In this week’s Bleat;

•  From the Committee

•  From the Desk of the Handicapper

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Report

Ian Morton

From the Committee

Next Committee meeting

The next Committee meeting of the CRMCC will be held on Monday 5th December.

Members who would like to attend in person are welcome to join us at the Raiders Club, Weston at 7:00pm.

Members who would like to attend by Zoom can use the following invitation:, Meeting ID: 826 7609 4565, Passcode: 267331

From the Desk of the Handicapper

Crankys Bicycle Worx Vouchers

Stuart Carling from Crankys Bicycle Worx in Downer has kindly donated a number of Major Tune Service Vouchers to be drawn from criterium race entrants. These are worth $180 (excluding parts) and include a comprehensive tune check and adjustment of all components on the bike including a wash and degrease of frame and components.

Congratulations to Stephen Terracini who won the first voucher at the race on the 15th November.

The second voucher winner will be announced between the first and second races on 29 November. Riders must have entered a race and be present at Stromlo at sometime on the same evening. To avoid a committee member printing and cutting up the names of the hundred entries, the winner will be selected earlier using the the Excel random number function. Committee members are ineligible to claim the prize. You can check out Stuart’s services here.


Julian Singson B to A
Aaron Thompson B to A
Ed Meeuwissen B to A

Rob Langridge


Tuesday, 29th November: Stromlo Criterium

Note: Registration required by 29 Nov 2022 3:50 pm.
Any requests for Grade changes should be sorted out with the Handicapper prior to registration.
Late entries may be considered in exceptional circumstances. Please email

Where: Stromlo Forest Park

Race Description:
A/C 5:50 A 42m 2, C 38m 2
B/D 6:35 B 42m 2, D 38m 2
E/F/G 7:20 28 min 2 laps
Sunset @ 8:01

Race Director: Aaron Thomson Contact: Email:    Ph  0492 811 825

Marshals: Daniel Lekhac

ps For those members riding home after the race, don’t forget your lights. It will be getting dark soon after the racing.

Thursday, 1st December: Track Racing

The Program for Thursday is;
5.30pm – 6.00pm: Warm-up and free practice.
6.00pm – 6.20pm: 8-lap graded scratch race.
6.20pm – 6.40pm: 2-lap handicap.
6.40pm – 7.00pm: 8-lap Snowball.
7.00pm– 7.20pm: Italian Pursuit.

Sunday, 4th December – Dairy Flat Road – Criterium Points Race

Reminder: All riders must register on the CRMCC Web site ( by 3/12/2022 6:00 PM prior to the race. There is no registration at the event.

Any requests for Grade changes should be sorted out with the Handicapper prior to registration.

Where: Travel toward the airport and drop down onto the northern end of the track west of the second river crossing or, head to Fyshwick then west onto Dairy Road and follow on until you find a gate that delineates the cut off section.
When: 9:00 am.
Race Description:
A/B: 9am 50mins plus 1 lap
C/D: 10am 40mins plus 1 lap
E/F/G: 10:50am 30mins plus 1 lap
Riders are to race in their ‘Crit’ grade

Race Director:  tba Contact: Email: tba    Ph tba

Marshals: Vacant, Vacant Van Driver.


Track Racing – 24th November

Thursday 24 November saw the sixth track racing session for the 2022-23 season. The weather was fine and sunny, though slightly cool. During the warm-up, there was a very strong head wind in the back straight. Fortunately, this moderated as the session progressed. Attendance was good with 16 riders, 9 in A grade and 7 in B grade. Blind athlete, Lindy Hou made a welcome appearance after a long lay-off, riding a tandem track bike with Colin Calderwood. They had a good evening, mostly as the popular lead out.

8-Lap Scratch Race

The 8-lap A grade scratch race was led out by Tim Jolly at a comfortable pace. The first five laps were quite orderly, with Conan Liu, Steve Jones, John Paul De Sousa. and Wayne Benham taking one lap turns at the front. However, each of these riders notched up the pace a little, so that the pack was really motoring by lap 6 when Kerry Knowler took the lead. Kerry appeared to have some tactical intent, as she pulled up the banking after a quarter lap, allowing Craig Kentwell to take the lead. At this point the race became interesting. Craig surged out for a lap as Conan Liu, Tim Jolly and Terry Danaher became active, jockeying for a good position to launch into the bell lap. With the bell lap approaching, Conan Liu surged past Craig and looked the hot prospect. However, as the bell lap progressed, Tim Jolly and Terry Danaher launched a vicious attack from the high banking and were soon around Conan, jockeying for the win. Ultimately Tim was the stronger and took the win closely followed by Terry Danaher and Conan Liu in that order.

B Grade had their typical, ordered race for the first 5 laps, with riders taking one-lap turns and holding a good pace. One-lap turns progressed until lap 6 when the pack had a great lead out from the tandem with Lindy Lou @ stoker and Colin Calderwood @ pilot. It was a good wheel to follow, double the horsepower, double the torsion and draft. Indeed, James Newhouse wizely stuck to them like glue for the race. James tucked in and then attacked around the Tandem on the bell lap, taking his time to drop down into the sprinters lane to take the win, followed by Garnetti 2nd and Anderson 3rd.

200 metre Fly

The evening’s second event was a 200-metre track sprint from a flying start. This is an exciting and technical event for riders. The launch is from high on the banked turn at near maximum pace. The kick down the banking is followed by a flat-out sprint for 200 metres. It is amazing how exhausting such a short sprint can be.

Most track regulars are quite accomplished at this event, so the lines and pacing were fairly consistent. However, Ed Garnett (alias Garnetti, premier bike builder) had a big drama, when his bike started the death wobbles at around 50 km/hr, shortly after the start line. It looked disturbing, but fortunately Ed managed to hold it together and avoid a nasty spill.

The A grade times were quite consistent with around a 1 second spread. A1 grade riders Steve Jones (13.61s) and Tim Jolly (13.64s) posted the stand-out times with Steve getting the upper hand by just 3 hundredths of a second. Craig Kentwell (14.12s) and Terry Danaher (14.14s) had an even closer tussle for best time in A2 grade. In B grade, both Hamish Anderson (14.33s) and Bruce Griffin (14.96s) put down excellent times under 15 seconds.

The 200 Fly event took considerable time to complete, so planned Snowball races were postponed until the following week, allowing sufficient time for an Italian Pursuit event.

Italian Pursuit – back straight breeze

A benign north-westerly prevailed for this week’s Italian pursuit. Another good start by Graeme O’Neill for team 1 this week saw the team well harmonised. Bruce Griffin started Team 2 at least as fast – noticeable by the half bike length gaps in Team 2 – the other riders needed to build on Bruce’s excellent start.

The win for Team 1 was again determined in the mid bunch of the Italian team – this time by Kerry Knowler. On her turn Kerry lifted the pace – the three riders behind were right in the draft and they then got up to warp speed with no gaps. Team 2 rode well but the mid bunch could not lift to the extend Kerry did. John Paul (Diesel) De Sousa @ anchor rider Team 1 had to hang onto the wheel of Conan Liu – he did and won it comfortably for Team 1.

For the flavour of the Italian Pursuit race, listen to the audio file of Michael Langdon’s Race Commentary. Thanks also to Michael for the better parts of this event write up.

Results Summary

8-Lap Scratch: (A1 Grade) Tim Jolly, Conan Liu, Steve Jones. (A2 Grade) Terry Danaher, Craig Kentwell, Kerry Knowler. (B Grade) James Newhouse. Ed Garnett, Hamish Anderson
200m Fly: (A1 Grade) Steve Jones (13.61s), Tim Jolly (13.64s), John Paul De Sousa (13.75s). (A2 Grade) Craig Kentwell (14.12s), Terry Danaher (14.14s), Kerry Knowler (14.23s). (B Grade) Hamish Anderson (14.33s), Bruce Griffin (14.96s), James Newhouse (15.25s).
Combined Italian Pursuit: Winner Team 1 (John Paul De Sousa, Conan Liu, Steve Jones, Kerry Knowler, Ed Garnett, Graeme O’Neill).

Season Point Score Update

Tim Jolly (102), James Newhouse (94), Conan Liu (93), Craig Kentwell (92), Alison Hale (90), John Paul De Sousa (74), Ed Garnett (57), Mark Canaider (52), Graeme O’Neill (50), Bruce Griffin (48), Hamish Anderson (47), Wayne Benham (45), Steve Jones (43).

Graeme O’Neill