvd, Mar 3, 2019.
Round #38 of the Footscray Cycling Club’s Criterium season saw riders travel to Drake Boulevard in Altona on a hot morning with a strong northerly blowing; a tough morning for racing with the heat reducing race lengths and taking a heavy toll with many riders getting shelled.
A-Grade’s race had low numbers due to the Fred Icke and quickly became a gruelling race of attrition, with a 3 man break being chased by the melting and depleted peloton; Damion Drapac taking the win in a very close sprint from Josh Zammit, with Travis Small just in behind in third place; all riders finishing looking totally spent and ready for a cool drink.
B-Grade’s race saw a huge bunch ride hard in the heat; a bunch sprint ensued with Morgan Daniel taking a strong win from Daniel Robertson and Blake Davis. Daniel had been feeling the heat early in the race and rode conservatively, leaving the pace-making up to the likes of Ash Leone, Pete McQuade, Daniel Robertson, Chris Douglas and James Anthony, but moved forward in the latter stages of the race to take an impressive win on a tough day.
C-Grade’s race saw riders have to scatter a little on the second last corner as riders hit the deck; Tony Court taking a very strong win from Felipe Gorston and Ewan Grove, with Steph Hibburt taking the women’s race from Raelene Lesniowska and Sarah Dam.
In D it was Darren Eaton who made a solo breakaway on a hellish day look easy, Eaton taking the win from Jim Stoddart in second and Tim Smith in third, and in D-women it was 39 year old Pascoe-Vale resident Erin Preston who took the win; the Coburg CC rider only starting in her third ever race , turning to bike riding 18 months ago after knee issues. ‘After knee surgery I couldn’t run so I picked up a bike; this is my first mixed race having done one women’s race and one crit. It was a great race, hot and windy, so I tucked in behind a rider and got to the second-last corner third wheel as we hit the headwind. The guy out front peeled off then and once we got around the last corner I sprinted with about 100 to go.’ Preston took the win from Corinne Brown and Evalin Ling.
A-Grade: 1st Damion Drapac, 2nd Josh Zammit, 3rd Travis Small, 4th Naish Chapman, 5th Paul Kenny.
B-Grade: 1st Morgan Daniel, 2nd Daniel Robertson, 3rd Blake Davis, 4th Chris Douglas, 5th James Anthony.
C-Women: !st Steph Hibburt, 2nd Raelene Lesniowska, 3rd Sarah Dam.
C-Men: 1st Tony Court, 2nd Felipe Gorston, 3rd Ewan Grove, 4th Sam Satchell, 5th Noah Dowling.
D-Women: 1st Erin Preston, 2nd Corinne Brown, 3rd Evalin Ling.
D-Men: 1st Darren Eaton, 2nd Jim Stoddart, 3rd Tim Smith, 4th Erin Preston, 5th David Masterson.
FCC Crits @ Drake Blvd 24 Feb 2019
(apologies firstly as I was having a tilt at the Vic Vets Crit Champs so this is a remote report – Thanks Michael D and Markie Z for info)
Footscray Cycling Club Crits @ Drake Blvd, Feb 17, 2019.
Round #35 of the Footscray Cycling Club’s Criterium season saw riders travel to Drake Boulevard in Altona on a calm morning with a light breeze blowing; a prefect summer morning for racing on the ‘top loop’ of the circuit and for the Purcell brothers to take the wins in A and B respectively.
A-Grade’s race was a series of attempted breakaways that seemed to spur the bunch into chase, with nothing getting away, thus leading to the inevitable bunch sprint. With a great lead-out from Steve ‘Bloodbath’ Dwyer, it was 29-year-old FCC rider and Albion resident Dan Purcell taking the win after an eventful race. ‘We had Matthias Kiernan off the front for a long while solo; he’s a freak! It was pretty impressive; we had a few guys who were trying to get across and join him but unfortunately he had a spill and eventually it came down to a bunch sprint. I had a couple of guys working the lead-out going really hard on the front. I had ‘Bloodbath’ who did a great job to get me to the last corner; I went a little wide and I lost speed but I found another wheel and got the win.’ Purcell took the lollies from Henry Dietze and Ray Hunter.
B-Grade’s race saw a similar series of attacks and chase-downs, again leading to a pretty spirited bunch sprint, with 33-year-old Albion resident Glen Purcell emulating his brother and taking a very tight bunch sprint; the FCC rider new to this iteration of the circuit. ‘I quite liked this circuit; I waited it out and was keeping an eye out for breaks, but I think people were a little intimidated by being in a break with the likes of Matty Arthur, and there were a few punchy sprinters in the race, so it came down to the last few laps.’ ‘I was talking myself into giving it absolutely everything out of the last corner, keeping myself calm and biding my time. Lucky it was a single file lead-out by four or five riders and coming out of the last corner I just pulled out of the line and gave it everything I had. I don’t have the fastest sprint but I do have a long sprint and I needed to lunge to get this.’ Purcell took the sprint by half a wheel from James Anthony and Morgan Daniel.
C-Grade’s race saw Fergus Browning unleash his gun sprint and take the win from Lachy McKenzie and Steve Harris, and D-Grade saw Sam Hughes take the sprint from Roel Burghouwt and Jim Stoddart.
A-Grade: 1st Dan Purcell, 2nd Henry Dietze, 3rd Ray Hunter, 4th Hal Hunter, 5th Steve Dwyer.
B-Grade: 1st Glen Purcell, 2nd James Anthony, 3rd Morgan Daniel, 4th James Bell, 5th Vito Depetro.
B-Women: 1st Elizabeth Nuspan.
C-Men: 1st Fergus Browning, 2nd Lachlan McKenzie, 3rd Steve Harris, 4th Ben Dawson, 5th Luke Chippindale.
D-Men: 1st Sam Hughes, 2nd Roel Burghouwt, 3rd Jim Stoddart, 4th Tom Moloney, 5th Darren Eaton.
FCC Crits @ VU, Thursday 14 Feb 2019
Quick report. D was an intimate affair; only a handful of tough nuts turned up. A bunchie ensued, with the Sensei Barry Cram taking the win over David Masterson and Tommy Gray. B grade was a negative race culminating in a bunch sprint, with Harry Willen scoring another win and showing a great sprint to beat home Alex Ansalone, Tristran Bretherton and Mark Micallef. Gun youngster Angus Browning shot straight out of the barrel at the get-go and spent the whole of the race on a long, lonely solo ride off the front; the 15 year old shooting for the stars with such an impressive solo effort for the win; Steve Harris taking second and the bunchie from Les Kennett in third, Michael Scragg in fourth and the Captain Phil Tehan in fifth. And in A it was a Drapac affair, with the race being smashed apart early with some decent pace and incessant attacks; Damion taking the win clear of brother Patrick in second and Trav Small in third; Leigh Kelly hanging tough for fourth.
Footscray Cycling Club Crits @ Drake Blvd, Feb 10, 2019.
Round #33 of the Footscray Cycling Club’s Criterium season saw riders travel to Drake Boulevard in Altona on a chilly morning with a light breeze blowing; a prefect summer morning.
An early and decisive break ensured that A-Grade’s race was a lively affair, with quite a few riders attempting a solo bridge from the bunch to the break, whose lead just yo-yoed as the bunch did not manage to stay focussed on the chase, with Morgan Smith being the only rider to succeed, taking a painful 20 minutes to make it across. Smith then tried to go off the front alone to take the win, but the original three in the break chased him down and bought him back; in the end it was Steve Dwyer who convincingly won the sprint and took the win from Smith and Club Champ Josh Zammit in third, with the last of the breakaway Matthias Kiernan taking fourth and Brodie Sims taking the bunchie in behind.
B-Grade’s race started with a bang; attack after attack being thrown down and answered by the bunch; all that is, except for 26 year old rider Chris McKnight; the Carlton North resident and FCC club rider just dominating the race with a long solo break that he held all the way to the line against a solid bunch in chase mode. ‘Here I am hiding away oin my secret training base in Aus’ said the Brit; ‘I am training for the UK racing calendar. I’m here for the summer and then back home for the summer over there.’ McKnight was the Colonel of a break that was sometimes solo, and sometimes had assitants. ‘I did have some help there for periods, but was on my own a lot too. I looked and saw I had 6 minutes to go, and knew I had a 6 minute effort still in me.’ In the end McKnight took the win well clear of fellow breakaway artist Steffan Goring, who took second, and Kai Donaldson taking the bunchie and third.
C-Grade’s race saw veteran hard man Les Kennett take the sprint win from Simon Kenny and Sam Satchell; C-Women once again dominated by the very in-form Michelle Hyde, and D-Grade saw Scott Donaldson take the win from Stewart Tees and Evan Willen, with Corinna Brown taking Women’s D.
A-Grade: 1st Steve Dwyer, 2nd Morgan Smith, 3rd Josh Zammit, 4th Mathias Kiernan, 5th Brodie Sims.
B-Grade: 1st Chris McKnight, 2nd Steffan Goring, 3rd Kai Donaldson, 4th James Anthony, 5th Harry Willen.
C-Women: 1st Michelle Hyde, 2nd Fatema Tajbhai, 3rd Sarah Dam.
C-Men: 1st Les Kennett, 2nd Simon Kenny, 3rd Sam Satchell, 4th Fergus Browning 5th Simon Quinn.
D-Women: 1st Corinna Brown.
D-Men: 1st Scott Donaldson, 2nd Stewart Teese, 3rd Evan Willen, 4th Roel Burghouwt, 5th Tom Moloney.
FCC Crits @ VU Track, Thu 7 Feb 2019
Pretty calm night tonight, no characteristic killer wind @ VU tonight. In A- Josh Zammit, Trav Small and David Newett were well clear of the bunch and worked very well together, Josh taking the sprint from Trav, In B, Jonathon Yeates, Ben Redpath and Alex Ansalone were putting in some pretty sustained attacks; but in the end it was a long, drawn out, bunchie. young Harry Willen just holding off Mark Micallef and Jono Yeates, one old bloke sandwiched between to young bucks. In C, Matty Ninnes just kept going off the front until it stuck, Ninnes well clear of Fergus Browning and Steve Harris, and in D, Riely Kenny took a leaf from the old man’s book and took the win from Otto Crawford and that wily veteran Dennis Hobbs.
A: Josh Zammit, Trav Small, Dave Newett, Jimmy Butler, Jared Raynes.
B: Harry Willen, Mark Micallef, Jono Teayes, Alex Ansalone, Ben Redpath.
C: Matt Ninnes, Fergus Browning, Steve Harris, Adam Aleksandrowicz, Les Kennett.
D: Riely Kenny, Otto Crawford, Dennis Hobbs.
Footscray Cycling Club Crits @ Drake Blvd, Feb 3, 2019.
Race #30 of the Footscray Cycling Club’s Criterium season saw riders take an early trip to Drake Boulevard in Altona to beat the predicted 40-degree heat later in the day with the morning’s conditions actually quite good for racing.
A large field of riders made sure that A-Grade’s race was as hot as the weather from the very start, with high pace and constant attacks leaving quite a few riders on the rivet. Marred by two crashes, the race had a short hiatus at the 35-minute mark. Upon re-starting, it was Morgan Smith who seized the moment and took the win with a solo attack and run to the line. ‘There was a big bunch and we all had a crack; I thought it was going to be a bunch kick, but a few riders decided to have a lie-down (there was a 3 rider crash) so we had to stop for a while, and when we got going again we got 10 seconds as a break and 4 to go, so I didn’t need any more of an invitation than that; I went straight out of the box.’ Smith attacked and got clear, taking the win clear of the bunch, from Henry Dietze and Russell Lee. Smith, riding for the Sydney-based Roland Development Team, is feeling good coming up to the Warny, and carries good form into a fresh Warny course for 2019.
B-Grade’s race was dominated by a 3-man break early in the race that became a 6-man break with a crucial late bridge; the bunch hammering along at an average of 42 kph not able to reel the breakaway in but coming in about 15 seconds afterwards. IT was 39-year-old Engineer Ally Delooze who took a very strong win only weeks into returning to racing from a serious crash; the Moonee Ponds resident making some canny decisions to get into the winner’s position. ‘Very early in the race I was saw two guys go and I was really wanting to tack on to them, but I thought all that would happen is I’d just drag the bunch with me; after about half a lap we realized the bunch weren’t catching so we decided to go for it. Chris (Drummond) acted as team captain and really kept us organised, Raph and I dug deep, but we were really struggling after a while and I was right on the limit. I can’t tell you how happy I was when 3 guys joined us. Emilio, Steve and Sam gave us enough of a group to properly recover and keep going. It was a really strong effort from all 6 of us. The last few laps others stayed on the front and I somehow found myself in a good position where I might have the energy for a sprint; the second to last bend I gave it a go, got to the last corner first wheel and timed it just right.’ Delooze finished just ahead of Raph Hammond in second place and Chris Drummond in third place.
C-Grade’s race saw a few riders and combinations try their luck at a breakaway, but the bunch remained largely intact which led to a mass bunch sprint. In the end it was William Grelewski who took the win from Chris Douglas and Damien Bevilacqua, with Michelle Hyde crossing as the first woman.
D-Grade saw a clever late-race solo jump in the dying stages of the race by the in-form Diane Edwards stick; the Newport resident and FCC rider really doing it tough for the last 2 laps. ‘I went early in the race, but didn’t think I had the legs as I’m in the middle of a big training block and went to Arthur’s Seat yesterday in prep for the Warnie, so I thought I’d go back and sit in, and about 10 minutes later off I went again with a few riders but that didn’t work either, so back to the bunch again. About 25 minutes in B came past and D seemed to slow down so I thought this is a good opportunity, so I went again, this time solo and I got the length of the straight as a lead and held it for 12 minutes. I was very very fatigued towards the end.’ Edwards finished well clear of the bunch, with Rob Meredith taking the bunchie in behind.
A-Grade: 1st Morgan Smith, 2nd Henry Dietze, 3rd Russell Lee, 4th Naish Chapman, 5th Mark Seddon.
B-Grade: 1st Ally Delooze, 2nd Raf Hammond, 3rd Chris Drummond, 4th Emilio Romano, 5th Sam Greenwood.
B-Women: 1st Elizabeth Nuspan.
C-Women: 1st Michelle Hyde, 2nd Erika Gosney, 3rd Fatema Tajbhai.
C-Men: 1st William Grelewski, 2nd Chris Douglas, 3rd Damien Bevilacqua, 4th Tom Rickard, 5th Mark Kay.
D-Women: 1st (& 1st Overall) Diane Edwards, 2nd Sarah Dam, 3rd Corinna Brown.
D-Men: 1st Rob Meredith, 2nd Roel Burghouwt, 3rd Eddie O’Farrell, 4th Riley Kenny.
Footscray CC Crits at VU, 31 Jan ’19
Windy, windy, windy. Strong Southerly made life hard for all. The Drapac boys dominated A tonight, B winner just rode away form the bunch and put half a lap into them, C and D sprint finishes.
A: 1st Pat Drapac, 2nd Damion Drapac, 3rd Josh Zammit, 4th Travis Small, 5th Sam Barnden.
B: 1st Tom Seeley, 2nd David Walker, 3rd Liam Green, 4th Mark Micallef, 5th Tristran Bretherton.
C: 1st Dominik Walker, 2nd Barry Heywood, 3rd Tom Rickard, 4th Colin Morris, 5Chris Fenech.
D: 1st Michael Scragg, 2nd Shannon Craghill, 3rd Riley Kenny, 4th David Masterson, 5th Dennis Hobbs. (1st Female Shannon Craghill, 2nd Sarah Dam.)
Footscray Cycling Club Crits @ Drake Blvd, Jan 27, 2019.
Race #28 of the Footscray Cycling Club’s Criterium season saw riders head to Drake Boulevard in Altona on a mild summer morning with a moderate southerly wind.
A large field of sharp riders made sure that A-Grade’s race was a series of gutsy attacks, all chased down by a determined bunch, with one noted solo break by Lachie Marshal that was brought back late in the race; in the end it was a brilliantly timed attack with 3 to go that saw Matthew Ross take the win from the in-form Paul Kenny and Grant Harvey.
B-Grade’s race was again dominated by incessant attacks and attempted breaks, with three noteworthy examples being noted escape artist Matt Arthur looking the goods for quite a while in a strong solo break, eventual winner Leslie Toth spending the bulk of the race either on the front, or in solo breaks, and Steve Maher hammering out some serious chasing on the front and in breaks. In the end, 37 year old Southbank resident and Southern Masters rider Toth tool the win on a day when he was clearly the strongest. ‘The first two laps were pretty cruisy and then we were off; that headwind got us every time we went around! I’m in heavy training for triathlon at the moment so I went on the attack but the guys let nothing go. At the end Michael Dam went and I found myself out the front 200 meters clear of everyone else with 3 to go so I thought I’d put it all in and it worked.’ Toth took the win from another two guest riders, with Steve Maher taking second and Leonie Brunato third place.
C-Grade’s race was the largest field of the day, with 36 riders contesting; with many serious breaks all bought back, including a do or die attempt by Michael Overton to stay away, alas to no avail as he was caught on the last lap. In the end it was Piers Turner who took the win from Tam Nguyen and Damian Bevilacqua. In C-Women, Nonie Carr took the sprint win from Jennifer Matthies and Rebecca Covington.
D-Grade saw 75 year old Windsor resident and FCC veteran Tom Moloney take the sprint from Evan Willen and Shaun Byrne; the veteran ace enjoying a lead-out from another club star. ‘Barry Cram went before the second last corner so I hopped on his wheel and didn’t have to move out until we were half way down the straight.’ Moloney, who raced in Europe in 1970 as a pro, is certainly no stranger to racing, and continues to enjoy his racing and being part of a Club. D-Women winner Sarah Dam rode strongly today; the Macedon gal doing some serious chasing. ‘Michael Scragg was off the front from very early on and a group of us tried to get him back as he looked pretty strong today; we managed to catch him with 4 or 5 laps to go. There were still quite a few women in the bunch which was awesome to see, and on the last corner one of the girls went past me and took the headwind; I just kept pushing and got her just before the line.’ Dan took the win from Donna Meehan and Peta Antonello.
Someone forgot to tell E-Grade that they are meant to be novices who go around under control and nice and easy does it, as they tore around the circuit at great pace! In the end it was junior rider Ignatius Smith who took the sprint from Corinna Brown and Jo Gruba.
A-Grade: 1st Matthew Ross, 2nd Paul Kenny, 3rd Grant Harvey, 4th Josh Zammit, 5th John Ross.
B-Grade: 1st Leslie Toth, 2nd Steve Maher, 3rd Leonie Brunato, 4th Matt Arthur, 5th Vito Depetro,
C-Women: 1st Nonie Carr, 2nd Jennifer Matthies, 3rd Rebecca Covington.
C-Men: 1st Piers Turner, 2nd Tam Nguyen, 3rd Damien Bevilacqua, 4th Linus Smith, 5th David Swetman.
D-Women: 1st Sarah Dam, 2nd Donna Meehan, 3rd Peta Antonello.
D-Men: 1st Tom Moloney, 2nd Evan Willen, 3rd Shaun Byrne.
E-Grade: 1st Ignatius Smith, 2nd Corinna Brown, 3rd Joanne Gruba.
Footscray Cycling Club Crits @ VU, Jan 23, 2019
Cool night, very windy though, broke most grades up and spread them like brown’s cows.
A: 1st Travis Small, 2nd Josh Zammit, 3rd Paul Kenny, 4th Thomas Rebesco, 5th Leigh Kelly.
B: 1st Michael Downing, 2nd Vito Depetro, 3rd Mark Micallef, 4th David Walker, 5th Martin Oroszi.
C: 1st Nick Zhang, 2nd Matt Ninnes, 3rd Michael Overton, 4th Barry Norton, 5th Barry Heywood.
D: 1st Shannon Craghill, 2nd Michael Scragg, 3rd David Downing, 4th Riely Kenny, 5th David Masterson.
Footscray Cycling Club Criterium Championships @ Drake Blvd, Jan 20, 2019.
Race #26 of the Footscray Cycling Club’s Criterium season saw riders head to the Drake Boulevard circuit in Altona on a perfect summer’s morning with sunny skies, light winds and mild temperatures to contest the Club Criterium Championships; the most hotly contested race day of the season.
The Men’s Open race saw 24 year old Joshua Zammit take a superb win from Club veteran Travis Small and Ballarat FCC member Mat Elkan; the Williamstown resident using his trademark sprint to run clear of his 4 fellow breakaway riders. ‘For the history of the Club, and this is my only club, it is pretty special to win the Championship. There were four guys who went in the middle of the race; Trav Small, Miles DaCosta, Bel O’Leary and Paul Kenny, and I bridged solo over to that as I thought it was a pretty good move, but it was bought back and then another bunch formed with me, Travis, Mat, Lachie Marshal and Chris Munro; we all put our heads down and got on with it. We rolled turns and we knew we had a gap we could hold.’ The break did hold the hard-chasing bunch off, and Zammit knew how to play the sprint. ‘I hit the front on the second last corner and managed to get that 5 or 10 meter gap and hold it all the way.’ Zammit took the sprint and the right to wear the #1 for the next year.
The Women’s Open race saw 42 year old Macedon resident Sarah Dam took the win with a strong sprint from Jayne Darcy and Kerryn Minehan; Dam following an attack initiated by Minehan. ‘Kerryn attacked with two laps to go; at one point I thought we’d stay away, but a check over the shoulder on the last lap I could see the bunch had caught us again.’ Dam then rounded the last corner and went for the line, taking the sprint from Jayne Darcy and Minehan.
B-Grade’s race saw 47 year old Pt Cook resident Anthony Gercovich get the dream lead-out from second-placed Gary Johnstone on the bell lap to take the win and become the B-Grade Crit Champ for 2019; Gercovich making the most of Johnstone’s timely attack. ‘This was a typical B Grade race…everyone attacks attacks attacks but everything gets shut down, and I thought this is a major race so it’s my time to sit in and that’s what I did.’ The race was dominated by a continuous run of both solo and multiplayer attacks, but with such a strong bunch unwilling to let anything go up the road it was always going to come down to a bunch sprint. ‘With two to go I was fourth wheel and then when we came around the corner to get the bell Gary Johnstone jumped on the line and I held his wheel and he towed me all the way around; it was unbelievable as he attacked so hard and smashed it. When we were on the straight I went around him screaming like a girl and got the win.’ Apparently Johnstone had no idea that Gercovich was there; Johnstone having to content himself with second place with Glenn Purcell in third place. ‘I’m in disbelief but this is fantastic.’
C-Grade set a high pace for the majority of the race, shutting down any attempted breakaways and keeping the sprinters in the picture. And it was veteran racer, long time club member, skilful sprinter and smart rider Colin Morris who took the sprint, riding well clear of the next few riders, with Steven Harris taking second place and Sam Tammaro third place.
D-Grade saw new FCC member Nick Zhang take a narrow sprint win from James Stuart and Walter Chetcuti, the 34 year old Sunshine resident winning on his third ever race. This race had a lot of surges in it; I found myself having to work on my skills because D Grade corner and draft way better than me, so I feel lucky I got the sprint and the win. I went so wide on the last corner I went from second wheel to fifth wheel but I still got the sprint!’
Men Open: 1st Joshua Zammit, 2nd Travis Small, 3rd Mat Elkan, 4th Lachlan Marshall, 5th Chris Munro.
Women Open: 1st Sarah Dam, 2nd Jayne Darcy, 3rd Kerryn Minehan.
B-Grade: 1st Anthony Gercovich, 2nd Gary Johnstone, 3rd Glenn Purcell, 4th Daniel Atkins, 5th Mark Micallef.
C-Grade: 1st Colin Morris, 2nd Steven Harris, 3rd Sam Tammaro, 4th Damian Belilacqua, 5th Leigh McCrabb.
D-Grade Men: 1st Nick Zhang, 2nd James Stuart, 3rd Walter Chetcuti, 4th Tom Moloney, 5th Barry Cram.
Race #25 of the Footscray Cycling Club’s Criterium season saw riders head to a very hot, windy and humid VU track on a tough night.
A-Grade’s race was a cracker, with attack after attack leaving every rider with a red number digging deep. At the end, it was Jimmy Butler and Sam Barnden who got away from the bunch, Jimmy taking the win from Sam, with Paul Kenny holding on for a lonely third.
B-Grade’s race was another attack fest, with Messers McQuade, Depetro, Bretherton and others setting a cracking pace; a long series of attacks at the end saw Greg Walters stay clear of all for the win from McQuade and Bretherton.
C-Grade’s race was dominated by a long breakaway starring Michael Overton and Barry Norton; Overton taking the win from an exhausted Norton, with Alastair McDonald taking the bunchie in behind.
D-Grade saw Nick Zhang take a strong win from David Downing and Darren Camilleri.
A-Grade: 1st Jimmy Butler, 2nd Samuel Barnden, 3rd Paul Kenny, 4th Damion Drapac, 5th Gerard Zammit.
B-Grade: 1st Greg Walters, 2nd Peter McQuade, 3rd Tristan Bretherton, 4th Harry Willen, 5th David Lane,
C-Grade: 1st Michael Overton, 2nd Barry Norton, 3rd Alistair McDonald, 4th Allesandro Alesci, 5th Sam Satchell.
D-Grade: 1st Nick Zhang, 2nd David Downing, 3rd Darren Camilleri, 4th Michael Scragg, 5th James Stuart.
Footscray Cycling Club ‘Legends’ Memorial @ Drake Blvd, Jan13, 2019.
Race #24 of the Footscray Cycling Club’s Criterium season saw a very large field of riders enjoy the super-fast and smooth short Drake Boulevard circuit in Altona on a calm, sunny summer’s morning.
A-Grade’s race saw an early break initiated by Matthias Kiernan and Stuart Morgan establish itself nicely once Dominik Dudkiewicz and Travis Small bridged across; the four riders joined by one more significant other after a mammoth 20 minute solo bridging effort by Morgan Smith. 35 year old Club Champ Dominik Dudkiewicz played the tactics in this race very well. ‘I saw Matthias and a few guys go up the road and they weren’t too far off so I decided to go across to them and I think Trav joined me; when we formed up together we all put our heads down and we got a really good gap, I think 45 seconds at one stage, and then we heard the gap was dropping fast so I thought someone was coming across and I looked behind and it was Morgan coming. We eased up as it was inevitable that he’d get across. With 5 to go we were 5 riders; Morgan did try to get off the front once but I followed and then it came down to a sprint and I came around the last corner on the front and got the sprint. Dudkiewicz took the sprint from Smith in second place and Kiernan in third place.
B-Grade’s race saw the largest field of the day be a little lax with the rules; consequently the race was marred with not one, but two crashes caused by rider error – in the first instance a rider re-joining the bunch without due care and the second a rider clipping a pedal and causing 2 riders to fall heavily behind. The race was moving at an A-like pace and with a few laps to go that pace became a scramble for position. The crash-marred sprint was dominated by guest riders Mackenzie Hastings, Nathan Bof, Cooper McCarmick and Michael Downing, with 33 year old Albion resident and first FCC rider Glen Purcell taking 5th and the Medallion. ‘I was just trying not to get caught up in chasing down breakaways as I frequently do; just concentrate on letting the whole bunch do the chase. It seemed to work as I didn’t burn too many candles. I got a little swamped on the last corner so I really had to dig in.’
C-Grade set a solid tempo without many serious attacks (Messers Norton, Tehan and 1 or 2 others just for a little spice), but fast enough to have the field reasonably strung out. The bunch were fairly well behaved and safe. David Lane upped tempo with 2 laps to go basically to make it hard and keep everyone on a clean line. Tom Rickard came around Lane on the 2nd last corner and hit the bunch from there. Once he was on the front he was going to be difficult for anyone to pass. What ensued next was an exciting bunch sprint where Tom Rickard won comfortably, but 2nd, 3rd and 4th was a hot contest; Mathew Ninnes just snaffling second with Michael Overton in third and Barry Heywood in fourth.
D-Grade saw three seasoned FCC veterans clean up on the podium; with Walter Chetcuti taking the medallion in fine form. ‘Barry had us all under control for four laps and everyone was surprisingly well behaved until the first big attack came from David Baillie just before the last corner to the finish straight which woke us all up. He was chased down by the end of that straight resulting in D quickly catching the tail of B grade which saw our pace slow down a little. On the next lap we got the bell for the first sprint. I had already decided to not contest these and save it for the finish. Alessandro Alesci put in a huge attack before the bell for the second sprint and put a big gap on us, going on to take that sprint and using the momentum to keep pulling away. Diane Edwards then moved to the front and put in a big effort that would eventually get her in touch with Alessandro. The 2 were well away. I then got on the front and tried to reel them back in which we did exactly a lap later bringing the bunch together again. Just after we got 2 to go Alessandro put in another big attack on the back straight, easily putting 50 metres on us by the time we crossed the line with the bell for the last lap. We got to within 20 metres by the second last corner when I saw someone coming up fast on my left and noticed it was Barry Cram, so I jumped on his wheel and he put in a huge effort to put us only a few lengths off Alessandro as we straightened up for the sprint. I just went for it at that stage and got by him and kept pushing till I crossed the line. It was a really hard race, raced really well by everyone.’ And in D-women first time FCC racer Kerryn Minehan took the FCC Medallion honors, with the sprint win being taken by Emma Andrews.
A-Grade: 1st Dominik Dudkiewicz F#1, 2nd Morgan Smith, 3rd Matthias Kiernan, 4th Travis Small F#2, 5th Stuart Morgan F#3. Sprints: Dom Dudkiewicz, Travis Small
B-Grade: 1st Mackenzie Hastings, 2nd Nathan Bof, 3rd Cooper McCarmick, 4th Michael Downing, 5th Glen Purcell F#1, (FCC #2 Gary Johnstone, FCC #3 Daniel Atkins). Sprints: Michael Downing, Perry Cummings
C-Grade: 1st Tom Rickard F#1, 2nd Mahhew Ninnes F#2, 3rd Michael Overton F#3, 4th Barry Heywood, 5th Damian Bevilacqua. Sprints: Steve Harris, Alex Vichidvongsa
D-Grade Men: 1st Walter Chetcuti F#1, 2nd Tom Moloney F#2, 3rd James Stuart F#3, 4th Roel Burghouwt, 5th Alessandro Alesci. Sprints: Michael Scragg, Alessandro Alesci.
D-Grade Women: 1st Emma Andrews, 2nd Kerryn Minehan F#1, 3rd Sarah Dam F#2, 4th Diane Edwards F#3, 5th Peta Antonello. Sprints: Diane Edwards x 2.
(FCC rider Legend Memorial Medallions F#)
Footscray Cycling Club Criteriums @ VU, Jan 1-, 2019.
Race #24 of the Footscray Cycling Club’s Criterium season saw riders head out to the VU track on a cool and relatively calm evening.
A-Grade’s race was a flurry of attacks from the get-go, with James Butler hammering out one of his trademark late race solo breakaways; Butler finishing well clear of the sprint in behind, with Sam Barnden and Trav Small filling the rest of the podium. B-Grade’s race saw a series of attacks in the final laps that saw the bunch stretched out over the circuit; Mark Micallef taking the win after clawing his way forward to end up on Vito Depetro’s wheel; Depetro then hammering out a solid lead-out pace that saw Micallef delivered to the finish straight and taking the win clear of Tristan Bretherton and the exhausted Depetro. C-Grade’s race saw Daniel Bishop take the win after delivering attack after attack; Bishop winning easily from a flurry of youngsters, with Harry Willen taking second and Aiden Teese third. D-Grade was taken by Daniel Hillier from young gun Shannon Craghill (Women’s winner) and Alessandro Alesci in third.
A-Grade: 1st James Butler, 2nd Sam Barnden, 3rd Travis Small, 4th Paul Kenny, 5th Marco Duys.
B-Grade: 1st Mark Micallef, 2nd Tristan Bretherton, 3rd Vito Depetro, 4th Daniel Warfe, 5th Dean Maclennan.
C-Grade: 1st Daniel Bishop, 2nd Harry Willen, 3rd Aiden Teese, 4th Ronan Teese, 5th Barry Norton.
D-Grade Men: 1st Daniel Hillier, 2nd Shannon Craghill, 3rd Alessandro Alesci, 4th Sarah Dam, 5th David Downing.
Footscray Cycling Club Team Time Trial @ Fed Unit Road Nationals, Jan 7, 2019.
Start line countdown; nervous tension and a bucket load of adrenaline. So exciting and terrifying at the same time. 5,4,3,2,1…GO! Just hold the wheel Marko, hold the wheel. Chris on the front, setting a cracking pace, Tony 2nd wheel; his trademark slow cadence zillion watt power twisting the bottom bracket. First hill, check my HR… shit, 175. I’m at my limit already, and we are only a few kays in. I focus on the spinning cassette ahead of me, just keep on the wheel. Hill after hill, the level of effort makes me throw up a little and I’m moaning my trademark dying man /porn star moan. Like the pilot of an Airbus, within minutes of take-off a horde of warning buzzers are going off. HR 186, cramping, overheating, stitch, breathing at max, lactic legs. My mind does what I know I can do; deny all of this and run myself at the ragged edge.
For. The. Whole. Time. Trial.
When will this sufferfest end. I’m in agony, and then my skin tingles. Like it does before I pass out. Just back off 1% and keep going. Team Team Team; don’t let Chris and Tony down, who are swapping turns like the machines they are. They are not only guns, but they are running at my tempo, and giving me fair dinkum genuine go you bastard encouragement. If you measure a man by his mettle and behaviour, how about these two? They know I’m costing them time, but genuinely are happy with what I can give. Bloody legends. In our follow car 100 m behind, Mark Z, Stevie M and the Hammer can hear me suffering, but all I hear is shouted encouragement. So I push myself to the limit. Finally, the last goddamned hill, and I am delirious. I deny all the warning buzzers and head for the line as hard as I can. When we cross the line, in 6th at 48:56.6, +6:16.8 on the winners, I allow my body to go into shock. I am dizzy, sick, can’t breathe. But we did it.
How did I get here?
So about 11 weeks ago my phone rang and Chris Munro wanted a chat; would I be interested in joining the FCC Team Time Trial at the Nationals in January. It’s extremely hilly and it’s a time trail. Well. I thought, I’m shit at hills and shit at time trials, so… Yeah, sure! We had a pretty straight convo where I acknowledged that I was a clear level below Chris, Brian Millett and Tony Hallam, 3 serious guns, and Chris acknowledged that I was their ‘insurance policy’. As long as Chris was happy with me giving, albeit comparatively lesser, all, I was in. So, I was in the team, and Team Captain Chris welcomes me like the star he is. ‘Consider this a virtual handshake to you Mark from us three. Welcome on board Team Footscray for the Club Team Time Trial on January 8th ….It’s an honour to have you be part of the team. I know Tony and Mark have met before, but for Brian’s sake, Mark Micallef is quintessential heart and soul of the Footscray Cycling club, current long standing Club Secretary, and a talented & fierce competitor once he puts on his cycling shoes. I’ve known Mark for long enough to be able to guarantee he will give 100% in preparation and effort on the day of the race (11 weeks tomorrow).’
I took it as seriously as the others. Within a day the FCC and cycling family had me set up with no less than 3 TT bikes, of which I snaffled Karen and Greg’s steed; ride sorted. We trained, at Drake, and on the flat I could hold the wheel and swap turns, but was awestruck at the sheer power displayed by my team-mates. These guys are guns, weapons of mass-destruction. And here was lil ‘ol me… Just do your best Marko, control the variables you can. Racing hard, eating right, recovering right; just cover all the bases Mark. Chris is a superb Captain; he is supportive and adept at the art of coaching; giving ‘cool, not cruel’ advice aimed at improving our performance. Tony, gob-smackingly powerful.
Off we go to Buninyong to have two runs at the course, one at 75% and one and 90%. The first run was a wake-up call… this circuit is insane. Never flat, you are either climbing long, hard hills or screaming down the other side. What the hell am I doing here? So, a debrief, a few new ideas, and run #2 commences. And I’m on the rivet, pushing myself to the limit and beyond a few times. Days later, I’m still feeling it. Well, that’s life mate.
So the weekend of the Nationals are upon us, and we get some bad news. Brian is seriously sick and will not be racing. So that fact dawns on me. I am no longer the insurance policy; I’m number 3, the guy whose time we all get. Shit just got real; the pressure to perform and not let the team down is on my mind. Plans change, Tony and Chris want me to stay 3rd wheel and go as hard as I can, which is realistic and the best plan given we are a man down and I’m a level below. They stayed true to their words as real men do.
So why do something that is a massive challenge and way outside of your comfort zone? Because it’s a massive challenge and way outside of your comfort zone. Like most bike racers, we continually challenge ourselves to see what we can extract from our mind and soul, and man did this challenge me.
And I was pretty stoked to represent the mighty Footscray Cycling Club; the Club that made me a life member.
The mighty FCC will be back in 2020, bigger and better, Crit, Road and TT teams. Jump on. You know you want to!
Footscray Cycling Club Criteriums @ Drake Blvd, Jan 6, 2019.
Race #23 of the Footscray Cycling Club’s Criterium season saw riders enjoy the super-fast and smooth short Drake Boulevard circuit in Altona on the same weekend and the Road Nationals, on a beautiful, sunny summer’s morning.
A-Grade’s race saw Matthias Kiernan kick off a solo breakaway 20 minutes intro a 60 minute race, to be joined by eventual winner Morgan Smith; the 30 year old St George Continental Cycling Club rider seizing the opportunity to join Kiernan up the road. ‘I know Matthias is pretty strong and is always will to have a crack to when I saw he was about 500 meters clear of the bunch I waited for the right time and decided to bridge across. We were doing half a lap each and with the bunch chasing in twos and threes we felt safe. We weren’t going to let them catch us easily, and thankfully they didn’t.’ In behind, A grade was disintegrating and reintegrating at a rapid rate, but decisively ex-FCC Club Champ Stuart Morgan and Paul Garriga got clear of the bunch, leaving Smith/Kiernan 20 seconds clear of Garriga/Morgan, who were themselves 20 seconds clear of the bunch. With three laps to go, Smith attacked Kiernan, racing clear and taking the win from Kiernan, with Garriga taking third place from Morgan in fourth.
B-Grade’s race saw a very high pace from the start, with attack after attack seeing the peloton in all sorts of distress. Eventually, the bunch settled into a routine when it became clear that no-one would get away, with Brunswick CC rider Paul Moore and Footscray CC rider Matt Arthur snuck off the front; Moore taking a very strong win from Arthur in second, with Peter Markey taking third behind.
C-Grade’s race saw Gary Johnstone take the win in his 3rd ever criterium from Brunswick CC rider Blake Davis and Southern Masters rider Adam Fenton; 34 year old Newport resident Johnstone enjoying his maiden win. ‘It was pretty tough; a quick race. It felt like I was working pretty hard from start to finish. Everyone who had a crack was reeled in pretty quickly. At the end I stayed 4th or 5th wheel, and on the last lap on the back straight I decided to have a go into the headwind and I stayed away.’ Johnstone ended up 100 meters clear of the bunch to take a well-deserved win.
D-Grade saw junior rider Hayley Jenkins take the win outright, as well as the women’s race; Jenkins beating home Kath Simpson and Evelyn Ling for the Women’s win. Alessandro Alesci taking the Men’s race from Joe Caruana and James Stuart.
A-Grade: 1st Morgan Smith, 2nd Matthias Kiernan, 3rd Paul Garriga, 4th Stuart Morgan, 5th Damion Drapac.
B-Grade: 1st Paul Moore, 2nd Matt Arthur, 3rd Peter Markey, 4th Damien Gatt, 5th Waleed Eltatawy.
C-Grade: 1st Gary Johnstone, 2nd Blake Davis, 3rd Adam Fenton, 4th Colin Morris, 5th David Swetman.
D-Grade Men: 1st Alessandro Alesci, 2nd Joe Caruana, 3rd James Stuart, 4th Walter Chetcuti.
D-Grade Women: 1st Hayley Jenkins, 2nd Kath Simpson, 3rd Evelyn Ling.
FCC Crits @ VU, Thursday 3 Jan 2019.
A warm and balmy evening; four riders in A put the hammer down early and shelled / split the bunch; Josh Zammit taking the subsequent sprint from Travis Small, Sam Barnden and Leigh Kelly, with Ben Costin taking fifth and the bunchie behind.
B was a grinding affair, with Dean Maclennan, Phil Hicks, Tim Robertson and Ben Redpath doing the lion’s share of the work. With a lap to go, Phil Hicks put on such a turn of speed that gaps appeared and he stayed clear, taking the win easily from Nick Tippett, Ben Redpath, Mark Micallef and Terry Fitzpatrick. C saw the peloton split in two, with Tristran Bretherton taking the bunchie over Steve Harris, Barry Heywood, Sam Tammaro and Ross Schubach. D saw another bunchie, with David Downing taking the sprint from Jimmy Stuart, Barry Cram, Tommy Gray and Dennis Hobbs.
A: Josh Zammit, Travis Small, Sam Barnden, Leigh Kelly, Ben Costin.
B: Phil Hicks, Nick Tippett, Ben Redpath, Mark Micallef, Terry Fitzpatrick.
C: Tristran Bretherton, Steve Harris, Barry Heywood, Sam Tammaro, Ross Schubach.
D: David Downing, James Stuart, Barry Cram, Tom Gray, Dennis Hobbs.
Footscray Cycling Club Christmas Criteriums @ Drake Blvd, Dec 23, 2018.
Race #21 of the Footscray Cycling Club’s Criterium season was held at the Drake Boulevard circuit in Altona a few days before Christmas, to contest the Christmas Criteriums on a beautiful, sunny summer’s morning. A-Grade’s race saw 30 year old St George Continental Cycling Club rider Morgan Smith take a gutsy and well-planned win. ‘Credit to Footscray for putting on the race; they got an excellent turnout. There were a few attacks but nothing really stuck until about 25 minutes in when about 6 guys got away. The size of the breakaway got whittled down and then I thought it was close enough to get across, so with about 5 to go I decided it was time to have a crack. I went across, caught my breath and my team mate Mathew Ross had a crack and Damion Drapac chased, which tired his legs out; Mathew then led out and I took the win and we got the 1-2. Smith took the sprint from Ross in second and Damion Drapac in third place.
B-Grade’s race saw the biggest field of the year keep up a consistently high pace, with a significant break forming mid-race. The 3 breakaway riders worked together to keep the large bunch from chasing them down. The trio kept the pace high and consistent, until eventual winner, Shannon Scott, ramped up the pace and dropped one rider, leaving Scott and Ken Attard out on their own; Attard amazed at Scott’s turn of pace. ‘Towards the end Shannon ramped up the pace and did some big turns on the front, turning our 3 man break into 2 and ensuring we’d stay away… kudos to him as he thoroughly deserved the win. I was happy to hold on to second just ahead of the chasing group.’ Scott took the win from Attard in second place, with Craig Taylor taking third and the bunch sprint.
C-Grade’s race saw the race stopped at the 30 minute mark due to a nasty crash and the need to tend the wounded.
D-Grade Men saw Sam Amarego take the sprint win from Aulia Raima and Aurimas Karosas, with Sarah Smith taking the D-Women’s win from Diane Edwards and Jill Stevenson.
A-Grade: 1st Morgan Smith, 2nd Mathew Ross, 3rd Damion Drapac, 4th Angus Lyons, 5th Patrick Drapac.
B-Grade: 1st Shannon Scott, 2nd Ken Attard, 3rd Craig Taylor, 4th Gregory Walters, 5th Kai Donaldson.
B-Women: 1st Elizabeth Nuspan.
C-Grade: 1st Incident at 30 mins – Race Cancelled –
D-Grade Men: 1st Sam Amarego, 2nd Aulia Raima, 3rd Aurimas Karosas, 4th Daniel Jackson, 5th Steve Biggs.
D-Grade Women: 1st Sarah Smith, 2nd Diane Edwards, 3rd Jill Stevenson.
Footscray Cycling Club Graded Criteriums @ Drake Blvd, Dec 16, 2018.
Round #18 of the Footscray Cycling Club’s Criterium season headed the long Drake Boulevard circuit in Altona on a morning that was bookmarked by insane amounts of rain, which held out long enough to give pent up racers the opportunity to get outdoors and race. A-Grade’s race saw Matthias Kiernan relentlessly attack the bunch for the whole race; eventually getting away in the dying stages of the race to sdecure a commanding win, with Jason Costin taking the bunch sprint and second place and Paul Kenny third place.
B-Grade’s race saw veteran World Record holder Bill Gordin take the tight and messy bunch sprint in a race dominated by guest riders, with Julian O’Loughlin taking second place and Daniel Stojanovski third.
C-Grade’s race saw a very exciting sprint, with Ben Lowe taking the lollies from Barry Heywood in second and Andy Dick in third.
D-Grade Men saw Walter Chetcuti take the win from Alex Vichvidongsa and Tom Moloney, with Jill Stevenson taking the D-Women’s race and from Karen Lechner. Walter was pretty stoked with the win. ‘D grade were under control for the first few laps and Barry had everyone rolling turns. Once the race was called on, the pace quickly picked up. I wanted to try to conserve as much energy as possible out on the longer course. Everyone was trying to keep out of the wind but a few riders were putting in some good turns up front. The bunch stayed mostly together with the front runners regularly looking back for someone to come through. Just before we got 2 laps to go, James Stuart put in a big run out of the last corner going wide and took a lot by surprise. The chase was quickly on and he was caught on the back straight. One rider then slowly slipped away off the front before the bell lap. He put about a 50m gap on us as Mark gave us the bell. We managed to reel him in around the back of the course. Just before the 2nd last corner, Jill and Eddie came past me on my left so I jumped and moved up behind them. As we hit the last corner Eddie went left, Jill went right and I got into my sprint between them. Eddie was flying and already had a few lengths on me but I put my head down and just kept pushing until I knew I was clear and saw the line. This was my first crit win and I was really stoked after so many cracks.’ Nice work mate.
A-Grade: 1st Matthias Kiernan, 2nd Jason Costin, 3rd Paul Kenny, 4th Josh Zammit, 5th Brian Sing.
B-Grade: 1st Bill Gordin, 2nd Julain O’Loughlin, 3rd Daniel Stojanovski, 4th Scott Alexander, 5th James Bell.
C-Grade: 1st Ben Lowe, 2nd Barry Heywood, 3rd Andrew Dick, 4th Damian Bevilacqua, 5th Leigh McCrabb.
D-Grade Men: 1st Walter Chetcuti, 2nd Alex Vichvidongsa, 3rd Tom Moloney, 4th Roel Burghouwt, 5th Eddie O’Farrell.
D-Grade Women: 1st Jill Stevenson, 2nd Karen Lechner.
Footscray Cycling Club Graded Criteriums @ Drake Blvd, Dec 9, 2018.
Round #16 of the Footscray Cycling Club’s Criterium season headed to the popular Drake Boulevard circuit in Altona on a cool morning with very light winds. A-Grade’s race saw 30-year-old Doreen resident and St George Cycling Club / St George Continental rider Morgan Smith take the win, having just returned from a long and arduous overseas season of racing. ‘I’m just back from Asia; I rode Langkawi and other races and I’m glad to be home for a while. It gets a bit much living on the road. Today I knew that if I just kept having a crack I would eventually get away with a few others and then I’d take the percentages down from there. Matthias Kiernan attacked with 3 to go and I just watched the others. They weren’t really keen so I jumped and I took longer that I needed to as I didn’t want to catch Matthias too early, so I caught him on the last lap, sat on for a bit and Matthias resigned himself to the fact that I wasn’t coming through and credit to him he really made me work for the win. Smith took the win from Kiernan in second place and Josh Zammit taking the bunch sprint for third.
B-Grade’s race saw 49-year-old Fitzroy Nth resident and Italo-Australian Cycling Club rider Fraser Short take the win with a definitive move with 3 laps to go after an interrupted race caused by a truck dumping diesel onto the road on two corners. ‘The oil made everyone a bit nervous for a few laps. It was a bit frustrating if you were trying to get a gap and break away as there were guys who kept bringing the bunch back on. There were a few breaks but I saw how each break was shut down and figured the best bet was to go with 2 or 3 to go when people are thinking about the sprint and their line through the oil.’ Short took off with Peter McQuade on his wheel and the bunch chasing. ‘Peter came over to me and thankfully went straight through and pulled a big, hard turn and did it again on the last lap; he unselfishlessly kept the pace high.’ I kicked early out of the last corner and held the other three off. Short took the win from the rapidly improving Phil Hicks in second, Dan Atkins in third and McQuade in a well-earned fourth.
C-Grade’s race saw a very exciting sprint, with Liam Green taking the win ahead of a dead heat for second between Damian Bevilacqua and Adam Holloway. Damian provided this summary of the race. “C Grade had a slightly smaller bunch than normal so it was always going to be a bit of strategic race. Pace was quite slow (only averaging around 35km/h) so everyone had enough in the tank to shut down the few little attacks.
There was a strong push into the 2nd last lap and the pace stayed high into the final sprint – strong man won on the day but a great close sprint in a crazy dead-heat. I was happy to share the prize with Adam.’
D-Grade Men saw 15-year-old Hawthorn CC rider Noah Dowling initiate a brilliant breakaway only to be joined by fellow young gun Hayley Jenkins; the pair riding together and holding off the bunch. ‘After the first 20 minutes of normal pace a couple of guys got off the front; when that got ought back I made a no-hesitation move and went 26 minutes in. The gap opened and looked good but what was better was a Brunswick rider named Hayley bridged and we worked together for 15 minutes.’ Dowling is a keen HCC racer, and is supported by his school’s cycling Club at ST Kevin’s and intends to try C Grade next week and see where cycling takes him. ‘At the end she just come at me and I only just held her off.’ Dowling took the win from Jenkins in second and Walter Chetcuti third with the bunch sprint.
Hayley Jenkins took out the D-Women’s race and second overall and Peta Antonello the E-Grade race in a close sprint from Natalie Tancredi.
A-Grade: 1st Morgan Smith, 2nd Matthias Kiernan, 3rd Josh Zammit, 4th Chris Munro, 5th Lee Lindsay.
B-Grade: 1st Fraser Short, 2nd Phil Hicks, 3rd Dan Atkins, 4th Peter McQuade, 5th Dean Maclennan.
C-Grade: 1st Liam Green, 2nd Damian Bevilacqua, =2nd Adam Holloway, 4th Andrew Dick, 5th Mark Koutogiannis.
D-Grade Men: 1st Noah Dowling, 2nd Hayley Jenkins, 3rd Walter Chetcuti, 4th James Stuart, 5th Darren Camilleri.
D-Grade Women: 1st Hayley Jenkins, 2nd Suzanne Schrijnder, 3rd Jill Stevenson.
E-Grade: 1st: Peta Antonello, 2nd Natalie Tancredi, 3rd Joanne Gruba.
Footscray Cycling Club Graded Criteriums @ Drake Blvd, Dec 2, 2018.
Round #14 of the Footscray Cycling Club’s Criterium season headed to the popular Drake Boulevard circuit in Altona; the fast, wide and smooth circuit a crowd and rider favourite. A-Grade’s race saw John Ross take the bunch sprint, with 2nd to 4th places decided by a wheel length; the 23-year-old made the break for the line first, ‘It was really windy up the straight, and we had a couple of serious breaks to chase. You can always count on Miles to go up the road. I was about 5th wheel on Jason Costin’s wheel as we took the second last corner, I went as I was not sure if Jason had the legs after being in the break so I just went for it and managed to get over the line.’
B-Grade’s race saw Cory Basaraba take a definitive sprint win after a massive solo mid-race breakaway; Basaraba cleaning up in the sprint with no rider able to get over his wheel; Glen Purcell taking second place and Dale Cameron third place.
C-Grade’s race saw Gary Johnstone continue on his winning ways after his definitive win in D last week with a strong win in C this week from Glen Dietze in second place.
D-Grade Men saw Barry Heywood take the bunch kick from Marcel Randles in second place and Walter Chetcuti in third place. Suzanne Schrijnder took out the D-Women’s race and Joanne Gruba the E-Grade race.
A-Grade: 1st John Ross, 2nd Jason Costin, 3rd Josh Zammit, 4th Jared Raynes.
B-Grade: 1st Corey Basaraba, 2nd Glen Purcell, 3rd Dale Cameron, 4th Mark Micallef.
C-Grade: 1st Gary Johnstone, 2nd Glen Dietze, 3rd 79 name TBA, 4th name TBA 77.
D-Grade Men: 1st Barry Haywood, 2nd Marcel Randles, 3rd Walter Chetcuti, 4th Tommy Gray.
E-Grade: 1st: Joanne Gruba.
D-Grade Women: 1st Suzanne Schrijnder.
Footscray Cycling Club Graded Criteriums @ VU, Nov 29, 2018.
Round #13 of the Footscray Cycling Club’s Criterium season was held at the VU track on a clear but windy afternoon. A-Grade’s race saw the twin truck engines of Club Pres Miles DaCosta and turbo diesel Trav Small go off the front of A to build up a definitive lead; the break sticking all the way until the end when DaCosta managed to pip Small in the sprint. Third place went to Marco Duys who pulled a great move in the dying laps to finish just clear of the bunch.
B-Grade’s race saw returning from injury Jared Raynes take a strong win with a last lap attack that saw the bunch without response; the best chase coming from the in-form Dale Cameron who took second place from James Bell in third place.
C-Grade’s race saw Barry Norton take the win after the bunch, led for the last few laps by Nick Tippett, put in a massive effort to chase him and Michael Overton down who were well clear; Barry Heywood taking second in the sprint with an exhausted Overton holding on for third place.
D-Grade’s race saw a bunch sprint being taken by Leigh McCrabb from Tommy Gray and Barry Cram, with Sarah Dam holding off Daine Edwards in Women’s D.
A-Grade: 1st Miles DaCosta 2nd Travis Small, 3rd Marco Duys, 4th Dan Purcell, 5th Jason Costin.
B-Grade: 1st Jared Raynes, 2nd Dale Cameron, 3rd James Bell, 4th David Walker, 5th Michael Hazeldine.
C-Grade: 1st Barry Norton, 2nd Barry Haywood, 3rd Michael Overton, 4th Nick Tippett, 5th Steve Harris.
D-Grade Men: 1st Leigh McCrabb, 2nd Tommy Gray, 3rd Barry Cram, 4th Sarah Dam, 5th Diane Edwards.
D-Grade Women: 1st Sarah Dam, 2nd Diane Edwards.
Footscray Cycling Club Graded Criteriums @ Drake Blvd, Nov 25, 2018.
Max Campbell Memorial Criteriums
Round #12 of the Footscray Cycling Club’s Criterium season headed out for the first time this summer to the popular Drake Boulevard circuit in Altona; the fast, wide and smooth circuit a crowd and rider favourite. A-Grade’s race saw our reigning Club Champ Dom Dudkiewicz take the sprint win after a tough race. ‘This was my first race back from a break from racing, and I didn’t realize it was the Campbell Memorial, which happens to be the first big race I won in 2008. It was a good race; I was looking forward to it even though my general fitness is not there yet, but everything went well. There were lots of attacks early on, but the last 15 minutes we really were all just waiting for the sprint. I knew we had a few really good sprinters in the bunch, especially Henry (Dietze) who has had a year racing overseas, so I knew I had to time this well. I came out of the last corner 5th wheel, and I didn’t have a clear wheel to follow so I moved out and got away and hit the front with 100 to go. I looked to my right and saw Henry just behind me.’ Dudkiewicz took the win and the Campbell Sash form Dietze in second place and Graeme Frislie in third place.
B-Grade’s race saw 31-year-old Carnegie-Caulfield rider Simon Butler take a very strong win; the Bayside resident participating in a race that started out with a blistering pace that was more like A-Grade. ‘I was happy with the way the race went. There were a few breakaways early on that didn’t materialize; and then at about the 40-minute mark I thought I might try a breakaway on my own and I really appreciated all of the encouragement the Marshals gave me along the way. It really helped keep me in the zone! I was feeling quite good and I was clear in that I felt the bunch were quite a way away, so I stayed in front.’ Butler took the win in emphatic style from the bunch, with 49-year-old Truganina resident Dale Cameron owning the bunch sprint with some clever positioning and strong work in the final lap. ‘Even though we had one guy way off in front, I knew the bunch would be sprinting, so for the last fifteen minutes I sat in and waited. On the third last corner I thought I was going to get swamped, but I had two strong guys in front of me who led me out perfectly. This is the first memorial I have ever won so I’m stoked.’ Butler took the overall win and Cameron the Campbell Plaque, with Andreas Machado taking third place.
C-Grade’s race saw an exceptionally strong 4-man break decimate the bunch behind, with eventual winner Morgan Daniel and second placed Shaun Scorce shelling the other two in the break and the bunch showing the white flag after a lengthy and spirited chase that was averaging more like A than C Grade. Scott Bowen took the bunch sprint and third and Nick Tippett the first FCC rider and the Campbell Plaque for C-Grade.
D-Grade Men saw 3 ride license newcomer Gary Johnstone take a strong win from young Lucas Moore and Scott Bowen, the 34-year-old Newport rider loving his new sport. ‘I’m pretty keen to get into this; I had a ball today. I have been riding for about 5 years as triathlon training, and really enjoying the competitive nature of crit racing. I’m learning the skills of holding my line and swapping turns and enjoying it. I got into a 5 man break for about half of the race, and with a lap to go I broke away and had a go.’ Johnstone took the win by 30 meters from Lucas Moore in second and Leigh McCrabb as the first FCC rider to cross the line. Jill Stevenson took out the D-Women’s race from Sarah Dam in second and Suzanne Schrijnder taking third.
A-Grade: 1st Dominik Dudkiewicz*, 2nd Henry Dietze, 3rd Graeme Frislie, 4th John Ross*, 5th Anthony Molinia, 6th Oskar Moore, 7th Josh Zammit*.
B-Grade: 1st Simon Butler, 2nd Dale Cameron*, 3rd Andreas Machado*, 4th Phil Hicks*, 5th Dan Atkins.
C-Grade: 1st Morgan Daniel, 2nd Shaun Scorce, 3rd Scott Bowen, 4th Glenn Dietze, 5th Nick Tippett*, 6th Ben Lowe*, 7th Mark Koutogiannis*.
D-Grade Men: 1st Gary Johnstone, 2nd Lucas Moore, 3rd Leigh McCrabb*, 4th Luke Chippindale, 5th Noah Dowling, 6th James Stuart*, 10th Greg Lane*.
D-Grade Women: 1st Jill Stevenson*, 2nd Sarah Dam*, 3rd Suzanne Schrijnder*.
*denotes FCC rider Max Campbell prize-winner
Footscray Cycling Club Graded Criteriums @ VU, Nov 15, 2018.
Round #10 (Thu 15th Nov) of the Footscray Cycling Club’s Criterium season headed out to the VU circuit in Hoppers Crossing on a cool, clear and windy evening. A-Grade’s race saw guest rider 27-year-old Patrick Drapac take a hotly contested sprint; the long time Brunswick CC member and Brunswick resident enjoying his first tilt at the ubiquitous VU track even if he was not sure what to expect. ‘It was my first time here; a new circuit, a small bunch and some old, seasoned legs made it a pretty solid race. Throw in a bit of wind and you are in for a really hard night. There’s a lot of gutter action on this course because it’s exposed to the wind and people are really conscious of their space so it makes for an interesting race. I rode it pretty cool on the back for the last lap as there was a bit of cat-and-mouse, so I just hit it on the second last corner and came around the last corner onto the finishing straight first wheel with the wind at my back. It was good to get the win.’ Drapac beat home the ever-improving John Ross and sprinter Jason Costin who took second and third respectively.
B-Grade’s race saw Glen O’Rourke give his swansong in B, the 47 year old MCL rider dominating the race with his powerful breaks, hammering into the headwind, leading to a thinning out of the bunch until there were 5 riders; O’Rourke showing all that not only could he be the engine in a break but also that he has the kick to win a bunch sprint, taking the honours from David Walker and Mark Micallef.
C-Grade’s race saw Greg Walters take the bunch sprint, only just holding out Vlad Djuric and Fergus Browning, after a punishing race in the crosswinds.
D-Grade Men saw veteran gun Tommy Gray learn a new trick on the upper side of 70; the Werribee boy trying something new. ‘I have learned how to sprint; no more breakaways for me!’ Gray held off two young men to take the win, second placed Rohit Charan and third placed Fergus Browning left in his wake and wondering if Gray has found the Fountain of Youth. Sarah Dam took out the Women’s race and 4th overall, with Suzanne Schrijnder taking second.
A-Grade: 1st Patrick Drapac, 2nd John Ross, 3rd Jason Costin, 4th Josh Zammit, 5th Damion Drapac.
B-Grade: 1st Glen O’Rourke, 2nd David Walker, 3rd Mark Micallef, 4th James Bell, 5th Perry Cummings.
C-Grade: 1st Greg Walters, 2nd Vlad Djuric, 3rd Fergus Browning, 4th Tom Rickard, 5th Matt Atherton.
D-Grade Men: 1st Tommy Gray, 2nd Rohit Charan, 3rd David Masterson, 4th Sarah Dam, 5th Joe Caruana.
D-Grade Women: 1st Sarah Dam, 2nd Suzanne Schrijnder.
Footscray Cycling Club Graded Criteriums @ VU, Nov 8 & 10, 2018.
Round #8 (Thu 8th Nov) of the Footscray Cycling Club’s Criterium season headed out to the VU circuit in Hoppers Crossing on cool and overcast evening. A-Grade’s race saw long time FCC rider Jason Costin take a strong win in a fierce bunch sprint. After the usual race of attacks and counter attacks, all brought back, 40-year-old Seaholme resident Costin used his strong sprint and knowledge of the track to his advantage. ‘You always have to wind it up pretty early in the sprint here; I thought Dan Purcell would get me in the sprint, but he didn’t have a lot left at the end.’ Costin took the win from Michael Downing and Purcell.
B-Grade’s race saw 33-year-old Brunswick resident Perry Cummings spent a lot of time driving the bunch; the Coburg CC rider ensuring everyone was spent by the bell lap. ‘I was just hoping to be in a good spot at the end; I was about 4th wheel at the last corner and did my best to put the power down from there’ Cummings took the win clear of Glenn Purcell Dale Cameron.
C-Grade’s race saw34-year-old Altona resident and FCC rider Andre Machado take a great sprint win. ‘I was in a little breakaway with Vlad Djuric for a while; but we didn’t hold on to that one so we just sat in for a bit, then I just snuck out at the right time in the sprint; I only just got ahead of Ben Lowe just at the line.’ Machado ground out the final 50 meters of the sprint to pip Ben Low and Steve Harris.
D-Grade Men saw Michael Overton take a strong win from Travis Grieve, with Shannon Craggill taking third and the Women’s race.
A-Grade: 1st Jason Costin, 2nd Michael Downing, 3rd Dan Purcell, 4th Josh Zammit.
B-Grade: 1st Perry Cummings, 2nd Glenn Purcell, 3rd Dale Cameron, 4th Michael Hazeldine, 5th Mark Micallef
C-Grade: 1st Andre Machado, 2nd Ben Lowe, 3rd Steve Harris, 4th Gregory Walters.
D-Grade Men: 1st Michael Overton, 2nd Travis Grieve, 3rd Shannon Craggill, 4th Rohit Charan.
D-Grade Women: 1st Shannon Craggill, 2nd Sarah Dam.
Round #9 (Sa 10th Nov) of the Footscray Cycling Club’s Criterium season headed out to the VU circuit in Hoppers Crossing on a sunny afternoon with light winds. A-Grade’s race saw Jason Costin take two for two; the accomplished sprinter holding off Josh Zammit and Ben Costin and a gaggle of riders who all crossed within a few seconds.
B-Grade’s race saw strongman Dale Cameron dominate; the 49-year-old FC rider doing a power of turns on the front along with Timm Weitzel. In the end, after a fruitless series of attacks by all and sundry, it came down to a bunch sprint, with Cameron catching new to B rider Phil Hicks at the 50-meter mark and taking the win, with Hicks in second and Mark Micallef in third.
C-Grade’s race saw 37-year-old Parkville resident and MCL rider Tristran Bretherton take a well-deserved win. ‘I was on the front for a lot of the race; I have been racing for the last 2 years and I came out to VU last year and really enjoyed the track and the environment. Someone jumped off the front at the end; I chased and then stayed on his wheel. He kept the pace pretty high along the back so we weren’t swamped, and I got to the last corner second wheel. It was a real grind of a sprint and I thought I might miss it but I held on.’ Bretherton took the win from Ben Lowe and Dan Atkins.
D-Grade Men saw James Stuart take the win from Sarah Dam (Winner of the Women’s Race), with Shannon Craggill just in behind..
A-Grade: 1st Jason Costin, 2nd Josh Zammit, 3rd Ben Costin, 4th Andrew Naughtin, 5th Travis Small.
B-Grade: 1st Dale Cameron, 2nd Phil Hicks, 3rd Mark Micallef, 4th Nick Tippett, 5th Michael Dam.
C-Grade: 1st Tristan Bretherton, 2nd Ben Lowe, 3rd Daniiel Atkins, 4th Ken Attard, 5th Andy Dick.
D-Grade Men: 1st James Stuart, 2nd Sarah Dam, 3rd Shannon Graggill, 4th Eddie O’Farrell, 5th Joe Caruana.
D-Grade Women: 1st Sarah Dam, 2nd Shannon Craggill.
E-Novice: 1st Dean Pearson, 2nd Darren Esler, 3rd Kathryn Bates, 4th Peta Antonello, 5th Joey Gruba.
Footscray Cycling Club Graded Criteriums @ VU, Nov 1 & 3, 2018.
Round #6 (Thu 1st Nov) of the Footscray Cycling Club’s Criterium season headed out to the VU circuit in Hoppers Crossing on a warm, overcast and windy eve, with good fields in all grades. A-Grade’s race saw 24-year-old Josh Zammit in his natural environment at the end of a tough race, coming around the last corner first wheel and ready to wind up. ‘I was not really going for it myself, but I was first to the corner and then had a bit of wind to help me get there.’ In behind riders were disrupted by a near-lose and a little scattered, with Matthias Kiernan taking second and John Ross taking third.
B-Grade’s race saw 37-year-old Elwood resident and St Kilda CC rider Waleed Eltatawy take an immensely strong win, having relentlessly attacked the bunch from the get go. With the bunch wary of his attacks and tiring, Eltatawy knew what he had to do at the end. ‘It was a small bunch I think because of the heat, but I like the heat so it was good. I tried my luck at the end with 4 laps to go attacked into the headwind and picked up some speed and it worked.’ With Eltatawy away and the bunch spent, the win was his reward, with Perry Cummings taking the bunch sprint from Mark Micallef.
C-Grade’s race was taken in fine form by 32-year-old British expat Phil Hicks; the FCC rider hammering out a massive solo effort to take a well-earned win. ‘I enjoyed that; it was painful but I just thought I’d go for it today as my breakaways last week were all chased down.’ Hicks finished well clear of Tony Browning in second and young Daniel Warfe in third place.
D-Grade Men saw 47-year-old St Kilda CC rider Greg Walters take the win by jumping first in the bunch kick. ‘I love this circuit; nice and open, a bit of wind. It keeps everyone honest. We were coming in for the sprint and I just stayed in the middle until the hill, and then I took off and even though I had nothing left in the straight, I had the gap.’ Walters finished well clear of Michael Overton in second and Dan Hillier in third, with Shannon Craggill taking the Women’s race.
A-Grade: 1st Josh Zammit, 2nd Matthias Kiernan, 3rd John Ross, 4th Travis Small.
B-Grade: 1st Waleed Eltatawy, 2nd Perry Cummings, 3rd Mark Micallef, 4th -37-, 5th -35-.
C-Grade: 1st Phil Hicks, 2nd Tony Browning, 3rd Daniel Warfe, 4th Ben Lowe.
D-Grade Men: 1st Greg Walters, 2nd Michael Overton, 3rd Daniel Hillier.
D-Grade Women: 1st Shannon Craggill, 2nd Sarah Dam.
Round #7 (Sa 3rd Nov) of the Footscray Cycling Club’s Criterium season headed out to the VU circuit in Hoppers Crossing on a cool, windy and overcast day, with a strong Westerly wind making for plenty of shelled riders. A-Grade’s race saw Travis ‘the Flash’ Small take the win in fine form; the 45-year-old Little River resident and FCC A Grade stalwart muscling his way through a difficult race. ‘Definitely at the start everyone was smacking it pretty hard; I think the main players stayed at the front and unfortunately we lost quite a few early with that strong crosswind. Matthias Kiernan was relentless at the front, and David Randall was hammering as well. But really it was Matthias who just did so much work in the last few laps that the bunch were spent and It gave me an opportunity to sprint with him where I probably wouldn’t normally. Miles was on the front on the back straight and I came past him and was first around the last corner. I was trying not to think about whether anyone was going to pass me on the straight; I just hammered and grunted my way through.’ Small took the sprint and held off Kiernan in second and Randall in third place.
B-Grade’s race saw 47-year-old MCL rider Glen O’Rourke time his break to perfection to take a strong win; the Seddon resident allowing early attacks to be absorbed by the eager-to-chase bunch. ‘It was a tough race, very windy, and I couldn’t work out where the wind was coming from half the time. There were a few attacks but I didn’t think they would get anywhere. With three to go, I hit the bunch on the finishing straight and didn’t look back. I buried myself and crossed the line at maximum.’ O’Rourke finished solo on the straight, with Mark Micallef taking the sprint and second from Michael Hazeldine.
C-Grade’s race was taken out by 37-year-old Seddon resident Dan Atkins; the FCC rider enjoying the tough conditions. Tristan Bretherton pulled like an absolute bull all day and I just waited and tied to sit in but it was hard to get a sit, and on the last lap I just thought I’d kick it and I got a jump on the boys and managed to hold them off to the end. Atkins took the win from Bretherton and Gary Lowe.
D-Grade Men saw 20 year old Wagga CC rider Stuart Darling take the win in D; the Footscray resident has been racing for just over a year, and made the most of a 2 man break from the outset with Matt Ninnes. ‘We went at the 15 minute mark. It was half-lap turns for the most, and we shortened our turns towards the end to keep the pace up. We were very co-operative until half a lap to go, and then all bets were off. I was second wheel coming around the last corner and Matt left a gap for me to come up the inside and I got him in the last 10 meters; it was pretty close.’ In behind it was Hayley Jenkins who took the bunch sprint and also the Women’s race; the junior showing a strong sprint runs in the family.
A-Grade: 1st Travis Small, 2nd Matthias Kiernan, 3rd David Randall, 4th Brian Sing, 5th Josh Zammit
B-Grade: 1st Glen O’Rourke, 2nd Mark Micallef, 3rd Michael Hazeldine, 4th Michael Dam, 5th David Lane.
C-Grade: 1st Daniel Atkins, 2nd Tristan Bretherton, 3rd Gary Lowe, 4th Nick Tippett, 5th Mark Koutogiannis.
D-Grade Men: 1st Stuart Darling, 2nd Matt Ninnes, 3rd Hayley Jenkins, 4th Tom Moloney, 5th James Stuart.
D-Grade Women: 1st Hayley Jenkins (3rd overall), 2nd Sarah Dam, 3rd Shannon Craghill.
Footscray Cycling Club Graded Criteriums @ VU, October 27 2018.
Round #5 of the Footscray Cycling Club’s Criterium season headed out to the VU circuit in Hoppers Crossing on a cool and overcast day, with a moderate to strong South-Westerly wind making for challenging racing. A-Grade’s race saw many riders attempt escape, with a few solo and 2-3 man breaks, but it all came to nought as the bunch were more than willing to apprehend any and all escapees time and time again. So it came down to a sprint, and the rider to master the conditions best was 32 year old Maidstone resident Matthias Kiernan. The Brunswick CC rider found the conditions frustrating. ‘The wind wasn’t coming from the right direction to break the bunch up; it was a bit too easy to sit on down the back straight. I was hoping to get in a breakaway, but it didn’t happen. I tried a few attacks to test if anyone would join me but they were just bringing me back. Everyone was riding pretty strongly. With 2 corners to go I was almost last wheel, trying to take a run at the bunch, and when everyone swung right I dived up the inside left and went pretty early. Kiernan took a hard fought bunch sprint from Josh Zammit in second place and Liam O’Brien in third place.
B-Grade’s race saw 43-year-old Altona Meadows resident Ben Redpath take the win in a race dominated by the strong men; with veteran Peter McQuade powering off the front after about 15 minutes of attacks to go solo, only to have Redpath, Mark Micallef and Timm Weitzel in hot pursuit; the others having missed the break. ‘When everyone else sat up and let Pete get up the road, and it looked like he would get away, I thought “It’s time to go.” Redpath, Micallef and Weitzel bridged across to McQuade and set about their task. ‘Then we had a good little group going; we rolled a few turns and managed to get away.’ The foursome worked well together and built up a half-lap lead, sufficient to hold off the chasing riders who were inconsistently chasing, sometimes hard, sometimes not. Their lack of consistent pace meaning the break were in the clear and thinking about the sprint. With 3 laps to go, McQuade attacked the bunch and Redpath managed to get to his wheel; and on the bell lap Redpath held McQuade off; the pair taking first and second respectively, with Micallef and Weitzel rolling through for third and fourth.
C-Grade’s race was taken out in an emphatic manner by 26-year-old Carlton-North resident Chris McKnight; the expat Briton loving his racing in Aus. ‘I started Audax riding last year and progressed to racing in the UK and have moved up a few categories.’ McKnight, in only his second race with Footscray, managed to lap the bunch and continue to build his lead to a mammoth one and a half laps by the end. ‘I didn’t know I could do that; I’m still finding my legs. I had a go about 5 minutes in, and time-trialled until the end.’ In hot pursuit, and about half a lap up on the bunch was Ken Attard; the pair riding separate and solo to the end. With first and second decided, the bunch kick saw Tam Nguyen take the sprint and third place.
D-Grade Men saw Ben Lowe take the win from Matt Ninnes and David Baille, with D-Women’s sprint being taken by Caitlin Potts by a whisker from Suzanne Schrijnder.
A-Grade: 1st Matthias Kiernan, 2nd Josh Zammit, 3rd Liam O’Brien, 4th Jason Costin, 5th Travis Small.
B-Grade: 1st Ben Redpath, 2nd Peter McQuade, 3rd Mark Micallef, 4th Timm Weitzel, 5th Michael Dam.
C-Grade: 1st Chris McKnight, 2nd Ken Attard, 3rd Tam Nguyen, 4th Nick Tippett, 5th Tom Rickard.
D-Grade Men: 1st Ben Lowe, 2nd Matt Ninnes, 3rd David Baille, 4th Joe Caruana.
D-Grade Women: 1st Caitlin Potts, 2nd Suzanne Schrijnder.
Footscray Cycling Club Results – Round #2 Graded Criteriums @ VU @ 18/10/18
A: 1 Matt Boys, 2 Josh Zammit, 3 Jimmy Butler, 4 Travis Small, 5 Leigh Kelly.
B: 1 Gerard Zammit, 2 Dale Cameron, 3 Thomas Rebesco, 4 Marco Duys, 5 Glenn Purcell.
C: 1 Daniel Warfe, 2 Steve Harris, 3 Michael Scragg, 4 Phil Tehan.
D: 1 Chris McKnight, 2 Ben Lowe, 3 Matt Ninnes, 4 Tommy Gray, 5 Michael Overton
D Women: 1 Diane Edwards, 2 Suzanne Schrijnder.
Footscray Cycling Club Graded Criteriums @ VU, October 13 2018.
Round #1 of the Footscray Cycling Club’s Criterium season kicked off at the VU circuit in Hoppers Crossing on a perfect spring day, with a moderate to strong Northerly wind and 25 degrees of sunny skies making it a great day outdoors. A-Grade’s race saw the man with the diesel engine, Travis Small, pull a late-race move that saw him take the win well clear of the bunch. 44-year-old Little River resident Small watched the race evolve and break up into several splintered groups. ‘Continuing attacks by Lachie, Josh and Miles didn’t get away because of the wind, but they did break the bunch up a bit. I waited until near the end, when everyone sat up as we went over the hill, and I thought “time to go” and that I had nothing to lose. It was pretty tough going into the wind but all the solo training I do around the Youies helped. I kept my average to about 40 and got there so I’m pretty happy.’ Small took the win well clear of the sprint, which saw Josh Zammit hold off Leigh Kelly in second and third respectively.
In B-Grade’s race 31-year-old Brighton East resident and Carnegie-Caulfield rider Simon Butler took the win with a very strong sprint after an unusually fast B-Grade race, which averaged 40 kph. ’It’s a fast circuit. We had a strong group break away, and I was in the second group. I felt like we had reached the point where we weren’t going to catch the front group, so I had to make a call about if I would go or not. I went with another guy and we got across, and then they sat up and everyone got on. I was a little worried I wouldn’t have any beans for the sprint; coming around the last corner I stuck to the right wheel and went around the last corner 3rd wheel, saw a gap at the right time and got there.’ Butler took the win from Cooper McCormick and Andrew Ward in second and third respectively.
C-Grade’s race was characterized by a very high pace that saw many regulars shelled in short shrift; eventually the race was taken out by 33-year-old Albion resident Glenn Purcell. ‘The race broke up before I realized, so I had to chase the three in the break; once I caught them, I recovered and we started rolling turns. The four of us rolled really well and were strong. Once we got to the end, I put my nose intro the wind with about 100 to go, and cramped a little. I kept a cool head and ran the sprint the way I wanted to.’ Purcell took the sprint from Daniel Atkins and Ken Attard in second and third respectively.
D-Grade saw 14-year-old Brunswick CC rider Daniel Warfe take the win in fine style with a great sprint. ‘I’ve raced here quite a bit, and I went into this race pretty tired as I had just done 50 km, so my plan was to see how long I could hold on for and sprint if I was still there.’ Warfe, still on restricted gearing, rounded the corner third wheel and span himself out all the way to the line, holding off the bunch, with Ben Lowe and Tom Moloney taking out second and third, and Sarah Dam taking the Women’s D win form Diane Edwards and Suzanne Schrijnder.
A-Grade: 1st Travis Small, 2nd Josh Zammit, 3rd Leigh Kelly, 4th Miles DaCosta, 5th Paul Kenny.
B-Grade: 1st Simon Butler, 2nd Cooper McCormick, 3rd Andrew Ward, 4th Trevor Wood, 5th Gerard Zammit.
C-Grade: 1st Glenn Purcell, 2nd Daniel Atkins, 3rd Ken Attard, 4th Phillip Hicks, 5th Tristian Bretherton.
D-Grade Men: 1st Daniel Warfe, 2nd Ben Lowe, 3rd Tom Moloney, 4th Joe Caruana, 5th John Miro
D-Grade Women: 1st Sarah Dam, 2nd Diane Edwards, 3rd Suzanne Schrijnder.
Footscray Cycling Club Graded Road Races, September 16 2018.
The last round of the Footscray Cycling Club’s road season saw riders head out to a chilly and sporadically wet Balliang, with Grades A to D racing the ‘out-and-back’ course that starts in Balliang, climbs through Staughton Vale to the Anakie Hall, and returns to Balliang.
In A-Grade, Blackburn CC guest rider Brendon Green took the sprint by a fraction from John Mogavero and International rider Tom Wijfje (who hails from the Netherlands club VVV Avanti). The small starting bunch worked hard, constantly rolling turns in some tough conditions, strong headwinds and a tricky crosswind, with a few explorative attacks thrown in for good measure. Green threw in a serious attack on the second climb up towards Staughton Vale, getting a small but workable gap, the peloton working hard to bring him back. As they all arrived at the last hotdog turn they were all back together. A cat and mouse game ensued for the return leg, until Mogavero jumped the bunch and headed for the line with 300 to go. Wijfje tried to hold his wheel but just couldn’t get around, but on the outside Green came through with about 25m to spare.
In B-Grade’s race a few riders were dropped on the first and second climbs, as well as Dave Walker puncturing; all leading to a 5-man bunch heading for the finish line and a bunch sprint. It was 40-year-old Geelong CC rider Ben Costin who took the win from Dale Cameron and Michael Hazeldine; Costin taking the plunge after taking the last corner and making a solo run for the line. ‘There were a few little digs along the way, a few good attacks, especially Michael Dam through the hills. I broke away twice on the last lap; they caught me the first time, so I broke away again by rounding the last corner quickly and got a small gap.’
C-Grade’s race was taken out in a very close sprint by Wyndham Vale resident Tiernan Clark; the 39 year old paralegal taking the narrowest of wins from Martin Oroszi, with Mark Koutogiannis holding off the others for third. ‘We started to roll consistent turns until we started climbing for the second time, when a few of us put the pressure on, and we dropped a few guys. The 4 of us then rolled longer turns and we just kept upping the ante and putting pressure on each other. A few riders were suffering, but then we started playing cat and mouse. Steve Firman got sick of that so off he went and we all went for the line. I think I held Martin off by a third of a wheel.’
D-Grade men saw veteran gun-for-hire Phillip Tehan take the sprint from Steve Butters and Tommy Gray, the trio combining with the women for the two ascents of the Brisbane Ranges.
D-Grade women saw 16-year-old Kurrunjang-based student and Brunswick CC Member Elizabeth Nuspan hold off veteran racer Anne Hocking in the sprint; Nuspan crossing the line strongly in the sprint. ‘I’ve been riding for 3 years, and my aim is to try to make the State team again this year. The weather today was a bit all over the shop, but it was a really safe ride, and everyone worked well together. It was a really clean, nice finish.’
A-Grade: 1st Brendon Green, 2nd John Mogavero, 3rd Tom Wijfje, 4th Chris Munro, 5th Hamish Munro
B-Grade: 1st Ben Costin, 2nd Dale Cameron, 3rd Michael Hazeldine, 4th Dennis Neal, 5th Michael Dam.
C-Grade: 1st Tiernan Clark, 2nd Martin Oroszi, 3rd Mark Koutsogiannis, 4th Steve Firman.
D-Grade Men: 1st Phillip Tehan, 2nd Steve Butters, 3rd Tommy Gray
D-Grade Women: 1st Elizabeth Nuspan, 2nd Anne Hocking.
Footscray Cycling Club Criterium FAQ’s…
- What time do the crits start?
-Sunday crits at Drake Blvd will start at 9 AM for E/C Grade , 10 AM for D/B Grade and 11 AM for A Grade.
-Thursday crits at VU will start at 5:45 PM for D/B Grade and 6:45 PM for C/A Grade.
-Saturday VU Crits will be 1pm for B/D Grade and 2 pm for A/C Grade.
Where is the VU circuit? Victoria University (VUT) Skills Training Centre in Hoppers Lane, Hoppers Crossing.
Enter via Gate 5 next to Athletics Track – there’s a forklift on a stand at the gate entry. (Melways Ref 206 J6).
Parking: Cars are STRICTLY NOT ALLOWED onto the race circuit and warm up area at the VU. Parking is available at the Gate 5 entrance and there is limited parking on the grass just before the entrance to the circuit.
How do I enter? Entries are taken online, use the “Race Entry” button on the right. We strongly encourage all riders to use the online race entry system as this will significantly reduce the amount of work required to put on racing.
How much does it cost to enter a race? $15.49 online for riders from any club. On the day it will be $20.
Do I need a CA licence? Yes you do, you will need a racing licence issued by Cycling Australia. All riders MUST show a valid licence OR proof of renewal (i.e. printout of online renewal, NOT phone screen).
Do I need a working red rear light (Race Light Policy)? For all crits held at Drake Blvd you will require a red rear light as per CV race light policy. Crits held at the VU are exempt as it is a closed circuit in a private facility.
What grade will I be racing in? Footscray Cycling Club offers 5 Grades of racing – A, B, C, D & E (novice) Check handicappers Corner on the Footscray Cycling Club Website before the race, you will NOT be able to change your grade on the day. If you have any concerns contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Absolutely NO discussions of grading will be tolerated on the day / in the queue; sanctions will apply.
Footscray Cycling Club Graded Road Races, Sept 8 2018.
Round #20 of the Footscray Cycling Club’s road season saw riders head out to the Flinders Avenue circuit at the base of the You Yangs Regional Park, with Grades A to D racing 5 laps of the relatively flat circuit.
In A-Grade, Club Pres Miles DaCosta applied pressure to split the field late on first lap, and then continued to force the pace of the bunch by giving them a solo break to chase… until he unluckily punctured with 4 to 5 km to go and road the bike flat in for 8th. It was new to A rider John Ross who took the win, powering up the rise to take a strong win with Hamish Munro right on his wheel in second and a small gap to Josh Zammit in third.
B Grade saw inexperienced riders precipitate a mass fall on lap 2 that took out over half of the field, with veterans Mark Micallef, Graeme Cole and newcomer Ken Attard coming off the worse with significant injuries and considerable damage to their steeds. Just about all riders stopped to render assistance and the remainder rode the last laps neutral, on back of C grade.
C & D Grade ended up starting together. It split on the first lap with only Diane Edwards and Phil Tehan hanging onto C Grade. They fought out a sprint for D placings with Edwards holding off Tehan for the win, with James Stuart in third place. AT the pointy end C Grade stayed pretty consistent, rolling turns for the most part, with Vlad Djuric making a couple of attempts to attack off the front. Eventual winner Tiernan Clark made sure that he wasn’t the one to chase or drive the pace today and kept his legs fresh for the end. “As they headed towards the line I positioned myself on the right of Steve Firman to keep out of the wind. I was really mindful not to jump early and when Mark K attacked I then jumped. I knew that I was able to maintain my wattage and got to his wheel. Vlad was to the right of me and we basically went each side of Mark K. I made sure that I kicked all the way to the line to get the win.”
A-Grade: 1st John Ross, 2nd Hamish Munro, 3rd Joshua Zammit, 4th Ricardo Pinto, 5th Jason Costin.
B-Grade: No result due to crash.
C-Grade: 1st Tiernan Clark, 2nd Vlad Djuric, 3rd Mark Koutogiannis, 4th Andrew Dick, 5th William Hamilton.
D-Grade: 1st Dianne Edwards, 2nd Phil Tehan, 3rd James Stuart.
Footscray Cycling Club Harry Jones Memorial Handicap, September 2, 2018.
Round #19 of the Footscray Cycling Club’s road season saw riders head out to Little River to tackle the Kirksbridge circuit. In cold and windy racing conditions, riders set off in 5 bunches to contest our coveted Harry Jones Memorial, named in honour of our respected and missed Club servant and Legend; the handicap format requiring each bunch of riders to co-operate, stay intact and push themselves to the limit to both keep the chasing bunches at bay and chase down the bunches ahead; the gun riders of Scratch starting out with a 24-minute deficit to make up over Limit.
With trying conditions favouring Scratch, the early part of the race saw bunches working hard hold off the chasers; with Second Scratch being hampered by no-shows it was swallowed up early by Scratch on Lap 3, and 2nd Limit and the Middle Markers coming together early and using their combined power to make considerable gains. With under a kilometre to go, the remaining Limit, 2nd Limit and Middle Markers were swamped by the Scratch train, who were really on-song today; leading to a strung out finish of the top 10 riders. Club Road Champion Dominik Dudkiewicz took the sprint comfortably, with Miles DaCosta and Hamish Munro running neck and neck to the line; DaCosta scoring second and Munro third.
At the presentations, Dudkiewicz spoke of how smart Scratch had ridden for the whole race. “We probably went a little too hard on the first lap, but we didn’t lose anyone. We rolled really well, kept our pace consistent at about 41 or 42 kph, and pulled track turns to factor in a good break for each rider. We passed the last guys out front and then we tried a few attacks heading for the line, but really it came down to a sprint. Travis went hard very early and I came around him and got the sprint.”
First and Fastest Time Dom Dudkiewicz, 2nd Miles DaCosta, 3rd Hamish Munro, 4th Leigh Kelly, 5th Travis Small, 6th Andreas Machado, 7th David Lane, 8th Mark Koutsogiannis, 9th Matthew Watt, 10th Phillip Tehan.
Footscray Cycling Club Graded Road Races, August 26 2018.
Round #18 of the Footscray Cycling Club’s road season saw riders head out to the Flinders Avenue circuit at the base of the You Yangs Regional Park, with Grades A to D racing 5 laps of the relatively flat circuit.
In A-Grade, a small field of riders set out from Little River, swapping turns and throwing in a few attacks along the way, until 24-year old Flemington resident Lachie Marshall decided to make a solo break for the line. ‘I broke away with about 10 km to go. When we turned onto Forest Road, we had cross winds to deal with but I was able to put my head down and TT to the finish… I was a bit unsure of how I was going to go today as if had a few tough races lately, but I saw a potential with some tired legs around me going into the last lap.’ Marshal finished well clear of the chasers, with Miles DaCosta taking second place and Josh Zammit third place.
In B-Grade’s race, a strong field of riders set out for the circuit proper until Ascot Vale resident Alastair Delooze surprised himself and the bunch with a massive 70 kilometer breakaway; 38-year-old Delooze riding to his strengths by going off the front at the commencement of the first lap. ‘The plan today was to hit an attack very early and then wait for the group to catch and hopefully go again. It turned out that one sustained attack would be enough. I genuinely didn’t think I would hold out for the majority of the race, but the training I have put in over the winter has really clicked and come together at the right time for me. The Flinders Ave course is really set up for my style of riding. With not a lot of climbing, it’s almost a very long TT.’ With Delooze completely out of sight and taking a well-earned win, the chasing bunch broke into two as they approached the finish, with Gerard Zammit taking the sprint for second place from Peter McQuade in third place. ‘I’m super happy to take the win today though’ quipped Delooze ‘and look forward to the next few races before Crit season begins.’
C-Grade’s race saw riders spaced out in the run to the line, with Simon Kelson taking the win clear of Mark Koutogiannis in second place who was clear of Shane Parker in third place
D-Grade’s race saw veteran TT specialist Tommy Gray ride off the front of the bunch after turning the last corner; Gray riding to his strength and finishing clear of the chasers to win D-Men; the best of the chasers being second generation racer Hayley Jenkins who took the D-Grade Women’s win.
A-Grade: 1st Lachlan Marshall, 2nd Miles DaCosta, 3rd Joshua Zammit, 4th Leigh Kelly, 5th Paul Kenny.
B-Grade: 1st Alastair Delooze, 2nd Gerard Zammit, 3rd Peter McQuade, 4th Marco Duys, 5th David Lane.
C-Grade: 1st Simon Kelson, 2nd Mark Koutogiannis, 3rd Shane Parker, 4th Paul Downes, 5th Andrew Dick.
D-Grade Men: 1st Tommy Gray, 2nd Tom Moloney, 3rd Martin Telford.
D-Grade Women: 1st Hayley Jenkins, 2nd Anne Hocking, 3rd Samantha Janssen.
Footscray Cycling Club Handicap Series Race 6, August 11, 2018.
In horrid racing conditions, riders set off in 5 bunches to contest Handicap Series Race #6; the handicap format requiring each bunch of riders to co-operate, stay intact and push themselves to the limit to both keep the chasing bunches at bay and chase down the bunches ahead; the gun riders of Scratch starting out with a 20-minute deficit to make up over Limit. With threatening clouds and a strong crosswind, riders set off on the modified course; the 3 climbs of Granite Rd and 3 runs on the gravel of Box Forest had to be removed for safety reasons, so it was off to Staughton Vale for three out-and-back laps from Balliang to the Anakie Scout Hall. Unfortunately, conditions did not get better; in fact they got progressively worse, with riders firstly having to endure rain, tricky crosswinds and then some pretty severe hail storms; the sum total of these factors not only contributing to low turnout, but also causing quite a few riders to pull out mid-race.
The race heated up on the final lap when 2nd Limit caught Limit; the two bunches being the only bunches to actually merge for the whole race. It was the combined remnants of this bunch who contested the sprint; It was Perry Cummings who took the win over Peter Moline and Tom King, who all finished with the same time, with Brendon Green of Scratch taking fastest time some 4 minutes 43 behind,
1st Perry Cummings @ 2:04:39, 2nd Peter Moline, 3rd Tom King, 4th Andrew Gannon, 5th Shane Parker, 6th Lindsay Lee, 7th Sean Hardy, 8th Geoff Robertson. Fastest Time: Brendon Green @ 1:54:22.
Footscray Cycling Club Graded Road Race #15, August 5 2018.
Round #15 of the Footscray Cycling Club’s road season saw riders head out to Balliang, with Grades A to D racing the ‘out-and-back’ course that started in Balliang, climbed through Staughton Vale to the Anakie Hall, and returned to Balliang.
In A-Grade, the strong Northerly crosswind created havoc, putting riders into the red zone and causing breaks in the bunch. A few unsuccesful attacks were made early in the race by riders including Leigh Kelly, Travis Small, Paul Kenny & Chris Munro, amongst others, but none ever got far or looked dangerous. An acceleration of the bunch into the first tailwind straight at 60+kph put some riders under pressure and a couple were lost over the first loop out to Balliang hall. On the return Travis Small and Dudkiewicz attacked into the long straight which coincided with a blustery, suddenly strengthening, crosswind. The response dropped many in the bunch which reduced to five; Small, DaCosta, Kelly, Zammit and Dudkiewicz. On the second time out to Balliang Dudkiewicz put the pressure on up the first hill and Kelly, Small and DaCosta lost contact; leaving Dudkiewicz and Zammit riding back and swapping turns. This is when Dudkiewicz took control of the finale. ‘I attacked into the crosswind on the second last corner and after keeping the elastic stretched for quite some time Josh was distanced, leaving me to ride the last few k’s alone for a solo win. It was such a great day for racing and getting out on the bike! Sunny, windy and relatively warm- you couldn’t ask for more. I haven’t been getting out much recently and it was just what the doctor ordered.’ Dudkiewicz took the win 25 seconds ahead of Zammit in second place and Leigh Kelly in third place a further minute behind.
In B-Grade’s race, 17 year old Carnegie-Caulfield rider Harrison Hein proved too strong for the competition, taking a strong win and signalling his intentions to give A-Grade a go next time around. For the first lap, the bunch stayed relatively intact, with a few riders testing out their legs, but, it was on the second climb towards the hotdog turn that the bunch broke up after a definitive attack by Hein. ‘Guys kept attacking and then pulling out a minute into their effort and I followed a move like that and just kept the power down and tried to split the field in the crossies, hoping a few guys could come across and ride. One guy (Liam Green) did on the climb to Anakie and at the turn around I could see it was in twos and threes. From there we just ripped it. Liam dropped off right as we came into the headwind and I spent the last 5 minutes of the headwind straight on my own and once I was into the crossies I knew it was a short run to the tailwind where I’d be safe and I could just take it in.’ This year I got serious and hired a coach and am giving it a good crack. Things are nicely on track so far. As far as the race goes, it was a decent course. I love those narrow roads with no lines and the wind made it easy to split but hard to stay away. The multiple loops and turn arounds sounded more complicated than it really was and it was fairly simple when in the race. It’s my first race win so I’m pretty happy.’ Hein took the win 1 minute ten seconds clear of Rebesco in second place and Green in third place.
C-Grade’s race was a similar affair to B, in that the bunch was blown apart on the second climb towards Anakie, when the bunch was broken up after an attack by Ken Attard. Eventual winner, David Lane, managed to bridge across to him and use his experience to get the win. ‘Ken was riding his 1st race and attacked going up through Staughton Vale the 1st time and clearly stronger than any of us. I told him to hold off until the 2nd time out so we could keep the bunch together. The 2nd time out he attacked again. I missed his wheel and went after him, but he got a good break. I then had a break on Shane & he had a break on Tiernan. I was confident neither would catch me solo. Ken had 500 metres on me so l was thinking 2nd is ok. Then on the flat I started winding him in. I caught him at Balliang Hall. I could have just sat on, but wanted to make a race of it. I said to him once we hit the finishing straight it is on. He got about a 30 metre break and l again thought 2nd is ok. However I wound him in again. I pipped him by half a wheel. He was probably the better rider, but I will take the win!’ Lane took the win from Attard in second place and Shane Parker in third place.
D-Grade men saw veteran gun Phillip Tehan prompt a high level of co-operation in the bunch; the guys swapping turns all the way to the finishing straight, where Blake Davis took the win with a solo run to the line from James Black and Steve Butter.
A-Grade: 1st Dominik Dudkiewicz, 2nd Joshua Zammit, 3rd Leigh Kelly, 4th Travis Small, 5th Miles DaCosta
B-Grade: 1st Harrison Hein, 2nd Thomas Rebesco, 3rd Liam Green, 4th Richard Parker, 5th Marco Duys.
C-Grade: 1st David Lane, 2nd Ken Attard, 3rd Shane Parker, 4th Tiernan Clark.
D-Grade: 1st Blake Davis, 2nd James Black, 3rd Steve Butter, 4th Phillip Tehan.
Footscray Cycling Club Andrew Mackellar Memorial Handicap, July 28 2018.
In perfect racing conditions, riders set off in 5 bunches to contest the Footscray Cycling Club’s 3rd Annual Andrew Mackellar Memorial Handicap; the handicap format requiring each bunch of riders to co-operate, stay intact and push themselves to the limit to both keep the chasing bunches at bay and chase down the bunches ahead; the gun riders of Scratch starting out with a 21-minute deficit to make up over Limit. With the sun shining and a light headwind, the 5 focussed bunches set off from the Little River Cricket Ground and headed out to complete 5 laps of the ‘Flinders Avenue’ circuit at the base of the You-Yangs Regional Park; with all 5 bunches managing to stay intact for the first few laps.
The race heated up on Lap 4 when Limit and Second-Limit merged, with the Middle-Markers locked onto their tails like a guided missile, and the combined Scratch / Second-Scratch bunch locked on to the bunches ahead. The Middle Markers caught Limit / Second-Limit, attempting to drop them on the last lap, but conditions were simply too light, allowing caught riders to sit on with ease. As this combined bunch passed the You-Yangs, Scratch rolled on by, so the last lap saw all bunches together, a few tempers frayed and everyone scrambling for a wheel. This infighting continued all the way to the last kilometre, when riders jostled for position for the sprint, with this mass bunch lunging toward the deceptive, inclined finish-line full gas and with varying levels of success. In the end it was 17-year-old rising star and Williamstown resident Hamish Munro who had the legs, taking a strong win from Josh Zammit and Miles DaCosta.
Speaking after the race, an ecstatic Munro was singing the praises of his fellow Scratch bunch members. ‘Everyone was taking their turn and we never skipped a beat and rolled pretty smoothly, which I think is why we caught 2nd Scratch quickly, on Lap 2; we were really flying. But it was too easy to hang on to the back so they all got on. It was a pretty scrappy finish; so many guys stayed with us, so it was crowded for the last few kilometres. I made sure I stayed up the front and I was getting ready for the bunch sprint. Trav (Small) tried a few attacks, then Leigh (Kelly) went first with about 300 to go so I was straight onto his wheel and then I got a good gap. Even though it was a long sprint I had enough of a head start to hold everyone off. It was one of those finishes where you just put your head down and push as hard as you can; I was pretty happy to win even though I wasn’t sure if it was overall or Fastest Time only. It feels pretty special to win the Mackellar; it was my first handicap 2 years ago when I came 4th and Dad (Chris) was 5th so it means a lot to me. One of my goals for the season was to get a win and fastest time, so I was pretty happy with that.
1st & Fastest Time Hamish Munro @ 2:04:32 (Actual time 1:43:32), 2nd Josh Zammit, 3rd Miles DaCosta, 4th Gerard Zammit, 5th Ben O’Leary, 6th Steven Maheras, 7th Mark Micallef, 8th Phillip Hicks.
Footscray Cycling Club Jack Allan / Jack Kirkham Road Championships @ Flinders Ave,
June 24th 2018.
After torrential rainfall and sub-arctic weather forced the cancellation of The Club Championships the previous week at Sheoaks, riders gathered at Little River to contest the Footscray Cycling Club’s Road Championships; the change of course necessitating a change of tactics by riders.
An enthusiastic band of hardened A-Graders arrived at Little River with the goal of walking away with the coveted #1 race number and the title of the Club Road Champion; a few hoping to deliver a surprise win as the late Andrew McKellar did in 2012. In the biggest move of the day, Miles DaCosta attacked on the first climb up Flinders Avenue, putting riders into the gutter and causing a split; this move creating a lead group comprising of DaCosta, Dudkiewicz, Munro Sr, Costin and Zammit, eventually building up a lead that was never reeled in by the main bunch. ‘Miles put it into the gutter the first time we climbed out of Flinders Ave and around the corner and when we looked around it was down to the five of us. We kept the pressure on and rolled though and built our lead. There were no fireworks, no attacks. We just took turns and kept the pace high. On the last lap, Chris Munro attacked on the second-last straight, but we caught him and then as we approached the line Miles put it into the gutter and then Josh went over the top of him and accelerated and then with maybe 150 to go I came past Josh and got the win.’ 34-year-old Dudkiewicz took the win from Zammit in second place and DaCosta in third place; Dudkiewicz’s sixth Road Championship in a row and his eighth in ten years.
In the B-Grade Championship race 39-year-old Burnside resident John Mogavero took the win in a very tight bunch sprint. ‘This was my third Club Road Championship race; I’ve run second twice, including last year where I lost by a fingernail, and to be on the other side this time and win by a fingernail to Gerard Zammit was very nice. My strategy had to change; when the winds picked up I re-thought my plan to break away; I conserved and watched other riders like Peter McQuade, James Bell and Graeme Cole unsuccessfully try the break and kept fresh. I started moving up around lap 4 and I was going to attack up the climb and stretch it out a bit but we had to neutralize for a moment when we had A close behind, so I went back into save mode and stayed protected. When we turned onto the finishing straight I kept close to the front and as the pace started to ramp up I was concerned about being in the wind, but also worried about being blocked in. I had to sacrifice some energy to stay near the front and as we got closer the bunch was really packed in tight, but a wheel opened up for me and I took it and when we got to about 100 meters I opened up and gave it my all; I only just held Gerard off. I am very happy to get this win and get the monkey off my back.’ Mogavero took the win by a tyre from Zammit with third placed Liam Green who rode strongly in his first B Grade race.
C-Grade’s race saw 61-year-old Werribee lad Dave Lane take a drawn out sprint win from Martin Oroszi and Stephen Maheras; Lane using his nous and stamina to his advantage in the run to the line. ‘Shane Parker rode on the front all the way up Flinders Ave, on the edge of the road so there was not much cover, but some. Paul Downes was 2nd wheel, Stephen Maheras 3rd, Martin Oroszi 4th, me 5th. I stayed patient, knowing that finish suits me. I pulled up beside Marty more to see if I could make him jump, but he didn’t. I felt I needed to jump Marty so l went for it and kept my head down, waiting for them to come, but they didn’t. I have no idea how close Marty was, but I did not feel anyone beside me. So it paid off; and I am very happy.’
The D-Grade bunch were content to roll co-operative turns for the first three laps, and then it was on for young and old for the fourth and last lap. Eventual winner, Tom Rickard, proved too strong for the other riders; Rickard pulling away from the bunch and winning by 100 meters, with veteran Tom Moloney taking second place clear of James Stuart in third place, with Jill Stevenson being the first female to cross the line.
A-Grade: 1st Dominik Dudkiewicz, 2nd Joshua Zammit, 3rd Miles DaCosta, 4th Chris Munro, 5th Jason Costin.
B-Grade: 1st John Mogavero, 2nd Gerard Zammit, 3rd Liam Green, 4th Geoff Robertson, 5th Stuart Coull.
C-Grade: 1st David Lane, 2nd Martin Oroszi, 3rd Stephen Maheras, 4th Paul Downes, 5th Shane Parker.
D-Men: 1st Tom Rickard, 2nd Tom Moloney, 3rd James Stuart, 4th & First Female Jill Stevenson, 5th Steve Butter.
Footscray Cycling Club 60th Annual 3 Day Tour, June 9-10 2018.
An excellent field of Footscray and Geelong riders gathered for what is the Footscray Cycling Club’s most gruelling and prestigious event for the year, the 60th 3 Day Tour, held over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.
Stage 1 started out at Staughton Vale, with a roller-coaster descent down to Balliang and a subsequent ascent, repeated after a ‘hotdog’ turn; riders having to tackle 76 kilometers of varied and difficult terrain. The main race saw A grade start off very casually, having a chat and enjoying the nice sunshine. This tranquillity was disturbed by Commisaire Laurie Norris suggesting they pick up the pace or B grade was going to be on their six. So, riders began rolling through and upped the pace. Paul Kenny took the first sprint; surprising the bunch with his now characteristic early-attack. Three riders rolled away from the bunch and no organised chase was given by the bunch and they picked up all remaining KOM’s/Sprints. Ollie Kent-Spark pushed the pace into the turn-around and then the bunch rolled inconsistent turns for the remainder of the stage. The lead riders were caught with about 10km left to ride, with Kent-Spark adjusting the pace as required to deter any last minute attacks, only just being beaten to the line by Dudkiewicz to take the stage.
Stage 2 saw the weary riders re-mount after lunch and head off for the notoriously difficult and taxing Granite Road stage, with one gruelling foray over the gravel of Box Forest Road, before the long climb to the hilltop finish. A grade started with the bunch absolutely flying for the first 10km, and after the intermediate sprint things eased up and there was a sense of impending action; with both the gravel section and then the climb to come. Luckily there were only a couple of hairy moments on the gravel and aside from Josh Zammit who punctured, all got through unscathed. Once at the base of the climb, it was Kent-Spark who pushed the pace up the first two-part climb and dislodged most of the field; with only 4 other riders tenaciously locked-onto his rear wheel. Undoubtedly the short nature of the climb and a stiff headwind meant riders could follow Kent-Spark comfortably. Once over the initial climb into the rollers, the pace eased and a series of attacks and counter-attacks ensued. Most riders didn’t know where the exact location of the finish, so the result was a tentative series of early sprints, attacks and counter-attacks. In the end, Kent-Spark attacked; Dudkiewicz went after him and rolled by just as Kent-Spark hesitated, unsure of where the finish actually was. Dudkiewicz kept his head down and finished ahead of Kent-Spark with Hamish Munro coming in just behind for an amazing third.
The scene was set for the Stage 3 showdown at the Sandy Creek circuit, with 3 laps and 90 kilometers of hard running over hills and through the gravel to make the final finish line, with A Grade again setting a hectic pace on the gravel section that saw a few riders shelled but the bunch staying intact. With Dudkiewicz and Kent-Spark keeping an eye on each other, and on the talented 17 year old Munro, it came down to a bunch sprint, with Dudkiewicz topping off a wonderful Tour and ensuring his 6th win in a row by taking the win. ‘I have never won this race easily, every one of the six wins has been hard work, and it has always been against one or two guys that are right there on the pace. It is always uncertain and I have fond memories of those battles, and Oliver (Kent-Spark) is a classy rider and a really nice, humble, guy both on and off the bike, and he was clearly the strongest guy in the bunch. I wish him all the best as he heads to Europe to ride with the Cannondale-Drapac team.’
B-Grade’s Tour was dominated by Yarraville resident Jared Raynes; the 33 year old scientist and expatriate New Zealander a cut above and in control for the whole of the race. Stage 1 saw riders start at an insane pace, and even though the pressure saw riders stretched to the limit on a few occasions, the bunch was mostly intact for the first uphill finish, with Raynes taking the win from Liam Green and Thomas Rebesco. ‘This Tour went very well for me. I took the uphill sprint win on the first stage and then on the second stage I knew that I already had an advantage, so I wasn’t going to attack; I followed the moves and I found that at the end I still had plenty left, so I just went for it.’ The bunch were blown apart on Stage 2, with riders forming grupettos from the gravel section, and finishing strung out. Raynes gained 18 valuable seconds on Rebesco, with the scene set for the last stage. With the bunch staying mostly intact after a few unsuccessful attempts to break away, it was Craig Evans, who had punctured on Day 1, who snuck away and mounted a long, lonely ride to take the solo win. A few seconds behind, Raynes was content with the bunch finish. ‘I played it safe on the last stage; I kept my eyes on the guys who were close to me on time, and I really felt I could follow them if they attacked. It feels great to win the Tour; it was super-fun.’
C-Grade was dominated by 37 year old Yarraville resident Raphael Hammond, who again lacked experience but had the legs in the hills. ‘The hilltop finishes suited me for stages 1 and 2; I think the 2nd stage even more. Halfway through the gravel section, I noticed one of the female riders (Erin Kennealy) had a race plate number holder on her bike, so I thought to myself ‘She knows what she’s doing’, so when she put the hammer down I jumped on her wheel, and it felt pretty good. As the gravel kicked up, Erin started to fatigue, so off I went, and before long I made it to the two riders up the road who had broken away, and just went past and kept going and gapped them. I buried myself all the way to the finish and gained some good time. So then on day 2 I sat in for a bit and then put the power down again on the gravel section, and went hard for the KOMs; The sprint for the finish was pretty hectic as we were side by side, and I felt I didn’t need to win so I just made sure I finished with the leaders. It feels great to win on my first attempt.’ Hammond took the win from Martin Oroszi and Paul Downes, both of whom are showing excellent form going into the Club Championships next week.
D-Grade was taken out by Williamstown resident Jill Stevenson; the 48 year old making the most of the combined C/D start. ‘I think the fact that we started with C worked to my advantage; I figured if I hung onto the back of C for as long as I could It was the best strategy, and in the hills I seemed to hang on longer than the guys in D who didn’t enjoy the hills as much.’ Stevenson took the win from Joe Caruana and Umberto Scolaro.
Final Results – After Stage 3:
Main Race: 1st Dom Dudkiewicz, 2nd Oliver Kent-Spark, 3rd Hamish Munro, 4th Trent Clifford, 5th Miles DaCosta, 6th Chris Munro, 7th Leigh Kelly, 8th Travis Edwards, 9th Joshua Zammit, 10th Paul Kenny.
Sprint King: Dom Dudkiewicz.
King of the Mountains: Oliver Kent-Spark.
B Grade: 1st Jared Raynes, 2nd Thomas Rebesco, 3rd Alastair Delooze, 4th Liam Green, 5th Ben McCarthy, 6th Peter McQuade, 7th John Mogavero, 8th Ben Redpath, 9th Dennis Neal, 10th Michael Dam, 11th Graeme Cole, 12th Mark Micallef, 13th Michael Hazeldine, 14th Craig Evans, 15th David Walker, 16th Patrick Varas, 17th Tim Robertson, 18th James Bell.
Sprint King: Alastair Delooze
King of the Mountains: Jared Raynes.
C Grade: 1st Raphael Hammond, 2nd Martin Oroszi, 3rd Paul Downes, 4th Sam Tammaro, 5th David Lane, 6th Erin Kennealy, 7th Tiernan Clark, 8th Ross Schubach, 9th Jill Stevenson(D), 10th Phil Tehan, 11th Brad Clapham, 12th Marcus Olive, 13th Joe Caruana(D), 14th Umberto Scolaro(D), 15th Barry Heywood(D), 16th Michael Scragg(D).
Sprint King: Marcus Olive.
King of the Mountains: Raphael Hammond.
First Female Finisher: Erin Kennealy.
D Grade winner: Jill Stevenson.
Footscray Cycling Club Hugh Cram Memorial @ Flinders Ave, June 3rd 2018.
Riders gathered at the Little River Cricket Club to contest race #6 of the Footscray Cycling Club’s Winter Road Season; the very much coveted Hugh Cram Memorial Handicap, held to honour a man who joined the FCC in 1939, served the Club for half a century, including as President, was made both a Life Member, then a Legend of the Club; was made a both a Life Member of Cycling Victoria and recently posthumously elevated to the Cycling Victoria Hall of Fame. In perfect autumn conditions, 5 bunches of determined riders set off to contest 80 kilometers of hard racing on the deceptively difficult Flinders Avenue circuit around the base of the You-Yangs near Little River; the handicap format requiring each bunch of riders to co-operate and push themselves to the limit to keep the chasing bunches at bay, with the gun riders of Scratch starting out with a 24-minute deficit to make up over Limit.
By Lap 4, after sweeping up 2nd Scratch, it was clear that Scratch were not going to catch the bunches up the road, even though they were going as hard as they could, likewise the Middle-markers rode a lonely race, not being caught but not catching either. It was the smooth, experienced, evenly-matched 2nd Limit who seized the day, reeling in Limit (a few of whom managed to hold on and contest the sprint, including first female finisher Diane Edwards) and powered along at great pace, staying a full 5 minutes clear of the chasing bunches behind. In the sprint it was 27-year-old Melton resident Liam Green who convincingly took the sprint for the Overall Win from Martin Oroszi and Brad Clapham, with Club Champ Dom Dudkiewicz taking Fastest Time 5 minutes later. P.E. teacher Green, who started racing with the Club in 2017, made the transition from Triathlon to Cycling to keep fit in the off-season. ‘My bunch worked really well today; we rode a really consistent tempo that we could all cope with, communicated really well, and I listened to the advice the experienced guys kept delivering; that really helped me big time. At the end I jumped as late as I could; you don’t realize how steep the climb is until you look back at it. My last race at She-oaks I went too early and it cost me the win, so I left it to the last minute today and it paid off well; it was a good decision.”
1st Liam Green @ 2:03:33 (corrected 1:59:03), 2nd Martin Oroszi, 3rd Bradley Clapham, 4th Paul Downes, 5th William Hamilton, 6th Diane Edwards, 7th Phil Tehan, 8th Tom Gray.
1st Female: Diane Edwards.
Fastest Time: Dominik Dudkiewicz @ 2:08:34 (corrected 1:44:34)
Footscray Cycling Club Graded Road Race #4 @ Sheoaks, May 19th 2018.
Riders gathered at Maude to contest race #4 of the Footscray Cycling Club’s Winter Road Season; the hilly course challenging all with several serious ascents, descents and fast running rolling hills.
It was a tough race of attrition in A-Grade which saw the bunch continually get smaller, and by the 3rd lap only 6 riders remained; eventual winner Dylan Lyndsey, Josh Zammit, Hamish Munro, Tony Hallam, Miles DaCosta and Nick Locandro. From that point onwards, every rider attempted to ride off the front or attack, but the six remained together for a bunch sprint with Portland CC rider Lyndsey coming away with the win from the in-form Zammit and veteran Tony Hallam.
B-Grade’s race, a small cadre of gun riders decided to set an impossible pace from the outset; with James Abbey, Mark Reynolds and David Bertovic doing the lion’s share of the damage which saw rider after rider unceremoniously shelled and the lead group keep pace with A-Grade up ahead. In the end, Abbey took the win from Reynolds and Bertovic; the three earmarking themselves for an upgrade with this stunning performance.
C-Grade’s race was run in a similar manner to B, with only 4 riders being in the lead bunch for the last lap after a massive rate of attrition in the first two laps; in the end it was Richard Parker who took the win from Liam Green and Paul Downes.
The D-Grade bunch headed out for 2 laps of ‘under control’ rolling at a very strong pace, at which point the talented young kids took off and demonstrated their sensational speed up the hills as the group climbed out of Steiglitz. Veteran gun Phil Tehan and Women’s D winner and gun hillclimber Diane Edwards worked sensationally together to chase and catch the gang of youths with about 5km to go, after going full throttle for about 5 kilometers. The sprint saw the 3 young riders smash themselves in the sprint; youthful exuberance and the desire to win paying off for winner Daniel Warfe, who held off Nick Frisbh in second place and Sam Satchell in third.
A-Grade: 1st Dylan Lyndsey (Portland), 2nd Joshua Zammit, 3rd Tony Hallam, 4th Miles DaCosta, 5th Hamish Munro.
B-Grade: 1st James Abbey (3RL), 2nd Mark Reynolds, 3rd David Bertovic (HCC), 4th Geoff Robertson, 5th Evan Miller.
C-Grade: 1st Richard Parker, 2nd Liam Green, 3rd Paul Downes, 4th Shane Parker, 5th David Lane.
D-Men: 1st Daniel Warfe (BCC), 2nd Nick Frisbh (GCC), 3rd Sam Satchell (Geel MTB), 4th Diane Edwards, 5th Phil Tehan.
D-Women: 1st Diane Edwards.
The Footscray Cycling Club’s AGM was held at the Balliang Hall on Sunday 6 May, and to quote Women’s Officer Karen Lechner, ‘An AGM shouldn’t bring people to tears!’ The Club, established in 1894, chose to make me a Life Member, nominated by my mentor, Life Member Phillip Tehan, and Club Legend (and Melb-Warny Superman) Frank Zanatta. To say I am honoured is an understatement. The Club is massively important to me, which is why I am committed to being its Secretary, and seeing it move from strength to strength. The wonderful challenges this Club has afforded me, both on and off the bike; the friendships, the camaraderie, the purpose. I am, and always will be, loyal to my club, the mighty Footscray Cycling Club.
The cherry on top? To play a part in honouring a great servant of the Club, Mark Zanatta, in deservedly becoming only the Club’s 4th ever Legend, was also something wonderful. To see his father, Frankie, present his son with the highest honour the Club can bestow… well there was not a dry eye in the house.
The existing Executive Committee were also largely re-elected for another year; President Miles Dacosta, Vice President Graham Wilson, Treasurer Murray Jenkins, Secretary Mark Micallef and Executive Members (new David Lane –welcome!), Mark Zanatta, Michael Dam, Bernie O’Sullivan, William Hamilton, David Walker, Shane McGuirk, Greg Lane, James Bell, Michael Hazeldine, Karen Lechner, Vito Depetro, and there for his wisdom and rapier-like wit, Frank Zanatta!
In addition to the committee, a number of members carry out vital operational roles for the club, and we would be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge and thank them. They include: Chief Commissaire (ahem, LEGEND!!) Mark Zanatta (whose car and house are filled to the brim with our stuff, and whose life is dominated by working hard to keep the Club running), Commissaires Stephen Michetti, David Danson, Laurie Norris & Ross Liley (don’t argue with these characters!), Entries/Eventarc Michael Dam (ably assisted by the wonderful Sarah) (What was that Mr Froome, you want to enter D-Grade?), Handicapper Shane McGuirk (Take those bandages off, you’re fooling nobody), Marshalling Roster Vito Depetro (Have I got a deal for YOU!!), Race Permits Jason Southby (Purveyor of the Pandora’s box that is Race Permits). (Just to name a few!)
The Club would like to thank everyone for the enormous contribution they make to the club so that members can enjoy great competitive and social racing all year round. (Phil and his two brooms and 3 wind blowers included!)
Importantly, we have had a significant increase in members this calendar year with many new riders joining the FCC, including a significant number of women. We welcome them and hope they enjoy racing with us. Our crit numbers especially were very healthy!
Financially, the club is in a stronger position in 2018 than it was in 2017, and we are currently working with Wyndham Council to get the FCC a permanent Crit Track and Clubhouse built.
And lastly, our wonderful Members, who stand up and dig in, do their duties and help where they can; we are part of a great community of like-minded lunatics who all do their bit and more.
All in all, the Footscray Cycling Club is in great shape and we have a bright future ahead of us!
-Mark Micallef, Secretary.
Footscray Cycling Club Salter Memorial Graded Road Race #2, May 6th 2018.
The Footscray Cycling Club’s second road race of the 2018 season saw riders head out to Balliang on a perfect autumn morning, with riders completing the climb through Staughton-Vale, over Granite Road, and testing their skills on the gravel sections.
In A-Grade an even field of riders started off from Balliang, and the pace from the start was solid enough to have riders in distress from the start. This settled into a routine, with attacks at every climb and through the dirt section. Miles DaCosta attacked on the dirt road section on the first lap and got away solo, but the bunch worked well together to keep him at around 20 seconds and he was brought back by the final lap. On the final two climbs into Staughton Value and over Granite Road, riders ascended pretty hard and there were only 5 left (DaCosta, Small, Munro, Rebesco, Zammit) heading towards the final gravel road section. ‘From there we all attacked each other numerous times and Miles was able to get away over the final few kilometers; I managed to bridge across to him coming to the final corner and passed him around the final corner and managed to hold him off to the line.’ Zammit took the win from DaCosta in second place and Travis Small in third place.
B-Grade’s race again had a solid pace and numerous attacks on the first lap, and with the high pace a few riders were in distress early. Newport resident Peter McQuade may not be the fastest over the sharp climb over Granite Road, but his horsepower on the flat more than made up for that. ‘On the Granite Road climb I got to the top and saw the others relax so I decided to push over the top and Ben Redpath also went with me. We managed to hold about a 20 second lead to the gravel section. We managed to get across the gravel section with a 150 metre gap on a small chasing group; I ended up dropping Ben with 3 km to go, and I could see someone else almost getting across before the turn into Balliang, so I increased my speed and maintained a gap of 12 seconds before the final turn and held on to the finish.’ McQuade took the win from Gerard Zammit (who had caught and then passed Ben Redpath) who took second place, with Redpath taking a strong third place.
C-Grade’s race was run at a solid tempo, which invariably lifted on every climb, which dropped riders, and as numbers dwindled riders then rode the race more like a handicap than a road race. Everyone seemed to share the load and try to stay clear of any chasers. On the final climb over Granite Road four riders (Hicks, Norton, Lane, Tammaro) got away, at which part the games began; riders now preparing for the end-game. Tammaro jumped first, with Dave Lane latched onto his wheel. The pair though, were overhauled with a huge push by eventual winner Phillip Hicks and second placed Barry Norton, with Lane holding on to take third place.
D-Grade and E-Grade both rode similar races, with solid early pace translating into solo efforts and differing energy levels spreading the bunches out somewhat. In the end, Barry Heywood took the Men’s D win, Jill Stevenson the Women’s D, and Rebecca Patrick a very strong E-Grade win.
A-Grade: 1st Josh Zammit, 2nd Miles Dacosta, 3rd Travis Small, 4th Thomas Rebesco, 5th Hamish Munro.
B-Grade: 1st Peter McQuade, 2nd Gerard Zammit, 3rd Ben Redpath, 4th Dale Cameron, 5th Vito Depetro.
C-Grade: 1st Phillip Hicks, 2nd Barry Norton, 3rd David Lane, 4th Sam Tammaro, 5th Tiernan Clark.
D-Men: 1st Barry Heywood, 2nd Tom Moloney, 3rd Phil Tehan, 4th Tommy Gray, 5th Shane McGuirk.
D-Women: 1st Jill Stevenson, 2nd Zoe Ferguson, 3rd Gina McVicar.
E-Grade: 1st Rebecca Patrick, 2nd Natalie Tancredi, 3rd Angela Sandars.
Footscray Cycling Club Graded Road Race #1, April 29 2018.
The Footscray Cycling Club’s first road race of the 2018 season saw riders head out to Balliang, with Grades A to D being joined by a Women’s Participation Race for the first time; all riders enjoying the ‘out-and-back’ course that starts in Balliang, climbs through Staughton Vale to the base of Granite Road, and returns to Balliang.
In A-Grade a contingent of Drapac EF team riders joined an already strong bunch; with a very solid pace being the order for the day, with Club Champ Dominik Dudkiewicz noting the race’s high average wattage. ‘It was an uncharacteristically steady race; we had a few of the Drapac guys out with us today and they kept the tempo high which flattened the race out a bit. Nicholas White attacked a couple of times and was out for 10 kays each time and we bought him back which again kept the pace at a steady grind. A few of us tried to get away from the bunch but it was too calm so the bunch came back together. Maybe a third of the bunch was shelled by the end which was down to the high pace. It was a bunch sprint at the end and we rolled into the tricky, narrow finish with a headwind; maybe 300 meters out Nicholas started his sprint and I chased him, closed in and then went around and held them off.’ Dudkiewicz took the win from a swag of Drapac riders, with Nicholas White taking second place and Oliver Kent-Spark taking third place.
B-Grade’s race kicked off with a long break by Patrick Varas, with the rest of the bunch testing each other out to ascertain the best tactics for the day, with Ben Redpath and Waleed Elatawy both mounting a few serious jumps; and after a series of attacks, counter-attacks and chase-downs through the hills, the bunch went into the final lap of Balliang largely intact; the headwind sprint seeing quite a few riders launch too early. It was 50-year-old Newport resident Peter McQuade who made the most of the headwind sprint. ‘After the last corner I tried an attack into the headwind; that didn’t work. So I rolled to the back and resigned myself to being at the back of the sprint, but then it slowed up and a gap opened on the right and I thought I’d have a crack at it, and the others were tiring and I was fresh and had the good luck to find a way through.’ McQuade took the win from Redpath in second place and Vito Depetro in third place.
C-Grade’s race was dominated by new riders; the bunch testing each other out as they climbed towards Staughton Vale. The bunch stayed together until the first time up Staughton Vale Road when riders increased the tempo. Heading up to the turnaround point Tiernan Clark drove the group, dropping several riders. On lap two, Paul Downes went up the road and had about 600m on the bunch, though he was brought back to the bunch before Hannans Rd. Dave Lane and Clark then attacked to see if they could get a break but the bunch were too willing to chase. In the end as riders were heading towards the finish there was a lot of jostling for position for the sprint, but it was difficult to get into a good position to sprint because of the narrow road. In the end it was Paul Reed who took a strong win from Simon Butler and Liam Green.
D-Grade men saw 40-year-old Point Cook resident Benjamin Lowe take his maiden win on his maiden race. ‘This was the first race I have ever done so I learned a lot from the experience. It was great having a few guys there to control the race and offer advice at the start. I pretty much sat at the back, worked my way across to the right and with 100 meters to go I just went for it.’ Lowe took the sprint from Barry Heywood and Umberto Scolaro.
46-year-old Williamstown resident Fiona Haddrell took a strong win in Women’s D. ‘I had a great ride today; the weather was beautiful, great group of people to ride with. The first climb was challenging and it took time for me to get a bit of energy back, but when I got to the sprint I was behind another rider and protected from the headwind and when I could see the flag I thought I could just go for it, so I did and I could hear Zoe behind me.’
The Women’s Participation Race saw 14 new riders enjoy their first road race under the guidance of Karen Lechner, Sarah Dam, Shane McGuirk, Greg and Jess Lane ; the girls loving the experience and gaining so much valuable instruction from our team of Instructors on the day. The post-race coffee, cake and debrief saw many gals go home with new pals and a positive experience to share with their loved ones.
A-Grade: 1st Dominik Dudkiewicz, 2nd Nicholas White, 3rd Oliver Kent-Spark, 4th Liam White, 5th Jason Costin.
B-Grade: 1st Peter McQuade, 2nd Ben Redpath, 3rd Vito Depetro, 4th Waleed Eltatawy, 5th Michael Hazeldene.
C-Grade: 1st Paul Reed, 2nd Simon Butler, 3rd Liam Green, 4th Sam Tammaro, 5th Phillip Hicks.
D-Grade Men: 1st Benjamin Lowe, 2nd Barry Heywood, 3rd Umberto Scolaro.
D-Grade Women: 1st Fiona Haddrell, 2nd Zoe Ferguson, 3rd Gina McVicar.
Footscray Cycling Club 58th Bob Robson Memorial Anzac Crits, April 25 2018.
The 58th Bob Robson Memorial Anzac Day Criteruims were held around Williamstown High School on a calm autumn afternoon, with four categories of quality riders ready to face the difficult and challenging layout around Williamstown High School for the last, and most prestigious, ctierium of the season. With a strong field of gun riders assembling on the start line of A-Grade Men, riders knew it would be on from the start, and it was, in earnest. With the first 20 minutes of racing being run at a 46 kph average, 38-year-old Newport resident Paul Kenny was not going to die wondering and seized his opportunity in the dying stages of the race. ‘I was actually really nervous about today because I had a plan but it involved sitting at the back for the first half of the race, but this circuit is so tight that the bunch often breaks up into several groups, and I had looked at the start list and it was a really strong field, so I was really banking on it staying together. It was a hellishly quick race early on, so full credit to anyone who finished. So with a lap and three-quarters to go I attacked and Adam Murchie was up the road; when I bridged I came past him as hard as I could and then I did the last lap on my own. It’s a short circuit and I was happy with the gap that I had so I just kept focussed and powered through the corners and really had to sort through the thoughts of winning going through my head and I was getting emotional and the crowd were going crazy. I saw I had the gap I needed so I could enjoy the win with a victory salute. There are some really amazing riders who have won this race and are on the Honour Board, so I am pretty chuffed to know my name with go on to that board.’ Kenny took the win just ahead of Henry Dietze, with last year’s winner, Dom Dudkiewicz taking third place.
In A-Grade Women, Richmond resident Sarah Gigante continued with her fantastic season-long form to take the win with a long solo breakaway; the 17-year-old using her time-trial skills to power away from the bunch. ‘Yeah my plan was to put the power down and see if anyone could go with me; I didn’t want to leave it to a sprint and I like time-trialling so I just went as hard as I could. It was the first time I have raced this circuit, and it’s pretty tight and makes for interesting racing, some of the corners are off-camber and it’s quite bumpy. So it was better to be out on my own as I could choose my own racing line. It was pretty special to win this crit. I have had a great summer; I had some good wins at the Nationals on the track and on the road, and then got a couple of medals at the Oceanias.’ Gigante took the win from Nonie Carr in second place and Vanessa Wong in third place.
The Men’s Support Race arguably saw the canniest win of the day, with 45-year-old Altona resident and Irish expatriate Simon Whelan giving the bunch a master class in how to race a hard, tight crit. ‘I felt pretty poorly at the start, I just couldn’t open my lungs up and was struggling, so I was at the back a fair bit. But as the race went on I felt better, and with two laps to go I jumped across to the two guys up the road, and right on the line as we got the bell, I jumped them and put it in the big gear all the way home. I was confident but It was still all or nothing.’ Whelan chose the perfect time to go, with the bunch just having brought back a serious breakaway started by Peter McQuade, and sprung the jump on the bunch when they were unable or unwilling to react. Whelan took the win clear of Peter McQuade in second and Dale Cameron I third place. ‘It feels great to win this year because I had a really bad crash in this race last year; I ended up with a hairline fracture of the tibia so I was a bit nervous about today.’
The Women’s Support Race saw 36-year-old East Melbourne resident Sarah Smith take a strong win from Joanna Ford and Julia Martin. ‘In the first sprint Jo Ford and I attacked and got a gap but we couldn’t keep it, so we did the same thing again at the next sprint and this time four of us got away and we carried on and we stayed away. I got to the last corner in front and took the best line through the corner.’ Smith took the win from Ford and Arnold.
A-Grade Men: 1st Paul Kenny, 2nd Henry Dietze, 3rd Dom Dudkiewicz, 4th Brad Erickson, 5th Samuel Barnden.
A-Grade Women: 1st Sarah Gigante, 2nd Nonie Carr, 3rd Vanessa Wong, 4th Erin Mitchell, 5th Leanna James.
Support Race Men: 1st Simon Whelan, 2nd Peter McQuade, 3rd Dale Cameron, 4th Ben Redpath, 5th Glen Wright.
Support Race Women: 1st Sarah Smith, 2nd Joanna Ford, 3rd Julia Arnold, 4th Kath Simpson, 5th Tamaryn Stevens.
Footscray CC R#38 Elimination Graded Scratch Races @ Drake Blvd, 22/04/18
In absolutely picture-perfect Autumn conditions, riders converged upon Altona’s much-loved Drake Boulevard circuit to contest a series of ‘Elimination’ races, with the last rider on set laps being eliminated from the race. A series of blistering attacks in A-Grade’s race saw many riders in distress for the first 10 minutes, at which point the race pace stabilised until just before the 40-minute mark that would see the eliminations start. It was 23-year-old Brunswick East resident Sam Barnden who decided to attack and go off the front, with ex-Club champion Adam Murchie joining him up the road. The Melb Uni CC rider made sure the two-man break stuck. ‘Just before the eliminations I broke away with Adam Murchie so I can’t say I saw any of the elimination format! We knew they had started but we controlled the situation. What we saw was the main bunch surge for a sprint and then drop back, and it kind of played into our hands as we could just ride smoothly and pull turns; I had to do a few fast turns when the bunch were catching us, but we held the gap.’ Barnden and Murchie ended the race in first and second place respectively, with Patrick Drapac taking the bunch sprint and third place.
In B-Grade, after quite a few riders were thinned from the herd, it was Josh Spagnolo who overhauled John Reagan just before the finish line to take the win, with Steven Moses taking third just in behind the pair.
In C-Grade, 53-year-old Kew resident Gary Lowe took a gruelling sprint to take a well-deserved win from Phil Hicks in second and Sam Tammaro in third; the Hawthorn CC rider really manhandling his bike to keep the other riders at bay. ‘It was a great race; I really enjoyed the elimination format as it keeps you on your toes. I was more prepared and ready for the sprints this time. Really big shout out to the Footscray Cycling Club as they run a fantastic crit here; I will be making this a priority next season. I don’t stand and sprint very often so the bars got a real workout in the sprint today, and with the finish on the back straight lengthening the sprint out by 50 or 60 meters it suited me down to the ground.’
D-Grade saw several guest riders dominate the race, with Pat Brophy crossing the line enthusiastically crossing the line in first place, with James Ryan taking second from Roel Burghouwt.
E Grade saw our newest riders enjoy the early morning race under the super instruction of Sarah Dam; and after a long period of racing under control, it was 32-year-old first time racer and Glen Iris resident Claire Lawford who settled her pre-race nerves by taking the win. ‘It was my first race and I loved it! I was very nervous at the start, but once I got rolling I felt great; mainly because the other girls were so supportive and the instruction from Sarah really was helpful; at the end I stayed with the bunch until just before the last corner and then I gave it all I had. I had no idea what was going on behind me but I just kept pushing. I was nice to win, but it wasn’t the win that made me happy; it has built my confidence and I definitely will do it again!’ Lawford took the win from Kath Simpson in second place and Natalie Tancredi in third place.
A: 1st Sam Barnden, 2nd Adam Murchie, 3rd Patrick Drapac, 4th Andrew Smeal.
B: 1st Josh Spagnolo, 2nd John Reagan, 3rd Steven Moses, 4th James Bell, 5th Lynden Blackley.
C: 1st Gary Lowe, 2nd Phil Hicks, 3rd Sam Tammaro, 4th Kai Donaldson.
D: 1st Pat Brophy, 2nd James Ryan, 3rd Roel Burghouwt.
D Women: 1st Emma Andrews, 2nd Jill Stevenson, 3rd Sarah Dam.
E: 1st Claire Lawford, 2nd Kath Simpson, 3rd Natalie Tancredi.
Footscray CC R#34 Eric Turner Memorial Criterium Championships @ Drake Blvd, 25/03/18
With a strong and blustery North-Westerly howling, and dark clouds threatening rain, Footscray Cycling Club riders converged upon Altona’s much-loved Drake Boulevard circuit to contest the Eric Turner Memorial Club Criterium Championships. A series of blistering tailwind attacks in A-Grade’s race saw the field thinned down considerably before the 30-minute mark. At this point riders unleashed a series of serious attacks, and reigning Club Criterium and Road Champ, 34-year-old Melton Resident Dominik Dudkiewicz, was a marked man stuck in the bunch who saw the danger. ‘I think the haed/tail wind meant it was hard breaking up the bunch; and everyone seemed to have a plan that I wasn’t part of. Every time I got into a break it seemed to stall. With 5 laps to go I was frustrated and stuck.’ So Dudkiewicz took a gamble and set out to get to the leading riders. ‘I knew I had to bridge to the guys up the road or I would regret it, and it was a very hard ask to get across- it really hurt and I didn’t have a lot of energy left. I got to Brad Erickson who was in no-man’s-land hoping to join forces but he was cooked, so I kept going, and got onto Miles DaCosta and Lachlan Marshal and recovered somewhat. I knew that once I got there I could take the sprint and that was the way it played out. Dudkiewicz took the sprint a few bike lengths clear of DaCosta and Marshal, with Jason Costin taking the bunch sprint in behind.
In the Women’s Open race, after a civilized few laps together the attacks started, and within 20 minutes it was split into two bunches, and the front bunch of four women then split again into two bunches of two apiece after Diane Edwards threw in an attack in an attempt to get away and solo to victory. That left Edwards in a great position with Erika Gosney, with reigning Champ Sarah Dam in hot pursuit with Jill Stevenson. Gosney and Edwards kept the pressure up and maintained their lead over the chasers, and then began positioning themselves for the sprint to the line. With Edwards laying off on the last lap in second wheel and looking good for the win, it was Gosney who was in the less advantageous position. As they headed into the sprint, Gosney’s gears refused to index for several precious seconds, which then meant she lost valuable momentum; the pair approached the line side by side, and it was Gosney who took the win by a tyre width from Edwards in second place, with Sarah Dam taking the sprint behind for third place.
In B-Grade, it was 22-year-old Williamstown resident and new to B rider John Ross who took the win after chasing down a late breakaway. It was on in earnest from 20 minutes in, attacks and counter attacks but no one could stay away until, at 15 min to go, Pete McQuade rolled off the front with Antonio Marino & Glen Gbresa and they soon had a promising 20 second gap, at which stage Vito Depetro bridged to them with John Ross but by then they’d started attacking each other and lost momentum, so the game was up. With 3 laps to go Pete McQuade put the foot down and strung the bunch out with Antonio Marino taking the opportunity to make a dash for the line. With the bunch in hot pursuit of Marino, Ross found himself at the pointy end of the chase when he launched; passing Marino about half-way up the finish straight, Ross taking a very strong win from Marino in second place and Vito Depetro in third place.
In C-Grade, Altona Meadows resident and eventual winner Ben Redpath dictated the race pace with an early attack that saw the bunch have to get organised and chase hard. ‘It started off relatively slow so I put a bit of pressure on and went on a bit of a solo break; no one wanted to come out with me so I went back to the bunch and put a bit of pressure on again. At the end I found a nice little wheel and I just kept moving up; I only hit the front on the last corner and I saw some shadows coming left and right so I went as hard as I could” Redpath crossed the line clear of new member Tam Nguyen and Dan Atkins to take the medallion.
D-Grade were foolish enough to let 75 year old Werribee resident Tommy Gray roll off the front in the last 20 minutes of their race; the time trial specialist taking advantage of his one opportunity to take the win. ‘I am in training for the Veteran’s Games, so I was wanting a hit out today; with about 20 minutes to go off I went and it was hard out there on my own but that’s how I like it. I did about 5 laps and I am better off doing it on my own because I can do it at my pace.’ Gray just held off the chasing bunch, who were mere centimeters behind him and the finish line, with Walter Chetcuti taking second place and Tom Moloney third place.
A: 1st Dominik Dudkiewicz, 2nd Miles DaCosta, 3rd Lachlan Marshal, 4th Jason Costin, 5th Shane Ward.
B: 1st John Ross, 2nd Antonio Marino, 3rd Vito Depetro, 4th Dale Cameron, 5th David Walker.
C: 1st Ben Redpath, 2nd Tam Nguyen, 3rd Dan Atkins, 4th Sam Tammaro, 5th Colin Morris.
D: 1st Tommy Gray, 2nd Walter Chetcuti, 3rd Tom Moloney, 4th Barry Haywood, 5th Roel Burghhouwt.
Women: 1st Erika Gosney, 2nd Diane Edwards, 3rd Sarah Dam, 4th Jill Stevenson, 5th Gina McVicar
Footscray CC R#32 Graded Scratch Races @ Drake Blvd, 4/3/18
Round 32 of Footscray CC’s Criterium Season saw riders head out to Drake Blvd in Altona on a perfect Autumn day, with a large field of A-Grade riders maintaining an average speed of 45 kph, staying together until the mass bunch sprint. Dom Dudkiewicz took the very busy sprint from Henry Dietze and Shane Ward, and in B-Grade Corey Basaraba took the bunch sprint in a crash-marred last lap ahead of Josh Spagnolo and Vito Depetro.
Meanwhile in C, a 3-man breakaway cleaned up, with Waleed Eltatawy taking the breakaway win from Declan Cargill and Angus Vander and D-Grade newcomer Kasper Voogt pulled off a solo breakaway to take the win from Tom King and Sean Bolger.
Summer Series Race #3 placings: (1st 10pts, 2nd 8pts, 3rd 6pts, 4th 4pts, 5th 2pts 6th + 1 pt).
A: 1st Dom Dudkiewicz, 2nd Henry Dietze, 3rd Shame Ward, 4th James Anthony, 5th Paul Kenny.
B: 1st Corey Basaraba 2nd Josh Spagnolo, 3rd Vito Depetro, 4th Paolo Biondi, 5th Gianfelice Fonte.
C: 1st Waleed Eltatawy, 2nd Declan Cargill, 3rd Angus Vander, 4th Colin Morris, 5th Les Kennett.
D: 1st Kasper Voogt, 2nd Tom King, 3rd Sean Bolger, 4th Daniel Warfe, 5th Jackson Clarke.
Footscray CC R#30 Summer Series Race #4 @ Drake Blvd, 25/02/18
Round 30 of Footscray CC’s Summer Criterium Season saw riders head out to Drake Blvd in Altona for the Summer Series Grand Final, with A-Grade having two winners on the day; 30-year-old Sydney resident and St George Cycling Team rider Morgan Smith taking the race win and Club Champ Dominik Dudkiewicz taking the Summer Series win. Morgan was impressed with the quality and depth of the guys in the bunch. ‘This was the biggest and strongest Footscray field I’ve come across and it was harder than normal; What I really wanted was to let a break go for most of the race and bring it back towards the end, but the bunch closed everything down too quickly. With 3 laps to go I thought it was time to say goodbye so I went. Dom was on my wheel but he was more focussed on the Series win, so I whacked it out of the corner and I was happy to take the win and Dom was happy to take the Series.’ Smith took the win from Dudkiewicz in close proximity, with Paul Kenny continuing his fine form with a strong third place.
The biggest surprise came in B-Grade, where 53-year-old Werribee resident Mark Micallef pulled off a long shot, going from 4th in the series to taking the win by getting into the winning break at the half way mark of the race. ‘What a great day; you have a lot of poor days on a bike so today was a real joy. Every move I made stuck and every time I rolled the dice I came up sevens. I saw Matt Arthur attack and I had been in a break with him before; he is super strong, so I bridged, just, and then we got to work. The bunch were huge and chasing hard, so we had all but resigned ourselves to being caught when they eased off right on our tails, so off we went again, and at that time we saw another rider, Adrian Ward, riding to us. It was manna from heaven as he was brilliant into the wind, going as hard as we were with a tailwind. Even better, I saw Corey Basaraba bridging and then we had 4 committed riders. We absolutely buried ourselves, and it paid off as pretty soon we were 30 seconds up. When it came to the sprint, I knew I didn’t have much of a chance, so I took the initiative of hitting the front just before the last corner, jammed it in the gutter, made more noise than Puffing Billy and never looked behind.’ Micallef took the sprint narrowly from Arthur and Ward; the win giving him the unlikely Series win as well.
Meanwhile in C, Footscray CC rider and Williamstown resident John Ross took today’s win and cleaned up in the Series; the 22-year-old being able to ride at the pointy end for all four races. ‘First I took a win in D and was promoted, and then I took one second place and two wins in C, and it was a real challenge. I now have a new challenge in riding B Grade. It was a strange race today; we had guys who had a huge lead, but a few of us chased and then when my four caught the two out front we were clear and kept going.’ Ross took the win from the very consistent Simon Kelson and Declan Cargill.
D-Grade saw 42-year-old Mt Macedon gal Sarah Dam take the Women’s race and the Series in a clean sweep, playing it smart and marking her competition. ‘D women made it interesting this week; Diane Edwards knew she only had 2 points to make up on me so she went off the front with 5 to go and I was a little worried, but I kept an eye on her and the bunch seemed to be bringing her back. We had her in sight and they eased off a bit so I got to the front to make sure we caught her.’ Once caught, Dam measured her effort and made sure she was ahead of the girls who could topple her from the Series lead. Dam crossed ahead of Edwards in second and Jill Stevenson in third for both the race and the Series. D-Men saw 42-year-old Altona Meadows resident Sam Tammaro take the Series win by playing the consistency card and taking third today to stitch up his points domination. The race proper saw a pair of youngsters take first and second, with Lachlan Berry and Josh Oliver take the day’s honours; Tammaro content with a measured approach and the long game. ‘It’s great to get the overall win and show consistency for the 4 weeks. That was definitely my strategy.’
35-year-old Northcote resident and English expat Emma Andrews cleaned up in E-Grade; the Hawthorn rider taking control of the Series by winning the race. ‘Jayne D’Arcy and I were neck and neck coming into the last race, so I knew I didn’t have to win but I did have to be ahead of her; we are frenemies; we cycled down here together and have a great friendly rivalry. When we got 3 laps to go Jayne attacked and I worked very hard to get to her, then we stayed together until before the last corner; I knew I needed to sprint so I gave a real kick, screamed, and kept going flat out until I crossed the line. This win feels amazing. I started racing for fitness and to learn new skills, and when I got my first podium I really wanted to start winning! It’s addictive.’
Summer Series Race #3 placings: (1st 10pts, 2nd 8pts, 3rd 6pts, 4th 4pts, 5th 2pts 6th + 1 pt).
A: 1st Morgan Smith, 2nd Dominik Dudkiewicz, 3rd Paul Kenny, 4th Matthias Kiernan, 5th Brad Erickson.
B: 1st Mark Micallef, 2nd Matt Arthur, 3rd Adrian Ward, 4th Corey Basaraba, 5th Matt Nelson.
C: 1st John Ross, 2nd Simon Kelson, 3rd Declan Cargill, 4th Glen Purcell, 5th Ben Redpath.
D: 1st Lachlan Berry, 2nd Josh Oliver, 3rd Sam Tammaro, 4th Walter Chetcuti, 5th Steven Butter.
D Women: 1st Sarah Dam, 2nd Diane Edwards, 3rd Jill Stevenson.
E: 1st Emma Andrews, 2nd Jayne D’Arcy, 3rd Joanne Gruba, 4th Kevin Wong.
A: 1st Dominik Dudkiewicz, 2nd Henry Dietze, 3rd Paul Kenny.
B: 1st Mark Micallef, 2nd Timm Weitzel, 3rd Matt Nelson.
C: 1st John Ross, 2nd Josh Spagnolo, 3rd Simon Kelson.
D Women: 1st Sarah Dam, 2nd Diane Edwards, 3rd Jill Stevenson
D Men: 1st Sam Tammaro, 2nd Walter Chetcuti, 3rd Lachlan Berry.
E: 1st Emma Andrews, 2nd Jayne D’Arcy, 3rd Liz Campbell.
Footscray CC R#28 Summer Series Race #3 @ Drake Blvd, 18/02/18
Round 28 of Footscray CC’s Summer Criterium Season saw riders head out to Drake Blvd in Altona for the third of the four race Summer Series, with E-Grade really stepping up a level and showing their skills and speed have progressed significantly; the speed ramping up in the final few laps and the riders finishing strung out, with Meg Brown taking the win a bike length clear of Jayne D’Arcy in second, with Amanda Footit taking third place.
Next up was B-Grade, where the race was always going to end in a sprint. With a high average of over 42 kph, and most resigning themselves to the fact that no breakaway would succeed, it was a sprinter’s finish, with the winner being the man who read the play the best; it was 44-year-old Simon Whelan who made sure he was well-positioned. “You have to put yourself at the right end of the field; we were all looking for the right wheel, and I got it, as Timm Weitzel had Steve Moses leading him out for him, who was on my right trying to get in so I let him in because I saw Timm’s sprint last week (which was fantastic), but then he pulled his foot and I was so lucky because I was just about to go round him when it happened. It was too close for comfort though.’ Whelan crossed the line a few bike lengths clear of the fight for second and third, where Dale Cameron grabbed second from Mark Micallef in third by half a wheel, with Weitzel at least keeping upright and salvaging some points.
Meanwhile in D, Williamstown resident and first time racer Lachlan Berry made the most of his one day license to take the win; the 19 year old enjoying the experience. ‘It was a great first race, considering I didn’t know what to expect. My mate helped me out at the end by putting the pressure on and allowing me to come through and take the win.’ Berry was first wheel at the corner and took the sprint by half a bike length from Sam Tammaro in second and Tom Rickard in third.
C-Grade saw John Ross go one place higher than last week and take the win from Declan Gargill and Simon Kelson; Ross taking the sprint well clear of second to fifth, with Declan Cargill taking second and Simon Kelson third.
A grade saw the gutsiest move of the series so far, with Paul Kenny going off the front of A with 5 laps to go and burying himself as deep as a rider can go in an effort to keep the pack at bay. ‘I kind of just rolled off the front and when I thought I was a little clear I really pushed hard; the lead I had kept growing so I went all in, and made sure I time trialled at about 42kph. I was really banking on the bunch chase being off and on, and that seemed to be what happened. I was in a world of pain but I was getting plenty of encouragement and kept pushing.’ With one lap to go, Henry Dietze made a massive effort to bridge across to Kenny, and when he caught him he just powered past; the 15 year old taking an impressive win from an exhausted but satisfied Kenny in second place, with the hard charging bunch just behind Kenny where Matthias Kiernan took third place.
Summer Series Race #3 placings: (1st 10pts, 2nd 8pts, 3rd 6pts, 4th 4pts, 5th 2pts 6th + 1 pt).
A: 1st Henry Dietze, 2nd Paul Kenny, 3rd Matthias Kiernan, 4th Adam Murchie, 5th Josh Zammit.
B: 1st Simon Whelan, 2nd Dale Cameron, 3rd Mark Micallef, 4th Fraser Short, 5th Timm Weitzel.
C: 1st John Ross, 2nd Declan Cargill, 3rd Simon Kelson, 4th Daniel Atkins, 5th Gary Lowe.
D: 1st Lachlan Berry, 2nd Sam Tammaro, 3rd Tom Rickard, 4th Walter Chetcuti, 5th Chris Miles.
D Women: 1st Erika Gosney, 2nd Elizabeth Hilton, 3rd Diane Edwards, 4th Jill Stevenson, 5th Sarah Dam.
E: 1st Meg Brown, 2nd Jayne D’Arcy, 3rd Amanda Footit, 4th Emma Andrews, 5th Charlotte Morison.
Footscray CC R#26 Summer Series Race #2 @ Drake Blvd, 11/02/18
Round 26 of Footscray CC’s Summer Criterium Season saw riders head out to Drake Blvd in Altona for the second of the four race Summer Series, with E-Grade showing some real speed and skills; Emma Andrews taking the sprint convincingly from Jayne D’Arcy in second place and Elizabeth Campbell in third place.
Next up was B-Grade, where 42 year old Greensborough resident Matthew Nelson made amends for his frustrating race last week by successfully changing tactics. ‘I was thinking that the previous week the pace was a bit too easy at the end so I wanted to put a bit of hurt in there so I went hard for the last couple of laps to get the bunch strung out, and it worked. I came around the second last corner third wheel so I was not exposed to the headwind and by the last corner I was second wheel to Timm Weitzel. When he started to fade I put my head down, kept a straight line and dug as hard as I could.’ Nelson beat the closing Weitzel to the line by a half bike length, with a four way sprint just in behind for third to sixth, with Scott Chappell beating Mark Micallef home to 3rd by 25 mm.
Meanwhile in D, Hawthorn CC’s Linus Smith took the sprint from Toby Newton and Sam Tammaro, with D Women being taken by Sarah Dam. ‘The first half of D was a bit cruisy so I put in a few attacks, which prompted others to do the same; but nobody got away and stayed away as we couldn’t get far enough away. There were probably 8 riders in the sprint coming around the last corner; I wanted to place higher overall but Walter Cetcuti has a really fast sprint!’
C-Grade saw Coburg CC rider Josh Spagnolo take a convincing sprint win from just up from D rider John Ross in second place and Gerrit Prent in third place.
A grade saw 29 year old St Kilda CC rider and North Melbourne resident Matt Robertson take a well earned win with a bit of reasoned, tactical racing. ‘I have been racing for the last few years as serious as an amateur can get. I’m often at the front but have not had too many wins. I have come here about 10 times and have admired Dom Dudkiewicz and gotten to know him well, so I know how to beat him but I have never had the legs and the timing to beat him before.’ Robertson found himself in a strong, determined break with Morgan Smith, Dom Dudkiewicz and Henry Dietze, and he had a plan. ‘It was a committed break and we all worked hard, and I knew we had Henry and Dom who are very very good sprinters. The plan was myself and Morgan Smith would attack often and we were trying to endure and attack the two sprinters (Dudkiewicz and Dietze) and wear them out. Morgan would attack and I’d let Dom respond and when I attacked Morgan would do the same.’ Robertson got clear of the others with 4 laps to go and had the advantage. ‘I knew I had it with a lap and a half to go; it was a great feeling.’ Robertson took the win well clear of the sprint for second place, with Dudkiewicz taking second place a half bike length clear of the immensely talented 15 year old Dietze in third place.
Summer Series Race #2 placings: (1st 10pts, 2nd 8pts, 3rd 6pts, 4th 4pts, 5th 2pts 6th + 1 pt).
A: 1st Matt Robertson, 2nd Dom Dudkiewicz, 3rd Henry Dietze, 4th Morgan Smith, 5th Matthias Kiernan.
B: 1st Matt Nelson, 2nd Timm Weitzel, 3rd Scott Chappell, 4th Mark Micallef, 5th Vito Depetro.
C: 1st Josh Spagnolo, 2nd John Ross, 3rd Gerrit Prent, 4th Glenn Purcell, 5th Dan Atkins.
D: 1st Linus Smith, 2nd Toby Newton, 3rd Sam Tammaro, 4th Walter Chetcuti, 5th Steve Biggs.
D Women: 1st Sarah Dam, 2nd Diane Edwards, 3rd Jill Stevenson, 4th Gina McVicar
E Women: 1st Emma Andrews, 2nd Jayne D’Arcy, 3rd Elizabeth Campbell, 4th Natalie Tancredi, 5th Joanne Gruba.
FCC Thursday Eve crits @ VU, 8/2/18
Very interesting A Grade race; lots of good long breaks, but always going to end in a sprint, with Dom measuring his efforts to the line to beat Josh and Trav home. B Grade saw 34 year old SKCC rider Paul Speed trounce the bunch with an early solo breakaway where he lapped the field and earned a red number from now on as we were chasing hard, then, on the last corner, a D Grade rider was moving slowly in the middle of the road when we began our sprint (he thought we were finished), it was carnage as everyone scrambled to miss him. Ally Delooze smashed into my bars then my back wheel so I threaded the needle to get out of crashing and found myself way out clear as everyone else had to go bush to miss the crash, so I (Mark M) got a gifted 2nd. A few guys feeling frustrated as they didn’t get to unleash their sprints!
Footscray CC R#24 Legends Criteriums / Summer Series Race #1 @ Drake Blvd, 28/01/18
Round 24 of Footscray CC’s Summer Criterium Season saw a record 141 riders head out to Drake Blvd in Altona for the Club Legends Criteriums, with E-Grade showing that both their speed, and their skill levels have developed considerably. After the sprint was taken by Helen McKinnon, riders were given free-reign and the bunch started to break up, with the sprint being taken by Emma Andrews by a bike length from Jayne Darcy, with Kath Simpson taking third place.
There was a large turnout of very high quality riders for B-Grade, even if the race itself proved to be undisciplined, scrappy and lacking in due care; It was 32 year old Kensington resident Jared Raynes who took the win in emphatic fashion, the downhill mountain biker making the transition to the road with ease. ‘I was 4th wheel, and I followed a move where a guy had gone off the front and a few of us chased, and the guy at third wheel couldn’t catch back on so I overtook him with pace to catch the guy in front and then I had too much pace for the guy in front so I used the momentum to just go for it.’ Raynes found himself on the front with about 700 meters to go, and in true FCC fashion managed to keep the lead all the way and cross the line clear of second placed Timm Weitzel and third placed James Danos. ‘I thought someone would be on my wheel but I just put my head down and gave it everything; no one was on my wheel and I got it. I only joined the Club last week so this win is great and I look forward to the next challenge.’
Meanwhile in D, 42 year old Mt Macedon resident Sarah Dam played the long game to take home the women’s D-Grade medallion. ‘I took it pretty easy though the two sprints to conserve energy; Diane was on the front on the last lap but she went too early, so I sat on Tom Moloney’s wheel and finished first of the women. In men’s D, 20 year old Williamstown resident and new club member John Ross took an emphatic win with a powerful solo breakaway. ‘I just joined the Club today; this is my first race. I joined for training as I play football. A guy went on the lap before the first sprint and I followed him; then after the sprint I just kept on going.’ Ross stayed 40 seconds clear of the chasing bunch, taking the second sprint and also the race win; but the win was not without drama. ‘For the last 5 laps my front tyre was slowly deflating, so I had to be gentle and feather it though the last few corners and when I crossed the line it was nearly totally flat!’
C-Grade saw Cameron Moore take the win from Josh Spagnolo and Raphael Hammond; in a fast race that was always going to end in a mass bunch sprint, and C women saw Lucia Azzopardi take a strong win from Rebecca Covington and Jennifer Mahhies.
A grade saw Club Champ Dom Dudkiewicz take the sprint after a tense race that saw all attempts at breakaways brought back by the bunch. ‘There were a few attacks in the early part of the race, but nothing stayed away for too long; the conditions were just too calm and there were a lot of fresh legs in the bunch. When you get pulled back after 3 laps averaging nearly 48 kph you know a break-away is going to have a tough time staying away.’ Dudkiewicz took out the first sprint, at which point a break of two riders (Brad Erickson and Marcus Nyeholt) were allowed to roll away from a resting bunch towards the latter part of the race and got about 30 seconds up the road. Dudkiewicz attacked with another rider and bridged to the two riders over a hard lap and a half. ‘We pushed for another lap and then got the two laps to go from Mark Zanatta. We hadn’t yet established a proper gap at this stage and the bunch was at full stretch in pursuit. We kept working hard but got caught with a lap to go. I managed to maintain position at the front of the bunch (in second wheel) and luckily had wheels to follow until the final corner where I found myself having to start the finish sprint a little earlier than I’d have liked, but managed to get the win.’ Dudkiewicz took the win from an impressive Shane Ward, who has returned from injury, and the ever -improving Henry Dietze rounding off the podium.
Summer Series Race #1 Overall: (1st 10pts, 2nd 8pts, 3rd 6pts, 4th 4pts, 5th 2pts 6th + 1 pt).
A: 1st Dom Dudkiewicz, 2nd Shane Ward, 3rd Henry Dietze, 4th Matt Robertson, 5th Matthias Kiernan.
B: 1st Jared Raynes, 2nd Timm Weitzel, 3rd James Danos, 4th Scott Alexander, 5th Louis Raymond.
C: 1st Cameron Moore, 2nd Josh Spagnolo, 3rd Raphael Hammond, 4th Leone Brunato, 5th Declan Cargill.
C Women: 1st Lucia Azzopardi, 2nd Rebecca Covington, 3rd Jennifer Matthies, 4th Angela Macrae.
D: 1st John Ross, 2nd Walter Chetcuti, 3rd Tom Moloney, 4th Sam Tammaro, 5th Eddie O’Farrell.
D Women: 1st Sarah Dam, 2nd Jill Stevenson, 3rd Diane Edwards, 4th Gina McVicar, 5th Tamaryn Stevens
E: 1st Emma Andrews, 2nd Jayne Darcy, 3rd Kath Simpson, 4th Elizabeth Campbell, 5th Natalie Tancredi.
FCC Legends Placings:
A: 1st Dom Dudkiewicz, 2nd Shane Ward, 3rd Jason Costin
B: 1st Jared Raynes, 2nd Timm Weitzel, 3rd Glen Grbesa
C: 1st Raphael Hammond, 2nd Neil Mcvey, 3rd Ben Redpath
D: 1st John Ross, 2nd Walter Chetcuti, 3rd Tom Moloney
D Women: 1st Sarah Dam, 2nd Jill Stevenson, 3rd Diane Edwards
E: 1st Natalie Tancredi.
Footscray CC R#23 Graded Scratch Races @ VU, 1/2/18.
Very tough, windy night, lots of carnage. Josh, Tony and Thomas broke away and rode really strongly to stay away. In his 5th ever race, Jared Raymes put in a smashing last lap jump that saw him win easily. Michael Scragg took a very hotly contested sprint to take a win and Tom Gray rode like a boss on his new Pinarello to take D Grade.
A: Josh Zammit, Tony Hallam, Thomas Rebesco, Daniel Stojanovski, Paul Kenny.
B: Jared Raynes, Ben McCarthy, Mark Micallef, Vito Depetro, Michael Hazeldine.
C: Michael Scragg, Colin Morris, Les Kennett, Simon Perryman, Paul Downes.
D: Tom Gray, Luke Wells-Smith, Tom Moloney, Travis Grieve, Barry Cram.
Footscray CC R#22 Graded Scratch Races @ Drake Blvd, 28/01/18
In an effort to avoid the worst of the day’s heat, Round 22 of Footscray CC’s Summer Criterium Season saw riders head out to Drake Blvd in Altona for an early start, with E-Grade heading onto the circuit first, with Charlotte Morison taking the win from John Moses in second place and Coburg’s Commisaire extraordinaire Abby McGrath taking a well-earned third place.
B-and D Grades were the next to race, with 38 year old Cheltenham resident and St Kilda CC rider Broder Lackmann taking the B-Grade win, having put in a massive workload to establish a breakaway at the 25 minute mark. ‘I have never raced this course before but it has a few good sections where you can get out of sight pretty quickly, so I thought today would be a good day to get a few blokes and go up the road; everyone was quite willing to roll a turn. My favorite thing is to be in a breakaway where everyone is just giving it what they’ve got and I don’t care if we win or not, as long as everyone has given it all.’ Lackmann and Matt Arthur were doing the lion’s share of the work, with Steve Moses probably the next best contributor, nonetheless all 7 riders emptied their tanks and left nothing in reserve to hold off the bunch. ‘I don’t like to sit in, I don’t like to be a passenger. As long as I have given it everything I will go home happy.’ Lackmann and Arthur cleared away from the rest of the bunch on the final lap; Lackmann taking the win, Arthur second place and Peter McQuade rolling Mark Micallef for third place.
Meanwhile in D, 28 year old Yarraville resident Toby Newton, having his first ever race on a newly purchased 3-race license, took a strong bunch sprint win. ‘The race seemed to string out pretty quickly; there were a few of us really putting the pressure on at the front and I was busy following the wheel and trying not to lose concentration; it feels awesome to get my first win and I will definitely be back!’ Newton took the win from Tom King in second place and Tom Rickard in third place. Meanwhile it was Gina McVicar who took D Women from Jill Stevenson. ‘I tried to do some work early with the bunch and then thankfully Eddie called me in to have a rest behind him which I was grateful for as I was just about out of gas …after that I just tried to not fall too far down the line and concentrated on staying with the main bunch as long as possible…I had no idea of what was going on behind so I just put my head down and pushed as hard as I could to the finish.’
Being the last bunches to race, A and C Grades had to contend with the worst of the conditions; the strengthening Northerly and climbing temperatures as hot as a commercial kitchen.
C saw 27 year old Brunswick CC rider and Kensington resident Morgan Daniel take a strong win after a perfect last-lap leadout from his fellow Brunswick CC rider, 36 year old Shaun Scource. ‘Shaun took all the wind for me on the last lap and I took advantage of that and pulled out ahead at the end.’ Daniel took the win from Raphael Hammond in second place with Scource holding on to third place.
A grade saw a heap of riders shelled in the hardest and hottest race of the day. Eventual winner, Dom Dudkiewicz, summed up the cumulative effect of the conditions: ‘That headwind just kept getting stronger and hotter every lap and it had a compounding effect on riders; there were a lot of attacks out there today; riders going off the front and being brought back. In this sort of heat that’s usually enough to create a break and if you then put your nose to the grindstone for long enough you can usually make a break stick. Jason Costin, Dan Purcell and myself got away and did a few hard laps; Jason faded after a while and right near the end Dan faded a little so we made a deal and both worked till the end. It just kept getting hotter and windier and the legs kept getting more tired.’ Dudkiewicz took the well-earned win from Purcell, with Brad Erickson taking a strong third place.
A: 1st Dom Dudkiewicz, 2nd Dan Purcell, 3rd Brad Erickson, 4th Jason Costin, 5th Josh Zammit.
B: 1st Broder Lackmann, 2nd Matt Arthur, 3rd Peter McQuade, 4th Mark Micallef, 5th Steven Moses.
C: 1st Morgan Daniel, 2nd Raphael Hammond, 3rd Shaun Scource, 4th Josh Spagnolo, 5th Les Kennet.
D: 1st Toby Newton, 2nd Tom King, 3rd Tom Rickard, 4th Brett Herskope, 5th Ray Moriaty.
D Women: 1st Gina McVicar, 2nd Jill Stevenson.
E: 1st Charlotte Morison, 2nd John Moses, 3rd Abby McGrath, 4th Lisa Coates, 5th Jillion Lightfoot.
Round 21 of Footscray CC’s Summer Criterium Season saw riders head out to the VU circuit in Hoppers Crossing on a humid, windy and stormy evening, with B-Grade opening proceedings with a very lively crit punctuated by attack after attack; solo and two and three man attempts at the breakaway, but the hungry bunch kept reeling any breaks back in, although the pace of the chase saw quite a few riders dropped in the meantime. Notable long-term breaks were tried by Michael Francis, Ben McCarthy and a novice rider with great potential, Jared Raynes. With threatening raindrops hitting the tarmac, a sizeable bunch rounded the second last corner when 53 year old Mark Micallef jumped first and attempted to stay clear. ‘I knew that if I went into the wind with 2 corners to go, and get around the final corner with my nose in front, I should be able to hold them off with a tailwind, and it worked; I had to dig pretty deep though’. Micallef held off the fast-finishing Matty Johnson and Jared Raynes who finished first and second respectively.
D Grade saw Robert Dickinson take the win in a race that saw the bunch break up in the tough, windy conditions, with Barry Cram taking second place and Tommy Gray third.
Unfortunately, A and C grades only got to pin on their numbers before the heavens opened up and 30 minutes of torrential rain turned the circuit into a lake and therefore racing to be abandoned before it started.
B: 1st Mark Micallef, 2nd Matthew Johnson, 3rd Jared Raynes (3RL).
D: 1st Robert Dickinson, 2nd Barry Cram, 3rd Tommy Gray.
Footscray CC R#20 Graded Scratch Races @ Drake Blvd, 21/01/18
Round 20 of Footscray CC’s Summer Criterium Season saw riders head out to Drake Blvd in Altona on a hot and steamy morning, with A Grade’s race being a real cat and mouse affair, dominated by 4 riders, namely Club Champ Dom Dudkiewicz, and guest riders Pat Drapac, Richard Linke and Morgan Smith. It looked a complex tactical race from the spectator’s standpoint, a view supported by eventual winner, Dom Dudkiewicz. ‘With Pat Drapac and Morgan Smith here, and from previous seasons Morgan and I have a healthy rivalry on the track and he typically wants to get away on his own. I respect his power and know that when he is out on his own he is likely to make it stick, so I like to go with him so typically we end up butting heads a little… if I go he chases and if he goes I chase so it becomes a bit of a cat-and-mouse game, and add to that the fact that Pat was here and he has a fair kick on him as well, so I was hesitant to blow too much energy.’ Add to this dynamic a very solid mid-race breakaway by Richard Linke and Travis Small, which was agonizingly reeled in on the last lap, and there were all the ingredients needed to ensure a very entertaining final sprint. ‘We came around the second last corner with a line of riders on the inside and another on the outside, and then it was 5 riders deep into the last corner; I came around Morgan on the outside with Pat on my wheel and got past Jason Costin and won by maybe a wheel.’ Dudkiewicz took the win from Pat Drapac in second place and Matthias Kiernan in third place.
B-Grade hit hard and hit early, with Agostino Giramondo launching his trademark Lap 2 attack and Aus TT Champ Sarah Gigante joining him for a long break; it set the tone for a tough race punctuated by many attacks, but it was the beautifully timed, late race solo break by Simon Whelan that really threw the cat amongst the pigeons, Whelan causing the bunch all sorts of angst and necessitating some serious chasing down; in the end it was Giramondo who led eventual winner, 47 year old Fitzroy resident Fraser Short, to the last corner. ‘I had the perfect leadout from Agi, who had Glen Grbesa on his wheel. I followed Glen and managed to roll past him and take the win.’ Short, who rides for the Italo-Australian Cycling Club, took a very strong sprint win from the incredibly consistent and smart Grbesa, with Robert Nichols a strong third and notably Whelan holding on for fourth.
C-Grade saw FCC rider Hamada Fayad take a strong sprint win from Dermot Nichols and Paul Munro; the sprint being a hotly contested and slightly messy affair.
D Grade saw Angus Vander take the win from Jake Ellis and veteran Tom Moloney and E grade saw Natalie Tancredi just pip Karen Lechner in the sprint, with Joanne Gruba taking third.
A: 1st Dom Dudkiewicz, 2nd Patrick Drapac, 3rd Matthias Kiernan, 4th Jason Costin, 5th Brad Erickson.
B: 1st Fraser Short, 2nd Glen Grbesa, 3rd Robert Nichols, 4th Simon Whelan, 5th Matt Nelson.
C: 1st Hamada Fayad, 2nd Dermot Nichols, 3rd Paul Munro, 4th Gerrit Prent, 5th Les Kennett.
D: 1st Angus Vander, 2nd Jake Ellis, 3rd Tom Moloney, 4th James Stuart, 5th Joe Caruana.
E: 1st Natalie Tancredi, 2nd Karen Lechner, 3rd Joanne Gruba.
Footscray CC R#18 Graded Points Races @ Drake Blvd, 14/1/18
Round 18 of Footscray CC’s Summer Criterium Season saw riders head out to Drake Blvd in Altona for our first points race of the new year, with A Grade’s sprints being dominated by Club Criterium Champion Dominik Dudkiewicz; the sprints all contested fiercely mainly by Dudkiewicz, Jason Costin and Daniel Brauensteins. Dudkiewicz took the win by cleaning up on all 5 sprints, with Brauensteins taking second place and Costin third with their consistent and impressive efforts; Dudkiewicz and Brauensteins getting away and contesting the sprints without the bunch pressure to contend with.
B-Grade saw a large and motivated bunch contest the race, with 24 year old Coburg CC rider Louis Raymond clean up in the sprints and take a strong points win from Corey Basaraba and veteran Mark Micallef, and in C-Grade in was a dominating break by Jonathon and Edward Creese; the pair simply powering away to nearly lap the hard chasing and frustrated bunch and taking first and second respectively, with Steve Bodey making the most of the bunch sprints to take third place.
D Grade women saw Erica Gosney dominate the sprints until the race was cut short by a crash, and Fergus Browning do the same in Men’s D. E grade saw Diane Edwards power away with Jill Stevenson in a breakaway; Edwards then launching an attack on the back straight on the final lap to take the win from Stevenson, with Dale Morgan Morris taking third and the bunch sprint.
A: 1st Dom Dudkiewicz, 2nd Daniel Brauensteins, 3rd Jason Costin, 4th Travis Small, 5th Josh Zammit.
B: 1st Louis Raymond, 2nd Corey Basaraba, 3rd Mark Micallef, 4th Daniel Frawley, 5th Marcus Olive.
C: 1st Jonathon Creese, 2nd Edward Creese, 3rd Steve Bodey, 4th Nick Tippett, 5th Joshua Spagnolo.
D: 1st Fergus Browning, 2nd Sam Tammaro, 3rd Gary Whalley.
D Women: 1st Erica Gosney, 2nd Sarah Dam.
E: 1st Diane Edwards, 2nd Jill Stevenson, 3rd Dale Morgan-Morris, 4th Fenella Long, 5th Katie Elliot.
Footscray CC R#16 Graded Scratch Races @ VU, 21/12/17
An interesting night’s racing, with Travis Small using his smarts on the 2nd last lap to just roll off the front of A-Grade when they slowed up; Small holding off the hard-charging Dom Dudkiewicz and Josh Zammit to take a well-earned win. B-Grade’s race, which went for 1 hour and 15 minutes, saw third placed Simon Anderson and second placed Stephen Price from SKCC put in a late attack and only just get run down on the line by the canny sprint of young Simon Whelan. C-Grade saw first placed Jared Raynes ride away from the bunch with second placed Martin Oroszi and and take a very strong win, with Barry Norton taking third place. D-Grade saw UK rider Robert Matthews ride away from the pack and take a strong win, with Steve Biggs taking second and James Stuart third place.
A: 1st Travis Small, 2nd Dom Dudkiewicz, 3rd Josh Zammit, 4th Nic Leonard, 5th Callum Brown.
B: 1st Simon Whelan, 2nd Stephen Price, 3rd Simon Anderson, 4th Matt Strachan, 5th Mark Micallef.
C: 1st Jared Raynes, 2nd Martin Oriszi, 3rd Barry Norton, 4th Steve Harris, 5th Simon Perryman.
D: 1st Robert Matthews, 2nd Steve Biggs, 3rd James Stuart, 4th Tommy Gray, 5th Dennis Hobbs.
Footscray CC R#15 Graded Scratch Races @ Drake Blvd, 17/12/17
Round 15 of Footscray CC’s Summer Criterium Season saw riders head out to Drake Blvd in Altona for the second time this season, with A Grade’s race being marred by a mid-race crash that saw Stuart Grimsey leave the circuit with a probable broken collarbone and Shane Ward with an injured hand and severe abrasions and grazes. The sprint was a fierce affair, with Dom Dudkiewicz just holding off Dan Purcell, with Jason Costin in third place.
B-Grade saw 27 year old Coburg CC rider and Essendon resident Emma Pane initiate a daring late-race break with Piers Nyeholt; the pair remaining clear for many laps; but in the end the bunch swallowed Pane up on the last corner; 33 year old West Geelong resident Nyeholt managing to just hold off the talented newcomer Ben Hellebo who was only half a wheel off taking the win, with Glen Grbesa taking third place.
C Grade saw 34 year old Coburg resident and Hawthorn CC rider Lucas Schirato take the sprint win from Tam Nguyen and Hamada Fayed. ‘This was my first time racing here; pretty fun circuit, and very windy on the back straight. 4 of us broke away on the back straight on the last lap. I sat in and came around the last corner in first wheel and just held off the guy behind me.’
D Grade saw Paul Downes lead out the sprint by rounding the last corner first, but get pipped on the line by Barry Heywood who took the win from Downes and Eddie O’Farrell.
A: 1st Dom Dudkiewicz, 2nd Dan Purcell, 3rd Jason Costin, 4th Brad Erickson, 5th Mathias Kiernan.
B: 1st Piers Nyeholt, 2nd Ben Hellebo, 3rd Glen Grbesa, 4th Steve Moses, 5th Corey Basaraba.
C: 1st Lucas Schirato, 2nd Tam Nguyen, 3rd Hamada Fayad, 4th Jarred Raymes, 5th George Leighton.
D: 1st Barry Heywood, 2nd Paul Downes, 3rd Eddie O’Farrell, 4th Steve Biggs, 5th Ray Moriaty.
D Women: 1st Jenny Erickson, 2nd Diane Edwards.
E: 1st Natalie Tancredi, 2nd Lisa Coates.
Footscray CC R#14 GSR’s @ VU, 14/12/17
A very windy night saw a 3-man A-Grade breakaway clean up, with Dom Dudkiewicz taking the win from Matthias Kiernan and Travis Small. In B-Grade an early breakaway blew the bunch to pieces, with the 4-man bunch lapping every rider on the circuit; John Mogavero taking their bunch sprint from Dean Maclennan, Marcus Nyeholt and Hans Birk. C-Grade saw new racer and triathlete Simon Anderson solo break from early in the race; Simon finished a lap up on the bunch, with Fabulous Phil Tehan taking the bunch-sprint and second place and Neil McVey in third. D-Grade saw Jared Raynes take the win from Brad Pringle in second and James Stuart in third place.
A: 1st Dom Dudkiewicz, 2nd Matthias Kiernan, 3rd Travis Small, 4th Josh Zammit, 5th Paul Kenny.
B: 1st John Mogavero, 2nd Dean Maclennan, 3rd Marcus Nyeholt, 4th Hans Birk, 5th Thomas Rebesco.
C: 1st Simon Anderson, 2nd Phil Tehan, 3rd Neil McVey, 4th Steve Bodey, 5th Mark Koutogiannis.
D: 1st Jared Raynes, 2nd Brad Pringle, 3rd James Stuart, 4th Steve Biggs, 5th Barry Cram.
Footscray CC R#13 Max Campbell Memorial Graded Scratch Races @ Drake Blvd, 10/12/17
Round 13 of Footscray CC’s Summer Criterium Season saw riders head out for the first time this season to Drake Blvd in Altona for the Max Campbell Memorial, with A Grade’s race being taken by West Footscray resident Mathias Kiernan; the 30 year old Brunswick CC rider taking a bunch sprint after the bunch chased down reigning champ Dom Dudkiewicz. ‘I thought a break would stick, but it became fairly obvious that everything would get chased down; then towards the end when Dom got off the front I thought it might be all over, but Jimmy Butler got on the front and produced a single lap effort that was hard to even follow. So we were all together again and Jason Costin jumped a little too early in the sprint and I came off his wheel at the right time and took the win.’ Kiernan took the sprint and the win, with second placed Jason Costin taking home the Campbell Memorial Sash as the first FCC rider, followed by James Butler in third place.
B-Grade saw 42 year old Coburg CC rider Matt Nelson take the win in a very hotly contested bunch sprint; Greensborough resident Nelson driven to the end by his determination. ‘It was quite a big field of very good riders and we generated a fair bit of speed. My plan was to go as hard as I could right before the corner, hold my breath and hope for the best.’ As it was, his tactic proved successful, with second placed Mark Micallef taking the Campbell Memorial Trophy as the first FCC rider and Dale Cameron mere centimeters behind in third place.
C Grade saw first time crit rider and undoubted emerging talent Benjamin Hellebo take a strong sprint win in a classy field; the 24 year old Brunswick resident and Norwegian expat using his physical fitness to compensate for his relative inexperience. ‘It was my first crit race and I started riding in February of this year. It was a good hit out and being my first crit I didn’t know what to expect but I tried to push the bunch a little early on and create a break, but they hung on very well.’ It then came down to a bunch sprint, with Hellebo holding off veteran super-rider Colin Morris, who claimed second place and the Campbell Memorial Trophy as first FCC rider ahead of Hamada Fayed in third place.
D Grade saw 58 year old Werribee resident Eddie O’Farrell take out another hard fought bunch sprint. ‘I went from about 300 out and put the ears back and hoped for the best.’ O’Farrell took the win and the Trophy, with Brett Bolan in second place and Barry Haywood in third place.
In the Women’s Grade, riders rode under control for the first half of the race, and once riders were free to race it was Newport gal Diane Edwards who started setting the pace. ‘This was only my second race and I had a blast! I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and giving something new a go with some awesome women supporting us; it’s all about learning.’ Edwards finished well clear of second placed Natalie Tancredi, with Karen Lechner taking third place.
A: 1st Mathias Kiernan, 2nd Jason Costin, 3rd James Butler, 4th Brett Hickford, 5th Josh Zammit.
B: 1st Matt Nelson, 2nd Mark Micallef, 3rd Dale Cameron, 4th Agostino Giramondo, 5th Thomas Rebesco.
C: 1st Ben Hellebo 3RL, 2nd Colin Morris, 3rd Hamada Fayad, 4th Cam Atchinson, 5th Raphael Hammond.
D: 1st Eddie O’Farrell, 2nd Brett Bolam, 3rd Barry Haywood, 4th Erika Gosney, 5th Walter Chetcuti.
D Women: 1st Erika Gosney, 2nd Gina McVicar, 3rd Jenny Erickson.
Women’s Grade: 1st Diane Edwards, 2nd Natalie Tancredi, 3rd Karen Lechner, 4th Lisa Coates.
Footscray CC R#10 Graded Scratch Races @ VU Track, 30/11/17
Round 10 of Footscray CC’s Summer Criterium Season was a hot, humid and windy affair, with A Grade’s race being taken by Club Champ Dom Dudkiewicz after a series of blistering attacks, with Travis Small being the only rider able to stay with Dudkiewicz. In the end, it was Dudkiewicz by the length of the straight from Small and a lap down in third Paul Kenny.
B-Grade saw a strong 4 man breakaway ride away from the chasing peloton; the riders managing the gap and staying clear until the sprint, with John Mogavero holding off Lachlan Marshall and Marcus Nyeholt. C Grade saw 36-year-old Deer Park resident Neil McVey took the sprint in a race dominated by regular attacks; in the end veteran Les Kennett drove the leadout train that McVey was 2nd wheel of; McVey taking a strong win from Steve Harris and Kennett. D Grade saw Morris Caleca take the win with James Stuart in second place and Steve Biggs in third..
A: 1st Dom Dudkiewicz, 2nd Travis Small, 3rd Paul Kenny, 4th Richard Linke.
B: 1st John Mogavero, 2nd Lachlan Marshall, 3rd Marcus Nyeholt, 4th Hans Birk.
C: 1st Neil McVey, 2nd Steve Harris, 3rd Les Kennett.
D: 1st Morris Caleca, 2nd James Stuart, 3rd Steven Biggs.
Footscray CC R#9 Graded Scratch Races @ VU Track, 23/11/17
Round 9 of Footscray CC’s Summer Criterium Season saw riders head out to the VU track in Hoppers Crossing half expecting a washout due to the circling thunderstorms, but being subjected instead to high temperatures. A Grade’s race came down to a bunch sprint, with 33-year-old Ballarat-Sebastopol rider Daniel Bucknall taking a sprinter’s win after drama on the last corner. ‘Coming into the last 2 corners I thought if I got a break it would be good to get to the straight clear, but the bumps on the last corner caught me off-guard and I dropped my chain, so by the time I picked that back up and got on top of the gear I was struggling a bit.’ Fortunately for Bucknall, his lead gave him the much-needed time to recover, and he crossed the line clear of second-placed Callum Brown and third-placed Mat Elkan.
B-Grade saw riders being a tad conservative in the early stages; riders weary of the heat and only launching small, tentative attacks. Until, that is, the regular multi-lap surges by the ever-improving Marcus Nyeholt; the regular and sustained driving on the front really knocking the bunch about. With the bunch doing what was necessary to keep the peloton together, it came down to a bunch sprint that was given the power leadout by Nyeholt, who delivered riders in a paceline to the last corner and then faded. It was Michael Hazeldine who made the most of the sprint, weaving his way through riders to take a strong win, with Mark Micallef taking second and Steve Maher taking third.
C Grade saw quite possibly the best solo break of the summer season, with 23-year-old Flemington lad and FCC rider Lachlan Marshall performing a solo breakaway that defied gravity. In an early 4-man break, the Sports Science student found himself shelling his fellow breakaways, and then off he went on an adventure, which took him past A-Grade, and saw him get an amazing one-and-three-quarter lap lead on the C Grade bunch. With two riders ahead of the bunch but miles off Marshall, the race ended with an elated but exhausted Marshall charging to the line to take the definitive win from Pat Mercieca and Vlad Djuric in second and third respectively and a lap behind, with Robert Raats taking the bunch sprint in his last C-Grade race.
In D-Grade, it was the very in-form Steve Biggs who took the sprint from Ray Moriaty in second and the sensei, Barry Cram in third.
A: 1st Daniel Bucknall, 2nd Callum Brown, 3rd Mat Elkan, 4th Brad Erickson, 5th Leigh Kelly.
B: 1st Michael Hazeldine, 2nd Mark Micallef, 3rd Steve Maher, 4th Hans Birk, 5th David Lane.
C: 1st Lachlan Marshall, 2nd Pat Mercieca, 3rd Vlad Djuric, 4th Robert Raats, 5th Mark Koutsogiannis
D: 1st Steve Biggs, 2nd Ray Moriaty, 3rd Barry Cram, 4th Nick Tippett, 5th Dennis Hobbs.
Footscray CC R#8 Graded Scratch Races @ VU Track, 11/11/17
Round 8 of Footscray CC’s Summer Criterium Season saw riders battle a strong North-Easterly wind and warm, muggy conditions, with A Grade’s race being dominated by a long breakaway by Miles DaCosta; eventually though, the bunch swallowed him up and it came down to a bunch sprint, which was taken out by Josh Zammit, holding off Jason Costin in second place and Travis Small in third place.
B-Grade hit out at an insane pace, with guest riders Travis Edwards and Lincoln Stolz and Footscray rider Thomas Rebesco smashing out a series of attacks that saw the field down to just 5 riders by the 20-minute mark; Edwards then ramped up the speed and led the exhausted riders for the last five laps and into the sprint at the end that saw Rebesco take the win clear of Mark Micallef in second place and Edwards in third. C Grade saw David Lane continue his excellent run of form, taking the sprint win from two in-form riders in Raphael Hammond and Robert Raats, and D Grade saw the consistent Nick Tippett take a commanding win over Ray Moriaty and veteran Tom Moloney.
A: 1st Josh Zammit, 2nd Jason Costin, 3rd Travis Small, 4th Trent Cliford, 5th Leigh Kelly.
B: 1st Thomas Rebesco, 2nd Mark Micallef, 3rd Travis Edwards, 4th Lincoln Stolz, 5th Hans Birk.
C: 1st David Lane, 2nd Raphael Hammond, 3rd Robert Raats, 4th Les Kennett, 5th Neil McVey.
D: 1st Nick Tippett, 2nd Ray Moriaty, 3rd Tom Moloney, 4th Erica Gosney, 5th Eddie O’Farrell.
Footscray CC R#6 @ VU Track, Points Race and Women’s Series Final, 11/11/17
Round 6 of Footscray CC’s Summer Criterium Season was held in perfect, mild, sunny weather, with the Women contesting the Final Round of the Bicycle Superstore Women’s Series, and Grades A to D contesting a gruelling, exhausting series of sprints in our first Points Race of the season. The day’s racing was particularly tough for riders, as the format requires riders to sprint, recover and repeat every 10 minutes, a feat more easily said than done. The end result saw many riders dropped in the melee.
Showing some awesome early season form, 35 year old gun sprinter and Altona lad Shane Ward cleaned up in A Grade by taking 4 out of 5 Points Sprints, leaving him feeling confident as he heads into the Tour Of Bright, with Travis Small and Miles DaCosta rounding out the top 3, and Dan Welch taking the last sprint. B-Grade rider David Haynes broke away and held a half-lap lead over the bunch, taking a strong win ahead of Mark Micallef in second and Matt Johnson in third. C Grade saw Robbie Raats take a narrow Points Win over Dave Lane and Mark Koutogiannis, with a notable performance by Phil Tehan in a last lap breakaway to take the last sprint, and D Grade saw veteran Dennis Hobbs use his skills and consistency to take the win from James Stuart and Nick Tippett.
In the Women’s Grade, the Final of the Bicycle Superstore Women’s Series saw a clean sweep for Erica Gosney; the talented rider earning herself a promotion and the series win with a perfect run; Gosney taking today’s win from Jill Stevenson and Julia Ius. ‘Jill and I attacked towards the end; we got away and worked pretty hard to stay away, then I used the advice Belinda Goss gave us in training and came around the last corner second wheel, and got over Jill near the line. I’m glad it’s over! It feels great to win the series, and now my next challenge is D Grade; it will be a learning experience for me.’ Gosney took the Series win ahead of Stevenson in second place and Andrea Ray in third.
Footscray Cycling Club R#5 Graded Scratch Racing @ Vic Uni Track, Hoppers Crossing, 9/11/17.
Round 5 of the Footscray Cycling Club’s 2017/8 Criterium season was held out at the Victoria University track out at Hoppers Crossing. In the A-Grade race, 43-year-old Little River resident Travis Small risked a late race solo breakaway that paid great dividends. “I was starting to run out of gas when I saw Dan Welch make it across to me, and then he did a massive turn, and I did, and we were holding the gap.” Welch and Small kept the gap to the chasing bunch steady, until the bell lap, when Jimmy Butler lit the afterburner and attempted to run the breakaway pair down. With Butler right on their tails, Small crossed the line in first place, with Welch a strong second and Butler a bridge too far in third place.
In B-Grade, 42-year-old Andrew Naughtin took his second win in a row with a blistering sprint after an eventful race, with Murray Crawford throwing in regular, sustained attacks and spending quite a few laps either on the front driving the pace, or up the road in a 20-minute solo breakaway. With a few laps to go, Marcus Nyeholt took off in pursuit of a solo win, but a determined John Mogavero hit the front of the bunch and drove the pace through the roof for the last 2 laps; Mogavero delivering the line of riders to within striking distance of Nyeholt, who was swamped at the line by Naughtin in first and Matt Johnson in second.
C-Grade’s race saw a sustained run off the front by veteran gun Phil Tehan, but that and all moves were covered by the bunch; in the end it was a grinding sprint, with Steve Maher in first, from Troy Van Trienen and George Leighton.
In D-Grade, novice racer Glenn Purcell took his second win in a row and earned himself a promotion to C, with Terry Hollibone in second and Lachlan Marshal in third.
A: 1st Travis Small, 2nd Daniel Welch, 3rd James Butler, 4th Daniel Bucknall, 5th Josh Zammit.
B: 1st Andrew Naughtin, 2nd Matt Johnson, 3rd Marcus Nyeholt, 4th Mark Micallef, 5th Michael Hazeldine.
C: 1st Steve Maher, 2nd Troy Van Trienen, 3rd George Leighton, 4th Colin Morris, 5th Barry Heywood.
D: 1st Glenn Purcell, 2nd Terry Hollibone, 3rd Lachlan Marshal, 4th Pat Mercieca, 5th Tom Clooney.
Footscray Cycling Club R#4 Graded Scratch Racing @ Vic Uni Track, Hoppers Crossing, 4/11/17.
Round 4 of the Footscray Cycling Club’s 2017/8 Criterium season was held out at the Victoria University track out at Hoppers Crossing, with Saturday afternoon’s racing being held in breezy and chilly conditions. In the A-Grade race, 39-year-old Seaholme resident Jason Costin pulled off a win that could only be described as a Lazarus with a triple-bypass, as with 6 laps to go he was dropped from the leading bunch of 5 riders after Miles DaCosta put the bunch into the gutter; but, Costin, like the Little Engine That Could, just kept his head down and hoped that the bunch ahead would slow up whilst playing the tactical game for the final sprint. And right on cue, the bunch slowed to a crawl with 2 to go. ‘They started playing around, and I just kept going at about 90 percent. I really didn’t think I would catch them, but there I was back with them with three corners to go. I sat on Travis until the last corner, and no one really was sprinting too hard; Shane didn’t hit his turbo.’ Costin ground out the agonizing sprint and crossed a bike length clear of the chasing bunch, with Ward and Zammit crossing line astern in second and third place respectively; Costin proving the old adage “Never give up.”
In B-Grade, 42-year-old Andrew Naughtin took the win in a classy field of riders who weathered attack after attack, with many riders trying their luck with a breakaway. With the bunch coming back together every time, the race result came down to positioning in the final few laps, and it was Naughtin who found himself at the last corner in a strong position. ‘Coming up the front straight the last time one guy tried to break away; I went across and sat on his wheel until we went over the hill, and Mark Micallef came past and I jumped on his wheel, sat there till the final bend, went around him and sprinted to the line and stayed clear by about 5 meters.’ Naughtin crossed well clear of the chasers, with Dale Cameron and David Walker taking second and third place respectively.
C-Grade’s race was a sedate affair once the bunch determined that there would be no successful breakaways in the windy conditions. In the end it was 42-year-old Seddon resident Robert Raats who took the sprint in fine style from Dave Lane and Mark Koutogiannis. “There were a few soft attacks; I tried rolling off the front, but everything just came back together. On the second-last lap, one guy jumped and I grabbed his wheel and followed him; he dragged us home and on the last corner I was in front and I put the head down and held on.”
In D-Grade, excavator operator Glenn Purcell ‘dug deep’ on the last lap and took the win; the 32-year-old Albion resident showing the bunch a clean pair of heels. ‘It was nice and controlled at the start for about 25 minutes, and from there 6 of us broke away and we worked so well together; I learned so much from the experienced guys in D in my second race today. With a lap to go I broke away and I churned it out as hard as I could, then when I got to the hill I hit it again and put a little more of a gap in them, so by the time I got to the final bend I was absolutely wrecked but comfortable that I would win.’ Purcell too the race with ease, with Steve Biggs taking second from Nick Tippett in third place.
In the Women’s grade, a healthy field of gals rolled turns under the control of Sarah Dam for 25 minutes, before being let loose to contest for the win. Eventual winner, 44-year-old Altona resident Erica Gosney, used the skills she acquired from Belinda Goss’ FCC/Bicycle Superstore Training Clinics to plan her sprint at the end to perfection. “There were 5 of us up the road, then 4 at the end. Rebecca Purcell went at the bell and I tried to tack on to her wheel, and then I went past her on the straight and tried to hold her off. The line couldn’t come quickly enough! I am really looking forward to trying the Altona circuit as well.” Gosney and Purcell were well clear of third placed Jill Stvenson and fourth placed Jenny Erickson.
A: 1st Jason Costin, 2nd Shane Ward, 3rd Josh Zammit, 4th Travis Small, 5th Miles DaCosta.
B: 1st Andrew Naughtin, 2nd Dale Cameron, 3rd David Walker, 4th John Mogavero, 5th Mark Micallef.
C: 1st Robert Raats, 2nd David Lane, 3rd Mark Koutogiannis, 4th Simon Perryman.
D: 1st Glenn Purcell, 2nd Steve Biggs, 3rd Nick Tippett, 4th Barry Cram, 5th Andy Dick.
Women’s: 1st Erica Gosney, 2nd Rebecca Purcell, 3rd Jill Stevenson, 4th Jenny Erickson, 5th Fenella Long.
Footscray CC Crit @ VU, Thursday 26th Oct 2017.
A: Hammered out a solid pace; until Jim Butler, Josh Zammit and Werribee lad Callum Brown broke away and just powered off into the distance; the trio maintaining a half-lap advantage over a chasing peloton who were committed to the chase; in the end, 23 year old Brown held off the powerful finish of Jimmy Butler by the barest of margins.
1st Callum Brown, 2nd Jim Butler, 3rd Josh Zammit, 4th Andrew Smeal, 5th Xavier Coppock.
B: A very entertaining race this one; good, even field, hammering along nicely, lots of attacks (nice work Ally Delooze, Peirs Nyeholt) and lots of chasing. In the end, it was one big bunch sprint, and Dale “WCG Strongman” Cameron took off first and held off a fast finishing Michael Hazeldine and Mark Micallef.
1st Dale Cameron, 2nd Michael Hazeldine, 3rd Mark Micallef, 4th James Bell, 5th Ally Delooze.
C: Top cat handled himself very well today; the Werribee resident taking the bunch sprint by a bike length over the consistent Dave Lane and the ever-improving Mark Koutogiannis.
1st Tiernan CLark, 2nd David Lane, 3rd Mark Koutogiannis, 4th Steven Harris, 5th Neil McVey.
D: 37 year old Werribee resident Mark Aquilina followed the moves around and had a good wheel coming into the last corner and took out a close sprint, the first time racer beating home two veterans in James Stuart and Tom Moloney after a great (albeit inadvertent) lead-out by one of his WCG mates.
1st Mark Aquilina, 2nd James Stuart, 3rd Tom Moloney, 4th Steve Biggs, 5th Garry Whalley.
2017 Victorian Teachers Games Race Report…
Off we all went to wet, windy and chilly Learmonth to compete in the 2017 Vic Teachers Games, with the Road Race hosted by the fabulous Eureka Vets, who have great clubrooms on Lake learmonth, and put on a mean spread when you return from your race..
And what a race. We started out in 11 degree drizzle, 60-70 kph gusty winds, and it only got worse! On Lap 1, we found ourselves staring at a very grey sh1tstorm coming our way; the driving rain hitting us head-on. Can’t get much worse, can it? Then the hail started…Holy Crap hail HURTS when it is tossed at you at 70 kph. Ow.
Anyways, it very quickly came down to a race of 4; with a few searching attacks I sussed out who was my greatest risk in the sprint. So, with a kay to go Ross Schubach hit us and performed the perfect hard lead-out, keeping the pace high (just how I like it). When he started to fade, I launched, around everyone, and into the gutter to give no-one a comfy sit. I knew 2 were done, but Chris Fenech was on my wheel, and I thought I may fade and he may get me, but twice I just lifted, and held him off, crossing the line at max HR. So that’s Gold in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, (O/S 2013), 2014, 2015 (2016 no race) and 2017!
Pretty happy with that!
Footscray Cycling Club Road Championships @ Sandy Creek, Sept 17, 2017.
The penultimate round of the Footscray Cycling Club’s Winter Road Season saw riders tackle the notoriously exposed and tricky Sandy Creek circuit near Little River; the benign Northerly winds combined with the deteriorating gravel section and steep climb made the race to be Club Champion all the more challenging.
Current Road Club Champion Dominik Dudkiewicz took out today’s A-Grade race in a six man bunch-sprint; the 33 year old taking his seventh Club Title and fifth in a row. ‘The weather was too nice, hardly any wind, so Miles and I did the damage on the first run through the gravel and up the climb and a few guys got dropped. On the third lap we started foxing for the finish; still all together but the odd probing attack. But everything was getting shut down, so my focus was just to chase any gaps and leave it to a sprint. I wanted to leave the sprint as late as possible; Steve Upton jumped first, and when he went Shane and I went too. I got a gap of a few bike lengths on the others and got the win. I’m growing attached to the number #1!’ Dudkiewicz took the strung out sprint from Shane Ward in second place and Upton in third place.
B-Grade’s race was as much about strategy as it was about trying to get away from the bunch; a few serious breakaways were attempted, notably by Graeme Cole and David Walker; but the last lap saw most riders still together. With the pace breakneck one moment, and a stroll the next, it was foxing all the way…until the dirt section, where 16 year old Williamstown lad Hamish Munro threw in an attack and had the bunch strung out… as the riders approached the climb Munro extended his lead, with John Mogavero, then Walker and then Mark Micallef all strung out and chasing. Within a few kilometres of the finish line, Micallef caught Walker, the pair then joining with Mogavero and eventually the four were together for the run to the line. Within sight of the line, Walker attacked, with the other three scrambling for wheels. In the end Walker provided a fast leadout, with Munro taking gritting out an extremely tight sprint and just holding out Mogavero in second by 10 cm and Micallef half a bike length back in third. ‘It was an odd race, hot and cold, sometimes hard and fast and sometimes sitting in. I really wanted to break away but I needed someone to come with me. The sprint was so close; I wasn’t sure if I got it or not.’
C-Grade veteran rider Colin Morris took home the trophy in C; the 63 year old veteran racer whose cycling CV would make most riders drool dominating in the sprint. ‘It was pretty hard on the dirt and over the hill, but we stayed together, until Phil decided to attack with one to go. We caught him at the base of the hill. There were 5 of us in the sprint, and Andrew Rossiter led the train, with Raphael, then Dave Lane and myself. I got on Dave’s wheel and just got by.’ Morris took the win from Lane in second place and Raphael Hammond in third place.
D-Grade’s race was taken out by Tiernan Clark, the 38 year old paralegal taking the sprint win. ‘It was reasonably steady on lap one, but the second lap saw us trying to thin the numbers down, and there were five of us when we hit the dirt. At the end, we were all foxing and I went to the front and kept an eye on James; when he kicked I did.’ Clark took the win from James Stuart in second place and Greg Lane in third place.
49 year old Werribee resident Meg Rennie took out the Women’s race from Karen Lechner in second; the financial planner enjoying the dirt section but not the climbs. ‘Today was just a case of gritting it out and getting to the end; a very tough race.’
A: 1st Dominik Dudkiewicz, 2nd Shane Ward, 3rd Stephen Upton, 4th Miles Da Costa, 5th Daniel Welch.
B: 1st Hamish Munro, 2nd John Mogavero, 3rd Mark Micallef, 4th David Walker, 5th Michael Hazeldine.
C: 1st Colin Morris, 2nd David Lane, 3rd Raphael Hammond, 4th Andrew Rossiter, 5th Martin Oroszi.
D: 1st Tiernan Clark, 2nd James Stuart, 3rd Greg Lane.
Woman’s: 1st Meg Rennie, 2nd Karen Lechner.
Footscray Cycling Club Graded Scratch Races @ Sheoaks, Sept 9, 2017.
Round 14 of the Footscray Cycling Club’s Winter Road Season ventured out to the very hilly and difficult SheOaks circuit in the Brisbane Ranges, with intermittent showers making the descents challenging to say the least; winter’s last gasp taking its toll on rider numbers at the end of the season.
Dom Dudkiewicz took out today’s A-Grade race after a relatively calm opening three laps; on the fourth and last climb out of Steigliz, Dudkiewicz attacked, gapping his closest rival in Chris Munro. Dudkiewicz’s solo run to the line saw him cross the finish line 90 seconds clear of Munro, who was also well clear of Josh Zammit in third place.
B-Grade saw a very small field of 4 riders brave the wintery conditions and hammer out the first two laps at a high but co-operative pace; with one attack on the last climb breaking the bunch up for a few kilometres. But within a moderate distance, the whole bunch were back together and being driven at a breakneck pace by Stormonth, who led the bunch deep into the sprint; 53 year old birthday boy Mark Micallef just edging a half-wheel past to take the win from Stormonth in second and David Procak in third place.
In C-Grade, another small bunch saw a very in-form David Lane take the win from an up and coming rider in Martin Oroszi; the 60 year old Werribee resident trying every trick in the book to dislodge Oroszi from his wheel. ‘On the first lap we all stayed together. As usual Phil Tehan went hard on the descents. I noticed Martin struggled on the descent so I put that in the memory bank knowing where I could get a gap. On the second lap I attacked on the 1st hill. Only Martin got on. We were away, but I cranked it up when I saw Phil gaining. I attacked Martin on every descent and hill, but could not shake him. Across the top I felt quicker but not quick enough to shake Martin. So, down to a sprint. Cat and mouse, but I had his wheel and felt confident. I managed to out sprint him and take the win. As usual Sheoaks was a very tough ride.’ Lane took the win from Orozi a close second and Tehan some distance behind in third.
A: 1st Dominik Dudkiewicz, 2nd Chris Munro, 3rd Josh Zammit.
B: 1st Mark Micallef, 2nd Rod Stormonth, 3rd David Procak.
C: 1st David Lane, 2nd Martin Oroszi, 3rd Phil Tehan.
The faces behind our races…
Here we have a race report about the race to get the race up and racing! This is a race report that will not mention any particular race – I have been writing those for the last 10 years- but this time I will write up the race behind the scenes to put on the race. So here goes…
So, how does the Footscray Cycling Club put on 70-odd races each year? Who are the stars?
The top of the list? You will never guess but you will approve. Our families. Our wives, hubbies, significant others, kids, parents, mates, brothers, sisters and assorted crazy relatives. The people who do the day-to-day quiet support of our crazed obsession with this exotic mix of carbon fibre, metal and rubber. These are the people who help us marshal races, standing on cold, wet corners holding up flags and cheering us on, the loved ones who listen to our stories of good and bad luck, feed us, throw our wet kit into the washer and somehow resist the urge to strangle us. A heartfelt thank-you, one and all.
We have Mark Zanatta, the ‘Commissaire Extraordinaire’, the glue that keeps the FCC together. The man who runs the race, organizes the trophies, checks every meter of the course for our safety, organizes the race radios, signs and other necessities, opens up early, stays until late. Seriously, what would we do without Mark Zanatta? Markie is ably assisted by ‘Dangerous’ Dave Danson, ‘Slippery’ Steve Michetti, Phil ‘the broom man’ Tehan and a team of race day organisers who get the infrastructure in place whilst we warm up.
And speaking of Zanatta’s, what can we say about Frankie Bianchi? No matter how low we feel, there he is, hand on a rider’s shoulder, urging us on, complimenting, encouraging, advising and helping in any way he can. That’s why he’s a “Club Legend”!
We have Bernie O’Sullivan, who spends countless hours chasing up sponsors and prizes, programs and produce – hours and hours of footwork and phone work all for the benefit of those of us who race.
And then we have Jason Southby; Jase somehow performs the impossible task of keeping Vic Roads, Vic Police, the councils of Wyndham, Melton, Golden Plans, Moorabool, Hobson’s Bay, ALL HAPPY! The FCC has a reputation, largely due to the professionalism and quality of Jase’s work, of running the best, safest and most compliant racing in Victoria. Jase sleeps, eats and drinks Traffic Management Plans, Signs and ‘hotdogs’ and it’s rumoured he has nightmares about riders crossing white lines!
We have the man who could sell oil to an Arab; Vito DePetro. (By the way Vito, thanks for the barrel of oil mate). When all seems dire, and marshals are nowhere to be found, like a rabbit out of a hat Vito performs a miracle and after hours and hours on the phone, we have our marshals sorted and can race. Another hurdle jumped.
And there are the next generation on the current Executive coming up with innovation after innovation…Michael Dam; computer whizz, entry taker, the ‘Boss’ of Entryboss. ‘El Presidente’, Club Event MC, and general trouble shooter Miles DaCosta, committed to keeping crit racing at Drake fast and exciting. Karen on Memberships, Murray our Treasurer, Shane and Graeme playing the devil’s advocates (handicappers). Our Club Patron, Freddie G, and other loyal supporters.
And what about the marshals, who come down and donate their weekend to help us race; Where do I end? Too many to mention, but you get the idea. The FCC is a community of people who help each other out, and come together to enjoy life, a race, a beer (or two Barry Cram!) and each other’s company. Here’s to the FCC!
-From your very proud Secretary, intrepid race report writer (never let the truth get in the way of a good story!), Medial Liaison dude and general dogsbody Mark Micallef.
Footscray Cycling Club Graded Scratch Races @ Sandy Creek, Sept 2, 2017.
Round 13 of the Footscray Cycling Club’s Winter Road Season saw riders tackle the notoriously exposed and tricky Sandy Creek circuit near Little River; the strong North-Westerly winds combining with the gravel section and a steep climb to make the day’s racing not one for the feint-hearted.
Guest Geelong CC rider Trent Clifford took out today’s A-Grade race with a fellow Geelong ally in tow; 31-year-old Clifford and gun rider Tom Paton dominating the end game on lap 3. ‘It just got harder and harder every time we got to the gravel; we lost riders every lap, and then Tom gave it the berries the last time through and when I looked back there was no-one left. That’s when I decided to push hard over the hill and make a run for the line. Tom managed to snaffle second’. In a show of great form, 16-year-old future star Hamish Munro was just in behind Paton and unlucky not to overhaul him for second; Munro taking an amazing third place well clear of Miles DaCosta in fourth place.
B-Grade’s race was unusually dominated by the breakneck speeds riders achieved on the downwind run; with each run through the gravel signalling a new attack. Lap 1 saw Patrick Varas, and Glen Wright attack and stay away for the lap, and lap 2 saw the pace shell quite a few riders, but it was a last lap attack by Rod Stormonth that saw him remain clear all the way down Sandy Creek Road, until he was caught at the line by 33-year-old gym instructor Daniel Standen; the Sunbury resident in hot pursuit of Stormonth. ‘Rod took off in the crosswind. There were 4 or 5 of us who were chasing Rod, and after we caught him I decided to go for the win. I made a solo break for the line, thinking that if anyone could hold my wheel, good luck.’ As it was, no-one could; Standen taking the win clear of David Walker in second and Patrick Varas in third place.
C-Grade riders were given a tough test with 42-year-old returning rider David Bertovic dominating the day’s proceedings; the winner breaking away on lap 1, being brought back to the pack, only to slam the action into the gutter on lap 2 on the run to the last corner, skipping away out of sight through the gravel section all the way to the line. ‘I’m coming back to racing after having young kids and needed a hit-out before Amy’s Granfondo; I needed to have some time riding in a bunch. I had a few good attacks and once I knew it was a tailwind all the way to the line I just went for it.’ Bertovic took the win well clear of the bunch, with Colin Morris taking the bunch sprint from Bob Shannon.
D-Grade’s race was taken out by 38-year-old Paralegal Tiernan Clark with a strong run to the line on the second lap. ‘The wind was strong but consistent, which made it easier as there weren’t too many gusts. On the last run through the gravel I went hard and James Stuart and Dennis Hobbs went with me; we rode tempo all the way to the line.’ Clark took the win from Stuart in second place and Hobbs in third place.
A: 1st Trent Clifford, 2nd Tom Paton, 3rd Hamish Munro, 4th Miles Da Costa.
B: 1st Daniel Standen, 2nd David Walker, 3rd Patrick Varas.
C: 1st David Bertovic, 2nd Colin Morris, 3rd Bob Shannon.
D: 1st Tiernan Clark, 2nd James Stuart, 3rd Dennis Hobbs.
Footscray Cycling Club Andrew Mackellar Memorial Handicap, August 26, 2017.
In challenging racing conditions, riders set off in 5 bunches to contest the Footscray Cycling Club’s 2nd Annual Andrew Mackellar Memorial Handicap; the handicap format requiring each bunch of riders to co-operate and push themselves to the limit to keep the chasing bunches at bay; the gun riders of Scratch starting out with a 24-minute deficit to make up over Limit. With strengthening winds and a foreboding winter’s sky, the 5 determined bunches set off from Little River and headed out to the ‘Flinders Avenue’ circuit at the base of the You-Yangs Regional Park; with all 5 bunches doing their best to complete the first 3 laps of the 13-kilometer circuit as efficiently as possible.
The action really started on Lap 4, when 2nd Scratch, led by Xavier Coppock, hammered past the Middle-Markers at warp-speed; both groups on the rivet and burning-lactic when, moments later, Scratch hammered past the combined group and turned the screws a tad more, with the next 10 kilometres leaving a trail of bodies in its wake. This combined, and thinned-down, bunch set off on pursuit of the two groups that lay ‘up the road’; unbeknownst to them up ahead the race for the outright win hit a critical moment. In what was undeniably the gutsiest move of the day, the massive diesel unit and current Ford Tour of Samoa Champ that is Tim Robertson decided it was time to throw caution to the wind, leave 2nd Limit and bridge to Limit in a do-or-die move. The N.Z. expat spun his racing jandals and set off on his quest; and in behind eventual outright winner, Gerald Aglipa saw the wisdom in Robertson’s move and followed, which turned out to be a good wager to take as bridge they eventually did; no small feat on Robertson’s part on a difficult day to manage his fatigue and power and run down a whole bunch of riders ahead. By the start of the fifth, and last, lap, Scratch had the gargantuan task of making up 4 minutes and some change on the combined Limit / 2nd Limit bunch, which proved to be too big of an ask. As the now combined bunch made the final turn into the home straight, with Scratch tantalizingly close (and yet not close enough) and charging hard, it was a race of attrition to the finish, with Aglipa agonizingly eking out a small lead of 3-4 bike lengths from Robertson (whose earlier withdrawals from the Bank Of Legs now came home to haunt him); the pair crossing ahead of 3 exceptionally determined Limit riders in Paul Beasley in 3rd place, Phil Tehan in 4th place, and Tom Gray in 5th place; all five riders showing grit and determination to stay the course and finish in the money. 42-year-old Melton South resident Aglipa, a Philippines expat, is relatively new to racing but has had a great start, winning a Geelong CC Handicap and now an FCC handicap. ‘When Tim went first at Forest Rd, it took me some time to get to his wheel, and then we worked with Limit once we got across. I am not a great sprinter and it was a crosswind and I was on the exposed side and at a disadvantage, so I figured I may as well go, so I went early and it paid off for me.’
Mere seconds behind, the battle for the coveted ‘Fastest Time’ sash was on in earnest; with an elated Daniel Welch taking his first ever sash just ahead of Miles DaCosta; the 31-year-old British expat and now Newport resident heaping of praise upon his bunch for their efforts. ‘I started off in D-Grade 18 months ago and can’t tell you how much it means to me to take Fastest Time.’ The South Yorkshire born Welch, who came to Australia in 2014 to follow the love of his life Laura (a Hoppers Gal), has been getting up at 5 am to train for the last year and has had a meteoric rise through the grades of late. ‘I am unbelievably happy today; I challenged myself to get up to A-Grade and that has been such a thrill, and now my next challenge is to be successful in the Melbourne to Warrnambool in six weeks. This result today is a good sign that the work is starting to pay dividends. But, the real honour today is to take home such an important sash from the Footscray Cycling Club. I think I’ll wear the sash for the next month!’
1st Gerald Aglipa @ 2:09:25 (Actual time 2:03:25), 2nd Tim Robertson, 3rd Paul Beasley, 4th Phil Tehan, 5th Tommy Gray, 6th & Fastest Time Daniel Welch, 7th Miles DaCosta, 8th Hamish Munro, 9th Josh Zammit, 10th Xavier Coppock.
Fastest Time Daniel Welch @ 2:10:38 (Actual time 1:46:38)
Footscray Cycling Club Graded Scratch Races @ Balliang, Aug 19, 2017.
The Footscray Cycling Club’s Winter Road Season took a chilly turn this weekend, with riders being challenged by a wintery blast of cold and rain on the Balliang Circuit.
South Perth Cycling Club rider Brian Sing took out today’s A-Grade race; the W.A. rider surviving the early attacks launched by James Butler that split A into 3 groups. Sing took the sprint from Ballarat/Sebastopol CC rider John Maguire and Club President Miles ‘Trump’ DaCosta.
B-Grade’s race was a strange affair, with an inconsistent pace and a relatively calm first run up to the ‘Hotdog’ turn at the base of Granite Rd; the second lap climbs being punctuated by a few serious attacks from Hawthorn CC rider Julian Del Beato, David Walker and John Mogavero, but in the end it was 52-year-old Werribee rider Mark Micallef who took the sprint. ‘In the run-down to the sprint, it was Julian who hit first, trying to open up a gap, so it was a heady pace as we approached the end. It bunched up with about half a kilometre to go, and I made sure I wasn’t buried too deep in the pack; Dave Walker took off and I claimed his wheel, and with about 100 to go I launched. I fully expected to be swamped on the line but managed to hold them off.’ Micallef crossed the line with John Mogavero in second place and Geoff Robertson in third place.
In C-Grade, St Kilda CC rider Marcus Olive took the win from wily veteran Colin Morris and the ever consistent Andrew Rossiter; Olive finding himself in a very tight sprint after a very tough series of climbs into Staughton Vale.
D-Grade’s race was first time racer Raphael Hammond who took out a very hotly contested bunch-sprint by a tiny margin from Tiernan Clark and Ballarat/Sebastopol CC rider Steve Barille.
A: 1st Brian Sing, 2nd John Maguire, 3rd Miles DaCosta, 4th Gerard Zammit, 5th Josh Zammit.
B: 1st Mark Micallef, 2nd John Mogavero, 3rd Geoff Robertson, 4th Thomas Rebesco, 5th David Walker.
C: 1st Marcus Olive, 2nd Colin Morris, 3rd Andrew Rossiter, 4th Nic Newby, 5th Matthew Johnson.
D: 1st Raphael Hammond, 2nd Teirnan Clark, 3rd Steve Barille, 4th Dennis Hobbs, 5th Tom Gray.
Footscray Cycling Club Graded Scratch Races @ Sheoaks, Aug 13, 2017.
The Footscray Cycling Club’s Winter Road Season ventured out to the very hilly and technical She Oaks circuit in the Brisbane Ranges, with mild conditions providing a welcome contrast to the brutal series of hill climbs awaiting riders.
New to A-Grade rider Connor Rate took out today’s A-Grade race; the 20-year-old Carnegie student taking the brave step up from B with his buddy and second placed rider, 19-year-old Ashburton resident Leigh Phillips. ‘It was pretty calm for the first 10 kays or so, but then one guy broke away and we had to work hard to keep him in sight; we caught him at the start of the second lap and he went out the back, so we were down to 6, and then Michael Dam attacked and did the same, so we were down to 5. On lap 3 there was quite a bit of attacking, but by the 4th lap we were all still there. I attacked on the hill before the fast descent into Steiglitz, and got a bit of a gap, and Leigh followed and bridged across. We rolled turns and stayed away; we did have a sprint and I just got it.’ Rate and Phillips finished clear of Daniel Welch who took a strong third place.
B-Grade saw 38-year-old John Mogavero take a well-deserved win by riding a conservative race for the first few laps, thus having the fire-power to hit the tiring bunch on the last 2 laps. The Burnside lad was aware of the tiring nature of the circuit, and knew what he had to do. ‘I marshalled the race earlier in the season and saw how brutal the course was, and it was about conserving efforts and saving it for when I needed it; by the third lap I pushed a bit more to see what the others had, and on the last lap as we climbed out of Steiglitz I found myself in the right gear, and getting a great draft off Dale Cameron, so I just kept going and used it to my advantage and put the bunch under pressure. 4 of us came together at the top of the climb and with about 500 to go I thought it was time to go; I knew I could catch them off-guard and I got a very good gap so at least if I got caught I wouldn’t die wondering. As it was, I was fading and David Procak was very close, but I got to the line first.’ Mogavero took the win from veteran racer David Procak in second and Evan Miller in third place.
In C-Grade, four great climbers really put the bunch under pressure, shelling quite a few riders along the way; in the end, it was Josh McNamara who took the win from Damien Lang in second and David Lane in third.
The riders who started in D-Grade broke up on lap 2, with Margarita Williams again taking the win from Foina Haddrell in second place; both well clear of Meg Rennie who charged home in third place.
A: 1st Connor Rate, 2nd Leigh Phillips, 3rd Daniel Welch, 4th Dan Purcell, 5th Josh Zammit, 6th Michael Dam.
B: 1st John Mogavero, 2nd David Procak, 3rd Evan Miller, 4th Dale Cameron, 5th Mark Micallef, 6th Ben McCarthy.
C: 1st Josh McNamara, 2nd Damien Lang, 3rd David Lane, 4th John Boyle, 5th Gerald Aglipa.
D: 1st Margarita WIlliams, 2nd Fiona Haddrell, 3rd Meg Rennie.
Footscray Cycling Club Bicycle Buyer Winter Classic @ Kirksbridge, 30 July 2017.
An amazing 94 racers converged on Little River on a sunny, mild but extremely windy Sunday morning to contest the Footscray Cycling Club’s 2nd Annual Bicycle Buyer Winter Classic; the six large bunches setting off into a nasty Northerly headwind; Limit, the first bunch to set off, knew that the task ahead of them was going to be a real test, through to Scratch, the gun riders in the last bunch to set off 35 minutes later, licking their lips in appreciation of the tough conditions, in chase of all those ‘up the road’.
On Lap 1 of the notoriously exposed and difficult Kirksbridge circuit it was every bunch shedding precious riders in unnecessary carnage; undisciplined bunches dropping riders that immediately weakened their prospects of winning by reducing their bunch sizes and therefore their average speed. As it unfolded, it was two riders form 2nd Limit and 6 from 3rd Limit who combined and took the bulk of the placings. First time Handicap rider, 29-year-old Northcote resident Joshua McNamara, who started in 2nd limit, has only been riding seriously for the last 6 months, but managed to take home the winner’s trophy by attacking from the combined bunch he found himself a part of. ‘The first bunch I was in (2nd Limit) was a little bit all over the shop, and when we got swallowed up by 3rd Limit on Lap 2, a bunch of 10 formed from that and we stayed away for the rest of the race. We swapped turns and rode well, and on the last lap I attacked on the top corner and another guy went with me and we just went for it. I lost him with about six kays to go and I thought if I could just get to the corner it was a tailwind all the way to the finish. I got there and I soloed to the win.’ McNamara took the win 21 seconds ahead of second placed Ian Murphy and third placed Andrew Gannon.
16-year-old Sarah Gigante, who has been racing since she was 8 years old, took out Fastest Female at 2:36:03 by setting a very solid pace in 3rd Scratch; the VCE student very happy with the trophy. ‘I love racing; I just love going fast, and no matter what I do I will always race.’ Gigante would love to find herself riding for a team, and has the credentials to make the transition from talented junior to professional.
Club Champ Dominik Dudkiewicz took the Fastest Male trophy in today’s tough conditions with an uncorrected time of 2:34:35 even though the overall win evaded him. ‘By the first stretch of the first lap we would have lost about half of our numbers; once we were 7 we worked pretty well together, but we didn’t really roll as well as we should have, so we didn’t capitalise on the conditions as we could have. When we hit Harry’s Hill for the last time we found out we still had 7 minutes to make up, and we knew that was not going to happen, so we backed off. In the end we picked up the pace a little as we saw a bunch up ahead, but really we just had a 3-way sprint.’
Overall Results:1st Joshua McNamara @ 2:30:42, 2nd Ian Murphy, 3rd Andrew Gannon, 4th Graeme Cole, 5th Julian Del Beato, 6th Rafael Ungar (relegated to 6th), 7th David Lane, 8th Jeremy Beaumont, 9th Trent Shannon, 10th Leigh Phillips. (No 33 DQ’d for line crossing.)
Male – Fastest Time: Dominik Dudkiewicz @ 2:34:35
Female – Fastest Time: Sarah Gigante @ 2:36:03
Footscray Cycling Club Graded Scratch Races @ Balliang, July 22, 2017.
Round 8 of the Footscray Cycling Club’s Winter Road Season could only be described as a layered cake of suffering, with riders being tortured by a 40 kph Northerly wind on the new ‘Box Forest’ circuit that was already massively challenging with a gravel section as well as 3 climbs of the notoriously difficult Granite Road ascent.
Williamstown Chiropractor Chris Munro took out today’s A-Grade race by outlasting the competition; Munro and Miles DaCosta riding off the front of the bunch. Munro and DaCosta rounded the last corner together, but Munro’s legs were more willing to sprint and he gapped DaCosta, with Leigh Kelly in no man’s land finishing 2 minutes behind for third place.
B-Grade’s race was shaped by the vicious Northerly wind, with riders swapping turns and trying to stay upright in the gusty crosswind. On the final lap, Trevor Perry attacked approaching the Granite Road climb, and eventual winner Hamish Munro then attacked on the last climb and bridged across; the pair attempting to stay clear. With two bunches chasing, it was a straight-out dash to the end, with most riders digging deep to get to the head of the race; the bunch finally coming together on the gravel section. In the run to the line, Ben O’Leary headed the lead out train, driving the bunch to within 300 meters of the line, at which point Munro launched and took the win, with Mark Micallef taking second place and Trevor Perry third.
In C-Grade, Jarred Benham took the win over Sam Tomkinson, and D-Grade’s race was taken by Steve Biggs from Eddie O’Farrell, Tom Moloney and Dennis Hobbs; the 4-man break staying away until the end.
A: 1st Chris Munro, 2nd Miles DaCosta, 3rd Leigh Kelly.
B: 1st Hamish Munro, 2nd Mark Micallef, 3rd Trevor Perry, 4th Michael Hazeldine, 5th Dave Walker.
C: 1st Jarred Benham, 2nd Sam Tomkinson.
D: 1st Steve Biggs, 2nd Eddie O’Farrell, 3rd Tom Moloney, 4th Dennis Hobbs.
Footscray Cycling Club Graded Scratch Races @ Balliang, 15 July 2017.
Round 7 of the Footscray Cycling Club’s 2017 Winter Road Season saw riders head out to Balliang in the Brisbane Ranges, with riders racing around Balliang and then out twice to the base of Granite Road under coudy skies. The cool but relatively calm conditions and a mostly flat course resulted in nearly all of the riders in A-Grade finishing together. A few probing attacks by various riders early in the race were quickly brought back with plenty of fresh legs eager to pull things back together. Trav Small made a breakaway attempt on the headwind straight going out to Staughton Vale the first time. This was pulled back on the rise and following a hard pace set by Dudkiewicz on the climb, Miles DaCosta took off solo until getting caught following the turnaround. On lap 2 Dudkiewicz attacked over the rise and spent 15 min out front before being pulled back. DaCosta accelerated out of corner 1 on the last lap and when he eased Dudkiewicz counter-attacked and went solo for the win. ‘I saw that we had opened up a small gap and despite planning to save the legs for a bunch sprint I decided not to look a gift horse in the mouth. I attacked over Miles and pushed hard to establish a gap over the bunch. I continued to push hard until the final corner when I was confident I had enough of a gap to ease up to the line. A good fun race today.’ with the Melton resident measuring his efforts to keep the bunch at arm’s length, crossing the line 10 seconds clear of the chasing bunch, with Andrew Bonello taking the bunch sprint for second and Jason Costin taking third place.
B-Grade saw 27 year old Dan Purcell take his second B-Grade win in a row with a daring move that has earned him a promotion to A-Grade; the Mansfield rider finding himself stewing in the bunch whilst a 3-man breakaway were clearing off into the distance. Xavier Coppock, Leigh Kelly and Hamish Munro got off the front on Lap 1 and built up an impressive lead, with a strong chasing bunch really ringing itself out in an effort to bring the trio back, but many kilometers later and they were still away. Cue Purcell and Connor Rate, who hammered off the front of the chasing bunch and put in a herculean effort to bridge to the breakaway. Amazingly, the two bunches merged about 50 meters from the line, with Purcell latching on to Kelly’s wheel and edging past him over the line, Purcell taking a strong win from Kelly in second and Coppock in third place. ‘On the second time up to Staughton Vale Connor and I committed to chasing the break, and so off we went. It took so long; we caught them just as we got to the line. Kudos to the 3 boys in the break because they were amazing. I’m looking forward to the challenge of A.’
In C-Grade, 32 year old Altona resident and Hungarian expat Martin Orozi managed to take a highly contested bunch sprint after a long, difficult race. ‘It was a pretty fast race for the whole time; everyone was working well, good cohesion during the race. I tried a few attacks heading to Staughton Vale but none stuck. I followed David Lane’s attack on the last lap and we got clear but the bunch caught us. Then it was the whole bunch together, and then again I followed David’s wheel in the sprint, changed gear and won by about 5 centimeters!’ Oroszi took the win from Lane in second and Colin Morris in third place.
D-Grade’s race saw 58 year old Pt Fairy rider Laurie Paltridge head off on a 20 km solo break to take the win. ‘I made the trip because I got lucky enough to qualify to go to France for the Gran Fondo Championships, so I’m trying to do a few longer races. It turned into a very tough race; on the second lap there were quite a few attacks and I jumped across to a solo rider and thought we would be away together, but he faded and then I decided to just keep going and try my luck. It turned out to be the quickest 20 kays I have ever done!’ Paltridge took the win well clear of the chasing bunch, with Paul Beasly taking the bunch sprint and second place and Tom Moloney third place.
A: 1st Dominik Dudkiewicz, 2nd Andrew Bonello, 3rd Jason Costin, 4th Daniel Stojanovski, 5th Travis Small.
B: 1st Dan Purcell, 2nd Leigh Kelly, 3rd Xavier Coppock, 4th Connor Rate, 5th Hamish Munro.
C: 1st Martin Oroszi, 2nd David Lane, 3rd Colin Morris, 4th David Haynes, 5th Gerald Aglipa.
D: 1st Laurie Paltridge, 2nd Paul Beasley, 3rd Tom Moloney, 4th Tiernan Clark, 5th Steve Barrile.
Footscray Cycling Club Graded Scratch Races @ Kirksbridge, July 8, 2017.
The Footscray Cycling Club’s Winter Road Season continued this week out at the notoriously exposed and windy Kirksbridge circuit near Little River; the North-Westerly winds shelling innumerable riders for this 6th race of the season.
Dominik Dudkiewicz took out today’s A-Grade race with the age-old tactic of using accelerations to thin down the bunch in the crosswinds; ‘We started with a bunch of 12, which was 10 by lap two, then an acceleration toward end of lap two by myself and Miles (DaCosta) left only Miles, Travis (Small), Dave (Newett) and myself. Another acceleration by me on lap 3 saw Dave dropped, and then along the top straight of lap 4 I attacked and Trav was dropped. Finally I attacked Miles at the top corner with 7.5km to go and got the win.’
B-Grade’s race was dominated by incessant attacks and riders attempting to break away, with Leigh Kelly spending an astounding 2 laps away in the challenging conditions, and Glen Wright a half a lap out front. On the attack front, again it was Kelly piling on the pressure by jamming it into the gutter and leaving a strung-out line struggling to keep pace. In the end though, a race that was dominated by skirmish after skirmish came down to a bunch sprint, with 27 year old Mansfield-Mt Buller CC rider Dan Purcell overtaking gun sprinter Mark Spiteri in the run to the line just ahead of Kelly; the sport and recreation manager just blowing the other riders away with his sprint speed. ‘It was quite windy and there wasn’t a great deal of co-operation in the bunch; I was sitting on the front on the run home and there was not much enthusiasm to take a turn, so it was a strange last lap.’ Purcell has just come from the Tour of Wangaratta where he came an impressive 6th on GC with a 1st and a 2nd in 2 stages.
In the same fashion as B-Grade, C-Grade set about attacking itself into oblivion, with Phillip Tehan and others leaving the bunch spent and thinned out. Again, it was a reduced peloton that contested the bunch sprint, with 61 year old Geelong schoolteacher Paul Rettke taking the sprint win from David Lane and Adam Fenton. ‘Everyone worked well together, we lost a few riders early, and it came down to a sprint at the end. I was very impressed with Adam Fenton from Carnegie CC who attacked and attacked; a great race.’
The riders who started in D-Grade may have lacked experience, but their youth and enthusiasm saw them power through the 3 laps, with Tim Gough taking the sprint from Laurie Paltridge and Matt Niewenhuizen, with the veterans having to content themselves with a good day’s racing.
This week also saw the return of the Women’s Grade, with 35 year old Margarita Williams taking her second road race win at the FCC ‘Despite the wind it was a great race. With Sarah Dam’s expert guidance we stuck together for the three laps. There was a small 3 person breakaway in the middle lap, but it all came together again and when we rounded the last corner the bunch split and I only just go past for the win.’ Williams took the sprint by a tiny margin from Diane Edwards and Joanna Ford.
A: 1st Dominik Dudkiewicz, 2nd Miles DaCosta, 3rd Travis Small, 4th David Newett.
B: 1st Dan Purcell, 2nd Mark Spiteri, 3rd Leigh Kelly, =4th David Walker, Dale Cameron.
C: 1st Paul Rettke, 2nd David Lane, 3rd Adam Fenton, 4th Gerald Aglipa.
D: 1st Tim Gough, 2nd Laurie Paltridge, 3rd Matt Niewenhuizen.
Women’s: 1st Margarita Williams, 2nd Diane Edwards, 3rd Joanna Ford, 4th Natalie Attenborough.
Footscray Cycling Club 59th Annual 3 Day Tour, June 10-11 2017.
Riders geared up for what is the Footscray Cycling Club’s most gruelling event for the year, the 59th 3 Day Tour over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.
Stage 1 saw riders race the short, flat Balliang stage at breakneck speeds, with reigning Tour Champion Dominik Dudkiewicz taking A Grade’s race from Andrew Bonello and Nick Squillari. B Grade was taken by Thomas Rebesco from Andrew Naughtin and Bernard O’Sullivan, and C Grade was won by Chris Fenech from Nic Newby and James Bell; all 3 races finishing the flat, windless stage in sprint finishes.
Stage 2 saw the weary riders re-mount and head off for the notoriously difficult and taxing Granite Road stage, with 3 gruelling climbs and 3 forays into the gravel on this Queen’s stage; A Grade again being taken in a bunch sprint by Dom Dudkiewicz from Nick Squillari and Trent Clifford, with B Grade being taken by Andrew Naughtin from Thomas Rebesco and Trevor Perry, and C Grade being taken by the evergreen Phillip Tehan from Chris Fenech and Brad Clapham. Whilst A and C Grades broke up on this difficult stage, B Grade was kept intact by the improbable occurrence of meeting a truck climbing Granite Road’s main climb at a glacial 9 kph; riders staying in behind and nullifying the KOM as the bunch crawled as they crested the hill.
The scene was set for the final stage showdown at the Sandy Creek circuit, with 90 kilometers of hard running over hills and through the gravel to make the final finish line, with Dom Dudkiewicz, Thomas Rebesco and Chris Fenech all with the leader’s target on their backs. In A-Grade, Dominik Dudkiewicz made it 5 incredible Tours in a row by taking second place in Stage 2 in behind Nick Squillari. ‘It feels incredible to have won 5 Tours in a row; hopefully I can grab a few more before the next generation of young guys like Hamish Munro and Tom Rebesco come through. Like most of us, I had reservations about the gravel sections in the Tour because it introduced a random chance element like a puncture and then you’re out of the race, but the gravel and the courses were great and pushed us to develop a new skill. I liked the 2 stages on the first day and the long stage on the second day to make it a hard race. In B Grade, veteran gun sprinter Bernard O’Sullivan took the stage sprint and continued his fine form of late by beating home Thomas Rebesco and Mark Micallef; Rebesco keeping his overall lead with some smart riding. ‘This is the first big race I’ve won and I am very happy with the win; I knew everyone would be marking me today so I had to make sure I covered all the moves as well as try to get a few bonus seconds along the way.’ Rebesco took the overall win from Andrew Naughtin and O’Sullivan. In C Grade, 55-year-old schoolteacher Chris Fenech took his maiden Tour win by taking his second stage win and gaining valuable bonus seconds to leave him 23 seconds up from fellow first time Tour rider Brad Clapham, with 3rd place being secured by the indomitable Phil Tehan whose consistency was remarkable. Fenech was impressed with how well organised and planned the Tour was, and was always there in each Sprint and Kom building up valuable time bonuses.
Final Results – After Stage 3:
Main Race: 1st Dom Dudkiewicz, 2nd Nick Squillari, 3rd Trent Clifford, 4th Miles DaCosta, 5th Chris Munro, 6th Andrew Bonello, 7th Shane Ward, 8th Jason Costin, 9th Michael Dam, 10th Daniel Welch.
Sprint King: Dom Dudkiewicz.
King of the Mountains: Nick Squillari.
B Grade: 1st Thomas Rebesco, 2nd Andrew Naughtin, 3rd Bernard O’Sullivan, 4th Hamish Munro, 5th Leigh Kelly, 6th Mark Micallef, 7th James Goodall, 8th Trevor Perry, 9th Ben McCarthy, 10th Graeme Cole.
Sprint King: Thomas Rebesco.
King of the Mountains: Thomas Rebesco.
C Grade: 1st Chris Fenech, 2nd Brad Clapham, 3rd Phillip Tehan, 4th Paul Downes, 5th Matt Johnson, 6th Paul Beasley, 7th Martin Oroszi, 8th Gerald Aglipa, 9th Nic Newby, 10th Ross Schubach.
Sprint King: Nic Newby.
King of the Mountains: Paul Downes.
Footscray Cycling Club Hugh Cram Memorial Handicap, June 3, 2017.
In perfect autumn conditions, 5 bunches of determined riders set off to contest 96 kilometers of hard racing on the Footscray Cycling Club’s newest road circuit, Sandy Creek around the You-Yangs near Little River, coming together for the coveted Hugh Cram Memorial Handicap; the handicap format requiring each bunch of riders to co-operate and push themselves to the limit to keep the chasing bunches at bay, with the gun riders of Scratch starting out with a 30-minute deficit to make up over Limit. By mid-race, it was clear that the boys in Second Scratch were on-song and working a treat, as on the second lap they swallowed up the Middle Markers; this combined bunch then setting off to mow down both Second-Limit and Limit in the next half lap. With such calm conditions, many riders survived in this super-bunch until the gravel section and subsequent climb on Sandy Creek Road thinned out the bunch to a front group of 9 riders who were followed by the strung-out remains of the other groups.
Out of the winning bunch, it was 16-year-old Hamish Munro who made the best of the frenetic run to the finish line, with most riders trying their luck at an attack and run for the line. Williamstown resident Munro was lucky enough to have the best lead-out man in the business, his gun father and respected A-Grade rider Chris. ‘My first thought when I saw the list was it was going to be a tough race and it would be great to have an ally in my bunch to give me advice along the way. Our bunch hasn’t been working too well over the last few races, but today we worked so well; everyone was pulling strong turns and our average was about 41kph. It was a bit of a worry when we picked up so many on the way, because there were bound to be a few good sprinters in there. I got a grouse 700-meter lead-out from the old man and he just spent himself, and at 150 to go I went and could see a shadow coming up, I just held out and beat Bernie by a wheel.’ Munro took the win with a corrected time of 2:08:16, a mere two minutes off taking the double and snaring Fastest Time, with veteran Second Limit rider Bernard O’Sullivan taking second from talented youngster Thomas Rebesco in third place. ‘Winning the Cram is amazing; from what I have heard about him he was a great guy and a Legend around the Club so I’m really pleased to win his Memorial.’
A mere 2 minutes behind the winners, the battle for Fastest Time was taken out by Alastair Tubb, the ex-Euroa lad taking the Scratch bunch sprint with a time of 2:06:08.
1st Hamish Munro @ 2:32:16 (corrected 2:08:16), 2nd Bernard O’Sullivan, 3rd Thomas Rebesco, 4th Geoffrey Robertson, 5th Leigh Kelly, 6th Michael Dam, 7th Chris Munro, 8th John Mogavero, 9th Mark Micallef, 10th David Procak.
1st Female: Karen Lechner.
Fastest Time: Alastair Tubb @ 2:36:08 (corrected 2:06:08)
Footscray Cycling Club Salter Memorial Graded Scratch Races @ Balliang, May 28, 2017.
The Footscray Cycling Club’s Winter Road Season took a new turn this weekend, with riders being challenged by the new ‘Box Forest’ circuit that includes a lengthy run on gravel as well as 3 climbs of the notoriously difficult Granite Road ascent.
45-year-old Ascot Vale resident Miles DaCosta took out today’s A-Grade race and took home his first ever Memorial Sash, setting a gruelling pace that saw the peloton break up on the second lap. ‘We rode pretty easily for the first lap until we hit the dirt, at which stage Jason Costin came out of it pretty hard and I rolled over him and drilled it; and because you just can’t afford to look behind you I had no idea what was happening until we hit the tarmac again. It turned out it was myself, Jason and Travis Small, and there was a split to the rest. We hammered out the second lap as hard as we could and put some distance into the split, and on the third lap we eased up a bit until we got to Granite Road at which stage I put in an effort on the climb and got a gap on the other two.’ DaCosta maintained the gap all the way to the line, taking the win from Small and Costin. ‘It’s my first ever Memorial win, so I am so happy I don’t know what to say!’
B-Grade’s race was dominated by youth, with 17-year-old Werribee student Thomas Rebesco taking the win from 16-year-old Hamish Munro; the pair in a league of their own over the hills. ‘Leigh Kelly attacked going up the Granite Road climb and that was what broke the bunch up; the next time around it was Hamish Munro who attacked and it took a while for the 4 of us to join back up, then we just waited for the sprint. We were all across the road and Hamish jumped first, I just went for his wheel and then sprinted as hard as I could.’ The third generation racer Rebesco took the win from Munro and Kelly. ‘This is my first Memorial win; it feels great.’
In C-Grade, 40-year-old Personal Trainer Ben McCarthy took the narrowest of wins from veteran David Lane in a very tight sprint finish; the pair finishing several hundred meters ahead of third placed Brad Clapham. McCarthy described the race in one word. ‘Brutal. I didn’t enjoy the dirt too much so I was happy to put a bit of space in between me and the bunch before the dirt; the bunch split up a lot and then on the last climb we put the power down it was just me and Dave Lane. I managed to attack Dave and put a bit of a gap in but he time-trialled back to me, then he attacked me when I took a drink but I got onto his wheel and then just held his wheel until the sprint and got the win.’
D-Grade’s race was dominated by 26-year-old P.E. teacher Liam Green; the Melton resident is new to road racing, coming from a triathlon background. ‘We stayed together for a fair while when one guy attacked on the Granite Rd climb and when he was getting away someone said to me “You better chase; your race is getting away from you.” so I chased him, got to him and we sprinted it out side by side.’ ‘I didn’t mind the hills but the dirt was a bit more of a challenge.’
The big bunch that was the Women’s Grade was dominated by a three-person breakaway on the second lap, with 35-year-old Brunswick resident Margarita Williams leading home the trio of riders who broke away after the first lap to take the win. ‘It was a great first-ever road race; it was such a pleasure to do it with this bunch of girls and it was really great to do the second lap with Courtney and Danni and the three of us stuck together nearly all the way to the end.’ ‘We loved the dirt as we are all mountain bikers, so we didn’t mind the exfoliation we got on the way through.’ Williams took the win from Sherwell in second place and Baxter in third place.
A: 1st Miles DaCosta, 2nd Travis Small, 3rd Jason Costin, 4th Chris Munro 5th Dan Welch.
B: 1st Anthony Rebesco, 2nd Hamish Munro, 3rd Leigh Kelly, 4th Andrew Naughtin, 5th Michael Dam.
C: 1st Ben McCarthy, 2nd David Lane, 3rd Brad Clapham, 4th Nic Newby, 5th Martin Oroszi
D: 1st Liam Green, 2nd Sam Tammaro, 3rd Dennis Hobbs, 4th Eddie O’Farrell.
Women’s: 1st Margarita Williams 2nd Courtney Sherwell, 3rd Danielle Baxter, 4th Kate Ross, 5th Fenella Long.
Footscray Cycling Club Graded Scratch Races @ Sheoaks, May 20, 2017.
The Footscray Cycling Club’s Winter Road Season continued this week out at the very hilly and difficult SheOaks circuit in the Brisbane Ranges, with unseasonably mild conditions and light Northerly winds undercutting the nasty climbs awaiting riders.
Miles DaCosta took out today’s A-Grade race with a solo run to the line that saw the bunch splinter early on. ‘There were only four of us who came out of the climb out of Steiglitz on the first lap, and we pulled turns for the next two laps. On the last lap Emmanuel Blanco went out the back a little, and Liam Drady and I pulled a few pretty hard turns until I noticed that Liam had fallen off my wheel as well and I rode solo to the finish. I had to keep pushing myself to the limit because I could see the other two coming for me; it was as hard a race as I have done for a while.’ DaCosta finished clear of Drady in second and Blanco in third place.
B-Grade saw Michael Dam pull off an accomplished win with some stinging attacks that dropped quite a few riders and a few clever moves along the way; the 35-year-old West Footscray resident making all the right moves at all the right times. ‘Travis Edwards went off the front very early and looked like he would stay away for the whole race; we only just caught him on the last lap and he was pretty cooked, and then after that it was just me, Thomas Rebesco, Andrew Naughtin and Hamish Munro. On the last climb Andrew cramped and dropped out and then Thomas and Hamish attacked and dropped me and I just managed to catch them as we crested the climb. After that, I attacked and was off the front for a while until they caught me, and then it was all down to the sprint, which I timed perfectly.’ Dam took the win by staying on the front and powering away from Munro in second place and Rebesco in third place; all three taking A-Grade form into the run-up for the 3-Day Tour.
In C-Grade, a good sized bunch set out on the first climb of the day, but within a very short period of time 5 riders powered off the front and decimated the rest of C by disappearing into the distance and actually making up ground on B; with Sarah Gigante, Evan Miller, Ben McCarthy, Cory Driscoll and Thomas Barrie showing a stunning turn of pace to hammer out three lightning-fast laps on the run to the line; in the end it was the 17 year old superstar of the future Gigante who took the win from Evan Miller and Ben McCarthy.
The riders who started in D-Grade broke up early and rode a solitary, lonely race, with Nicholas Salkovic powering off to take the win from Sam Tammaro and Steven Biggs.
A: 1st Miles DaCosta, 2nd Liam Drady, 3rd Emmanuel Blanco, 4th Daniel Stojanovski, 5th Daniel Welch.
B: 1st Michael Dam, 2nd Hamish Munro, 3rd Thomas Rebesco, 4th Travis Edwards.
C: 1st Sarah Gigante, 2nd Evan Miller, 3rd Ben McCarthy, 4th Cory Driscoll, 5th Thomas Barrie.
D: 1st Nicholas Salkovic, 2nd Sam Tammaro, 3rd Steven Biggs.
Footscray Cycling Club Harry Jones Memorial Handicap, May 7, 2017.
In windy and cool autumn conditions, 5 bunches of determined riders set off to hammer out 80 kilometers of racing on the notoriously exposed and tricky Kirksbridge circuit for the Footscray Cycling Club’s Harry Jones Memorial Handicap; the handicap format requiring each bunch of riders to co-operate and push themselves to the limit to keep the chasing bunches at bay, with the gun riders of Scratch starting out with a 27-minute deficit to make up over Limit. By mid-race, it was clear that the middle men were the bunch to beat; powering along and catching the two groups ahead of them by the end of the third lap. With Scratch still committed, it was only the time check on the last lap that saw Scratch decide that they had too much time to peg back, and so the edge came off their chase.
Out of the winning bunch, it was Dale Cameron who made the first break for the finish line on the last corner, with eventual winner Trevor Perry using all of his strength and nous to claw his way onto Cameron’s wheel, and then recover for one final push over the top; the 51-year-old Preston Stevedore using his many years of experience and race-honed tactics to eke out this win. ‘We had a really good bunch; we did not miss a beat until we caught second limit and limit on lap three when it got a bit messy then. In hindsight, we should have gassed it a bit to drop a few. Dale took off just after the last corner and he had a big gap on me but I caught him with 100 to go and once I got to him I thought that I just had to get over him with one last push.’ Perry did manage to overtake a tiring Cameron on the line, taking first and second place respectively, with Michael Hazeldine taking a strong third a few bike lengths behind.
A mere 4 minutes behind the winners, the battle for Fastest Time was taken out by Shane Ward; the 35-year-old Altona resident taking his first Fastest Time and sash. ‘Scratch were working really well for the first half of the race; once we caught Second Scratch it injected a little more pace into the chase, which was good, but with 7 minutes to make up on the last lap we knew it was too much so our last lap was quite a bit slower. In the end, the stronger guys were there at the end. Travis Small led us out and Andrew Bonello jumped off his wheel a bit too early and I fought him all the way to the line.’ Ward took fastest time by half a bike length to Bonello.
1st Trevor Perry @ 2:20:34 (corrected 2:08:34), 2nd Dale Cameron, 3rd Michael Hazeldine, 4th Colin Morris, 5th David Lane, 6th Nalpoeon Aglipa, 7th David Procak, 8th Tom Moloney, 9th Paul Downes, 10th Graeme Cole.
1st Female: Gina McVicor.
Fastest Time: Shane Ward @ 2:24:15 (corrected 1:57:15)
Footscray Cycling Club Bob Robson memorial Anzac Criterium, April 25 2015.
The 57th Bob Robson Memorial Anzac Day Criteruims were held around Williamstown High School on a day that was more suited to sailing than cycling, with heavy overnight rain and autumn leaves making for a challenging track surface. With light rain falling at the start of the Male Open Race, riders were faced with greasy roads for the first few laps, but that didn’t stop 33 year-old Club Champion Dominik Dudkiewicz from testing the bunch to see if he might be able to break away. “The rain was threatening for the first 10 minutes, and we were a bit worried. At the start there was a little bit of aggression from the bunch and I had a few attempts to go off the front, but it was pretty obvious that it wasn’t going to happen today; too many guys were willing to chase and the corners were bringing the race back together; it was impossible to break the elastic. So the race ended up being a surging race.’ At about the half-way point, Simon Whelan and Gerard Zammit hit the bitumen, causing a break-up of the bunch and a scattering of riders that probably precipitated a few guys getting dropped. In the end it was Dudkiewicz who rounded the last corner on the front, taking the sprint form Shane Ward and Daniel Hopper’
In the Female Open Race, 26 year old Essendon resident Emma Pane used her massive engine to cause a break in the bunch; Pane and the ever-improving Leanna James driving the 4 girl break for the duration. ‘Being a little bit damp at the start I wanted to split the race up a bit so Leanna and I took off at the start; then we rolled turns for the rest of the race. At the end, Leanna and I know each other’s strengths and weaknesses, and she has a great sprint, so I went after the second-last corner and had a decent gap which I needed because I knew she would come home pretty quickly.’ Pane held off James to take the inaugural Women’s Sash, with James home in second place and Emma Jackson in third place. ‘It’s nice to get a win and exciting to be the first female Anzac winner!’
The B-Grade Support Race arguably saw the worst of the day’s conditions, with the already challenging track very wet, the start delayed and the race shortened; but that did not stop 30 year old Josh Ryan from attacking from the start line and disappearing into the distance with Thomas Rebesco and Michael Dam. ‘I wanted to try to get off the front straight away, get rid of a few early on, ride hard and have a big gap in the first few laps by going quickly through the corners. Luckily Thomas Rebesco got to me and we swapped turns and got a good lead. Thomas went with half a lap to go and I got his wheel, but he went into the last corner first wheel and I only got him by less than half a wheel.’ Ryan took the win from Rebesco in second place, with Leigh Kelly beating Mark Micallef home for third place in the chasing bunch sprint.
Main Race – Male: 1st Dominik Dudkiewicz, 2nd Shane Ward, 3rd Daniel Hopper, 4th Henry Dietze, 5th Andrew Bonello.
Main Race – Female: 1st Emma Pane, 2nd Leanna James, 3rd Emma Jackson, 4th Sarah Mortley, 5th Elizabeth Nuspan.
Support Race: 1st Josh Ryan, 2nd Thomas Rebesco, 3rd Leigh Kelly, 4th Mark Micallef, 5th Michael Dam.
The Australian Veterans Cycling Championships Road Race…April 15th 2017
So here is a tale in two parts, firstly the part of the absolute legend that is one Phillip Tehan.
-Aus Vets Champs Road Race 60-64 – SILVER MEDAL!
Anyone who races Phil will know what a hard trainer and skilled proponent of the art of racing Phil is, but today what I saw defied the laws of nature and anyone, I mean anyone else but one Phillip Tehan would have simply given up and gone home.
For starters, Phil has been in sensational form all summer, consistently placing and winning against guys who are a third his age, so he would have been entitled to turn up in Maryborough feeling pretty darned good, except…
His spine decided to play up. And I mean 11/10 pain, can’t-get-the-power-down / can’t feel my leg PAIN. There he is, seconds from race start; I am ripping race tape off his back (to painful sounds – sorry Phil- ) and there Phil is at the start as white as a sheet.
“Not fucking fair” I think to myself… “He was in top form and has done the hard-yards, and his fucking back is going to ruin his race.” I sent him off fully expecting his to be a short and unhappy one.
But no, not Phil. He starts conservatively, allows his natural cadence, his million km of technique, to ride out and get through the pain. He gets to the turn around, starts doing some work on the front, feels okay.
He makes pain his friend, uses his nous and finds himself at the pointy end approaching the sprint. He jumps onto the wheel of a guy making a dash for the line, and manages to force his body not only to hold the wheel but to roll the guy in an uphill headwind sprint, but alas gets just pipped for gold by the guy on his wheel. What a legend.
Phillip Tehan, Bronze Medal 2015, Silver Medal 2017, and good for Gold in 2018.
Aaaaand my race.
One of ‘those’ races. Felt good, but this was a field of incredible class. The Laffy Brothers, Phil Smith, guys who are top-level, cream-of-the-crop riders. My tactics are decided weeks before by Phil and I; expect war from the start, stay at the front, chase any breaks because that’s where the medals will be. So, I do that, chasing attacks, bridging to guys who are delivering some brutal attacks, stay on their wheel…
But I appear to be given the task, as there are too many guys just banking on ‘someone else’ dragging the bunch back up each time. And I’m getting sick of it. Finally, I get the shits and don’t chase one.
The one that stuck.
Still, with one guy up the road, we can do this with a bit of co-operation and 10 minutes of hard work. Except no one wants to work, everyone wants to be delivered to the line for their sprint like a fucking prima-donna. Time and time again we try to get the chase going, time and time again nothing. Then a few if us dig real deep, and one guy solo’s away. So now two up the road.
Still nothing; too many pumpkin heads happy to sprint for Bronze. Who gives an actual fuck about the bronze? All the guys who have been sitting on do, and off they go to sprint having done fuck-all. The guy who (deservedly) won? Phil Smith. He said he was banking on the bunch not being smart enough to organise a chase, and he was right.
Me, where did I come? 100% spent, in the bunch, feeling totally frustrated and exhausted.
But rapt for Phil.
Footscray Cycling Bicycle Buyer Eliminator Series @ Drake Boulevard, Altona, 2/4/17.
The Footscray Cycling Club, in conjunction with Bicycle Buyer, spiced up traditional ‘Criterium’ racing by adding the ‘devil take the hindmost’ eliminations, which saw the last rider on set laps eliminated, using the ‘short’ circuit at Drake Boulevard in Altona. A-Grade was hit with a series of early attacks that left the main bunch absolutely ‘on the rivet’ whilst a decisive breakaway bunch formed at the pointy end; with the bunch never able to peg back the escapees. Club Champion Dominik Dudkiewicz took the sprint decisively from Matthew Robertson in second and Matthias Kiernan in third place.
There was enough drizzle falling to make the track tricky for the first 5 laps in B-Grade; with an early 4-man break just clearing off and building a huge margin on the main bunch, with Hawthorn CC rider Nathan Basaraba taking a strong win from Geelong CC’s Josh Williams in second place and Mark Spiteri in third place just ahead of Corey Basaraba, with Ally Delooze taking the bunch sprint in behind. 34 year old Moonee Ponds resident Basaraba deftly made the move to attack and establish a break when another break was being reeled in and everyone was on the rivet. ‘I started the break, gassed it when the bunch caught the break; we three worked really well together and then Josh bridged across to us which was no mean feat. With 1 to go I was last wheel going around the back of the course and I jumped first and came into the straight first wheel.’
In C-Grade, it was Marcus Olive who took a commanding win from James Danos; the pair well clear of Colin Morris in third place.
D Grade saw first placed Chris Fenech, second placed Bob Mcallan and third placed Gary Whalley hammer out a massive lead on a very well organised and dedicated chasing bunchwith Barry Cram taking the bunch sprint, and in E-Grade, Emma Andrews took the win well clear of the chasers.
A: 1st Dominik Dudkiewicz, 2nd Matthew Roberts, 3rd Matthias Kiernan, 4th Aaron Mulkearns, 5th Shane Ward
B: 1st Nathan Basaraba, 2nd Josh Williams, 3rd Mark Spiteri, 4th Corey Basaraba, 5th Alastair Delooze.
C: 1st Marcus Olive, 2nd James Danos, 3rd Colin Morris, 4th Adam Fenton, 5th Gernt Prent.
D: 1st Chris Fenech, 2nd Bob Mcallan, 3rd Gary Whalley, 4th Barry Cram, 5th Walter Chetcuti.
E: 1st Emma Andrews.
Footscray Cycling Bicycle Buyer Eliminator Series @ Drake Boulevard, Altona, 26/3/17.
The Footscray Cycling Club, in conjunction with Bicycle Buyer, spiced up traditional ‘Criterium’ racing by adding a new twist; the ‘devil take the hindmost’ eliminations, which saw the last rider on set laps eliminated. A mild easterly breeze and overcast skies greeted riders who headed out to Drake Boulevard in Altona to contest the new format eliminator races, with A Grade’s race being dominated by a strong two-man breakaway that saw Club Champ Dominik Dudkiewicz, accompanied by Matthias Kiernan, power off the front of a hard-charging bunch to run well clear of any need to worry about the eliminations that took place further back in the bunch; in the end it was Dudkiewicz who took the sprint emphatically from the in-form Kiernan in second place, with Morgan Smith taking a lonely third place, having spent a considerable amount of time in no-man’s-land between the breakaway and the chasing bunch.
It was war from the onset in B-Grade; with the first few laps run at breakneck speed; but the race was dominated by an incredibly powerful breakaway where Henry Dietze, Wesley Nagtzaam, Oskar Moore and Ry McGrath just blew away the hard chasing B-Grade peloton and staying away all the way through the battle that was the eliminations. The breakaway was dominated by Dietze; the young superstar in the making taking the race and earning a place in A-Grade.
In C-Grade, after a long and protracted series of fiercely contested eliminations, the thinned down bunch were put to the sword by a 5-man lead-out train that saw Nick Flynn take the win from Paolo Biondi and Adam Fenton.
D Grade saw Adam Strickland take a strong sprint win from Eddie O’Farrell and Tiernan Clark, and in E-Grade, Jenny Erickson powered up the straight to take the win a bike length clear of Dale Morgan-Morris and Fenella Long.
A: 1st Dominik Dudkiewicz, 2nd Matthias Kiernan, 3rd Morgan Smith, 4th Travis Small, 5th Aaron Mulkearns.
B: 1st Henry Dietze, 2nd Wesley Nagtzaam, 3rd Oskar Moore, 4th Ry McGrath, 5th Nathan Basaraba.
C: 1st Nick Flynn, 2nd Paolo Biondi, 3rd Adam Fenton, 4th Mat Hudson, 5th Dan Atkins.
D: 1st Adam Strickland, 2nd Eddie O’Farrell, 3rd Tiernan Clark, 4th Walter Chetcuti, 5th Angus Vander. 1st Fem Sarah Dam.
E: 1st Jenny Erickson, 2nd Dale Morgan-Morris, 3rd Fenella Long, 4th Karen Lechner.
Footscray Cycling Club Criteriums @ Drake Boulevard, Altona, 19/3/17.
Sunday morning’s round of racing saw the Footscray Cycling Club head out to Drake Boulevard in Altona to contest graded scratch races on a windless and hot morning. In A Grade, 40-year-old Essendon resident Allen Nash surprised all by taking his first ever A-Grade win in a bunch sprint; the St Kilda CC member and sporadic racer a very happy man after taking the initiative to be on the right wheel on the last lap. ‘Man, it was hot and quick. That was my first full race in A-Grade and it is totally different to B-Grade; very start-stop. Dom and Dylan were the main two to watch, so I saw the chance to get on to Dylan’s wheel, and coming on to the last corner Dylan launched and I followed and I just had the power to get around him by half a wheel and win.’ Nash took the sprint a half bike length ahead of Dylan Newell in second and Peter Jones in third place.
In B-Grade, 48-year-old Hoppers Crossing resident David Walker took the sprint win after an eventful race that saw a few serious breakaways; most notably a solo effort by Glen Wright and a very late 3 man break initiated by Wright and joined by Mark Micallef and Leigh Kelly; Wright dropping back to the pack with two to go and the other 2 escapees risking all and going again with the bunch right in behind. Unfortunately for them, the bunch caught them with 2 corners to go and the ensuing sprint saw Walker go into the corner too hot and clip a pedal. ‘On the last corner I touched a pedal and my foot came out, and I nearly crashed; I think I then scared everyone off!’ With riders backing off a touch, Walker kept the bike upright and kept the momentum going to take the win from a very closely bunched foursome of Matt Johnson, Glen Grbesa, Thomas Rebesco and Hamish Munro for second to fifth respectively.
In C-Grade, after a fast race and quite a few breakaways and chase-downs, it was Paolo Biondi who sprinted clear of the bunch to take a strong win from Adam Fenton in second, with superstar veteran Phil Tehan just taking the last spot on the podium by pipping Matt Hudson to the line for third place.
D Grade saw Paul Meehan just beat James Stuart in the sprint home, with Donna Meehan a very strong third place just in behind.
In E-Grade, after a fast race that saw the bunch stay largely intact, Julia Ius wound up her sprint and took a strong win by a few bike lengths from Meg Brown in second place and Jenny Erickson in third place.
A: 1st Allen Nash, 2nd Dylan Newell, 3rd Peter Jones, 4th Dominik Dudkiewicz, 5th Andrew Bonello.
B: 1st David Walker, 2nd Matt Johnson, 3rd Glen Grbesa, 4th Thomas Rebesco, 5th Hamish Munro.
C: 1st Paolo Biondi, 2nd Adam Fenton, 3rd Phillip Tehan, 4th Matt Hudson, 5th David Lane.
D: 1st Paul Meehan, 2nd James Stuart, 3rd Donna Meehan, 4th Walter Chetcuti, 5th Steve Biggs.
E: 1st Julia Ius, 2nd Meg Brown, 3rd Jenny Erickson, 4th Kate Ross, 5th Nina Oktavia.
Footscray Cycling Club – Eric Turner Memorial Club Criterium Championships. 5/3/17
Riders headed out to the VU Circuit at Hoppers Crossing to contest the biggest race of the summer, the Footscray Cycling Club’s Eric Turner Memorial Criterium Championships; and for the first time in the Club’s 120-year history the Club has both a Male and Female Club Champion!
In A-Grade, 33-year-old Melton resident and current Club Champ Dominik Dudkiewicz will get to wear the coveted No #1 for another year, taking his third Championship in a row with an early race breakaway that stuck. ‘There were a few surges in the opening laps; nothing too dramatic, but then I put in one lap at full-gas in the gutter. I looked around, expecting to see it strung out behind me; I didn’t realise I had a gap and I saw Miles DaCosta in no-man’s-land between myself and the bunch, so I eased up and waited for him because I knew it would be better for both of us. Once we were together, we put our heads down and swapped turns. It was Miles and I, then a chase group of about 6 riders, and then a few groups behind them. We were up about half a lap when I knew we were not going to get caught so I went again, and lapped the field before the last lap. I wanted to defend my title and attacking is always the best way to do it.’ Dudkiewicz won the Championship by half a lap from DaCosta in second, and Andrew Bonello took the bunch sprint to claim third place.
In the Women’s Open Championship race, 41-year-old West Footscray resident Sarah Dam etched her name into the Footscray CC history books as the first ever Women’s Club Champion, in an exciting race that saw the pressure piled on from the start. ‘We got down to four, and then three of us over the course of the race; we just kept the pace high and worked hard together. I was on the front for the last lap and I thought I’d give it a go early and went before the last corner. I could feel the other 2 breathing down my neck but I kept thinking about whose name would be in the history books as the first female Club Champ, and that just gave me that little bit extra I needed to hang on.’ A delighted Dam took the narrow win from Tamara Riddell in second and Gina McVicar in third place.
In B-Grade, 49-year-old Little River resident Darren Payne played the waiting game; the gun sprinter realizing that each-and-every breakaway attempt, including a few very solid efforts made by Glen Wright, would be reeled in by the eager chasers in the quality bunch. ‘That race was made for anyone who can sprint, because every break that went away someone was willing to chase which was good for me. My plan was not to do a lot, jump on the wheel of whoever went first and then sprint. Glen Wright and Thomas Rebesco went and I followed wheels and sprinted from the last corner.’ Payne took the win ahead of Michael Dam in second place and Andrew Naughtin in third place.
In C-Grade, 37-year-old South Melbourne resident and expatriate Englishman Alastair Delooze is now the C-Grade Champion after making it into the very exclusive breakaway group at the head of the race. ‘Straight after the neutral lap there were a few very early attacks, and we got away a few times but were bought back a few times. A few of us decided to go again; we pushed on hard and got a good lead, until the games started with 3 to go. A few guys threw in attacks to feel each other out, and on the last lap as we came over the hill I managed to time my effort over the hill and get a break on the others; I pushed hard and never looked back.’ Delooze managed to hold of the chasing bunch, led by John Mogavero in second and Bob Shannon in third place.
In D-Grade, Port Melbourne resident Steve Harris took the win after quite a tumultuous race. ‘Just after the start, Barry and a few others got away and they were 300 meters up the road; I chased hard for a few laps and got back on, and then it was a four-man bunch sprint and I was lucky enough to hold on.’ Harris took the win from James Stuart in second and Steve Biggs in third place.
Male Open Championship: 1st Dominik Dudkiewicz, 2nd Miles Dacosta, 3rd Andrew Bonello, 4th Travis Small, 5th Daniel Hopper.
Female Open Championship: 1st Sarah Dam, 2nd Tamara Riddell, 3rd Gina Mc Vicar, 4th Julia Ius, 5th Jenny Erickson.
B grade: 1st Darren Payne, 2nd Michael Dam, 3rd Andrew Naughtin, 4th Hans Birk, 5th Glen Grbesa.
C grade: 1st Alastair Delooze, 2nd Joe Mogavero, 3rd Bob Shannon, 4th Phil Tehan, 5th Shawn Smith.
D grade: 1st Steven Harris, 2nd James Stuart, 3rd Steven Biggs, 4th Barry Cram, 5th Ray Moriaty.
Footscray Cycling Club – Beach Road Summer Criterium Series Race #4. 26/2/17
The finale of the Beach Road Summer Crit Series, held at Altona’s wide and fast Drake Boulevard, saw riders greeted by a prefect summer’s morning, with light breezes and blue skies.
In A-Grade, 30-year-old Tottenham resident Matthias Kiernan jumped across to a breakaway to take today’s win; the Brunswick CC rider taking advantage of a trademark Miles DaCosta solo breakaway and bridging across. ‘I attacked at the start of the race and was brought back by the bunch, and then Miles went off the front and I got across; we were suffering pretty badly until Morgan Smith came across to us and was pulling much harder turns than either of us were. We worked consistently until we lapped the field and we let them go for the sprint for fourth at the end; then I let Miles go and sat on Morgan’s wheel until I put in an attack that worked. This is my first win in quite a while so it’s pretty welcome, especially when you never know when the next one’s coming.’ Kiernan took the win from Smith and DaCosta, with Andrew Bonello taking the bunch sprint for fourth. Dom Dudkiewicz took the Beach Road Cycles Series win with a conservative run in the pack; a necessary move given later that day he was off to compete in the State Championships; but a move that only saw him beat Andrew Bonello by a single point.
In B-Grade, St Kilda rider Sam Gartner tore up the bunch sprint to win comfortably from Dan Purcell and veteran Agi Giramondo; the 42-year-old South Yarra resident sprinting clear after positioning himself advantageously as second wheel on the second to last corner. ‘It was my first race here at this circuit and my first win! No breakaways were allowed to get clear which was great for me being a sprinter, and I was second wheel coming into the last few corners; my back wheel did kick out, but I kept it together and got the win.’ Joe Bury earned enough points to secure the win in the Beach Road Cycles Summer Series; Bury now relishing the challenge that A-Grade will give him.
In C-Grade, Mat Hudson showed more consistent form to take the win from Paolo Bondi and Daniel Atkins, with D-Grade’s sprint being taken by Scott Morrison over Paul Longfield and Damien Hall.
In the E/Female Grade, Danielle Baxter streeted the field in her second only race; the novice rider is now two-for-two after a solo breakaway that lapped the field and just kept on trucking; Baxter taking the strong win, and Julia Ius taking the bunch sprint by a whisker from Vanessa Shiels.
A grade: 1st Matthias Kiernan, 2nd Morgan Smith, 3rd Miles DaCosta, 4th Andrew Bonello, 5th Daniel Hopper.
B grade: 1st Sam Gartner, 2nd Dan Purcell, 3rd Agostino Giramondo, 4th Glen Grbesa, 5th John Davis.
C grade: 1st Mat Hudson, 2nd Paolo Bondi, 3rd Daniel Atkins, 4th George Leighton, 5th Marcus Olive. 1st Female Martyn Taylor.
D grade: 1st Scott Morrison, 2nd Paul Longfield, 3rd Damien Hall, 4th Steven Harris, 5th Walter Chetcuti, 1st Female Fiona Longin.
E/Female grade: 1st Danielle Baxter, 2nd Julia Ius, 3rd Vanessa Shiels, 4th Dale Morgan-Morris, 5th Meg Rennie.
Footscray Cycling Club – Beach Road Summer Criterium Series Race #3. 19/2/17
Riders braved a strong, chilly Westerly wind, showers and unusually cold temperatures to contest the third of the four race Beach Road Summer Crit Series at Altona’s wide and fast Drake Boulevard. Due to the A/B races being cancelled last week, this was race #4 of 4 for C/D, as well as race #3 of 4 for A/B, and as it was, A/B’s run of bad luck continued, with C/D and E’s racing running full-length, but A/B’s racing cut short by rain.
In A-Grade, 32 year old Rapha rider Dylan Newell took a strong win after second-placed Morgan Smith’s solid last-lap leadout; Flemington resident Newell holding off Smith and a fast finishing Andrew Bonello; the Series Leaderboard after 3 races showing Dudkiewicz safely out front. Newell was in the right position when the call to cut the race short was made. ‘I was in the perfect spot, sitting on Morgan Smith’s wheel. He was having some spasms in his elbow (indicating to come through); we were off the front. I just sat on until the sprint and got the win.’
In B-Grade, a strong solo breakaway from Footscray rider Josh Ryan proved to be the winning move; having built up a solid lead on the chasing bunch in torrid conditions, the 30 year-old had lady-luck on his side when a shower forced the Commissare ring the bell and end the race on the next lap; Ryan holding on to take the win 3 seconds ahead of Series leader Joe Bury, who was a further 3 seconds ahead of Matt Nelson who took the bunch sprint. Ryan spoke of how he approached the solo break as a measured effort. ‘I was maintaining my speed into the wind, then winding up the speed with the wind; lap after lap until I heard the bell go early and thought “Another 500 meter effort and then I’m good”; I did not look back, but thought I’d be okay because I could choose my own line through corners and pedal all the way through’. After 3 races, Joe Bury still has a strong lead with his consistent run in all 3 races so far.
In C-Grade, Henry Dietze clinched the win after bridging across to a strong 2-man breakaway that Craig Moore and Michael Francis had initiated; the 3 spending the majority of the race swapping hard turns and building a sizeable lead over the hard-chasing bunch. In the end, it was Dietze who claimed not only the race win but the Series win.
In D-Grade, Robert Raats took the bunch sprint from Neil McVey and Damien Bevilacqua to take the win in race #4; with McVeigh’s consistency earning him the Series win from Bevilacqua in second and Raats in third place.
A grade: 1st Dylan Newell, 2nd Morgan Smith, 3rd Andrew Bonello, 4th Paul Kenny, 5th Adam Murchie.
B grade: 1st Josh Ryan, 2nd Joe Bury, 3rd Matt Nelson, 4th Mark Spiteri, 5th Andrew Leighton.
C grade: 1st Henry Dietze, 2nd Craig Moore, 3rd Michael Francis, 4th George Leighton, 5th Glen Dietze.
D grade: 1st Robert Raats, 2nd Neil McVey, 3rd Damien Bevilacqua, 4th Martin Oroszi, 5th Angelo Pagano, 1st Female Fiona Longin.
E/Female grade: 1st Jaimie -Lee Brown, 2nd Dale Morgan-Morris, 3rd Jenny Erickson, 4th Melanie Newell, 5th Vanessa Shiels.
Footscray Cycling Club Beach Road Cycles Series @ Drake Boulevard, Altona, 05/02/17.
Race #2 of the Footscray Cycling Club’s 4-race Beach Road Cycles Summer Series saw riders head down to Drake Boulevard in Altona on a hot, humid and windy morning; the wide and fast circuit built for making fast, competitive and entertaining racing.
In A Grade, Footscray Club Champion Dominik Dudkiewicz made it win #32 in a row with an early 5 man break that he then soloed off the front of in the last ten minutes; Dudkiewicz, Adam Murchie, Travis Small, Miles DaCosta and David Newett spent the majority of the race working hard to keep clear of a hard chasing bunch, with Dudkiewicz seizing the chance to go clear towards the end. “We had established a good break, and with about 7 laps to go I went and I noticed they were chasing pretty hard, so I did a pretty intense 15-minute TT and stayed away.” Dudkiewicz finished well clear of the bunch, with David Newett taking the bunch sprint from Adam Murchie.
In B-Grade, Geelong rider Josh Williams took the narrowest of wins from Footscray rider Joe Bury; the pair out in a late race break with third placed Steven Moses and more than capable of holding off the hard-chasing bunch until the end.
A strong break formed early on in the C-Grade race, eventually increasing their lead to half a lap on the long circuit, with Dan Purcell taking his second win in a row from Henry Dietze and Matt Nelson, and in D Grade Tam Nguyen made the most of an audacious late solo break to hold on and take the win from Robert Raats and Damian Bevilacqua.
In the Women’s Novice grade, Gina McVicar went one better than last week’s second place, taking the win from Jenny Erickson and Vanessa Sheils; McVicar taking the series lead with her consistent run at the pointy end.
A: 1st Dominik Dudkiewicz, 2nd David Newett, 3rd Adam Murchie, 4th Travis Small, 5th Miles DaCosta.
B: 1st Josh Williams GCC, 2nd Joe Bury, 3rd Steven Moses, 4th Glen Grbesa, 5th Michael Dam. 1st Female: Leanna Kate James.
C: 1st Dan Purcell MMBCC, 2nd Henry Dietze Bwk, 3rd Matt Nelson, 4th Tim Webber, 5th John Mogavero.
D: 1st Tam Nguyen, 2nd Robert Raats SKCC, 3rd Damian Bevilacqua, 4th Neil McVey, 5th Paul Beasley.
Women’s Novice: 1st Gina McVicar 3RL, 2nd Jenny Erickson FCC, 3rd Vanessa Sheils, 4th Fenella Long, 5th Lucy Woods.
Footscray Cycling Club Graded Scratch Races, VU Hoppers Crossing, Thursday 2/2/17
A-Grade: 1st Travis Small, 2nd Daniel Bucknell, 3rd Shaun Gatter, 4th Brad Erickson, 5th Tim Kirkham.
B-Grade: 1st Dean Maclennan, 2nd Darren Payne, 3rd Mark Micallef, 4th Andreas Mavridis, 5th Leigh Kelly.
C-Grade: 1st Dale Cameron, 2nd Bob Shannon, 3rd Mark Koutsogiannis, 4th Colin Morris, 5th Davis Lane.
D-Grade: 1st Graeme Wilson, 2nd James Stuart, 3rd Ray Moriaty, 4th Paul Beasley, 5th Steve Biggs.
Footscray Cycling Club Beach Road Cycles Series @ Drake Boulevard, Altona, 29/01/17.
-Danielle Baxter takes the win.
Round #1 of the Footscray Cycling Club’s 4-race Beach Road Cycles Summer Series saw a record-breaking 140 riders head out to arguably the best crit circuit around; the mighty Drake Boulevard in Altona; the wide and fast circuit built for making fast, competitive and entertaining racing.
In A Grade, Footscray Club Champion Dominik Dudkiewicz made it win #31 in a row with a masterful last lap and sprint; the 32 year old trying a few breakaways but acknowledging the willingness of the bunch to chase breaks down. “We started as a bunch and we finished as a bunch; but in the middle it was pretty crazy; guys were attacking off the front, I attacked off the front. I reckon there would have been 20 attacks in the middle of the race. Coming in to the last part of the race I was boxed in; Shaun Gatter told me to get on his wheel and he led me out until the second last corner. It was premature to be on the front so I measured my efforts until I hit the last corner and then I went the full sprint.” Dudkiewicz took the win from the in-form pair of Andrew Bonello and Jason Costin.
In B-Grade, Preston CC rider Garth Hircoe took the sprint in a race that was dominated by attack after attack and chase after chase; willing chasers bringing back every break and ensuring a bunch sprint was inevitable. Unfortunately, as A passed B on the penultimate lap, one B rider decided to attack rather than let A get clear, which led to A and B meeting up in the last 2 corners of the race, leaving barely half the road for B to sprint on. 40 year old Hircoe, who is the Masters State Champion at the Ominuims and Team Sprints, took the bull by the horns in the last few corners to snare the win. ‘Well, you had to be pretty tough to get through the A-Graders on the second last corner. Coming from a track racing background I bullied my way through and told them to get out of the way.’ Hircoe took the win from St Kilda rider Allen Nash and Footscray rider Joe Bury.
In C-Grade, Mansfield-Mt Buller rider Dan Purcell took a hotly contested bunch sprint from Coburg rider Matt Nelson and St Kilda rider Mat Hudson, and in D Grade Coburg rider Jay Dixon took the sprint from Brunswick’s Lauchlan Denny and St Kilda’s Neil McVey.
In the Women’s Novice grade, 26 year old Sunbury resident Danielle Baxter turned nervous energy into a winning sprint with a strong performance in her first ever race. “I have never ridden like that before, I was nervous, but I think that was just adrenaline. In the last couple of laps one lady broke away, and so my plan was to stick with her. We rolled turns for a while, and then about half way through the last lap I decided that it was time to go.” Baxter took the sprint a few bike lengths clear of Gina McVicar and Dale Morgan-Morris.
A: 1st Dominik Dudkiewicz FCC, 2nd Andrew Bonello FCC, 3rd Jason Costin FCC, 4th Matthias Kiernan BWK, 5th Shane Ward FCC.
B: 1st Garth Hircoe PRCC, 2nd Allen Nash SKCC, 3rd Joe Bury FCC, 4th Daniel Standen Sunb, 5th Timm Weitzel FCC.
C: 1st Dan Purcell MMBCC, 2nd Matt Nelson CCC, 3rd Mat Hudson SKCC, 4th Henry Dietze BWK, 5th Shawn Smith FCC.
D: 1st Jay Dixon CCC, 2nd Lauchlan Denny BWK, 3rd Neil NcVey FCC, 4th Martin Oroszi FCC, 5th Robert Raats SKCC.
Women’s Novice: 1st Danielle Baxter 3RL, 2nd Gina McVicar 3RL, 3rd Dale Morgan-Morris 3RL, 4th Corinna Brown 3RL, 5th Jenny Erickson FCC.
Sunday 22 Jan 2017 – Round 23 of the Footscray Cycling Club’s Summer Criterium racing saw a whopping 110 riders head out to the west’s best racing out at Drake Boulevard in Altona on a perfect summer’s day to contest 5 levels of racing, and for an extra treat the Female-only Novice criterium had a super turnout and some potential stars having their first crack at racing.
In A-Grade, Footscray CC Club Champ Dom Dudkiewicz had to work very hard for his 30th FCC crit win in a row. ‘It was not a typical A-Grade race, it was a very good race; lots of strong riders, and even though the pace was inconsistent, it was hard all the way. Lots of attacks and chasing; an entertaining, ‘surgey’ race. I tried a few breaks but today was not the day. At the end Daniel Hopper went and tried to go solo, but there were a few guys who put some hard turns in and we got him back on the last lap. Then I came around the last corner on Jason Costin’s wheel and we went for the line.’ Dudkiewicz took the sprint from Costin in second and Mathias Kiernan in third.
B-Grade’s race saw Glen Grbesa take his third win this season after a race full of attacks and attempted breakaways. With 3 laps to go, Grbesa found himself a little too close to the front for his liking. “It was a bit early to be getting right to the front but I was trying to get onto Aggie’s wheel and he went early. I followed his wheel, then Daniel Standen’s wheel, and in the end I found myself battling for the win with Daniel, and I only got him by half a wheel. We both threw to the line and it was very close.’ Grbesa took the win from Standen in second and Lynden Blackeley in third place.
In C-Grade, winner Mark Davies soloed off the front towards the end of the race, and managed to hold off the bunch and take the win, with Colin Morris taking the bunch sprint from Matt Strachan, and in D-Grade, Robert Raats took the win from Damian Bevilacqua and Steve Harris.
A large field of riders started the Cycles Galleria Female Novice Race, with 37 year old Lara resident Corinne Rice taking the bunch sprint from Gina McVicar and Fiona Longin; Rice thoroughly enjoying the experience. ‘That was fun! I have been a recreational rider for about 10 years, and 7 years of bunch riding with boys, so I decided to have a go and try something a bit more challenging. At the end, I found myself out the front and being left there on the last lap, so when I rounded the last corner I just went for it.’
A: 1st Dom Dudkiewicz, 2nd Jason Costin, 3rd Mathias Kiernan, 4th Andrew Bonello, 5th Tim Kirkham.
B: 1st Glen Grbesa, 2nd Daniel Standen, 3rd Lynden Blackeley, 4th Thomas Rebesco, 5th Mark Micallef.
C: 1st Mark Davies, 2nd Colin Morris, 3rd Matt Strachan, 4th David Lane, 5th Trent Height.
D: 1st Robert Raats, 2nd Damian Bevilacqua 3rd Steve Harris, 4th Neil McVey, 5th Nikola Hoffman.
Female Novice: 1st Corinne Rice, 2nd Gina McVicar, 3rd Fiona Longin, 4th Julia Ius, 5th Jen Erickson.
Footscray Cycling Club Race Report Thursday Jan 19, 2017 @ VU Track, Hoppers Crossing.
Round 22 of the Footscray Cycling Club’s 2016/7 Criterium season was held out at the V.U. track out at Hoppers Crossing, with Thursday night’s racing being held in perfect conditions; a light breeze and clear skies. A-Grade saw two wins in a row on a Thursday for 39 year old Williamstown resident Shaun Gatter, who held off a gaggle of riders on his heels, including Tim Kirkham in second and Queensland rider Richard Allen in third place. Noted breakout king Glen O’Rourke attempted a late race breakaway, which stalled in the dying laps of the race, at which stage Gatter took off before the last corner, rounded the corner first wheel and held off the opposition.
In B-Grade, Thomas Rebesco pulled off a brilliant late race solo breakaway, jumping when the bunch were spent after chasing another breakaway down and riding off to a 100 meter lead, which he held for the next 5 laps to take his second win in a row, with Mark Micallef rounding the last corner first wheel and taking the bunch sprint and second place in behind, a half a wheel ahead of Michael Hazeldene in third.
C-Grade’s race saw Matthew Atherton take the sprint from the very consistent pair of Bob Shannon and David Lane, and in D-Grade, Steve Harris took the sprint from James Stuart and Ray Moriaty.
A: 1st Shaun Gatter, 2nd Tim Kirkham, 3rd Richard Allen, 4th Paul Kenny, 5th Josh Zammit.
B: 1st Thomas Rebesco, 2nd Mark Micallef, 3rd Michael Hazeldene, 4th Darren Payne, 5th Drew Macdonald.
C: 1st Matthew Atherton, 2nd Bob Shannon, 3rd Dave Lane, 4th Marcus Olive, 5th Mark Koutsogiannis.
D: 1st Steve Harris, 2nd James Stuart, 3rd Ray Moriaty, 4th Graeme Wilson, 5th Steve Biggs.
Round 21 of the Footscray Cycling Club’s Summer Criterium racing saw riders head out to the west’s best racing out at Drake Boulevard in Altona, and with sunny skies, no wind to speak of and moderate temperatures, any breakaway that stuck would need to out-gun the big bunches with no meteorological assistance. In A-Grade, Footscray CC Club Champ Dom Dudkiewicz continued his incredible run of wins to 29 in a row by jumping across to a break that stuck. ‘For the first 15 minutes of the race, one guy was out on his own, Mitchell Maycock, and he was motoring along really well. The rest of us were attacking, getting back together, but very much attack and counter-attack, and then finally I surged hard off the front and Nick Leonard and I bridged across, and the three of us worked hard and swapped turns for the rest of the race, until the end. In the sprint, I came off Mitchell’s wheel and got the win with about a third of the straight to spare.’ Dudkiewicz took the win from Leonard in second place and Maycock in third place, with Jason Costin taking the bunch sprint.
With a 42.3 kph average speed, many serious attacks and a huge field of riders, B-Grade’s race today was not far off A-Grade race-pace. With no breaks sticking and most of the bunch resigning themselves to a mass-bunch sprint, it was 46 year old South Kingsville resident Stephen Moses who dominated the field today, spending much of the race on the front and taking the win. ‘It was a fast race today; I made it my goal to have at least 2 breakaways for the day; the first one was really to see how everyone felt; the second a little harder. But after that I figured it would be better to sit in and put all of my money on my sprint.’ With a little help on the last lap from gun rider Lynden Blackeley, who described his run through the pack as ‘like the seas parted for me as I led Moses to the promised sprint’, Moses was delivered expertly to the front of the bunch. ‘On the last lap Lynden Blackeley came around me and said something like ‘get on my wheel’ and he led me perfectly through the group and got me into a great position coming into the penultimate turn and I couldn’t have asked for a better position in the straight. I came around Lynden and pushed all the way.’ Moses took the win well clear of second placed Chris Carter, with Blackeley holding on for third place after his Renshaw-like leadout. In C-Grade, winner Stephen Price and second placed Evan Miller dominated the high quality race with a dual breakaway that saw the pair well clear of the bunch, with Simon Perryman taking the bunch sprint for third, and in D-Grade, a four man breakaway of riders powered away from very early on in the race; Declan Cargill taking the win from young talent Bert Henkel, Robert Nichols and Richard Whalebone; the awesome foursome probably under-handicapped and destined for C-Grade next week.
A: 1st Dom Dudkiewicz, 2nd Nicholas Leonard, 3rd Mitchell Maycock, 4th Jason Costin, 5th Brad Ericson.
B: 1st Stephen Moses, 2nd Chris Carter, 3rd Lynden Blackeley, 4th Travis Edwards, 5th Glen Grbesa.
C: 1st Stephen Price, 2nd Evan Miller, 3rd Simon Perryman, 4th Ian Duffin, 5th Seb Chetcuti.
D: 1st Declan Cargill, 2nd Bert Henkel, 3rd Robert Nichols, 4th Richard Whalebone, 5th Matt Hudson.
(1st Female, Nikola Hoffmann)
Footscray Cycling Club Race Report Thursday Jan 12, 2017 @ VU Track, Hoppers Crossing.
Round 20 of the Footscray Cycling Club’s 2016/7 Criterium season was held out at the V.U. track out at Hoppers Crossing, with Thursday night’s racing being held in perfect conditions; a light breeze and clear skies. A-Grade saw the return of a gun rider to the pointy end of the podium, with 39 year old Williamstown resident Shaun Gatter unleashing his sprint and taking the win from Paul Kenny (who was the first to jump on the last lap) and Brad Erickson; Gatter being pretty happy to win having returned from an extended period working overseas. ‘That’s the first race back that I haven’t been dropped in, so that’s a good improvement!’
In B-Grade, Thomas Rebesco made the best of a messy sprint to hold off Michael Dam and Glen Wright in a race dominated by Dean MacLennan’s heady pace-making and attacks on the front for the majority of the race.
C-Grade’s race saw 60 year old Werribee lad David Lane make a very brave and strategically masterful move with 3 laps to go by driving off the front and hoping bunch indecision would delay any real chasedown; Lane working like a one-armed juggler to hold off the bunch all the way, with Bob Shannon taking the bunch sprint behind for second place and Mark Koutsigiannis in third place, and in D-Grade, Barry Cram continued his fine podium form by taking the sprint win from Tommy Gray and Declan Cargill..
A: 1st Shaun Gatter, 2nd Paul Kenny, 3rd Brad Erickson, 4th Daniel Welch.
B: 1st Thomas Rebesco, 2nd Michael Dam, 3rd Glen Wright, 4th Dean MacLennan.
C: 1st David Lane, 2nd Bob Shannon, 3rd Mark Koutsigiannis.
D: 1st Barry Cram, 2nd Tommy Gray, 3rd Declan Cargill.
Footscray Cycling Club Criteriums @ Drake Blvd, Altona. Sunday Jan 8 2017.
Round 19 of the Footscray Cycling Club’s racing saw riders head out to the west’s best racing out at Drake Boulevard in Altona; the day’s racing taking place after an uncomfortably hot night and in rapidly rising temperatures that saw high rates of rider attrition. In A-Grade, Footscray Club Champion Dominik Dudkiewicz extended his unbeaten run to a staggering 28 with a breakaway that had the Champion questioning the wisdom of his do-or-die move. ‘It was hot and windy and there was an early attack that I bridged across to a good 5 man break early in the race, but after about 10 minutes I found myself out there on my own as riders pulled the pin; I didn’t think I’d stay away on my own in this heat. I didn’t know how far ahead I was, so I put my head down and upped the pace for a few laps, and with about 15 to go I got a time check from a spectator who said I was 35 seconds up, and then I started suffering and fading, losing time for the next few laps. I really thought I was done when I saw the bunch, but there were only 4 laps to go so I pushed on and got home.’ Dudkiewicz crossed the line well clear of second placed Matt Muscat, who was also solo and clear of the bunch, with Melbourne Uni’s Brent Woodlock taking the bunch sprint and third place.
A fast pace and incessant attacks typified B-Grade’s race today, and indeed the whole season of this level of high quality competition, with Lynden Blackeley kicking off the entertainment with an attack as soon as the race started. After his initial attack, Brunswick’s Simon Troon defied the odds and stayed away from a strong and determined bunch to ride solo to the very end of the race, only getting caught and cruelly beaten by half a wheel by 43 year old Thornbury resident Glen Grbesa. ‘There were a few guys who were trying to get off the front at the start; maybe they burned themselves out a bit towards the end in the heat, because even though we got a bit of a change in the race, the conditions were still pretty tough.’ Having put in a command solo performance, Troon managed to hang on to second place as the bunch sprint engulfed him, Grbesa continuing his excellent form by taking the win, with Andrew Leighton taking third in the sprint. In C-Grade, Footscray rider Shane Doyle took the bunch sprint from Anthony Gercovich and John Mogavero in a race that saw the pace, combined with the heat, take its toll upon the peloton and drastically thin down the numbers, and in D-Grade, St Kilda rider Adrian Koukoulas powered ahead to take the win from Coburg’s David Diviny and MCL’s Damian Bevilacqua.
A: 1st DUDKIEWICZ, DOMINIK – Footscray, 2nd MUSCAT, MATT – St Kilda, 3rd WOODLOCK, BRENT – Melbourne University.
B: 1st GRBESA, GLEN – Footscray, 2nd TROON, SIMON – Brunswick, 3rd LEIGHTON, ANDREW – St Kilda.
C: 1st DOYLE, SHANE – Footscray, 2nd GERCOVICH, ANTHONY – Footscray, 3rd MOGAVERO, JOHN – Footscray.
D: 1st KOUKOULAS, ADRIAN – St Kilda, 2nd DIVINY, DAVID Coburg, 3rd BEVILACQUA, DAMIAN – Melbourne Cycling League.
Footscray Cycling Club Race Report Thursday Jan 5, 2017 @ VU Track, Hoppers Crossing.
Round 18 of the Footscray Cycling Club’s 2016/7 Criterium season was held out at the Victoria University track out at Hoppers Crossing, with Thursday night’s racing dominated by high temperatures and a strong southerly wind. In the A-Grade race, 29 year old Travel Guide Andrew Bonello took the sprint in fine form from Mat Elkan and Travis Small.
In B-Grade, David Walker took the sprint win in a race dominated by incessant attacks by Daniel Welch and Dean MacLennan; the race a series of punch and counter-punches that left the sprinters like Mark Micallef and Darren Payne punch drunk and rubbery legged.
C-Grade’s sprint was taken by Terry Harris from David Lane in a nail biter; both riders showing some excellent form of late, and in D-Grade, up and coming Martin Oroszi took the win from veteran Tommy Gray.
A: 1st Andrew Bonello, 2nd Mat Elkan, 3rd Travis Small, 4th Paul Kenny, 5th Marcus Nyeholt.
B: 1st David Walker, 2nd Dean MacLennan, 3rd Daniel Welch, 4th Leigh Kelly, 5th Mark Micallef.
C: 1st Terry Harris, 2nd David Lane, 3rd Mark Koutigiannis, 4th Phil Tehan, 5th Shawn Smith.
D: 1st Martin Oroszi, 2nd Tommy Gray, 3rd Barry Cram, 4th Steve Harris.
Footscray Cycling Club Christmas Classic @ V.U.T, December 18 2016.
The Footscray Cycling Club’s Christmas Classic Criteriums were held in perfect racing conditions on the favoured ‘long’ circuit at Altona’s Drake Boulevard on Sunday. With a coveted sash, Christmas pudding and beer up for grabs, A-Grade’s race was a tactical smorgasbord of attacks from a ‘musical chairs’ rotation of top quality riders willing to try to establish a break, counter-posed with chasing bunches and solo riders looking to bridge to the front. Club Road and Crit Champ Dominik Dudkiewicz had a very challenging race, finding himself pushed hard by New Zealand rider Morgan Smith. ‘What a beautiful day and beautiful conditions, and on the big circuit that I love. It was a tactical race from the onset, and pretty much everyone tried to really establish a break that would stick, and in the end it was a break of about 8 riders that I bridged across to. Morgan Smith came across from the bunch and really from then on it was pretty full on; Morgan would attack, and I did the same, and I knew Morgan was a danger and we marked each other towards the end; I came around the last corner second wheel behind Travis Small and went around him, put my head down and got the sprint.’ Dudkiewicz took the win from Smith in second and Small who hung on for third.
Like A-Grade, B-Grade’s race was a flurry of attacks, counter attacks and hard chasing, with the bunch so eager to chase that any and all breaks were brought back as the average pushed towards 41kph. And it did come down to a fast, slightly sketchy large bunch sprint, with 33 year old paramedic Luke Morrison making the sprint look easy by taking the lead at the second-last corner; the Brunswick resident and racer making sure he was clear coming into the straight. ‘Footscray races and circuits are the best. It was a big, strong bunch, and it didn’t look like anyone was going to stay away because everyone was willing to roll turns, so it came down to the sprint. It was getting a bit dodgy on the last lap so I took off on the second-last corner, put the head down and went for it, and I made sure I had something left for the last 100 meters.’ Morrison finished just ahead of Footscray’s Glen Grbesa and MCL’s Craig Taylor.
In C-Grade, Hawthorn rider Nathan Basaraba initially teamed up with veteran Footscray rider Bob Shannon and talented female cyclist Sarah Grove to form a break, but Shannon found the pace a little too high and went back to the bunch, leaving Basaraba and Grove to power on with a 38kph average and put a huge distance into the chasing bunch; the pair taking first and second place way ahead of the peloton, with St Kilda rider Shayne Doyle taking the bunch sprint.
In D-Grade, Hawthorn rider Matthew Hudson took the bunch sprint from Footscray’s Dave Danson, with St Kilda rider Adrian Koukoulas taking third place.
A: 1st Dom Dudkiewicz, 2nd Morgan Smith (NZ), 3rd Travis Small, 4th Steve Upton, 5th Miles DaCosta.
B: 1st Luke Morrison (Bwk), 2nd Glen Grbesa, 3rd Craig Taylor (MCL), 4th Daniel Standen (Sunb), 5th Travis Edwards (Geel).
C: 1st Nathan Basaraba (Haw), 2nd Sarah Grove (3RL), 3rd Shayne Doyle (StK), 4th Colin Morris, 5th Bob Shannon.
D: 1st Matthew Hudson (StK), 2nd Dave Danson, 3rd Adrian Koukoulas (StK), 4th Richard Whalebone (StK), 5th Ray Moriaty.
Max Campbell Memorial, Dec 11 2016 @ Drake Boulevard, Altona.
Sunday morning’s round of racing saw the Footscray Cycling Club head out to Drake Boulevard in Altona to contest the Max Campbell Memorial Criteriums; Max being a well-credentialed track and road racer and a passionate supporter of the FCC for his entire life.
In A Grade, 33 year old Club Champ Dominik Dudkiewicz had an early hit out with Matt Robinson that the breakout riders wanted to make stick. ‘When we got away we had 3 or 4 hard, hard laps to make the chasers lose heart; we didn’t expect to get caught but we did; the bunch were really committed. Morgan Smith counter-attacked immediately and was out there solo for quite a while, with 5 or 6 of us chasing really hard, averaging over 45 kph for a long time. We got within range with only a few minutes to go so Matt and I bridged across, and when we caught Morgan we went past and got into a rhythm; then Morgan got back to us which was pretty impressive. It was even more impressive when he went with half a lap to go; I was on his wheel around the last corner and managed to take the sprint down the finishing straight. Amazing day, amazing race, fantastic quality fields in every grade. Max would be pleased to see the Club he cared so much about going so well.’ Dudkiewicz took the sprint from Morgan Smith and Matthew Robertson.
In B-Grade, 32 year old Ballarat-Sebastapol rider Daniel Bucknall was simply too strong for the bunch, breaking away from the main peloton early in the race and amazingly staying away from a large field who were very committed to the chase. ‘I took off when there was a bit of a lull, and I snuck away and managed to make it stick. At the 45-minute mark I saw a bunch catching me, so I thought I was in trouble, but it turned out to be A-Grade. Bucknall is predominantly a mountain biker, and is now dabbling in track and road racing and on his way to A-Grade. Back in the pack, Josh Grieve took the bunch sprint and second, Hamish Munro took third and Hans Birk took fourth and as the first FCC rider also snapped up the trophy.
In C-Grade, 14 year old Brunswick CC Junior Oskar Moore instigated a strong breakaway that built up quite a lead over the ensuing laps. ‘It was a tough race today. I knew my attack would have to be fast to stay away. After a few laps off the front, the bunch nearly caught us, but we managed to burn them off.’ The break was even more enjoyable for the talented junior given the fact that his father Craig was in the same break! The 5 breakaway artists swapped turns and kept clear of the chasing bunch, lining up for the sprint, which Moore Jr. took narrowly from John Mogavero who took the trophy as the first FCC rider, and Cory Basaraba in third. Moore Jr. started racing in 2014 for Brunswick, and has been bitten by the racing bug ever since. ‘My dad got me into it. I love the atmosphere at all the races. It’s without doubt what keeps me at it. I enjoy riding on the road more than the track and my goal for this season is to make the Under 17 Victorian State Road Team.’
D Grade saw Paul Beasley chuffed to take his first win in quite some time, taking the trophy in a sprint from Robert Nichols and David Diviny.
A: 1st Dominik Dudkiewicz, 2nd Morgan Smith, 3rd Matthew Robertson, 4th Travis Small, 5th Mat Elkan.
B: 1st Daniel Bucknall, 2nd Josh Grieve, 3rd Hamish Munro, 4th Hans Birk*, 5th Glen Grbesa.
C: 1st Oskar Moore, 2nd John Mogavero*, 3rd Cory Basaraba, 4th Craig Moore, 5th Alastair Delooze.
D: 1st Paul Beasley, 2nd Robert Nichols, 3rd David Diviny, 4th Brett Bolam, 5th Ray Moriaty.
Footscray Cycling Club – Club Legends Criteriums @ VU 4/12/16.
Sunny skies, a boisterous Northerly wind and climbing temperatures greeted riders for the Footscray Cycling Club’s Legends Criteriums, held on the fast and furious Drake Boulevard circuit in Altona. The annual event, held in honour of the late Harry Jones and Hugh Cram, as well as the Club’s living legend, Frank Zanatta, is a hotly contested race largely due to the immense respect Club members have for the three Club Legends and the selfless dedication and Aussie volunteering spirit each of these men showed to cycling in general and the Footscray Cycling Club in particular, racking up over 150 years of volunteer service between the three. Just to add some drama to the racing, riders had 2 races to contest in one; a single point was awarded to the first rider to finish each lap; the rider with the most points at the end of the race taking the points race prize, as well as the coveted Memorial sash for the overall winner.
A-Grade’s race was dominated by incessant breakaways, which broke the bunch up through attrition, but still ended in Club Criterium and Road Champion Dominik Dudkiewicz taking both the Points Race and the Criterium wins. But it wasn’t easy, and Dudkiewicz knew he had a real challenge on his plate. ‘At the start of the race Nick Leonard went off the front and picked up four points, and then I went past him and picked up the next three, and then the pair of us got away for about 20 minutes and picked up some points each. Then we got caught, went back to the bunch and then went again, this time with Nick, Mathias Kiernan and Daniel Hopper at one point and then Chris Munro; during that whole time Mathias was going for the point sprints and I really didn’t know who had the most points, so I really started going for all the points I could and in the end it was a narrow points win. The break foxed around at the end, and the last lap was a slow roll until I led around the last couple of corners.’ Dudkiewicz ended up taking the win by two bike lengths from Leonard and Munro. ‘You don’t often get the pleasure of winning a Memorial in the presence of one of the living legends in Frankie Zanatta so it was a real pleasure.’
B-Grade’s race was dominated by a masterful one-man breakaway from lap 5, with Joe Bury showing immense strength by building a huge lead over the course of the race, absolutely crushing the point score race and taking a huge win, only to be denied the race win by a small margin by Sunbury resident and Gym Instructor Daniel Standen, who took a risk at the end to bridge to the leader. ‘This was a very unusual race, on and off, people not wanting to do a turn, lots of argy-bargy. I was watching Joe Bury who was very impressive; he went away after a few laps and stayed away till the last lap, and at one point he was 50 seconds clear of us. He did the whole race on his own. At the end Michael Dam rode off the front with me and we bridged across to Joe and then the three of us rolled turns and I was just lucky to get the sprint from Joe.’ Standen took the win by a narrow margin from Bury, with Michael Dam in third place.
In C-Grade, veteran FCC racer and ex-europro Bo Shannon rode a measured, strategic race to take the sprint win. ‘It was a high, consistent speed for our race, and the sprints were pretty hotly contested, but in doing that it made it impossible for a break to form, and riders were pretty spent at the end of each sprint, so I figured it was going to be a bunch sprint, so I waited for the sprint at the end and ignored the points race.’ Shannon took the win from Aaron Peterson and Daniel Atkins, and was rapt to win the Legends race given the immense respect he holds for the Club Legends. And in the ride of the day, Phil Tehan just let the early points go to the young guns, waiting until the bunch were spent and then cleaning up many of the points sprints for the second half of the race, leading to his surprise points win. ‘Not bad for a non-sprinter!’
In D-Grade, big Doug Page just powered along for the first half of the race taking point after point in the point score, securing his win in the points race, and towards the latter half of the race it was veteran time trial expert Tommy Gray who took the race with anther solo break that the bunch simply could not reel in; the septuagenarian taking the win well clear of James Stuart who took the bunch sprint from Tom Moloney.
A: 1st Dom Dudkiewicz, 2nd Nick Leonard, 3rd Chris Munro, 4th Mathias Kiernan, 5th Andrew Bonello.
B: 1st Daniel Standen, 2nd Joe Bury, 3rd Michael Dam, 4th Darren Payne, 5th Timm Weitzel.
C: 1st Bob Shannon, 2nd Aaron Peterson, 3rd Daniel Atkins, 4th David Lane, 5th Anthony Gercovich.
D: 1st Tom Gray, 2nd James Stuart, 3rd Tom Moloney, 4th Eddie O’Farrell, 5th Ray Moriaty.
Points Score Winners: A: Dom Dudkiewicz, B: Joe Bury, C: Phil Tehan, D: Doug Page.
Footscray Cycling Club Weekly Criterium Report – Thu 27 Oct / Sun 30 Oct ‘16.
Round 2 of the Footscray Cycling Club’s 2016/7 Criterium season was held out at the Victoria University track out at Hoppers Crossing, with Thursday night’s racing being held in windy and cool conditions. In the A-Grade race, some serious watt bombs were dropped by Watt-Bomb racing, with 25 year old Brunswick resident Nick Leonard taking a hotly contested bunch sprint. ‘My two WattBomb team mates were in an early break with two other guys, and I had to bridge across to them because they were going hard and the gap was getting bigger and bigger. Once I got to them, the field started to break apart, and for the sprint I came around last wheel, went around the outside, got some air on the bumps and managed to get away with the win!’ Leonard finished just ahead of St Kilda rider Matt Muscat in second and Callum Brown a very strong third. In B-Grade, Geelong rider Josh Grieve blew the bunch away with an incredible solo breakaway; the 17 year old Bacchus Marsh talent showing a clean pair of heels after being in an earlier breakaway that the bunch bought back. ‘The first break I went with had 2 other guys in it; we lost one guy and the two of us got pulled back to the bunch, and as soon as we were caught I went again and I never got caught again. It was pretty hard out there on my own; I was keeping an eye on my wattage to make sure I wouldn’t blow up. I rode within myself and kept pushing at 90%.’ The 17 year old rising star finished well clear of the bunch, with Vito Depetro taking the bunch sprint and second from Vlad Djuric in third.
C-Grade’s race came down to a bunch sprint, with Footscray rider Michael Hazeldine taking the sprint from Mark Koutsogiannis and Damien Gait, and in D-Grade, Preston rider Matthew Atherton took the sprint from veterans Tommy Gray and Ray Moriaty.
A: 1st: Nicholas Leonard (Murwillumbah), 2nd: Matt Muscat (St Kilda), 3rd: Callum Brown (Footscray), 4th: Travis Small (Footscray)
B: 1st: Joshua Grieve (Geelong), 2nd: Vito Depetro (Footscray), 3rd: Vladimir Djuric (Footscray), 4th: Michael Dam (Footscray)
C: 1st: Michael Hazeldine (Footscray), 2nd: Mark Koutsogiannis (Footscray), 3rd: Damien Gait (Southern Masters), 4th: Donovan, Lahner (3RL)
D:1st: Matthew Atherton (Preston), 2nd: Tommy Gray (Footscray), 3rd: Ray Moriarty (Footscray), 4th: Darren Camilleri (3RL)
Round 3 of the Footscray Cycling Club’s racing saw riders contest criteriums again at the Vic Uni track in Hoppers Crossing; the day’s racing being shaped by a hot and boisterous Northerly wind. In A-Grade, an early breakaway broke the peloton up into three separate groups, with Miles DaCosta initiating the winning break. ‘Pretty much from the start we were rolling hard turns and putting it into the gutter, and with the strong wind that was blowing I got clear; Nick Squillari and Travis Small bridged to me and we pulled turns for a while. Trav dropped back to the bunch and then it was Nick and I just rolling turns to the end. When we got to the end Nick gifted me the win, he was happy with 2nd and left it to me.’ B-Grade’s race was dominated by a one man break that three other riders managed to bridge across to one by one; St Kilda’s Chris Anderson was out solo for quite a while, and towards the end of the race Lynden Blackley, Thomas Rebesco and eventual winner, Pat Ruggles all bridged across. Ruggles made it to the other three with 2 laps to go, and after a half lap breather, set about preparing for the sprint. ‘I came around second wheel, but Lynden got a bit loose on the last corner and I just managed to get past him at the line.’ In C-Grade, Anthony Gercovich took a very strong and controlled sprint win from Phil Tehan and Shawn Smith, and in D-Grade, Brunswick rider Henry Rawling took the win from Oscar Moore and Bert Henkel. E-Grade saw the Brunswick domination continue with Angus VanDek taking the win from Tim Rawling and James Mountain.
A: 1st Miles DaCosta (FCC), 2nd Nick Squillari (GCC), 3rd John Linke (MCL), 4th Travis Small (FCC), 5th Chris Munro (FCC).
B: 1st Pat Ruggles (Bruns), 2nd Lynden Blackley (MCL), 3rd Thomas Rebesco (FCC), 4th Chris Anderson (SKCC), 5th Matt Johnson (FCC).
C: 1st Anthony Gercovich (FCC), 2nd Phil Tehan (FCC), 3rd Shawn Smith (FCC), 4th Ian Duffin (FCC).
D: 1st Henry Rawling (Bwk), 2nd Oskar Moore (Bwk), 3rd Bert Henkel (3RL), 4th Henry Dietze (Bwk).
E: 1st Angus VanDek (Bwk), 2nd Tim Rawling (Bwk), 3rd James Mountain (Bwk), 4th Jen Erickson (3RL).