April 17/07 11:18 am - Midweek Club Tuesday Season Opener
Posted by Editoress on 04/17/07
Midweek Tuesday Night Races
Courtesy Mideek Club
A cold and blustery day kicked off the first Midweek Tues. Night Races of the season. Sixty eight riders took to the start. From the gun there was no waiting around and the first break, with Ed Veal (Cyclissimo), John Pucic (Wheels of Bloor), Matt Guse (Calyon Litespeed), Heath "Code Violation" Cockburn (La Bicicletta) and Adrian "Action" Jackson quickly opened up a lead.
The five worked well together until Adrian Jackson just nipped Ed Veal for a midrace prime, Cockburn took this opportuntity to attack, knowing that the pack would soon be on them.
Cockburn meantained a steady 20 sec. lead on the chasing group. This looked like the move of the race, but it was not to be and he was brought back with only 5 laps to go.
With the group all together it looked like another field sprint. But as the sprinters set up for the inevitable bunch finish Mark Hinnen (Kelly Benefit Strategies) caught them off guard with a powerful jump with just over a lap to go and just barely held off the surging pack to take the first race in the series.
Midweek Tuesday Night Races #1
April 17, 2007
38 Laps - 34.2 km - 41.0 kph
1. Mark Hinnen (Kelly Benefits) 50:00
2. Heath Cockburn (La Bicicletta) at 0:01
3. Jason Valenti (CoachChris.ca) all s.t.
4. Robert Chiocca (Team Jamis)
5. Adrian Jackson (Wheels of Bloor)
6. Matthew Guse (Calyon Litespeed)
7. Ed Veal (Cyclissimo)
8. Fred Perez (GRG Racing)
9. Attila Hajdu (Mississauga BRC)
10. Dan Lefebvre (Team RACE)
11. Doug Holt (D'Ornellas)
Thanks to Michelle Payne and her son Tim for help at the start line and registration and to Craig Fagan, Dan Rothine and Alan Forde for set-up/take-down and marshalling during the race.
Next week's event will be one start at 6:45 for a points race. Post race riders and suporters can meet at the Pump on Rathburn for drinks and socializing (www.toronto.com).