Eildon Road Race 2015 Race Report

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Canty and Barrow solo to impressive wins after Skyline supremacy

Brendan Canty (Hawthorn CC/Budget Forklifts) and Justine Barrow (Anchor Point/ParkTrent Real Estate) claimed impressive solo A grade victories in the Cycling Express Eildon Road Race, on a day where lone attacks proved the tactic of choice.

They were also awarded the Damian McDonald Memorial Perpetual Shield, presented to the men’s and women’s A grade winners by Damian’s mother Amelia Edwards to honour the dual Olympian and Blackburn CC life member.

Andrew Stalder (Melbourne Cycling League) won in a similar style in Master’s A grade, as did Matthew Robertson (St Kilda) in men’s B grade.

Such was the effect of the picturesque but challenging Skyline climb, which shattered the bunches in many grades, and provided a perfect launching pad for the strongest climbers, who nevertheless still had to ride 30km to the finish at Camp Eildon.

The men’s A grade race did two laps of the Skyline circuit, with an early attack from Angus Lyons (VIS), Riley Terrens (Kosdown Performance) and Cyrus Monk (African Wildlife Safaris/Melbourne University) gaining a lead of just over a minute after the first climb of Skyline.

A small chasing bunch reeled them in by the bottom of the second climb, and Canty attacked, gaining a lead of just over a minute from the chasers as he turned onto the Goulburn Highway with 20km to go. He was strong enough to extend his lead to 1:37 with Monk and Matthew Ross (Jayco-John West-VIS) taking the remaining podium places ahead of Blackburn's Tom Leaper (Kosdown Performance).

The women’s bunch was blown to pieces on the Skyline climb by Justine Barrow, who kept the hammer down all the way to the finish to win by 1:01 from Esther Borg (St Kilda) and Harriet Smith (Anchor Point/ParkTrent Real Estate). Barrow crossed the finish line having given it absolutely everything to hold off the men's bunch chasing her.

Women’s B and C were mixed up with the women’s A grade bunch, but riders more than held their own, with Prita Jobling-Baker taking B grade and Doris Marr (Blackburn) showing her strength after the Melbourne to Warrnambool to win C grade.

The men’s masters A grade field split on the first ascent of Skyline, with a group of seven riders opening up a healthy lead. By the second ascent, Andrew Stalder had dropped his rivals, and held on to win by 30 seconds from Daniel Strauss (St Kilda) and Cameron Clamp (MCLRT).

Men’s B, C and Masters B grades were all decided in bunch sprints. In men’s B, Matthew Robertson (St Kilda) edged out Nicholas Canterbury (St Kilda) and Ross Gordon (Carnegie Caulfield).

Men’s C was claimed by Jai Kanat (Maccabi) from Edward Green (Hawthorn) and Hamish Webber (St Kilda).

Masters B was won by Simon Higgins (Hawthorn) from Darren Lever (St Kilda) and Giovanni Cipriano (Carnegie Caulfield).

Provisional results are available via Metarace.

Blackburn Cycling Club would like to thank its generous sponsors, the Outdoor Education Group, Doncaster BMW, Anvil Angus, the Golden Trout Hotel and Eildon Real Estate. Thanks also to VRS series sponsor Singapore Airlines and Cycling Victoria.

Thanks also to our dedicated team of volunteers and supporters who put in a huge amount of work to stage a great weekend of racing.


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