Winch Wind Up – Race Report

Racing returned to Winchelsea for the first time since 2014 with competitors and spectators turning out in numbers to make the most of a sunny Good Friday. We had an impressive 43 competitors roll out making for some exciting racing across all grades.

C grade saw a good field line up boosted by several riders promoted from D grade. Nick Lanham made the early attacks utilising the hill on the back straight in an attempt to split the field. He was soon reeled after the bunch worked together to shutdown his move. For the bulk of the race most riders pulled steady turns with only 2 or 3 dropped in the final kilometres.

The race came down to a bunch kick and Nick Lanham opened the sprint far too early getting swamped by the pack and left in the dust with a good few hundred metres to go. This left a group of 6 riders duelling for victory with Karl Starling taking a close win from Daniel Cavell and a notable 3rd to Eugen Czulij up from D grade.

C Grade
1 – Karl Starling
2 – Daniel Cavell
3 – Eugen Czulij

The B grade race was one of tactics and wit. Riders spent the early part sussing each other out and trying not to give too much away. Xavier Coppock controlled much of the race and put in a couple small surges that kept the bunch on their toes. Matt Ough went off the front solo midway through the race and stayed away for the most part of 2 laps, eventually being held up in the stiff breeze down the back straight. Ten kilometres later, Xavier and Matt formed a breakaway that saw them work together and get away for the remainder of the race. With 1 lap to go, Xavier pulled away for a comfortable victory, Matt Ough crossing the line a minute later, 4 minutes ahead of the rest of the field.

B Grade
1 – Xavier Coppock
2 – Matt Ough
3 – Michael Hazeldine

It didn’t take long for the A grade field to get settled into a solid pace. The group clocking speeds of close to 60kmph up the finishing straight. A number of riders tested the water early with attacks off the front but were quickly shutdown. The early stages of the race showed that the damage was going to be done using the crosswind coming past the cemetery on the top part of the course. Steven Richards was the first to strike showing the rest of the field that this was not going to be an easy race. Club Crit Champ Cam Tomlinson also set the early pace. It was a carefully orchestrated attack from Trent Clifford, Steven Richards and visiting Ballarat Member, Daniel Bucknall halfway through the race that did the real damage. Using the final pinch in the back straight and the crosswind of the top section of the course, the trio set a blistering pace that split the group and left a number of riders watching the bunch disappear around the bend. A fast pace up the finishing straight and riders playing cat and mouse into the wind on the back straight made for an entertaining spectacle. In the end, Daniel Bucknall’s skill and power saw him take a convincing win.

A Grade
1 – Daniel Bucknall
2 – Lee Burchell
3 – Trent Clifford

Other Results
D Grade
1 – Jude Jessen
2 – Alaya Humber
3 – Iesha Humber
E Grade
1 – Jane Starling
2 – Danielle Bond


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