Good fields this evening for the Dale Lowe Signs Summer Series graded crits at Murphy Street, the occasion somewhat marred by the nicking of one of our road signs from the Murphy Street corner.
We caught a glimpse of the culprits and will be making a report to the Police tomorrow. D Grade set off with newcomer Phil Brown getting a small start over the rest of the field. He rode a perfectly judged race to hold the rest of the field at bay despite the best efforts of Wendy Bennett and others to chase him down with Gary Johnstone coming in second and Wendy third. C Grade was a great race. The field proved to be too evenly matched for anyone to get away until the last couple of laps when Paul Dynon got off the front. Sandy Agnoletto showed much improved form to jump from the bunch and run Paul down in the last few hundred meters and James Rowe came in third. B Grade was another very even race with Kris Gill and Leon Yeates both trying their luck at various stages, but the race was all back together in the final lap. Kris was a convincing winner of the sprint from strong men Rob Gartside and Stuart Laing. There was a lot of depth in A Grade and Brendan Schultz played his hand early, riding away solo not far in. He gradually increased his lead until about 15 minutes to go when Darren Lapthorne saw the warning signs and powered across to Brendan in the space of a lap. These two worked together, lapping the field with two to go.Brendan won the sprint from Darren, with Charlie Fitzpatrick edging out Martin Banfield for third.