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Battle of the Bridge Round 2 - Race Preview

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By Logan - Posted on 15 July 2017

After the first round at Heffron Park with Manly claiming all the spoils* (SuVelo were the real winners) we move North of the Bridge to Beauemont Road for the NSCC Round of Battle of the Bridge. Beauie is a tough little circuit and if you can’t go around a corner, you can find yourself dropped off the back off the group and having to drop a Griepelesque 1500w effort to get back on. Just ask Chris Miller.

Looking at the initial start lists, it seems that both Central Coast and Eastern Suburbs have forgotten that you actually need to turn up to these events to score some points. Clearly Mooney Mooney and the Harbour Bridge are a bridge to far for them to come.

We are providing free coffee to all spectators and riders on Sunday, unfortunately booze at 10am in the morning probably isn’t responsible, but I am certain it’s going to be a cracking morning of racing come Sunday.

A Grade:

SuVelo come to Beauie with a very strong team nothing less than a win will be an acceptable performance for the men from the Uni, with basically the entire Nero Racing team + Jesse Coyle and others it’s going to be a case of who can stop them. Manly are struggling for numbers a little bit but have Matt Dinham, Jake Kauffman, Sam Burston and David Haynes, no Naz at present which on the sprinter friendly course seems like a big omission at this stage.

NSCC as you would expect bring a strong team to the course with Michael Potter leading the team who is easily capable of winning the bunch kick or from the breakaway, as well as the ever green Mick Cuppitt who has shown that class is truly permanent with some standout performances of late across the club racing scene.

You don’t need to be a genius to work out the pace will be on in this grade with a very strong contingent of NRS level riders in the mix, I am confident the winner will come from the breakaway

As I said, the pressure is truly on SuVelo with an abundance of riches to choose from in this race.

B Grade:

Big field in B Grade with some very strong hitters in race. We actually have two World Champs in B Grade this Sunday with the two Peter’s making an appearance for RBCC and MWCC. Peter Selkrig will be looking to get away solo again, but suspect that he won’t find it as easy as he did against C Grade three weeks ago and Peter Sagan will no doubt be elbowing people out of the way to win the sprint up the nearside gutter.

Again another strong contingent from SuVelo, who will be looking to get riders up the road, with Andrew Matthews lurking for the possible bunch kick. Aside from Peter Sagan turning out for MWCC, they don’t have any of the riders that made the breakaway last time out, seems like winning form isn’t the best type of form. NSCC have a strong team and will be looking to repeat their 1-2-3 from last year. Once again the team feature Simon Davies and Matt Garnon, the two protagonists from the last round and we are looking to go one better this time around.

C Grade:

C Grade is stacked with NSCC Riders, so nothing short of a win here will be a disappointment really. SUVelo bring Daniel dan der Lam who took out Div 3 at the Ride for Robbie last week in the bunch kick and have a strong contingent of riders here. By the looks of the numbers SuVelo and NSCC will be looking to make the race and Manly and Randwick will have to race smart to get any type of result here in C Grade. Minh Dinh will be looking for redemption from his 2nd place at Heffron and given the numbers I fully anticipate a unusual breakaway in C Grade to go up the road. If it comes down to a bunch kick, then it’s almost anyone’s race.

See you all tomorrow at 8.10am for Round 2 of BTOB.

Thanks to Stu Baker for the photos.

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