On Saturday the 1st of March a great summer series of racing culminated in the running of the Club Criterium Championship at the Belmont Criterium Track. Fantastic support from all members across all events ensured there was some great racing.
The support race including U19’s kicked things off; all riders willing to share the pace-making duties saw the bunch stay together. There was plenty of encouragement and advice from the spectators watching in the closing stages of the race. In the end it was new member, Richard Hill who crossed the line a clear winner. Richard even had time to raise a triumphant fist in the air for the finish line camera.
A chocker block field of juniors lined up next, all looking resplendent on the start line in their GCC jerseys. A summer of training under the expert tutelage of Macca shone through; all the juniors giving 100%. The U15 race saw one of the closet finishes seen at GCC. Lincoln Clark leading out early and looking to be a clear winner only to be pipped at the line by Lachlan Collins by the slimmest of margins, 0.009sec. Well done to all the juniors on a great summer of racing.
In a first for the Geelong Cycling Club, the GCC women hit the track in a stand-alone race for the title of Criterium Champion. Tina Stenos, Shantelle Maurer, Emma Scott, Lousie Manning, Molly Bridger and Mackeely Brown the pioneers. Cheered on by a strong and vocal crowd down the front straight it was a great moment in the long history of the Geelong Cycling Club. In the end gun local Emma Scott powered away to take a clear victory. The sprint for the minor placings was a close one with Shantelle edging out Tina. Well done ladies.
A large and super strong field, including 3 past winners, lined up for the Championship Race. As riders sized each other up a small but strong trio slipped off the front of the race. No one in the bunch was willing to close the gap and with Adrian Copeland, Gary Wearmouth and Mark Fagg working seamlessly together the gap quickly grew to 30 seconds. The bunches urgency to close the gap went in fits and spurts so the gap hovered around the 30 second mark. Having seen enough, young MTB gun Simon Harrington set off in pursuit. State TT champ Nick Squillari sensed that this was the move, linking up with Simon in an effort to get to the front of the race. With the gap between the leaders and chasing trio closing the pace was too much for Simon who dropped back to the main bunch. Nick finally crossed to the front of the race and a race to the line ensued.
In the end Mark Fagg, in what he described as his “Steve Bradbury moment” was crowned the club champion. Adrain Copeland after a super ride in the break all day was 2nd and Simon Harrington 3rd.
It was a wonderful morning’s racing thanks to the strong support of all the members who competed and stayed to watch the racing.
Support race results