The first racing of 2019 saw seventeen riders Armidale riders turn up on yet another hot afternoon to battle it out on the 1200m TEC track. Several had renewed memberships on the day in order to participate; remember: no licence – no racing!
A (very) warm welcome was also extended to visiting rider Pete Selkrig from the Randwick Cycling Club to round out the numbers. Wilfried and Col ran the event, ably assisted by Hugh Munday, showing off his new Pinarello F10 racing bike (he’ll be back strongly after a recent lay-off, judging by the power and speed shown in a few practice laps around the course!).
Due to popular demand the first event was a one-lap TT; this will allow riders to build up a Crit profile and aim for PBs – it will also allow handicapping for a few different types of crit races. Riders started in 30sec intervals from a standing start and Michael Harris blitzed it with 1:36 mins, very close to a record time (but still with something to aim for next time). There was also an impressive time for Tom Simmonds who showed off his early season form with a very fast 1:40.
Six riders started in B Grade to race 25 mins plus three laps, and settled into a steady pace after the first neutral lap. The race livened up at the halfway stage with Andrew May and Richard Wilkinson attempting several break-aways and the pace proved too fast and hot for Pete Creagan and Pat McMillan. Olive (well-advised by on-track coach Pete Wilkinson) hung on, but was finally distanced at the top of the straight and found it impossible to power her way back as the two leaders worked hard to maintain their lead. Wilko used his experience and race-smarts to have Andrew in front going up the hill for the last time, but Andrew was able to accelerate and post a convincing win. Olive soloed to a well-deserved third place.
The twelve riders in A Grade rolled off for a neutral lap and Dave Harris set the race alight at the start of the second with a scorching attack that lasted all of 100m until the drag from his flapping shorts proved too much to overcome, and Flappy would to eventually go on to record a DNF. From here, the race settled into a few laps of high speed action, until Michael Harris decided to test everyone and pulled ahead. Michael Hoult, Holly Harris and Paul Williams tried to keep him in sight and this seemed to be working for a few more laps, although the relentless pace caused Angus Apps, Carl Hooton, John Scott-Hamilton and Dave Cook to call it quits. Tom Simmonds surged across the gap and the two leaders worked with each other to make sure that the bunch would not be able to come back. With three laps to go, Michael upped the pace and eventually coasted to victory, followed across the line by Tom. The peloton had been reduced to four riders and Paul beat Holly in a close sprint for third, followed by Michael Hoult and Pete Selkrig. Pat Ferris came in seventh, having found the final surge up the hill just a bit too hard (much to the delight of Holly).
Well done to all racers for sterling efforts in the hot conditions; thanks to Col & Wilf for running the race and providing this report; and to Hugh McKellar for some outstanding race photography which can be found on the club Facebook Community Page (check it out & request an invite if you haven’t already joined!)
We’re back same time same place next week, with an even hotter forecast in prospect!
|Rider||Starting time||Finishing time||Actual time|
|Pete Selkrig (RandwickCC)||7:30||9:17||1:47|