Brings a smile to your heart, or is that HART. Friday night crit’s at the Honda Advanced Rider Training (HART) centre in St Ives with the Manly Warringah Cycling Club (MWCC). The afternoon was warm, grey and under the threat of a storm.
The warm weather didn’t subdue the attacking racing with many breaks attempted and caught. Personally, I am of the opinion this circuit favours those who are patient and small breakaways that work together, A grade was evidence of that tonight.
For me, though it’s been a while since I’ve been behind the lens and I felt it. The heat, physical injuries and lack of practice meant an odd night of photos.
Another great turn-out with . Quote of the night, “is it OK for adults to join? My son learnt cornering skills that even I don’t know.”
Declan Jones made the move up to A and instantly went off the front for a bit of TV time. You could almost hear the laughing back in the bunch as they rolled around slowly and let him have his moment or glory. After a couple of laps the bunch got bored and rode passed Declan leaving him to be also passed by the B grade bunch a few laps later. After Declan’s cameo it was a proper crit race with stop start surges whittling the bunch to just 4. The guys who have valiantly moved up from B had a hard lesson in how tough this style of racing is. After the Prime the 4 slowed enough for 2 more to join but these extras were never going to be in the mix for the finish.
1st & Prime Shaun Falzarano, MWCC
2nd Michael Cuppit, NSCC
3rd Matt de Vroet, CCCC
4th Conor Tarlington, Bicisport
This bunch just gets quicker and quicker each week. Nic Martin made a huge break mid way that he timed perfectly to pick up the Prime. At the finish it was the newly promoted NSW C grade points series champion who rode away from the bunch down the straight.
1st Dylan George, MWCC
2nd Marty Hector, MWCC
3rd Mike Collings, Peloton
Prime Nicholas Martin, MWCC
The move of the night came from the man with the beard who stayed out in front for at least 4 laps and picked up the Prime cash for his efforts. With a lap to go Aiden and Zac had 100m on a much diminished bunch but only Aiden could hang on all the way to the line.
1st Aiden Heke, Peloton
2nd Erik Vetisch, NSCC
3rd Zac Dawtrey, MWCC
Prime Chris Leberscher, MWCC
This really is a tough training ground for the newbies and the younger juniors. Old hand John Musich keeps pushing the pace all the way around. Last week’s winner Cathie Drysdale claimed she was suffering from her second place at the Armoury the night before and just didn’t have the legs to ride away this week. The finish was a little chaotic with a lap to go but eventually C grade did the polite thing a got out the way. Just a reminder guys that if one of the lower grade are sprinting and you’re not then it is good form to give them some space.
1st Jason Fryar, NSCC
2nd & Prime Rory Wheatley, MWCC
3rd Paul Kilbane, MWCC
Thanks to Cycle Republica for providing the race support.