Crit’ series comes to Grove

Crit’ series comes to Grove

GEELONG Cycling Club’s Summer Criterium Series culminated on a cool evening in Ocean Grove last Saturday in what became an aggregate decider as several riders across all grades remained in contention.
Good fields are a feature at the fast and flat Marine Parade rectangle in the Ocean Grove Industrial Estate. The strong and growing juniors got under way at 5.30pm with 17 riders, girls and boys over two age groups – under 13 and under 15  – covering up to 20 laps.
Jacob Dynes followed Braden Mauer and leader Lachlan Collins over the line. Lachlan’s best lap was 35.968km/h.
D grade produced a small field of four including three under 17 riders. Siblings Molly and Kane Bridger lost a lap to the fast pair of Sam Aulsebrook and Dom Van Slageren. Dom finished ahead by 1.3 seconds averaging 42.426km/h on lap 26.
In C grade a healthy mixed field of 15 headed off on a fast trip of 35 laps punctuated with attacks as the strong tried their luck off the front. To no avail as less than three seconds covered the first 11 riders. Chris Spinks won by 0.074 seconds from Myles Bagley and Cameron Driscoll another 0.173 seconds back.
Chris covered the final lap, 35 at 43.443km/h.
In B grade, 12 riders put on quite a display over 43 laps. There was lots of attacking, some more judicial than others again with little result as no rider stayed away with eight racers over the line within eight seconds. Kris Hinck won from Sebastian Wild and Lincoln Stolz with Kris covering the final lap at a blistering 49.217km/h.
As expected, the A grade race was the race of the night. Along guest riders from Camperdown and Footscray clubs it was National Road Series stars Oliver Kent-Spark and Nick Squillari who promised to stir up proceedings as the 14 starters prepared for pain.
Flat and fast and almost impossible to escape means furious racing although current State Open Time Trial Champion Squillari did his best to leave the crowd only to be retrieved by focused Jarrod Evans and Kent-Sparkes.
Caught but not out was eventual winner Mark Kelly who recovered at the back of the bunch for a couple of laps before launching his successful attack at the bell. He caught the bunch napping and left it wondering who would lead the chase.Kelly won by the slimmest margin from Gary ‘Hoodoo’ Wearmouth 0.011 seconds back followed by Camperdown’s Jack Bell and Adrian Copeland in his first season.
The race director and his crew are to be congratulated for another varied and exciting Crit season where some 100 individual senior riders have participated.
Women and girls, keep an eye on the GCC website for exciting developments for March.

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