Final crit for the 2017 season
Stromlo – 28th March
A grade had the most wind to contend with, and it was a direct headwind when going up the main straight. You would have thought that there would have been somewhere to hide in the bunch, but this was not the case as attacks from the likes of Ben Morrison meant that eventually the elastic broke, leaving an elite selection of Ben, Nick Stewart, Mark Harris, Paul Connor and Marc Vroomans. Ben once again showed why he’s been so dominant this season with a powerful display of sprinting to easily defeat Paul and Nick.
The race director’s instructions for C grade were to make the most of the last race of the season, and in particular for Ian Preston not to sit on the front and then be thrashed by the beefcakes in the last lap. It just happens that Onya Bike team management had provided the same instruction to Ian prior to the race. Acordingly C grade dawdled along with Ian patiently sitting in. Then with a few laps remaining Ian attacked and didn’t look back. Although the bunch picked up the pace in the last lap it wasn’t enough to catch a fast finishing Ian, who recorded his maiden C grade victory, and at last provided something for his most loyal fan to cheer about! John Thorn was the best of the rest followed by Brian Chugg.
Ed: Apologies, there is no report for the remaining grades