It started out as glorious morning for cycling but the wind picked up just around start time and continued to get stronger as the morning went on, making for some tough racing for the 2018 Road Race Championships
The Club Championships are a Graded Scratch Race with riders placed starting in groups of similar level of riders. There were 5 Championships up for grabs.
A grade was a five lap race of the 10.4km race circuit and were the first race to get under way. Mitch Harrison put in an attack straight off the start line but was quickly reeled in by the chasing group. The race settled into a steady pace for a couple of laps with no one able to gain much of an advantage over the field.
The headwind legs of Thorne Road and Walla Ave was making for tough going. Grant Elwin was leading the way in his first Griffith Cycle Club Championship event on lap 4 down the back straight when Mal Blake turned on the pace with the tailwind.
Craig Tilston quickly responded to cover the attack of Blake watched very closely by Harrison. The pace once again settled down on the final lap. Tilston tried to get away on the last lap but Blake and Harrison were having none of that, quickly working together to bring him back.
Coming into the finish straight Tilston picked up the pace once again but once again the two youngsters were quick to respond. Harrison hit out for home first with Blake biding his time in the headwind finish. With 150m left to race Blake launched his sprint and set sail for the finish line to take a convincing win ahead of Mitch Harrison with Craig Tilston in third and Grant Elwin not far away in fourth.
The win meant Blake continued his recent domination of A Grade Championship races and cemented his place as Griffith’s number one rider.
The Second race of the day was the B Grade Championship over four laps also combining the Women’s Championship. Would there be separate Champions or could one of the ladies take both titles on the day. The windy conditions made racing tough going with not many attacks and everyone seemingly happy to bide there time and duke it out in a sprint to the line.
Peter Stockwell was pulling some strong turns on the front during the race in an effort to bust it up but Bronwyn Jones, Ros Nugan and Adrian Piccoli were watching his every move and were quick to close any gaps. Coming into the finish straight Ros Nugan lead out the sprint with the rest of the field quick to follow the lead.
Stockwell and Piccoli started there sprints simultaneously while Jones was using all of her tactical nouse and following the wheels so not to hit the headwind to far out, in a strong finish Jones came round the two boy’s to take the win from Peter Stockwell closely followed in by Adrian Piccoli in third and Ros Nugan in fourth.
The final of the day was the combined C & D Grade Championship also over four laps. The riders set off at a steady pace on the first lap before Sarah Trotter surged up the Murrumbidgee Avenue leg the first time round, George Rigon fresh off a big ride at Sam Miranda Gran Fondo was finding the going tough but manged to pull himself back up to the group.
Michael Andreazza was looking strong throughout the race but couldn’t get away from the remaining riders over the next few laps. On the final lap Andreazza cranked up the pace leading into the penultimate leg of Murrumbidgee Avenue Trotter was quick to cover the surge and these two had a gap and were working together to hold off the remainder of the field.
Mark Palmer, Michael Wynne, Tony Jones and Jack Trimboli reeled in the duo before the final turn into Thorne road. Tony Jones lead the field round the final corner. In the closest finish of the day Jack Trimboli put in an almighty effort to take C Grade honours from Michael Andreazza and Mark Palmer. Tony Jones put in a super ride to take fourth across the line and First in the D Grade Championship.
The weekend also seen Jenni and Kingsley Massey travel to Goulburn to compete. Saturday saw Kingsley compete in an Individual Time Trial where he took Fourth Place.
Sunday was Road Race day and both Jenni and Kingsley were both having a ride in preparation for some upcoming Championship events. Both put in strong rides to finish in tough conditions. Kingsley placing 7th in his race and Jenni 6th.
Results: A Grade – 1st Mal Blake, 2nd Mitch Harrison, 3rd Craig Tilston, 4th Grant Elwin. Women’s Championship – 1st Bronwyn Jones, 2nd Ros Nugan. B Grade – 1st Bronwyn Jones, 2nd Peter Stockwell, 3rd Adrian Piccoli. C Grade – 1st Jack Trimboli, 2nd Michael Andreazza, 3rd Mark Palmer, 4th Michael Wynne, 5th Sarah Trotter. D Grade – 1st Tony Jones, 2nd George Rigon.