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State Criterium Championship

February 28, 2012
The State Crirerium Championships where held on the Tech Park Curcuit in Bentley last weekend on a fine and warm day.

Our first riders off where the under 19s. Nathan Lyons and Trent Derecourt represented themselves nicely with Trent attacking the bunch at a regular basis. Unfortunately the National Piont Score Champion was chased down with the bunch not willing to give him any distance. It came down to a bunch sprint with Nathan Lyons finishing a very nice 2nd and Trent Derecourt crossing the line in 6th place after being the agressor for most of the race.

The Ladies where next. Rebecca O'Donnell had a fantastic race staying with the lead bunch of girls for the entire race. Even having the legs to try a cheeky attack. But again the girls were not letting anyone escape the field and it came down to a bunch sprint. Rebecca crossed the line in 7th place.

The Masters race was the race of the day. With a strong team of Sam Smith, Mathew Upton, Chris Glasy and Marty Depiazzi the boys had all the pressure on them. Marty started proceedings with a strong attack, this basically shaped the race with Chris Glasby, Mathew Upton and Sam Smith all crossing to him at different pionts during the race. Marty could not hold the fast pace and dropped backed to the bunch. A bunch of 12 formed at the front of the race. With the main bunch closing in, this was the signal for the boys to start attacking again. With about 10mins to go Chris Glasby and Mathew Upton found themselves of the front. With Sam Smith and Marty Depiazzi controlling the bunch behind, the front 2 were never in danger of being caught. Chris and Matt crossed the line together with the both off them having there arms raised in triumph with Chris getting the win ahead of Matt.

Next up the Open Mens race. We welcomed our indonesian rider Heksa Prayesta to racing here and he didn't disappiont making the race winning move. Eddy Hollands crossed with 3 other riders making a front group of 10. Back in bunch William Heath, Joe Carreno and Alex Downie were all looking for next move to maybe cross to the front break. Two riders managed to get away fron the front group on the last few laps, this left Eddy to sprint it out of the last spot on the podium. After a tough sprint Eddy crossed in 5th place, unfortunately Heksa found the going abit tough and dropped of the leading group witha few laps to go.

All in all a great day day for the team. The spirits are high and everyone is getting on very well. Looking forward to the next race down in Pemberton this long weekend.