Twenty-four riders turned up at Newbridge today for graded scratch races over the club championship course, a good field considering the early forecasts.
It wasn't such a bad day with cloud cover keeping the temperature down a bit, although it was pretty muggy. David Cripps and Scott McManus were prominent early in the A Grade race and Stuart Laing was off the front for a few kilometers on the second lap but no serious breaks stuck. The green lead-out train set the race alight in the last kilometer with Jo Stolz setting up the sprint, Peter Cavallaro taking over and Brent Gibson finishing it off emphatically ahead of Peter and Shaun White in third. B Grade was an orderly affair after early attempts to shake the sprinters on the Llanelly hills failed. When the sun broke through in the second lap it looked like the extra heat spelt curtains for some of the bigger units in the race, but a bit of judicial water dousing saved the day and the high horsepower riders contested the sprint, won narrowly by Robert Gartside from Brett Williamsand Chris Draper. Aggressive riding in C Grade by Carl Louchard didn't pay off after a stint off the front and he was dragged back, before Shane Dellavedova pulled off the move of the day. He broke clear on the home stretch and at one stage was 100 metres clear before the pack got organised and started to chase him down. Against the odds, Shane hung on to score a gallant win from a fast finishing and rapidly improving Amy Holmes and the ever reliable Pam Robertson.