With 16km left to race and the always decisive hill coming up, I threw away the idea of trying to win and went to the front and got on the gas. Smart move? No. Good timing? Yep. A few kms to string out the bunch before stomping up the climb. Across the top we had 4-5 left, sweeping up Versteege in the process. With 6km to go Nick Youngs (Zoom Video / MMAS2) puts in an acceleration that I jumped across to. No reaction from the others. "Let's do this" was the agreement. A few kms later we were out of sight. I swung off the front at 800m from the line. Youngs lead out and opened up the sprint. With a few rounds of Carl Brewer's ABOC Sprint Series a few years back still up my sleeve I kicked for the win. After throwing the idea of winning out the window 16kms before and just riding the bike as hard as I could - I was pretty happy with the result.
Cycling Victoria wrap up (and results)
Jo Upton Metros Photos
A Grade ------- 1 1 MILLER, SHANE 29:19 29:19 Coburg Cycling Club Inc 2 13 STEVENSON, OSCAR 29:31 13 Hawthorn Cycling Club 3 19 KELLY, DAVID 29:58 40 St Kilda Cycling Club Inc 4 22 RUSSEL, TOM 30:14 56 Hawthorn Cycling Club 5 2 LEAPER, TOM 30:27 01:09 Blackburn Cycling Club Inc 6 5 LANE, STEPHEN 30:38 01:19 Coburg Cycling Club Inc 7 4 ARETA, JOSE 30:51 01:33 Coburg Cycling Club Inc 8 3 CAIN, JOHN 30:55 01:36 Carnegie Caulfield CC 9 12 ROSS , MATTHEW 30:55 01:36 Carnegie Caulfield CC 10 15 DONOHOE, ALISTAIR 31:13 01:54 Blackburn Cycling Club IncFull Results
Four Kosdown riders in the top 6. Ace! I was a few seconds off my time last round, good enough for my 10th A Grade TT win at Kew over the years.... but as I said, the next generation are coming! Oscar's time in 2nd place is only a few seconds off Alex Morgan's previous course record that stood for a few years. Tom will crack the 30 minute barrier this season too.
|I think my words were - Watch out for this kid!|
I've been supported by Kosdown since 2009, amassing an impressive wardrobe of team kit over the years. There is only so much 'training kit' I can use in a week, so it was time to do something with it.
A few weeks back I put the word out on Facebook that I'd send a top to anyone who'd wear it, and who'd send me a picture of them wearing it. The kit was gone in about an hour....
|Trip #2 to the post office...|
|Tony Reeckman - 10/10 for creativeness!|
|Ben Culton rocking the K - 427m above sea level!|