Can’t, Stop, Racing!

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Michael Devitt

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Again there was a massive amount of road and mountain bike action this weekend. AUCC had riders in the Tour of the Riverland in Berri, Tour of the South West in Warrnambool (VIC) and on the dirt in the BikeSA Dirty Weekend at Fox Creek.

The double weekend of racing at Berri in South Australia’s Northern Riverland, was in its 44th running by Norwood Cycling Club and is one of the most prestigious races of on the local calendar. The race, which consisted of The Barry Skinner Classic, a handicapped scratch race on the Saturday, and graded scratch race on the Sunday, and was contested by a strong field of AUCC riders from A-D Grades. In the Saturday’s racing Jazz Martin was our best placed rider (and very narrowly missing out on first woman), Lachie McRae came in on the tail of the Scratch bunch, who narrowly missed out on catching the first group across the line by just 40sec over 2 hours of racing. This was also partially due to a large crash in the chasing bunch, which took out Angus Dickson (left with chainring tooth-marks in his shoulder, pictured in the Facebook album), everyone else made it home safely. On the Sunday’s graded road race Paddy Sharrad made the finish in a tough A-Grade but Angus wasn’t able to take to the start after the prior day’s crash. Lachlan McRae and Sam Young finished second and third from the breakaway in B-Grade, beating the Gravier Cycle Collective fronted pack lead by Matt Bird. In C-Grade Jo Easson got up for second female with Andrew Edwards also hanging in the bunch to make the finish and in D-Grade Edward Chung finished very strongly in sixth. We’d like to thank everyone at the Norwood Cycling Club and all the volunteers and sponsors who make the event possible, it’s a real asset to the local racing calendar.

The full results sheet is here:

BikeSA’s annual Dirty Weekend at Fox Creek in the Adelaide Hills Max Hardy (and teammie Lana Adams) were one of the fastest mixed pairing for the full 24 hours, and Caz Whitehead completed the event on her own!! But sadly, Isaac Rosenzwieg ripped his derailleur off at the start of the 6 hour race, if anyone has a 10spd Shimano rear derailleur, please get in touch.

Full results can be found here:

In the Tour of the South West, a Victorian Road Series teams event, Sophie Edwards and Maeve Plouffe were racing for SASI. Maeve and Sophie both scored seconds in the intermediate sprints on first road stage with Maeve coming away with a top 10 at the finish. Maeve then went on to dominate the time trial that afternoon and propelling her into the race lead, with Sophie a strong fourth in a tight tussle for the podium spots for the stage. In the criterium the following day, Sophie and Maeve again finished inside the top 10, with Maeve clinching overall General Classification victory and Sophie getting up to fourth overall. It’s easy to see why the pair were awarded scholarships by Adelaide University Sport.

The full results sheet here:

The cover image was taken by Grant Schwartzkopff.