Thanks to Toni McCallum for the photo
Race Report – 17 January 2023 ACM WIZwireless Criterium Champs
It was a perfect evening for the club Criterium Champs. Held at the Masterton Motorplex which provided for a 1.3km flat & fast circuit with a couple of tight corners to introduce an element of bike handling into the proceedings
A total of 28 riders fronted up for the racing. C, D, E and womens grades kicked off the first race. The format was 20 minutes plus 2 laps. A bell was rung at the start of each points lap and riders sprinted for the line to receive points for places. On the first lap Steve Brown and Bill Van Woerkom put the hammer down on the straight. This strung the group out and as they rounded the turn onto the start/finish straight and speeds went up the group broke into groupetto’s and single riders. The leading group of 7 riders held together for the remainder of the race with hotly contested sprints on each points lap
The A & B grade raced 30 minutes plus 2 laps. Dominic Green made an early break hoping to get the drop on his co racers. However, after the 1st lap he was overhauled by a flying Tom McCallum who overtook him and never looked back. It quickly became a one horse race with the main group chasing Tom but never in danger of catching him.
Congratulations to the points winners and well done to all the riders who turned up and raced.
A & B Grade
1st Tom McCallum 40 points
2nd Caleb Roberts 22
3rd Jackson Fellows 18
C, D & E Grade
1st Bill Van Woerkom 23 points
2nd Ricky Blade 19
3rd Andy Curtis-Cody 10
1st Belinda Fuller 30 points
2nd Donna Burkhart 15
3rd Scarlett McCallum 15
Full results on the ACM web site. Thanks to the organisers and to Di Dowding for the BBQ. And a special thanks goes to Masterton Motorplex for generously allowing us the use their facilities.
Next race Tues 24 Jan is the club ITT champs on the Whangaehou road circuit