Footscray Cycling Club Bikebug Summer Series Final @ Altona, 21/2/16.
A clean sweep of the points tally by A-Grade star and Kosdown rider Dom Dudkiewicz capped off the Footscray Cycling Club’s ‘Bikebug’ Super Series Grand Final, held on the fast and wide streets that make up the Drake Boulevard circuit in Altona in perfect riding conditions. With 148 riders contesting the series over 4 grades, the Finale saw riders in each grade step up in the hope of securing victory. Extending his A-Grade winning streak this summer to a staggering 17 races in a row, Club Champ Dominik Dudkiewicz sealed the win in the Series with a strong win today in the finale. ‘It was a beautiful day and we had a good field, boosted by the 5 guys from the Melbourne Uni team. The pace was a bit off and on; Travis Small and Miles DaCosta attacked early and I put in a few 50+ kay laps to break things up. I found myself out on my own for 7 or 8 laps, but I realised it was too early and went back to the bunch. With about 5 to go Travis rolled off the front and I went across to him and half-committed to the break and went hard to see how it would go. We saw we had a good break so I put the head down and kept it up till we crossed the line.’ Back in the bunch Andy McAuley took the sprint to take third place.
B-Grade’s race saw 35 year old Scott Brown take the hotly contested last race and the series with a strong sprint; the Niddrie resident being placed perfectly to snare the win. ‘I was boxing on for Agi Giramondo’s wheel with Agi’s mate heading to the last corner; I wanted his experienced wheel and he gave me a great leadout that was meant for his mate!’ Setting a fast pace, the large field of riders threw in several attacks but each and every break was chased down this week, leading to a mass bunch sprint that saw Sunbury rider Brown take the won over Craig Robertson and Luke Morrison.
C-Grade’s race saw 39 year old Yarraville resident David Macpherson take the finale when a strong 5 man breakaway rode away from the main bunch early on in the race. ‘About 15 minutes in I just went off the front, then after a bit someone else joined me, and then another, and when we had a good break it was all on. We just kept going and did not get caught. The sprint was great for me; I was about 4th wheel going into the straight.’ Brown took the sprint from Adam Fenton and Mark Spiteri, with Layland Webb taking the overall Series.
D-Grade’s race saw 43 year old Kensington resident Dean Sammut take the win today in his first race in years. ‘It was good to be in the mix; I hadn’t raced in 7 years and it was hard as I wasn’t sure who to chase and who to watch, but what was great was how the other riders were friendly and respectful to race with.’ ‘I was on the second wheel going into the last corner and I hit out early, fully expecting to see someone go past me but no one did!’ Sammut took the win from Cam Atchinson and Timm Weitzel, with the overall Series going to Gareth Burnett.
Series Race #4 – FINAL
A: 1st Dom Dudkiewicz, 2nd Travis Small, 3rd Andrew McAuley, 4th Ross Mueller, 5th Jaosn Costin.
B: 1st Scott Brown, 2nd Craig Robertson, 3rd Luke Morrison, 4th Agostino Giramondo, 5th Simon Whelan.
C: 1st David Macpherson, 2nd Adam Fenton, 3rd Mark Spiteri, 4th Matt Arthur, 5th Alan Palser.
D: 1st Dean Sammut, 2nd Cameron Atchinson, 3rd Timm Weitzel, 4th Walter Chetcuti, 5th Robert Raats.
Bikebug Summer Series Final Standings.
A: 1st Dominik Dudkiewicz, 2nd Andrew McAuely, 3rd Travis Small.
B: 1st Scott Brown, 2nd Brett Manning, 3rd Simon Whelan.
C: 1st Layland Webb 2nd David Macpherson, 3rd Tim Hobbs.
D: 1st Gareth Burnett, 2nd Cameron Atchinson, 3rd Timm Weitzel.