A number of MWCC riders used the recent Beaumont Road criterium for a last minute warm up and recon on the course that will be used in teh third round of Club Championships on the 30 June. Here is a brief report.
It certainly is getting a little chilly up at Mount Ku-ring-gai and I expect that in another two weeks it may even be a little colder – that may explain why a number of riders were willing to put the hammer down from the start in order to warm up and keep the body from freezing.
It was a good turnout by MWCC riders at this race, with a lot of riders wanting to check the lay of the land before the criterium round and so it was little surprise to see quite a loaded B and C grade with a number of first timers.
The only grade that was low on numbers was D Grade – so with a good turn out by our D Grade members on the 30 of June – we should almost have the grade to ourselves – so that should make for some interesting racing. So we would encourage all D Grade riders to come up on the day because that grade is still wide open and looking for a Champion. In that race Kenn Hedges showed that he had the legs taking the win from a depleted field. Unfortunately no video for that one.
A Grade was a solid field, however it was Billy Sykes who is making a charge for the MWCC A Grade Championship who got himself into a 3 man breakaway with two very experienced Beaumont riders – Matt Garnon of NSCC and Ian Cocks of Peloton. They seemed to be out there fore a very long time and normally with such a large chasing group, they would be swallowed up but this time they managed to stay away. As they entered the sprint, it looked like Billy was edging away as he came around the Northern Sydney rider, however Matt Garnon (MWCC) used his Cavendish double kick and edged him out on the line.
Can Sykes cause the upset in A?
See the video here – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXPhNOS_zY4
B Grade was a large field with plenty of riders wanting to do some work and see who had the legs. There was one particularly active LACC rider, however with both NSCC and MWCC willing to chase down every rider including those from their own club, it meant that no break could be established. It meant for some tough racing with everyone just racing for themselves – what it should be like outside of A Grade. Plenty of riders were willing to have a dig with Chris Taylor of MWCC and Richard Bjorkmann also finding themselves dangling off the front at stages. With so many legs, it was always going to come down to that final lap.
David Adcock made a charge for it at the bottom turn around and it looked like the long range gamble may have paid off, only for his legs to switch off on the final rise. Then Jonathan Herb of MWCC came to the front for the final 400 metres and kept the pace high – he actually lead the sprint out and it didn’t look like anyone was going to have the power to come around him until NSCC rider Craig Stevens got around him at the line. Snapping away at Herbs wheel was also a resurgent Chris Taylor (MWCC) who has shown some great form of late and he was only edged out by less than half a wheel.
Herb – B Grade Champion?
Chris Taylor – funds another round of school fees
Will anyone from MWCC be able to get over Herb? Drag him to the finish line at your own peril. The finish line sprint can be viewed here – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmV-odZt5BI
The C grade race was filled with a number of riders who hadn’t ridden Beauie Worlds before, Andrew Vize was partaking in his first every criterium as he attempted to learn the art prior to 30 June. It came down ot a big bunch sprint and unheralded MWCC rider Bruce Potts came through and was awarded third in a very big bunch sprint. It is important for all riders to remember to hold their line when it comes down to such a large sprint and not to veer left or right once you start to fade. Just ride straight.
Bruce Potts in his first crit and cha-ching!
The video of the C Grade sprint can be viewed here – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0f8bMc1FHw
The NSCC race report can be viewed here – http://northernsydneycyclingclub.org.au/node/42389
The round of racing at Beaumont Road, will be on the 30 June.
Riders can sign on from 7:45am for a 8:10am start.
Entry is $10 with no day licences available. Riders must have a current 2013 Gold Racing Licence.
In other results to hand – Cat Hines finished second in Womens A Grade at SuVelo and Ed Shilland was 3rd in C Grade at SuVelo.