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Beauie Worlds 15 October Race Report


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By Arch - Posted on 15 October 2017

The cloudy skies and damp track didn't deter the large field that turned up for Beauie on a mild spring morning. The threat of rain was just that, until the latter part of the racing and it cooled us down nicely after some hard fast racing.

In A grade a quality field rolled out and gassed it from the gun - all the boys were burning as the pace out of each corner was electric and the hurt was on very early. There were plenty of moves but the bunch was shutting down everything as the experienced riders knew that guns like Dimitrovski, Cupitt, Potter, Newman etc were capable of getting away and staying away.

Jack (the Face) Renshaw was also prepared to have a dig and at one stage jumped away from the field showing that he fears nothing except a chain needing oil (it's OK Jack we know you service your bike now). However it was Mick Cupitt who deserved the most aggressive rider award and went away with Dan Newman but was reeled in by a well-organised bunch. Later in the race Micko went off again and managed to gap the field as they came through B grade and it looked like this solo break was going to stick. But again the bunch worked together and some of the more "mature" riders like Matt Garnon and Ran (Gland) Virdi were sticking to their task well or marshalling the peloton.

With 2 laps to go Micko went yet again and on the last lap was joined by the eventual winner James Nicol. After all the attacking he had done, it wasn't that surprising that James got over the top of him on the final half lap and the two rolled through ahead of a bunch kick won by Michael Potter.

In B grade a large field was very active and the first couple of laps wiped away smirks and smiles pretty quickly so all riders knew this wasn't going to be a gentle roll and a sprint finish. Early on, a 3 man break was initiated by Gary Wilson who was pinning a number on for the first time in ages. Gaz was showing everyone that there's more to life than Zwift and the 3 man break had a handy lead. After a while Gaz dropped out of the break and muttering something about rebooting his Zwift app.

Back in the bunch Gaz was still active and the chasing peloton tried to get organised and mow down the two-man break. Adam Kimberly and Marten Halsboer from MVCC were working well together but the pain was showing on their face and it looked like only a matter of time before they were caught. A chasing bunch was starting to reel them in and the NSCC riders were doing a power of work, but with one and a half laps left, A grade came through and then it got really messy. Some riders sat up to give A grade space while a couple of others gassed it and jumped on and rode through A grade on the final half lap to turn the race into a sprint finish. Despite concerns about gaining advantage from joining a higher grade (which is a no-no) in the end the riders on the podium were the strongest and earned their podium places. Credit to Adam K and Marten H who held on for first and second after being in the break most of the race.

In C grade it was great to see El Press George Mouyahet pin on a number at the age of.......its a secret. Despite being up at Beauie very early to set up (as he does nearly every week) George found the legs to do his club proud and ride a good race. In the end youth won out and the three NSCC podium placegetters Chris, Lachie and Lucy were collectively younger than George (sorry George).

So all up a great day and a good warmup for the club's signature event - The Robert Hodgson Memorial Race - on November 19

Winners were:

A Grade
1st James Nicol Manning Valley CC
2nd Mick Cupitt NSCC
3rd Michael Potter NSCC

B Grade
1st Adam Kimberley CCCC
2nd Marten Halsboer MVCC
3rd Saul Cunningham MVCC

C Grade
1st Chris Hinds NSCC
2nd Lachie Sky NSCC
3rd Lucy Mackie NSCC

Thanks to Commissaire Craig Stevens and traffic controllers Neil Whiting, Pete Beaumont, Cam Osborne and John (Snapon) Sinclair - all went very smoothly under the watchful eye of Bob Santone our Beauie controller. These races don't function without these dedicated volunteers.

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