All geared up

Bendigo Weekly | Bendigo Weekly | 17-Feb-2012

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FOCUS: Darren Lapthorne was once again too strong. Photo: Darren Casey
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FORMER national road race champion Darren Lapthorne’s seemingly relentless march towards the inaugural Symes Motors A Grade Café Roubaix title continued last weekend.
The biggest story to emerge from the Sunday morning criterium racing at Mayfair Park has been the overwhelming popularity of the event, which has drawn huge fields and a large number of spectators each weekend to watch some of the most exciting and competitive cycling action in regional Victoria.
And while Lapthorne appears to have a stranglehold on the A-Grade title, racing in the Hume and Iser B Grade and the Ronde Gloves C-Grade series has been extremely closely fought.
Organisers of the series this week told the Bendigo Weekly that some of the top riders from other major regional Victoria communities were looking closely at how successful the Café Roubaix series has been and may even be tempted to venture to Bendigo to try their luck against Bendigo’s big guns of cycling before the inaugural series winds up early next month.
Last Sunday, 36 riders lined up for the Hume and Iser B Grade race, with Nick Gates holding out Justin Leske and the evergreen Terry Schintler.
Mat Runnalls proved too strong in the Ronde Gloves C Grade 20 minutes plus three lap race, cementing his series lead in the process, finishing ahead of veteran Steve Flood, with Corey Mitchell third.
Lapthorne’s victory saw him joined by Brendan Schultz and David Pell in lapping the field about halfway through the 60 minutes plus three lap contest.
Racing continues this Sunday from 9am at Mayfair Park.

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