PACC FOCUS Crossfire Cup Round 3
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words: Jenny Macpherson (Stay True Racing) photography: Tim Loft
Oh mud glorious mud!
It was a welcomed sight at ‘not the circus’ park just west of the Adelaide CBD for yesterday’s Round 3 of the Focus Crossfire Cup. A massive storm dropped 20mm of rain at 6am and passed over just in time for the Port Adelaide CC crew to begin setting up under brilliant sunshine.
The 2.5km course weaved in and out of some proper muddy sections, causing big smiles and squeals of delight from many and spectacular action shots for the photographers. The crowd pleaser/heckling sections that drew most attention included the uphill mud run with not one but two barriers to scramble over and the sharp right downhill turn off the side of the oval, which was turning into a small muddy waterfall by the end of men’s A grade!
The Little Crossers were the first to test out the puddles in a modified short course. With 15 entrants including the offspring of Former National Road Champion, Russell Van Hout, there is surely a future CX champ in the making here!
The Open (non cx) category was a close battle between Marc Freemantle (PACC) and John Allison (AMTBC) over the four lap race. With Freemantle clinching the win by a slim three seconds over Allison and Matthew Franks (PACC) 2mins 44sec further back in third.
The Combined Male C grade and Female B grade category saw 11 females and 10 males on the start line for a three lap race. George Turner (PACC- 3 ride permit) had a nice solo victory over Russell Schrale (PACC) and Paul Black (PACC – 3 ride permit). Series leader, Colin Ware-Lane (PACC) finished fourth but retains the series lead into the final round. Heather Barclay (SLCC) was the best of the women and continues to lead the women’s B category in the series.
Men’s B grade had a massive field of 34 starters with series leader, Chris Crocker (Bike Society) pushed to his limits by Luke Dingley (PACC). Dingley took the win by three seconds and reversed the podium results from Round 2. Che Thomas (Focus) rounded out the podium in third. Crocker remains the series leader, but only has five points lead over Dingley and will be an exciting final round next month.
Women’s A grade was missing a few regular CX hitters on the start line and it felt strange to take the lead on the first lap so early (normally chasing fast starter Sarah Holmes). I’m not really used to the muddy conditions, so I figured it would be better to get an advantage quickly and have some time up my sleeve in case I had a spectacular face plant into mud! I only hit the deck once as a result of a muddy puddle (much to the disappointment of photographer Matt Pfeil!) and won the four lap race in a time of 31mins 13sec and continue to hold the series lead. Carla Franson (CDCC) came in second and PACC Vice President Gemma Kernich (Focus) in third.
With the course well and truly muddied up from the previous racing, Chris Jongewaard (Whippets Workshop) made it look like it hadn’t rained at all. Smashing out a sub six minute first lap, Jongewaard effortlessly cruised around in the lead for another six laps in the 45min race and will wear the leader’s jersey again into the final round. It was a sprint finish however for second and third place, with Cameron Bayly (CBC Singapore cycling team) coming from behind to get second over Tom Chapman (Focus).
A big thankyou and well done to all involved at Port Adelaide Cycling Club for another awesome day of CX racing in Adelaide.
The fourth and final round of the Focus Crossfire Cup is Sunday 31 August.