Race report Sunday's Club Crit.

Clear blue skies, still fresh air and smooth hotmix greeted a small but keen bunch of club members for a crit at Baranduda on Sunday.   Clearly some club members preferred a sleep in to the perfect racing conditions, and a few even thought having ridden the three peaks the day before could justify missing the race. With 12 starters, including four juniors, the event was turned into a 35 minutes plus three lap race, with the first 15 minutes neutral.

The race was under threat from before the starters gun,  with the warm up lap thrown into chaos by a stray dog attempting to outsprint the bunch on the back straight.   The riders rolled around the start finish line as the commissaire and chief marshal searched for a leash then drove round in an attempt to tie down the pup.  Fortunately the dog had found it's way back behind the fence in Murphey’s gravel yard allowing the race to get underway.

 Five minutes into the neutral period, a junior development squad member turned up looking like he'd punctured in a race and spent the last thirty minutes chasing his bunch. The marshals took his money as he jumped in to bolster the numbers.

 The corner marshals, Jeff and Karen were having a quiet morning until early in the race what appeared to be a bogan in a black ute came tearing up to the corner looking more likely to start doing some circle work than stop. He turned left towards the start finish line, did a u turn that was almost more doughnut, then stopped and pulled his specialized from the back of the ute. Rather than a bogan out to disrupt the race, it was another development squad member who either doesn't have an alarm clock or can't read the program.  He jumped on the circuit, and chased for a lap, before making contact with the bunch.

 In the bunch it was good to see the young riders constantly hitting the older guys. Fatherhood duties have clearly affected Muz's form and he was seen at least once, on the front, dropping his head as yet another U17 boy hit the bunch.
At three laps to go, apart from two retirements, it was gruppo compacto.   At two to go, Callum, who had been sitting quietly in the bunch decided to try his luck.   He immediately gained a good gap, with no reaction from the bunch.  His effort took a toll and coming into the finishing straight it was ten guys all still looking at each other.

On the final lap, out of the last corner Dave Mann hit the bunch like a jet putting on the turbo, immediately gaining three or four bike lengths.  Millsie responded but was clearly finding his specialized couldn't put out the same horsepower as the black ute. Paynie was showing his years  of experience, tucking in behind Millsie, and  letting him do the work to chase down the turbo charged Dave Mann.   With the finishing straight moved a further 100m down the road, Dave Mann was starting to tire and looking like he may have gone to early.  

In a close finish he managed to hold out a fast finishing Millsie who Paynie couldn’t quite come around as the line closed  in.  Liam McCallister showed that constantly hitting the bunch hadn’t taken all the power from his legs, with a well deserved 4th

 As the riders were gathering for the presentation close to 9:00 another club member turned up looking for a race number.  The lesson is clear.  Set the alarm clocks and read the program.
The next race is the club championships on 27 March and is scheduled for 10:00 am on a new course starting near the Bethanga pub.  Pizzas and drinks will be available for a club social gathering in the pub after the race.
Final results.  6 March 2011
1 Dave Mann
2 Aaron Mills
3 Ken Payne
4 Liam McAllisterr
5 Murray Wallace
6 Mick Coles
7 Declan Gregory
8 Craig McAllister
9 Callum Dwyer
10 Declan Dempster
DNF. Zac Drury
DNF Sofia Drury


Geoff Dixon Memorial Handicap 2011

Congratulations to AWCC member Damian Christian who took our Geoff Dixon Memorial Handicap yesterday.  Damian, who was riding from 2nd limit, won a bunch sprint from Tom Barry and Andrew Treloar.  The club would like to thank all those who help out on the day, particular those who stood out in the rain.  Though the wet weather did keep a few away, we still had 106 sign on for great day of racing.

1st Damian Christian AWCC
2nd Tom Barry MTBA
3rd Andrew Treloar Tolland CC
4th Gillford Crosthwaite Cobram CC
5th Charlie Westerman Wagga Wagga CC
6th Andrew Doyle Cobram CC
7th Kingleys Massey  Griffith CC
8th Ryan Knight Wagga Wagga CC
9th James Fox Wangaratta CC
10th Brendan Horton Griffith CC

Fastest Time: Ben Hill Canberra CC
First Female: Rebecca Wiasak Canberra CC


Club Champions

New page added showing the current criterium club champions here.


Autumn 2011 Race Calender and Site updates

The Autumn 2011 race program is now available on the racing page or can be viewed directly by clicking here. The events calender page has been renamed to Racing. The group rides are now viewable on a new page titled Training which you can view by clicking here.


Club Criterium Championship

Please note that this Thursday the 24th of February the AWCC will be holding Criterium Club Championships for the following:

C-Grade Start 6pm
B-Grade Start 6.30pm
A-Grade Start 7pm

The track will be open from 5pm for practice and I encourage those who haven't yet raced to ensure they get some solid time on it beforehand. Only AWCC members are eligible to be Club Champion, however we will open the racing up to those who race under a different Club (The Club Champion will be the first AWCC Member across the line).  

There will be a BBQ and drinks which will help support the Development Squad and I encourage all members to bring their families along to make this a great