Round 9 of the Footscray Cycling Club’s racing saw riders contest the Max Campbell Memorial criteriums at Drake Boulevard in Altona; the day’s racing held to honour the late Max Campbell. Max was Club President and also a Life Member, who was always happy to help out with any job required by the Club and was always keen to help out any new members with their racing and skills. Max started cycling in the early 1950’s and his best cycling performances were mainly as a Track rider, and his victories included the Echuca Wheel Race. Max believed that racing on the Track was beneficial to Road riders and was a keen promoter of Track racing. All four grades of racing were great races, with large fields of quality riders going hell-for-leather from the start.
In A-Grade, Dom Dudkiewicz made it 4 in-a-row, taking the bunch sprint after the break he was in was unexpectedly caught on the last lap. ‘Well, the plan was to establish a break and head off into the sunset; so there were 5 or 6 guys up the road and Brett Kingston went to bridge and I went with him. We put the hammer down to establish the break, and I thought we were home and hosed, so I attacked with about 10 minutes to go. I wasn’t confident I could hold them off so I dropped back and waited, but then the break got caught by the bunch with a lap to go. I was sitting 3rd wheel in the sprint and when Brett went right I went left and got it by a bike length or two.’
In B-Grade, it was 45 year old ex-pro rider Anthony Rebesco took home the Trophy after just being beaten in the sprint by Brunswick rider Luke Medhurst; the race characterized by incessant attacks and high pace. In the last few laps, Mark Micallef, Peter Mazzarella, Simon Whelan, Ag Giramondo and Sam Edmund broke away and looked like they may succeed, but the hard chasing bunch brought the race back together and it was a wild and slightly messy bunch sprint that ensued, due to the large discrepancy in speeds between the chased and the chasers, with Vito Depetro looking like the race was his until he was severely checked; Luke Medhurst taking the line honours and Rebesco taking home the trophy.
In C-Grade, Altona resident Shane Ward took the narrowest of wins in the sprint from Matt Strachan and Josh Ferrie; the 33 year old Storeman has only had 3 races and has picked up a second place and two wins and is off to try his luck in B. ‘There were 5 guys who were strong all race and were on the front for the majority of the time, and I found myself in 3rd wheel coming through the S bend and jumped with about 100 meters to go; I held it all the way to the line’
In D-Grade, 46 year old Williamstown resident Alan Palser took home the D-Grade trophy after getting into the early winning break; being narrowly beaten in the sprint by St Kilda rider Andy Smith, and new rider Andrew Rossiter. ‘There were 4 of us in a breakaway, and there was a wheel between first and third; I led them up to the line and couldn’t quite hold on and got pipped on the line.’
A: 1st Dominik Dudkiewicz, 2nd Brett Kingston (Car), 3rd Andrew Bonello, 4th Matt Elkan, 5th Travis Small.
B: 1st Luke Medhurst (Bwk), 2nd Anthony Rebesco, 3rd Glen Hutchinson, 4th Vito Depetro, 5th Glen Grbesa.
C: 1st Shane Ward, 2nd Matt Strachan, 3rd Josh Ferrie (Nor), 4th Phil tehan, 5th Sebastien Chetcuti.
D: 1st Andy Smith (STK), 2nd Alan Palser, 3rd Andrew Rossiter (3RL), 4th Michael Scragg, 5th Al Noveloso (STK).