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Sign on closes 15min before race start time for each grade, Riders must attend race briefing before the start of their respective grades. A & B grades race for 30mins + 2 laps. C & D grades race for 25 mins + 2 laps.

Kolodong races sign on by 7.40am for 8am start – Juniors will run if numbers permit.

Wednesday 20th @ Crit Track

Date: December 20, 2017

Location: Crit Track

5.45pm – Juniors

6.20pm – B & D Grade

7pm – A & C Grade

Wednesday 10th @ Crit Track

Date: January 10, 2018

Location: Crit Track

5.45pm – Juniors

6.20pm – A & C Grade

7pm – B & D Grade

Wednesday 17th @ Crit Track

Date: January 17, 2018

Location: Crit Track

5.45pm – Juniors

6.20pm – B & D Grade

7pm – A & C Grade

Wednesday 24th @ Crit Track

Date: January 24, 2018

Location: Crit Track

5.45pm – Juniors

6.20pm – A & C Grade

7pm – B & D Grade

Sunday 28th @ Kolodong

Date: January 28, 2018

Location: Kolodong

8am starte graded crit 45 min + 2 laps

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Week two of the summer criterium series kicked off on Wednesday night with an excellent turnout across all grades.

The juniors were the first group of riders to get underway. The handicapper had the riders leaving in waves based on their times from last week. Hayden Linehan and Cooper Ninham competed in the three lap event, with both riders maintaining a consistent pace over race to finish first and second respectively. In the five lap event there was only a single second separating first place, Jacob Steep from second place Amiah de Wright. Ethan Fitzhardinge finished in third place, with Isaac McKay less than half a minute behind in fourth.

A grade saw the return of Rhett Pattison and Daniel Crossingham who had been away supporting Troy Crocker at the Kona Ironman in Hawaii. The ranks were also bolstered by Will Pender from Laurieton and local triathlete Craig Outrim. The race averaged over 40kmph with several riders trying to breakaway. The peloton, however, was in no mood to allow a breakaway to succeed and with two laps remaining everyone was back together and a bunch sprint was on the cards. Daniel Crossingham rounded the final corner in second wheel and was only overhauled in the final dash for the line by Lloyd Ninham. It finished Lloyd first, Daniel second and Will Pender third.

B grade had eight riders signed-on for 25 minutes plus two laps of racing. As soon as the starter’s gun was fired Marcus Worth launched a series of blistering attacks, he didn’t seem overly concerned about the injuries he was sporting from a mountain bike crash the day before. The early attacks put a few riders in trouble and by mid-way through the race a couple of competitors lost contact with the peloton. Marcus attacked again on the final lap and managed to establish a gap over the remaining riders, which he was able to hold all the way to the line for a well earnt win. Jason Parker came second, which backs up his win from last week and is confirmation of his early season form. Tony Kiehne is another rider who has shown consistent form and he was rewarded for his efforts with third place in a strong B grade field.

C grade had the largest bunch of the night with 15 riders competing. The large numbers meant a solid speed was maintained throughout the race. On the final lap Wade Bichon launched a long range bid for victory with half a lap remaining. His aggressive attack caught everyone by surprise and he was able to sustain his advantage through to the finish line. It was an impressive victory that will undoubtedly catch the eye of the handicapper. Bruce Stewart rode another impressive race to finish second, and Todd Atkinson rounded out the podium places.

D grade combines a good mix of up-and-coming young riders and veteran racers. Over the course of twenty minutes plus two laps the young guns tried but could not shake their older counterparts. Isaiah de Wright had a typically aggressive race, and Alex Cross is following the family tradition and become a talented racer in her own right. The veteran’s took the win with Phil Mitchell first across the line, but hot on his heels was Alex Cross and Isaiah de Wright.

The 2017 Manning Valley Cycle Club annual general meeting was held last Tuesday night. Michael Cross and Michael de Wright have been returned as President and Vice President, respectively. Peter McKay was elected secretary and Scott Crawford elected treasurer. Ian Budden will continue as club handicapper with the support of Nigel Ferguson as assistant handicapper. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who held positions within the club over the past 12 months, without your tireless efforts there would be no racing and no club! I would like to make particular mention of Darren Harvey who has put in countless hours as club secretary over the past four years ……thanks Duck you’re a legend!

The Wiseberry Spring Criterium Weekend (28-29th October) is fast approaching. The event is sure to see a fantastic weekend of racing across all grades. Get your entry forms in and be part of our signature summer race!

Gavin Jackson
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Great write up Gavin. Can’t wait for next week.

Excellent report Gavin Jackson.

Emma Linehan

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