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Clash of the Titans - Report

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By El Presidente - Posted on 27 February 2011

Undeniably the race of the year at Beauie Worlds this morning. Billed as the Clash of the Titans it was incredible to see all of northern sydneys “racing” clubs represented in strong numbers.

Central Coast sent nearly 20 riders down across all grades landing at least 1 rider on every podium. Manly Warringah also rounded up the troops sending up a 15+ strong squadra of riders focussed on upsetting the championship.

Beauie Sign On

Clash of the Titans

Two riders – two different approaches to the race. Sally perhaps still recruiting riders for the day spent Saturday driving the Colluzzi bunch through Waterfall in Sydneys south, then onto the National Park loop racking up approx 5 hours in the saddle.

Maddog however, took the taper approach and joined the El Presidente bunch for a more
social 2hour tap.

So which was best?

It was no contest as to who put in the ride of the day. For a rider who has raced very rarely on the National scene, Sally displayed intelligence and skills beyond expectation.

Almost before the gun, Bike Bugs Andrew Crawley put 50m into the 33 strong A Grade bunch immediately joined by El Presidente Sam Moorhouse – using the opportunity to look for some form and get a solid training session under the belt.

The pair stayed away for nearly 10 laps before they were joined by Bike Bugs Caleb Jones and not long after, Sally Williams. While often regarded as a standard move, it was incredible the speed at which Sally bridged the 150m gap. I remember looking across as the bunch approached the top corner as Andy, Caleb and I were exiting and then looking to see Sally roll past by the bus depot and proceed to put the hammer down in our 4 man break.

The bunch recognised the danger and immediately shut us down. A few attacks tried to get away but Bike Bugs Alex Malone finally succeeded and caught the bunch napping. He spent over a lap off the front with Chris Baudry and Baz Kenyon taking chase. With 3 laps to go, Baz and Chris worked hard but struggled to make contact until Sam and Brock Roberts pulled turns to bring Alex back to the bunch.

Into the start finish for the last time, Sally attacked full noise leaving the bunch in pieces and only a select bunch of 7 or 8 taking chase. Sally stayed away the entire last lap only being caught 200m from the finish with Caleb Jones winning the 5 man sprint from Central Coasts Mick Curran in 2nd and Central Coasts Nick Yallouris taking 3rd. Sally held on for 4th with Maddog choosing Phil Grenfells wheel for the finish and rolling in for 6th place.

A Grade Results
1st Caleb Jones MWCC
2nd Mick Curren CCCC
3rd Nick Yallouris CCCC

Maddog Gel Legs
And you thought Maddogs gel legs were a myth!

A Grade Finish
A small bunch was all that remained for the finish in A

B Grade

B grade was stacked with talent to the point of race commissaire Trent Gunthorpe having to split the division randomly into two giving riders twice the opportunity for the win.

All the pre race hype even saw riders come out of retirement to compete in the prestigious event. Tim Duncan threw a leg over his new rig to come out and have a crack at the win after a solid 12 months off the rails – I mean bike.......12 months off the bike.

Tim Duncan
Tim Duncan back on the bike

The father sun combo of Choc and Dan Moit capitalised on the split division going 1-2 respectively in B1.

B Grade 1
Michael Moit NSCC
Daniel Moit NSCC
Chris Murphy CCCC

Dave Hatley put in some repeated attacks using the race as a final big hit out before next weekends 230km Three Peaks Challenge in Bright Victoria. Coming off the back of a 5hr effort yesterday shows Dave is in fine form for a great ride if everything goes to plan.

Junior Harrison Bailey spent a large amount of time working on the front to keep the race in his sights but finally ran out of steam toward the finish with the bunch eventually splitting and Harrison taking home a solid training session rather than another podium.

B Grade 2
1st T McDonald CCCC
2nd Chris James CCCC
3rd Matt Johnson NSCC

C Grade

C grade had one of the largest fields we have seen in months with nearly 30 riders lining up for a hit out. The numbers encouraged some seriously competitive racing with plenty of attacks and riders throughout the grade working hard to stay in contention. Andy Logan suffered and early puncture but later rejoined – finding the pace had lifted again while his spirits had taken a knock. Michael Potters consistent podiums continue with another stellar performance to ride into 2nd behind Central Coasts Troy Patterson.

A special mention goes out to NSCC’s Bob Santone who has been riding bikes for 10 months and is now starting to pull podiums in the crit format. There’s big things to come from Bob I think.

C Grade
Troy Patterson CCCC
Michael Potter NSCC
Rob Santone NSCC

A big thanks to all the helpers who came out today. Neil Matthews, Kim Austen, Phil Scheidegger, Trent Gunthorpe who all had their hands full controlling quite a lot of traffic together with a large spectator crowd. You did an incredible job making today a great success.

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