Carrington Circuit GRR

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On a very warm summer evening tonight’s Graded Road Race attracted 42 riders over the Carrington Circuit. This circuit is ideally suited to powerful riders who can muscle their way over the Carrington Climb then apply the pressure on their competitors through the fast flowing downhill section followed by Haringa Road. Not many cyclists like racing Haringa Road as it is false flat, and a road that always seems to sap the energy. It is sealed with rough chip and inevitably you find yourself struggling into a head or cross-cutter head wind from the start to finish of it. The overall circuit is 12 kms in length. Tonight A, B and C Grade raced over 3 1/2 laps. D and E Grade raced over 2 1/2 laps and the short course raced over 1 1/2 laps. The combination of the tough circuit, warm and breezy weather conditions and sheer intensity of the racing led to a number of riders sliding out the back of their race bunch.

In A-Grade the pace was high right from the start. On the final lap a couple of riders attempted to escape off the front, but Mark Langlands waited patiently and timed his final effort to perfection to cross the line in first place once again.

B-Grade takes out the prize (probably chocolate fish!) for the number of punctures -3 between them, two for the Tandem ridden by Derek Cox and Peter Jones – one just prior to the start, and the second on their first lap (definitely chocolate fish territory). The third puncture, again early in the race was experienced by Phil Sutherland. The winner of B-Grade is Devan Simmonds, who also bided his time and measured that effort up the final climb to create a gap from his nearest rival.

Some of the C-Grade riders where finding the going hot and tough right from the first climb, and were having to use downhill skills to re-connect with their bunch after the climb. In this Grade Gareth Price attacked between Haringa Road and the Carrington climb. He got away with it …. just as the gap was being closed very rapidly by Belinda Fuller. If the checkered flag had been 10 metres further up the road, it would have been a different story!

D-Grade was also strongly contested and was another of the grades where the race split to pieces on the first climb. In this Grade John Allen proved to be the strongest rider, followed by Earle Whitcombe and Julie Millar close on his heals.

The battle of the final climb in E-Grade took place between Kirsten Goodin, Greg Baillie, David Hodder and Stephen Yeats, with a handful of seconds between all of them, Kirsten was the victor on this occasion.

On the short course special mention has to go the Caleb and Finn Roberts who both took off from the start and raced away from their bunch leading to a significant time gap from the rest of their grade. Congratulations to Caleb who showed a clean pair of heals to his brother, in an impressive sprint up the climb at the end of his race. Jaimee Blackburn made the final climb a lot harder than it needed to be, as she only realised once she had finished she was still in the big chainring – Oops – (that probably earns a chocolate fish too!)

Thanks to Dave Hodder for the after match refuelling opportunity and as always to the race management team who look after us each time we race.

Next Week is the 3rd of our Club Championship’s – the Road Race which will be contested over the Millers Road Circuit – note it is beginning at Parkvale Hall and finishes in Tiffin Road! Let’s see if we can have a good turnout of as many of you as possible to make the one interesting – remember that it is races within races – as you will be contesting your age group championship not just for the overall open championships.

Full results from tonight are:

A – Grade
Shute orderNoRiderStart timeFinish timeRide TimePlace
1990Mark Langlands0:01:001:08:421:07:421
20147Johnny Burkhart0:01:001:08:451:07:452
21119Jeff Saywell0:01:001:08:471:07:473
2213Ben Knight0:01:001:08:561:07:564
2370Simon Pumfrey0:01:001:09:031:08:035
2446Derek Roberts0:01:001:09:041:08:046
2918Dave Drummond0:01:001:14:261:13:267
B- Grade
Shute orderNoRiderStart timeFinish timeRide TimePlace
3036Devan Simmonds0:02:001:14:301:12:301
3173Erik D’arbois0:02:001:14:511:12:512
32117Simon Butler0:02:001:18:511:16:513
38155Andrew Osmond0:02:001:20:291:18:294
3992Phil Sutherland0:02:00DNF
4061Darren Southon0:02:00DNF
41116Derek Cox/Peter Jones0:02:00DNF
C-Grade
Shute orderNoRiderStart timeFinish timeRide TimePlace
3341Gareth Price0:03:001:19:121:16:121
3410Belinda Fuller0:03:001:19:131:16:132
3577Terry Blackburn0:03:001:19:411:16:413
3696Andrew Linton0:03:001:19:561:16:564
374Deane Southey0:03:001:20:141:17:145
D-Grade
Shute orderNoRiderStart timeFinish timeRide TimePlace
760John Allen0:04:001:01:210:57:211
850Earle Whitcombe0:04:001:01:540:57:542
916Julie Millar0:04:001:02:020:58:023
102Andi Bond0:04:001:04:371:00:374
1333Steve Hannam0:04:001:04:531:00:535
1622Mike Parker0:04:001:05:231:01:236
E-Grade
Shute orderNoRiderStart timeFinish timeRide TimePlace
1134Kirsten Goodin0:05:001:04:430:59:431
1232Greg Baillie0:05:001:04:480:59:482
1451David Hodder0:05:001:04:540:59:543
15Stephen Yeats0:05:001:04:570:59:574
1721Aniil Raman0:05:001:06:501:01:505
1819Duncan Ellis0:05:001:07:031:02:036
2549Graeme Twist0:05:001:10:181:05:187
2631Jenny Devenport0:05:001:11:311:06:318
273Mark Jerling0:05:001:12:231:07:239
2857Karen Blade0:05:001:13:061:08:0610
78Sydney Blackburn0:05:00DNF
Short Course
Shute orderNoRiderStart timeFinish timeRide TimePlace
148Caleb Roberts0:06:000:44:070:38:071
240Finn Roberts0:06:000:44:180:38:182
4156Jaimee Blackburn0:06:000:52:450:46:453
571Bruce McCallum0:06:000:53:100:47:104
6157Kate Port0:06:000:53:320:47:325
65Annabelle Smith0:06:00DNF

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