The weather gods decided to give us a break for the final race with a warm night to race and a bit of breeze to make it interesting.The thought was that the Corsa team (leading team and yellow jersey) would be happy to cover any moves from BE’s Davies to protect the jersey and well that sure did not happen.
Right from the gun they were on the attack with Nashie going first stirring things up and then McLoughlin got into the action. Each time we had a rider with them so the boys were playing their part and it was not long before 6 riders went clear before the first preme with Dave Cullen being in this group.Dave scored a 2nd in both premes to help his overall position in the sprint points and with Davies back in the peleton scoring no points, Dave may have even taken the jersey by one point! Will be interesting to see when the points are updated!
Anyway the 6 riders in the break did a great job to work well together and hold off the peleton as the BE boys tryed way too late to pull them back in. Dave did a great job to place 3rd at the finish to cap off a great season for him and if he was not enjoying himself over xmas on the Yorke Peninsula with his family living the life, who knows what he could have done!
Dave Millward, Kym Clark and BB did a good job back in the bunch riding strong and made sure they were there at the finish.The team will finished 3rd for the season and Dave Cullen took out the sprint Jersey, great effort from a man who claims not to know how to sprint ! A great result for a season that was a bit disjointed at times.
I would to thank Dave Cullen, Dave Millward, Shane Gill, Kym Clark and Greg Chivers for their efforts this season and their approach to the demands of team racing at this level.
Also thanks to our main sponsors Euride and Mercedes- Benz Adelaide plus Clipsal, Huon Salmon, Ozone Cleaning and Edwina Reid Neurophysiotherepy for their help.
Monday night saw the penultimate round for us old fellows and looking at the forecast for next Wednesday, will be the last.The evening brought a very hot starting temp around the 38-39 mark and everyone was looking weary even before the start. Our main goal was to be in any move but also be ready for a late attack as the field would be suffering towards the latter part due to the heat.
The first 10 minutes saw the usual strong men try their hand and every time Dave C, Dave M or BB were there covering the moves but all was together for the first preme.Dave C gained some more points with 4th and the bunch was strung out some going into the back straight so BB made a move up the right to test the waters and going into the finish straight realised that he was on his own.Its all or nothing when a gap opens up so quick and that is just what happened. The Corsa and BE boys were watching each other and BB was forging away thinking to himself…what the bloody hell am I doing?
For a number of laps the gap grew and Kym C was giving time gaps from the sidelines and then informed BB that 2 riders were coming across just before the 2nd preme. Ellerway and Bastiras, both from the second BE team made contact providing some relief for BB and this allowed the gap to widen further. For the 2nd preme BB rolled through in 1st and Dave C managed another 4th back in the bunch for some more points. It even looked like we would make contact with the bunch at one point but they managed to increase their pace to stay clear.Coming into the final 2 laps BB was keeping a close watch for a one-two from the team mates but Bastiras was happy to stay on the front leading into the finish straight and then it was a kick for the line with BB getting the jump on Ellerway and holding on for the win!
Dave C and Dave M finished in the bunch just outside the top 10.As said earlier this could be the last race for the series and if so will see the team finish in 3rd overall, BB move up to 4th in the individual and Dave C move to 3rd in the sprint premes.
Lets see what the weather gods bring!
The boys did a great job this round with Dave C riding strong at the right times claiming both preme sprints(who said this whippet could not sprint), well the first one was in a small break and the 2nd one saw Dave just ride off the front, as he does.
Kym C was having his first race this season and was doing well during the race following some moves and I hear did a big leadout on the last lap for the bunch sprint.
Shane and BB were always looking at the right move to be in and it happened after the 2nd preme when BB got in the winning move with Watters and Nashie. The 3 riders put the hammer down for a couple of laps and the gap grew to half a lap and then it was a game of saving enough for the finish. In the run for the line, BB let Watters lead into the straight thinking he could come around before the line but had to be happy with 2nd as Watters was too strong.
Meanwhile Shane was putting his sprint to the test coming home in 7th for some more good points for the team.
We are sitting in 3rd overall after 3 rounds and with a small break before the next race, will come out with guns a blazing on the 25th!
By Baden Brosnan