Footscray Cycling Club Summer Series race #1 @ Drake Blvd, 31/1/16.
Round 27 of the Footscray Cycling Club’s summer criterium racing saw riders contest the FCC Summer Series Race #1 of 4 at Drake Boulevard in Altona on a post-thunderstorm morning that most assumed would be another cancelled race.
In A-Grade, Dom Dudkiewicz and Andrew McAuley broke away early and kept the bunch at bay for the whole race, Dudkiewicz finishing ahead of McAuley, with Trav Small taking the bunch sprint from Mat Elkan. ‘It was a pretty slow start and then there were a few attacks and I let Miles and Trav get up the road a bit and then went across to them, but they say up and I just kept going and Andy McAuley and one of the Phoenix guys went with me. We lost the Phoenix guy early and then we basically worked together. We never really got that far ahead of the bunch, maybe only a straight or so. Towards the end the bunch picked up the pace so we dug hard to make sure we stayed away.’
In B-Grade, it was a last minute catch that saw Tim Robertson’s gallant 2 lap solo dash for the line thwarted; Robertson rounding the corner with a slim lead, only to be chased down by 40 year old Werribee resident Brett Manning in the last few meters of the race; Manning crossing just ahead of Robertson with the rest of the chasers following in just behind. ‘Tim got away with about 2 ½ to go and no one was really chasing hard initially. I knew how strong Tim is so we worked and worked but with half a lap to go it still looked like he would stay away; even on the last corner he still had a fair lead but I just jumped and went as hard as I could to catch him. A good effort by Tim and he made it an exciting race.’
In C-Grade, a 5 man breakaway saw the race broken up, with Victor Yiu taking the sprint from Leyland Webb and young Hamish Munro.
In D-Grade, Andre Vidic took the sprint easily, leading the bunch home with about 50 meters of daylight between himself and second placed Garth Burnett and third placed Darren O’Leary.
A: 10 pts Dom Dudkiewicz, 8 Andrew McAuley, 6 Travis Small, 4 Mat Elkan, 2 Chris Munro.
B: 10 pts Brett Manning, 8 Tim Robertson, 6 Andrew Leighton, 4 Thomas Rebesco, 2 James Bell.
C: 10 pts Victor Yiu, 8 Leyland Webb, 6 Hamish Munro, 4 Matt Arthur, 2 Steve Moses. 1st Female- Martyne Taylor.
D: 10 pts Andre Vidic, 8 Garth Burnett, 6 Darren O’Leary, 4 Andrew Rossiter, 2 Mel Humphries-Grey. 1st Female- Kristen Slade.