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Sunday, 17 June 2012

The Prologue- it's all because of you

Dirty Deeds CX '12 - Prologue
pic courtesy Andy Rogers

The biggest crowd for a cyclocross event in Australia hit the Brunswick Cycling Club's Velodrome on Friday night for the prologue of Dirty Deeds 2012. 

So much for the thought at 5.30 "what if no one comes?"

We sold out early which was a bummer for some including those who'd travelled from afar.

The build up for this season has been pretty big and from the look of some of the bikes on display things are getting serious. 

Once again the cyclocross gods were kind and we had rain during the week and fine weather on race day.

We were also relieved Mr New Timer Brendan Bailey was there to take up commentating duties, despite his insistence swilling vinegar was good for the the throat. Things wouldn't be the same without him so we're thankful he's back in 2012.

Dirty Deeds CX '12 - Prologue
pic courtesy Andy Rogers

Everyone got two heats which involved two laps of the course per heat. The prologue is run within the confines of the velodrome so Nik had to do his devious best with limited space. Luckily he was able to include a stomach churning 'Spiral of Death' in one section which even tested the skills of the likes of Lewis Rattray.

The circle of death
pic courtesy Baudman
The Spiral of Death

Two laps? some scoffed... the same braggadocio wasn't on display after the first heat. 

First up was the kids race and when we say kids the spread was from two to 15. The biggest raps from the 500+ strong crowd circling the velodrome came for the youngest competitors as they negotiated the mud with what seemed like ease. They were the lucky ones as the mud began to stick as each round progressed.

Co-commentator and committee type Hamish noted that this was the first race in which we've seen a pink cape deployed as part of race strategy/ bling. This prompted discussion over whether or not capes would provide the extra edge some needed. The soundness of this theory was tested later.

Cape ftw
pic courtesy Baudman
Capes are faster 

Everyone's happy when the wizard walks by.

The open race is when the crowd and racers started to really get going. A notable absence was our regular unicyclist but we're hopeful Matt Thomas is going to be back showing off his superior balance skills come round one on the 15th of July at Darebin Parklands. Matt did however win his second heat on the CX class proving two wheels pose no problems.

Jarad Kohlar and Steve Duggan won heats one and two. Steve, started the race in full cape and beard in homage to the wizard staff teams in the crowd. In fact some DDCX regulars opted to forgo racing in favour of linear can construction. Why? We still don't know.

pic courtesy Brian Mangano
Steve Duggan passes, giving his sign

For more pics see our friend Brian Mangano's site

Women's Cyclocross is here to stay

The proudest moment for DDCX was our first women's race. We've been aiming for this for a while and through no small effort on behalf of committee peeps, Nik Cee, Blakey and especially Kate Lansell, we managed to draw a strong field that was dominated by Mel Ansett.

Ready for another heat -pic courtesy Baudman

pic courtesy Baudman
Women's podium 

The men's cross category was split into three races with 30 riders in each.

It was excellent to see Lewis Rattray back, winning on his home turf again. For those who don't know, Lewis represented Australia in the European CX season this year and did us proud. He started his second heat a lap down and still managed to overtake a couple of riders. Will he dominate again this year?

We're pleased to say the trash talk was kept to a minimum by chief commisaire Dave Morgan, but pro peleton inspired head butts and elbows slipped through. 

This is what it looked like thanks to Mikkeli Godfree from Enduro magazine whose go-pro managed to stay the course.

Gimme some love!
pic courtesy Baudman
DDCX stalwart Leigh De Luca made up for binning it in heat 1 by taking out his second heat handicap and brought/gave the love.

Dirty Deeds wouldn't be what it is without the people who come to watch and race (all 143 of you).

The crowd surprised us all and the stage is set for our biggest CX series yet.

Thanks to the sponsors (listed right), Brunswick Cycling Club and most importantly, everyone who came to watch and race, not to mention those who stayed to pack and clean up.

The Results

Dirty Deeds Prologue Friday 15th June 2012
Race 1 - 2 lap scratch Race 2 - 2 lap handicap
Name                         Bib# Name                 Bib #
1) Riley Terrens 192 Bella Soccio         201
2) Stefan Northby 197 Mae Chechowski 190
3) Nathan Northby 198 Nels Chechowski 191
   Name Bib #         Name Bib #
1)  Jarad Kohlar 68         Steve Duggan 55
2) Llewellyn Thomas 86 Jarad Kohlar 68
3) Mitchell Allen 80 Mitchell Allen 80
Name Bib #             Name Bib #
1)  Mel Ansett 58    Mel Ansett                 58
2) Claire Michel 295    Erica Gurner         290
3) Erica Gurner 290   Rebecca Domange 289
Name Bib #                  Name Bib #
1)  Adrian Jackson 142  Leigh DeLuca 136
2) Paul Redenback 125  Paul Redenback 125
3) Gary Wearmouth 50  Adrian Jackson 142
Name Bib #                   Name Bib #
1)  Lewis Rattray 161 Russell Collet 163
2) Russell Collet 163 Luke Powell 179
3) Dyon Balding 171 John Chechowski 170
Name Bib #                 Name Bib #
1)  Simon Flower 30 Mathew Thomas 32
2) Mathew Gray  29 Benzy Dowling 51
3) Matt Ligternoot 26 Chris Mason         48
Some of the major prizes on the night went to...
DFL Womens Bec Williamson Larrys Custom Cycles frame
Crash on finish line Matthew Sutherland Larrys Custom Cycles frame
Steppin' it up Liam Jeffries CycleOps Trainer

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