Summer Criterium Series Points Score
After the 10 rounds of the Summer Criterium Series Paul Nyko has taken out the overall. Consistent throughout the series, including 4 wins in A grade, there couldn’t be a more deserving winner. Paul used his fast finish to great effect dominating the series. Well Done Paul!
Despite a jump to A grade during the summer Erik Holt came home in second. His continual improvement shows no signs of stopping. 3rd place going to first year rider Scott Simon. He used his fast finish to consistently finish races in the front few positions. Simon Diderrich and Col Smith finishing just a few points outside the top 3.
Presentations to the top 10 riders will be made after the Criterium Championship race this Saturday.
Geelong Cycling Club Criterium Championships this Saturday at Belmont
Will Tom Bastian be able to defend the title he won last year? Or will Paul Nyko’s winning ways continue in the Championship Race?
Racing kicks off at 9am with the C grade support race, followed by the Juniors at 9.35am and with the Championship Race at 10am. The race will be 50 minutes, plus 3 laps of the challenging Belmont circuit.
There will be no B grade race. All B grade riders are asked to take up the challenge of racing in the main race. 3 race licence holders are able to compete in C grade event but not the Championship race.
Geelong Cycling Club Round 10 Summer Criterium Series
Hot conditions for the last round of the summer at the popular Ocean Grove circuit. Numbers were good across all grades including a number of keen junior riders who weren’t put off by the high temperatures. There was plenty to ride for being the last round of the summer series races with a number of riders pushing for a top 10 finish.
A Grade – 1st Gary Wearmouth, 2nd Oliver Kent-Spark, 3rd Steven Young (race avg 40.3 kph) Fastest Oliver 42.7min 49.7 kph
B Grade – 1stTony Luppino, 2nd Scott Simon, 3rd Tony Ross (race avg 37.2 kph) Fastest Tony Luppino 45.54min 46.6 kph
C Grade – 1st Tom Ovens, 2nd Glyn Thomason, 3rd Geoff Maurer (race avg 35.9 kph) Fastest 45.05min 47.2kph
Well done to all the Juniors who enjoyed the circuit at Ocean Grove. Ryan Burt, Matt Mills & Rylan Bird stepping up and racing with in C grade.
Full results here.
As we move toward the last two rounds of the summer criterium series I thought it a good time to quickly reflect on the racing so far. We have tried to mix things up this summer season, reducing the number of races, having a summer road handicap, adding a new circuit in Ocean Grove and a series point’s championship. This has proved a hotly contested competition with a log jam of riders trying to break into the top 10 with one round to go.
We have seen the number of juniors racing each week continue to increase which is a great result as they are the future. With the number of U17 men in the club we are almost at the point where they can have a race of their own, a great result for the club and them!
The club has also introduced the MyLaps timing system. This has given us access to instant and accurate results for every competitor. All club race results are now on a data base that can be accesses from the club web site. The club will be putting out some more information in the coming weeks about how we manage the system and transponder use in the future.
At the completion of the summer races we will be putting a member survey out to try and capture people’s thoughts on the summer racing, areas for improvement, possible changes etc. We welcome comments and feedback from riders as the road committee will use this information to help shape our next summer season.
Whilst summer racing has been going on the road committee has been working away at producing the winter calendar amongst other policies. Although there are a couple of courses that have to get final approval for, it will be pretty close to the final product. We will keep all riders informed when every race has been 100% confirmed, including race times, distances etc. Watch this space.
Once again there have been a few changes to the calendar from previous years. We have added couple of new courses (St Leonards, Parkers Road Sutherlands Creek and Staugthan Vale) and included some Sunday morning races for those who have work or family commitments on a Saturday. We have avoided clashes with Cats games where possible also. The club tour continues this year with a Kermesse (Eastern Gardens), Prologue (2 laps of Crit track) on Saturday and a Sunday road race. This will include a sealed handicap to give every rider an opportunity to go home a winner. The Colac, Ballarat and Geelong challenges races are on again and also the Geelong – Footscray Cup race. We hope you like what you see in the calendar and it gives every rider a reason to get out there and have a go.
In closing I would like welcome new club handicapper Paul Collins to the fold. It is a tuff and largely thankless task. If his first handicapping effort in the New Years handicap is anything to go by he will do an outstanding job. Thanks also for the work done by the road committee, Grant Blake, Colin Smith, Jono Meadows, Tony Ross, Craig McCartney and Rudy Schmidt. Rudy’s commitment to this job over the last few years has been extraordinary, it’s a massive task that he has single handedly done. If any members have questions or concerns please touch base with one of the road committee members.
Junior racing will be conducted under the experienced guidance of club coach and ex-Sun Tour rider Craig McCartney this Sunday (Dec 18) at Eastern Gardens.
Racing will include:
Start time: 8.30am
Duration: Approx 20 minutes
Location: Eastern Gardens - Hearne Pde
Course: Click here for a map.
Registration will be open from 8.00am.
Round 5 of the Summer Criterium Series will be held at Eastern Gardens this Sunday. Make sure you can get to this race either as a competitor of spectator as it's another spectular circuit with a full road closure along the waterfront.
Racing will commence 9am SUNDAY DECEMBER 18 - Eastern Gardens.
Location: Eastern Gardens - Heame Pd – Eastern Gardems.
Course: Map can be found here.
Race start times: 9.00am B & D grade (50mins + 3 laps, 30min), 10.00am A & C grade (60min + 3 laps, 40min + 3 laps)
Registration: from 8.00am.
Note: All members are asked to bring race licence to help with race entry, we are trialling a new registration system to make the registration process as pain free for everyone.