R15 – Max Campbell Memorial – Race Report and Results

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.

R13 – FCC Legends – Race Report and Results

Footscray Cycling Club – Club Legends Criteriums @ Drake 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 Bob 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.

R6 – VU – Race Report and Results

Round 6 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 chilly conditions.

In the A-Grade race, 29 year old Melbourne resident Andrew Bonello was revelling in the conditions. “It was quite cool and I feel I operate best in cooler conditions; so this was ideal. I didn’t do anything stupid and just stayed with the bunch, and at the end there were too many in the sprint, I just waited till the second last corner and put the foot down first and won by a few bike lengths.’ Bonello took the win from David Newett in second place and Shane Ward in third.

In B-Grade, 28 year old Williamstown resident Vlad Djuric played the waiting game. ‘We might have started off at a medium pace to let the entry taker warm up, but after that it was just attack after attack. Daniel Welch especially threw down a few huge attacks that were hard to chase. Then a group of 4 got up the road and we were lucky to chase them down. I tried a few attacks but the bunch were small but working well together so we were all together at the end. I knew I had to stick to Dan Welch’s wheel for the last few laps; on the bell lap his big engine was the perfect leadout.’ The tiring Welch, having hammered on the front for the last lap, was swamped on the line by Djuric in first place and Mark Micallef in second, Welch hanging on to third.

C-Grade’s race was taken by Southern Masters rider Damian Gatt, who went first and held off Seb Chetcuti and new to racing Damian Care, and in D-Grade, veteran Tommy Gray showed us he still has it by beating Paul Beasley and Bob Shannon to the line.

A: 1 BONELLO, ANDREW (Footscray), 2 NEWETT, DAVID (Footscray), 3 WARD, SHANE (Footscray), 4 MULKEARNS, AARON (Echuca/Moama)
B: 1 DJURIC, VLAD (Footscray), 2 MICALLEF, MARK (Footscray), 3 WELCH, DANIEL (Footscray), 4 NAUGHTIN, ANDREW (Footscray)
C: 1 GATT, DAMIAN (Southern Masters), 2 CHETCUTI, SEB (Footscray), 3 CARE, DAMIAN (3RL), 4 LANE, DAVID (Footscray)
D: 1 GRAY, TOMMY (Footscray), 2 BEASLEY, PAUL (Footscray), 3 SHANNON, ROBERT (Footscray), 4 WILSON, GRAEME (Footscray)

R5 – VU – Race Report and Results

Footscray Cycling Club Weekly Criterium Report – Sun 6 Nov ‘16.
Round 5 of the Footscray Cycling Club’s 2016/7 Criterium season was held out at the Victoria University track out at Hoppers Crossing, with a fine but windy morning greeting riders.

A-Grade’s crit began with the WattBomb riders hardening up the race with some pace and at the 10 minute mark the first break got away with Miles da Costa, Travis Small and Danny Hopper getting a few hundred metres off the front. After a few laps Hopper hopped off and 30 minutes in it was clear that Dominik Dudkiewicz, like 6 out of 7 dwarves, was not Happy, and he set about bridging the gap with fellow chasers John Linke and Nicholas Leonard. Eventually, Small and DaCosta got caught by the triggered trio. The five leaders then called a temporary truce, swapping turns and like death-row inmates, awaited their fate in the sprint, with Club Champion Dudkiewicz entertaining all with his 250 kph wind-assisted sprint, ahead of Leonard in second place and Travis ‘The Tank Engine’ Small in third place.

B grade saw some early attacks as riders tried to take advantage of the cross winds with Paul Cullen and the very much in-form Josh Grieve getting clear and establishing a good lead. In the ensuing scramble, Vito Depetro, Thomas Rebesco and Andrew Smeal all made the do-or-die effort needed to bridge to the 2 man break, jumping across one by one and eventually forming a very strong bunch to lead the race. It really did look like the die had been set, but, to their credit, the chasing bunch worked hard and brought the race back together. Sunbury rider Andrew Smeal took the initiative and led the bunch with some very strong riding, making everyone think twice about attacking and going on to take the sprint from a very strong Vito Depetro, with Josh Grieve taking a well-earned third place.

C grade’s race blew apart when Andrew Naughtin, Sam Warren and Alastiar Delooze broke away from the bunch, establishing a massive lead. Amazingly the super-strong Delooze struggled with the pace and dropped off the leading two, riding a lonely race stuck in no man’s land and holding on for 3rd, with Andrew Naughtin taking his maiden win in his first race from Sam Warren in 2nd.

D grade saw newcomer John Mogavero take his first win in his second ever race, with a solo breakaway, with Dominic Tulloch taking second place and the bunch sprint from Daniel Atkins in third place.

DUDKIEWICZ, DOMINIK (Footscray Cycling Club)
LEONARD, NICHOLAS (Murwillumbah Cycle Club)
SMALL, TRAVIS (Footscray Cycling Club)

SMEAL, ANDREW (Sunbury Cycling Club)
DEPETRO, VITO (Footscray Cycling Club)
GRIEVE, JOSHUA (Geelong Cycling Club)

NAUGHTIN, ANDREW (Footscray Cycling Club)
WARREN, SAM (Brunswick Cycling Club)
DELOOZE, ALASTAIR (Footscray Cycling Club)

TULLOCH, DOMINIC (Sunbury Cycling Club)
ATKINS, DANIEL (Footscray Cycling Club)

Race 4 – VU – Race Report and Results

LEONARD, NICHOLAS (Murwillumbah Cycle Club)
SMALL, TRAVIS (Footscray Cycling Club)
CLARK, Iain (Brunswick Cycling Club)
KENNY, PAUL (Footscray Cycling Club)

WEITZEL, TIMM (Footscray Cycling Club)
MARINO, Antonio (Footscray Cycling Club)
DEPETRO, VITO (Footscray Cycling Club)
MAZZARELLA, PETER (Brunswick Cycling Club)

SMITH, SHAWN (Footscray Cycling Club)
DUFFIN, IAN (Footscray Cycling Club)
TEHAN, PHILLIP (Footscray Cycling Club)
KOUTSOGIANNIS, MARK (Footscray Cycling Club)

DIXON, Jay (Coburg Cycling Club)
STUART, JAMES (Footscray Cycling Club)
DAM, SARAH (St Kilda Cycling Club)
CRAM, BARRY (Footscray Cycling Club)

and Michael Dam’s lightning report in lieu of my absence…
Conditions were perfect, low winds and warm brilliant night.
D grade bunch stayed largely together, bunch sprint.
C grade saw Seb go on an early break to be brought back. Shawn Smith went solo for a while after that and got brought back only to go again and take the win from a chasing bunch.
B Grade I (Michael ‘Mullet’ Dam ) went from the start, Vito and Mark Spiteri got across with the rest of the bunch. I went again and this time stayed out there for much longer, with Dave Walker making it across as well. I blew up and we got brought back. Timm Weitzel and Antonio Marino put in an attack after that which stuck to the finish, with Vito trying to bridge across, surviving for 3rd just ahead of a chasing bunch.
A grade. it looked like Nick Leonard and Travis got away from the rest of them.

Race 3 – VU – Race Report

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 Vander 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 Vander (Bwk), 2nd Tim Rawling (Bwk), 3rd James Mountain (Bwk), 4th Jen Erickson (3RL).

R2 VU Race Report

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)

Footscray Cycling Club and Bikebug.com Midlands Tour 2016

The infamous course of the Australian Automotive Research Centre was home to this year’s Bikebug.com Midlands Tour once again. Hidden in the magnificent bush setting, just 20 minutes from Anglesea, this closed circuit is a must-do-race on the Singapore Airlines Victorian Road Series.

The slick organisation of host club, Footscray, combined with the tough, but fair circuit makes it a highlight on the racing calendar. Of course, this race also doubles as a memorial for the late Tas Johnson an Australian Olympic team representative and local legend of the sport.

The day of racing is broken into morning and afternoon sessions:

  • Morning: Women A, B and C; Masters B and C; and Men’s C
  • Afternoon: Men’s A and B; and Masters A

Mother Nature was kind all day, with light winds in the morning and only a brief dark cloud threatening. While the wind was fresh in the morning, the racing was hot. Gaps and smaller bunches formed across most categories once they entered the larger of two laps. The larger laps feature a quick decent, steady climb and small dirt section – each of those key elements ensures a select field or individual remains in the closing stages of each race.

The Women’s A race made exciting viewing when a group of four gapped the field with roughly 10km remaining. What appeared as a well-worked unit dedicated to distancing themselves from the field, turned towards the expected cat-and-mouse game in the closing moments. Oceania Road Race Champion Shannon Malseed proved too strong for her break compatriots of Grace Brown (second), Justine Barrow (third) and Margeaux Thompson (fourth).

Of particular note for Footscray CC readers, Callum Brown continues his impressive rise through the ranks after winning Mens C. Congratulations to Callum and David Newett on his second in Masters C.

Some questions were to be answered in the afternoon session, including: could the Pat’s Veg team win three in a row in Men’s A? Did Tom Leaper have the form to grab back-to-back victories in Masters A? And would there be emerging characters in Men’s B we could label as ‘ones to watch’?

Brendon Scott answered the final question with a hugely impressive second place in Men’s B. Riding solo for nearly 1.5 hours during the 2.45 racing, the effort left some of the finishing straight mimicking the words of Doctor Emmett Brown in Back to the Future: ‘Great Scott!’

The winner in Men’s B was former ice skater Lionel Mawditt. His win was almost the opposite to the gold winning performance of Olympic legend Steven Bradbury. His fate was determined by timing, racing experience and pure fitness saw Lionel bridge the gap from the chasing group to Scott. He then took off from a tiring Scoot to claim the win.

In Masters A, the Kosdown team broke from the bunch earlier than expected giving Tom Leaper the back-to-back victory. It wasn’t without a solid effort from Podiatrist and time-trial specialist, Nick Squillarli. Squillarli clearly wanting to upset the Kosdown party, but it wasn’t to be. If anything, he upset the Podiatry world by wearing thongs to accept his third place winnings behind Andrew Gray and Leaper.

In Men’s A it was the young man with the best name in cycling, Cyrus Monk, attacking early to set the scene for Pat’s Veg. Immediately after witnessing Monk’s repeated attacks, internet speeds slowed on the main straight as every spectator jumped on the Pat’s Veg website to order some fine cured vegetables. Obviously Matthew Ross and Drew Morey ate a full jar of Pat’s Beetroot Kraut before racing as they crossed the line 1-2. Monk finishing off the podium with a strong display – just one week before Melbourne-Warrnambool.

Women’s A

Shannon Malseed (Holden)

Grace Brown (Bikebug.com)

Justine Barrow (Think Different Cycling)

Women’s B

Ally Rose Ogden (Hawthorn)

Hannah Macdougall (Pirates)

Jordyn Hassett (Hawthorn)

Women’s C

Erin Mitchell (Blackburn)

Saffron Button (Blackburn)

Anne Hocking (Port Fairy)

Masters A

Tom Leaper (Kosdown)

Andrew Gray (Kosdown)

Nick Squillari (Geelong)

Masters B

Richard Barker (Hawthorn)

Simon Whitford (Wellington)

John Clarkson (Southern Masters)

Masters C

Gary Haas (Southern Masters)

David Newett (Footscray)

Daniel Hulbert (Portland)

Men’s A

Mat Ross (Pat’s Veg)

Drew Morey (Pat’s Veg)

Cyrus Monk (Pat’s Veg)

Men’s B

Lionel Mawditt (CCCC)

Brendon Scott (Hamilton)

William Geor (Ballarat)

Men’s C

Callum Brown (Footscray)

Connor Rate (CCCC)

Joshua Cannon (Ballarat)

FCC Jack Allan and Jack Kirkham Memorial 2016 Road Championships

Light rain and a moderate North-Westerly greeted riders in Balliang for the Footscray Cycling Club’s 2016 Road Championships, the coveted Jack Allan and Jack Kirkham Memorial, and with Hawthorn unable to make it four-in-a-row in the footy world, we were all wondering if the indefatigable Dominik Dudkiewicz could wear the Red #1 for the fourth year running. As it turned out, the 32 year old Melton resident took his fourth straight Memorial Sash in A-Grade in rather unconventional manner. Firstly, the bunch were clearly in the mood for a rumble as Jason Costin and Travis Small both threw in early attacks, and on the second lap, Miles DaCosta and Dudkiewicz put the bunch in the gutter in an effort to break the bunch up, dropping a few but not creating the carnage they hoped for as the wind was simply not nasty enough. Dudkiewicz then toughened up the race a little more, causing a split that saw himself, Shane Ward and DaCosta in a 3-man break that stuck for a while but still saw a sizeable bunch heading for the finish line. Chris Munro tried his luck about 1 km from the line, attacking the bunch and dashing for the line, but with 200 to go he was swallowed up by the lead-out train that saw Dudkiewicz not break away but rather leave it to a bunch sprint, with Dudkiewicz taking the sprint clear of Ward and DaCosta.

In B-Grade, the field may have been small but everyone there bought their best game to the table, with attacks from the very start making the racing challenging. Going from full-blast attack to coffee-run slow shenanigans, the bunch headed out for the climb over Granite, where eventual winner, Daniel Welch, flew up the steep ascent like he had two electric motors, but the bunch didn’t panic and set about the chase. ‘This is the first time I have raced with a target on my back; I’ve always been an unknown, and having gone over Granite Road so well last week, I attacked and didn’t think I would get caught before the turn; but it did all come back together, which is testament to the quality of the B-Grade riders. I was pretty tired on the way back over Granite and I was surprised to see how much I had broken the bunch up and that only Michael Dam and Hamish Munro were with me. We built trust on the way back to Balliang and worked hard, and just before the last corner I decided to go and I managed to get away from them and hold my lead.’ Welch finished about a minute up on Dam, who was a minute up on the bunch sprint for third, which was taken out by David Procak. 30 year old market researcher Welch was honoured to be the B-Grade champ. ‘I only came out from England 18 months ago, and the Club and my social riding group have been such a great way of making some great mates.’

In C-Grade, 60 year old Werribee resident David Lane capped off a great month with a very tight win over Ross Liley in an action-packed race. Lane punctured just before the race was set to start, and managed to get a new tube in but ominously couldn’t find the offending piece of debris. ‘A puncture before the start – oh no. I knew something must be in the tyre but I could not find it. I then got a puncture at 8k as feared, but the guys waited while I swapped wheels for which I am thankful (that says a lot about our club). The first lap was pretty calm but the 2nd time out I upped the tempo over Staughton Vale to shake things up. On the way back I upped it more, to the point where I split the bunch so only Phil, Ross and myself were left at the front of the race. Phil then started his mini attacks to break our legs and Ross left me to chase – a worry knowing Ross always out-sprinted me in the Tour, but I knew he was a bit flat after a big ride yesterday. No one wanted to lead out going to the line and I knew they had both out-sprinted me from behind in the Tour. It was a real cat and mouse affair – very slow. Phil launched fairly late and I thought he may have the legs, but I went over him and crossed the line without Ross jumping me.’ I am ecstatic – I never really thought I would ever be C-Grade road champ.’

D-Grade’s race was a sparse affair, with Michael Scragg taking the win over veteran Tom Moloney and Steve Biggs.

A: 1st Dom Dudkiewicz, 2nd Shane Ward, 3rd Miles DaCosta.

B: 1st Daniel Welch, 2nd Michael Dam, 3rd David Procak.

C: 1st David Lane, 2nd Ross Liley, 3rd Phil Tehan.

D: 1st Michael Scragg, 2nd Tom Moloney, 3rd Steven Biggs.

Footscray Cycling Club Harry Jones Memorial Handicap

In the Club’s penultimate race before the Club Champs, riders set off from Balliang in the Brisbane Ranges in 6 bunches to contest the Footscray Cycling Club’s Harry Jones Memorial Handicap; the handicap format requiring each of 6 bunches to co-operate and push themselves to the limit to keep the chasing bunches at bay. Raced to honour 40 year tireless volunteer and servant of the Club, Harry Jones’ name places this sash high on the wish list of FCC Members.

Today’s format saw bunches head straight out of Balliang, head to the base of Granite Road, return to Balliang, complete a lap, head out and over the hills of Granite Road and return to Balliang for a final lap before crossing the finish line, and to add more spice to the mix, our Road Champ Dominik Dudkiewicz set off last on his Pat Malone, 1:30 behind 2nd Scratch. As it turned out, it was 2nd Limit who made the best of the race, catching Limit just before the climb over Granite Road; leaving most of Limit shelled; with one notable exception. Dennis Hobbs managed to hold on to David Procak, David Lane and Michael Hazeldine. This awesome foursome just powered along, rolling seamless turns, and maintaining a very healthy gap to the remnants of the other bunches in behind. In the end, David Procak out-sprinted his competitors by coming through in sight of the finish-line, although his victory salute nearly cost him as second placed David Lane came tantalizingly close to pipping Procak on the line, with Michael Hazeldine taking third place and Limit rider Dennis Hobbs a very creditable fourth.

At the presentation, after some emotional words in remembrance of the late great Harry Jones, Procak spoke of how this particular race was on his private radar. “Personally, when I saw the calendar at the start of the year, the Harry Jones Memorial was the race I targeted; and even though handicaps are a bit of a lottery as to which bunch gets up, the bunch I was in agreed to take time-trialling turns, and we worked really hard all the way. We caught Limit going out as we got to Granite, and at the turnaround I noted the bunch behind us were still 6 minutes off and I knew it was ours to win.”  In behind, it was 2nd Scratch rider Miles DaCosta who took Fastest Time a few minutes behind the winners.

1st David Procak 2:20:17 (actual 2:13:17), 2nd David Lane, 3rd Michael Hazeldine, 4th Dennis Hobbs, 5th Vlad Djuric, 6th Glen Grbesa, 7th David Walker, 8th Michael Dam, 9th and Fastest Time Miles DaCosta 2:21:52 (actual 1:53:22), 10th Tom Moloney.