Footscray Cycling Club Graded Scratch Races, Saturday May 9thth 2009.
Smiling Assassin Strikes at She Oaks!
Shaun Gatter, the ‘smiling assassin’, struck at She Oaks in Footscray Cycling Club’s A-Grade scratch race held on Saturday. On this notoriously demanding circuit, with gruelling climb after climb, the last thing you want is a puncture to leave you with a chase just to get back onto your group, but both Shaun Gatter and Steve Pilson suffered this cruel twist of fate. Just to add more drama to the day, club Champion Graham Carlson and Ben O’Leary were also off the back of the peloton. So the four fancied riders were all well and truly behind the eight-ball. Sheer determination saw Gatter and Pilson get back to the flying, powered-by-Hallam peloton, and in the sprint to the line Gatter displayed his trademark fast finish, with Hallam and Pilson powering in just behind.
1st Shaun Gatter, 2nd Tony Hallam, 3rd Steve Pilson, 4th Paul Anders, 5th Ben Johnson.
Look out A-Grade, 16 year old Geelong rider Lachlan Doak will be on your heels soon if his effort in today’s B-Grade race is anything to go by. From the outset, riders knew they would be in for a hard race, as the pack was driven hard by Doak, Corey Florence, Mark Micallef and James McGuire, with riders being dropped on the first and second laps. The race took a new twist when David Lucid and a bunch of riders were well and truly dropped; with the remaining seven thinking they had eradicated half the field, only to have the persistent devils reappear a lap later! Not content with working himself to the limit to catch the leaders, David Lucid then rode off the front and disappeared out of sight. This spurred Doak, Florence and McGuire to do the same, so now there were 4 riders strung out going for the solo win. Led by Drew Macdonald, the remaining troops worked hard to reel in Lucid, Florence and McGuire, but young Lachlan Doak was not to be caught, crossing the line alone and in first place. As the peloton approached the line, it was Micallef who jumped first, wound up his sprint, cramped and limped across the line ahead of McGuire and McQuade.
1st Lachlan Doak, 2nd Mark Micallef, 3rd James McGuire, 4th Peter McQuade, 5th Drew Macdonald
In C-Grade, riders who were expected to race well found themselves dropped, with Chris Pescott and Darren Ward hurting the bunch with repeated efforts. These two then attacked and gained quite a lead over the peloton, but the two Johns, Lucas and Doyle, decided they would chase them down, which they did, only to have Pescott and Ward attack once more and drive the final nail into the chaser’s coffin. The finish line saw Pescott and Ward come through with a considerable gap to Boyle and Lucas, who had a considerable gap to the rest of the peloton.
1st Chris Pescott, 2nd Darren Ward, 3rd John Boyle, 4th John Lucas.
In D-Grade newcomer Aaron Matthews had his maiden win in his very first road race, having only just joined the club. Matthews and Charlotte Priest dominated the race, with both riding off the front of the group and contesting the sprint.
1st Aaron Matthews, 2nd Charlotte Priest, 3rd Jose Rojas.
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