Crit Number 3

For the first time in the series we were treated to some warmer weather and track conditions were perfect, good numbers again have really boosted this series and it's pleasing to see the level of support we have received from participants.

Starting the night with C-Grade the bunch stayed together right through the race. The racing was spirited and well contested, finally young Ryan Allen broke through for his first senior victory what a reward for all his efforts so far through the series, the ever reliable and hard-working Kelly Linden took out second and if there was ever a good news story of the series it was the emergence of Sophia Drury taking out 3rd place at such a young age she is looking at a very bright future.

B-Grade has been the most difficult to predict racing so far we've had many new faces and fierce competition. The race was a battle of attrition with many surges slowly thinning the group down to 3 with Rob Belsher, Liam McAlister and Geoff Arthurson going away. The final laps saw a battle between Belsher and McAlister and the game of cat and mouse was eventually won by Rob very closely followed by Liam and Geoff Arthurson rounding up the placings.

A-Grade saw the largest field of the night contesting and again the track has bitten back allowing no breaks to go clear. It has been amazing to see the amount of moves launched off the front over the series with none able to stick for any longer then 3 laps. This may give an indication of the racing as all of the pack are alert and fresh with the season approaching, unfortunately with 2 mins to go there was a crash on the bottom corner bringing down 2 riders and Ken Payne showing unbelievable bike handling skills in avoiding the incident. The final 3 laps saw some jostling but eventually it was the ever impressive Ashley Humbert coming in ahead of Aaron Last and Brendan Washington.

Sprint - Ryan Allen
1st - Ryan Allen
2nd - Kelly Linden
3rd - Sophia Drury

Sprint - Liam McAlister
1st - Rob Belsher
2nd - Liam McAlister
3rd - Geoff Arhurson

Sprint - Matt Zagorski
1st - Ashley Humbert
2nd - Aaron Last
3rd - Brendan Washington


Crit No.2

Well what a night it turned into, a cracking night for racing with the weather holding out beautifully for all grades. The racing was noting short of sensational and the circuit a nice fast flowing hotmix beauty is being widely approved by all.

The evening started with C-Grade and it was great to see some more new faces, the race was dominated by Paul Ginnvan taking out both the Intermediate Sprint and 1st place overall. Not to say he had it all his own way though with the group staying together throughout the race. Ryan Allen continues to show promise with an excellent final kick to take 2nd place and the ever reliable Branko Ivic rounding up the placings. A special mention to Sophia Drury who at such a young age should plenty of ability racing against older and much more experienced riders.

B-Grade had an excellent blend of youth and experience and indeed it was the young guy's putting the pressure down early with Zac Drury, Liam McAlister and Declan Dempster really taking it up to the bunch. Zac took out the Intermediate Sprint and the bunch stayed together for the final sprint, Christopher Harrison really put the hammer down in the final 200m and was a clear victor followed by Jeff Drury and Adam Farrugia. The race itself was great to watch, with a really good depth in the field.

A- Grade was on from the whistle and really didn't let up for the entire 30 mins, a strong field had entered and it was pretty obvious most of the boys wanted to make up for last week's wash-out. Tim Retchford took out the Intermediate Sprint and was causing havoc up-front with Ashley Humbert and Aaron Last seemingly in every move. A slight touch of pedal saw the first competitor of the series spear out into the paddock in the dying stages of the race (The writer of this refuses to name this person). In the end it Ashley Humbert taking out line honours followed by Aaron Last and the improving Declan Gregory.

Another incident free night and a great social evening, great to see more numbers again this week and your support guarantee's races like these in the future. Same time and place next week, see you there.


Sprint : Paul Ginnvan
1st : Paul Ginnvan
2nd : Ryan Allen
3rd : Branko Ivic

Sprint: Zac Drury
1st : Christopher Harrison
2nd : Jeff Drury
3rd : Adam Farrugia

Sprint: Tim Retchford
1st : Ashley Humbert
2nd : Aaron Last
3rd : Declan Gregory



A good start considering the poor weather, we had 25 across 3 grades. It was pleasing to see some new faces and also the juniors beginning to step up to senior racing Lavington Panthers should be commended for the program they are running. The level of support from the sidelines was great to see and made it a great social evening.

C-Grade was a great start to the evening and the crits, some nice clean and attacking riding with the race only being decided on the last lap. 

A rain shortened B-Grade saw a small group of 4 get away early and stay away leaving the rest of the bunch in tatters behind, but again no incidents and a great race too watch.

Unfortunately A-Grade which had a strong field gathered, was abandoned due to safety after it began raining heavily.

Sprint : Kelly Linden
1st : Adam Farrugia
2nd : Branko Ivic
3rd : Ryan Allen

Sprint: Matt Zagvski
1st : Matt Zagvski
2nd : Zac Drury
3rd : Chris Westwood

A-Grade abandoned due to rain

Same time and place next week, a reminder that the track will be open from 5.30pm - 6pm for free practice, C-Grade will start @ 6.05pm so please ensure you have signed on no later then 6pm for C-Grade. 3 race licence's are available for $55 on the day these are only available if you have never held a Cycling Australia licence before, if you decide to upgrade to a full license the $55 purchase will be deducted off the cost of your full license any enquiries for these please contact Callum on this email address

We look forward to seeing you next Thursday where hopefully the weather will be a little more kind.


Get Your Kit On

The first shipment of the new AWCC kit  (shorts & jerseys) should be in store at Fullcycle by this Friday.  When all current stock is exhausted, new items will be only available through order only, this includes vests, jackets etc.

Note: spare pairs of shorts and jerseys will be kept in various sizes at The Fullcycle for individuals to try on before placing an order.


Thursday Night Crits

2011 season kicks off with bang with criterium racing Thursday evenings through out February.  Races will be held at the Wodonga Go-Kart circuit, at the end of Sheathers Road, Wodonga.  Hope to see as many members come out for a fun evening of racing.

Entry is $10 for these events with approx start times as per below.  The last race on the 24th of February will the first leg of the club championships, so it will worth getting in a few practice races before that date.
        - Sign on and practice from 5.30pm to 6pm.
        - C Grade off @ 6pm - 20 mins + 3 laps
        - B Grade off @ 6.35pm - 25 mins + 3 laps
        - A Grade off @ 7.05pm - 30 mins + 3 laps

Could all competitors also bring along their 2011 licences or receipt of purchase on there first race of the year to confirm everyone is insured for the new year.  Never race before?

Hope to see as many members new & old come out for a fun evening of racing.
The full autumn club racing programme to be posted soon.