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NSCC shakes up the Southern Hemisphere Cup at Eastern Creek


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By veloneil - Posted on 17 September 2014

Fog and a star studded Masters field where always going to make last Sunday’s Southern Hemisphere Cup grade races an interesting affair.

NSCC riders Daniel Daly, Andy Logan, Simon Davies, Ran Virdi, Harrison Morgan, Andrew Stevenson, Barry Kenyon, and Matt Johnson lined up in A-grade, and Craig Stevens started as a lone wolf in B-grade.

A-grade

The NSCC boys worked as a team with each rider spending time on the front.

Early laps were punctuated with surges and lulls until a group of 12 slipped into the haze never to be seen again – literally. Ran Virdi just missed the break and the guys tried hard to bring it back. When you have a strong unit working in harmony the break was bound to stick.
By race end, only six escapers survived but among them were an ex-pro, an ex-Commonwealth Games representative and this year’s runner up in the NSW Open road titles a fortnight ago – it was certainly a gun field.

The large contingent of NSCC riders were a credit to the club both in the way raced and the way we conducted ourselves off the bike. Well done boys.

B-grade

The B-Grade race was very policed as LACC and WMCC controlled the attacks and sat at the front of the race. Peloton Club tried a couple of times to get away all to no avail. With the last lap board coming out after 70 minutes of racing there were some very nervous moments with everyone bunching up to the inside of the main straight for the sprint finish. Craig Stevens made the jump from the pack and just went for it!

Craig says that the finish line seemed to take an eternity to get to but he concentrated on his cadence. Craig crossed the line finishing a well earned first place.

All the NSCC guys stayed around for the Craig's presentation and it was such a proud moment representing NSCC!

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