Queensland Criterium State Championships took centre stage at Ipswich Bike Park on Saturday, with blustery hot conditions enjoyed by all.
The State Criterium Championships featured aged base racing from Under 19’s through to Masters 9.
Men Masters 9
Coral Ilse Cyclists member John Hampson took the over all honours in the Masters Men 9 category, winning only 7 seconds ahead of Richard Tabaka from Murwillumbah Cycle Club who placed in second position following the 25 minutes plus 2 laps criterium.
Men Masers 8
The Masters Men 8 criterium resulted in a group sprint for the finish line. Though reigning State Criterium Champion Jeff Liddell from the Sunshine Coast Cycling Club couldn’t be stopped again. Liddell received his criterium crown, whilst Peter Gumbley (Hamilton Wheelers CC) and John Oxenham (Frazer Coast CC) joined him on the podium in second and third positions.
Men Masters 7
Redlands Cycling and Multisport Club athlete Joe Maartens improved his position across the finish line in 2020 from his bronze 2019 state medal, to a silver state medal. It was Hamilton Wheelers Cycling Clubmates Erik Van Driel (Futuro – Tandem Coffee Cycling) and Marek Marchewa who completed the Men Masters 7 podium in first and third positions respectively.
Men Masters 6
Sunshine Coast Cycling Club’s Jason Ford (Northcoast Racing) claimed his crown with 31 seconds to spare ahead of James Nitis (University of Queensland CC) and Anthony Wood (Balmoral CC \ NX Racing) in the Men Masters 6 category.
Men Masters 5
University of Queensland Cycling Club's Nick Miller (Intervelo p/b Fitzroy Island) gallantly rode off the front of the Men Masters 5 State Championship Criterium, to be consumed by the main chasing bunch with only 300 meters to go. It was Parramatta Cycling Club’s Richard Allen (Avantias Pro Racing) who crossed the finish line first, taking home a Queensland Championship gold medal. Brett Lutze (Brisbane Cycling Club / Entrago Racing) crossed the line in second position, and Sunshine Coast Cycling Club’s Richard Moye (Futuro – Tandem Coffee Cycling) completed the podium in third position.
Men Masters 4
The 2019 State Criterium Champion Richard Dyer (University of Queensland CC) saw his crown slip through his fingers as the Men Masters 4 peloton split apart, leaving him in the chasing group. The lead breakaway group of four riders kept a 14 second lead ahead of the group that housed the 2019 Champion. University of Queensland Cycling Club’s Shannon Duggan (Koiled Racing p/b Littles) crossed the finish line and was crowned the 2020 State Criterium Champion. Bernie Swart (South West CC) and Robert Reid (University of Queensland CC) completed the podium in second and third position.
Men Masters 3
The Men Masters 3 peloton split into three main groups following some strong attacks towards the middle of their 30 minutes plus 2 laps race. A small lead breakaway group of three riders formed, the trio working hard together to secure their guaranteed podium positions. The battle between the rivals unfolded at the finish line with a sprint that saw Fraser Coast Cycling Club’s Adam Hawkins (CCN Australia) cross the line ahead of Andrew Mathiesen (University of Queensland CC / Fratelli Racing), and Trent West (Darling Downs CC / Team I Ride).
Women Masters 7
Sunshine Coast Cycling Club’s Cathy Scott rode a strong race in her 25 minutes plus 2 laps State Championships Criterium race. Scott crossed the line in first position, securing her Championship crown.
Women Masters 6
Conditions were hot and windy while the Women Masters 6 criterium race unfolded. It was Sunshine Coast Cycling Club’s Deborah Latouf (SDC Racing) who took the top step of the podium with a convincing lead of 14 seconds. Balmoral Cycling Club’s Alison Walsh crossed the line in second position, receiving the silver state championship medal for the second year in a row. Whilst Julie Rappo (Redlands Cycling and Multisport Club) won the bronze medal.
Women Masters 5
Close racing was enjoyed in the Women Masters 6 criterium, with only two seconds separating the State Championship crown, and the silver medal. Brisbane Cycling Club’s Nicky Rolls crossed the line only seconds ahead of Anne Elliott (Darling Downs Cycling Club / SDC Racing), whilst Sharron McGuigan (Balmoral Cycling Club) crossed the line in third position.
Women Masters 4
Leah Roberts (Lifecycle Cycling Club) couldn’t be held back in the Women Masters 4 criterium, crossing the finish line with an impressive lead of 2:14 minutes. Kirstin Leech (Moreton Bay CC / The Bel Squad) crossed the line in second position.
Women Masters 3
Competition was tight in the Women Masters 3 criterium with only four seconds separating the podium. Brisbane Cycling Clubs Natalie Langer (Entrago Racing) crossed the line in third position four seconds after the winner. In the 2019 Queensland State Criterium Championships Saskia Deckers (Hamilton Wheelers CC) and Sandra Stoy (Kangaroo Point CC) battled against eachother for the remaining two podium positions – silver and bronze. In 2020 the two rivals found themselves again jostling for position – this time for silver and gold. Stoy pipped Deckers on the line, taking the Championship crown, whilst Deckers received her silver State Championship medal.
Women Masters 2
Like the Women Masters 3, the Women Masters 2 race saw close competition with all three podium riders sprinting for the podium position. Sunshine Coast Cycling Club’s Fiona Porteous (SDC Racing) took the top step and collected her state title, joined by Theresa Waldburger (Logal CC) who placed second, and Disa Dyson (Redlands Cycling and Multisport Club) who placed third.
Women Masters 1
Logan City Cycling Club’s Elise Run had unfinished business, following her bronze State Criterium Championship medal ride in 2019. The race unfolded with three riders in the finishing group with Run crossing the line ahead of Claire Battle (University of Queensland CC) and Jessa Francis (Sunshine Coast CC).
Men Masters 2
Benjamin Pegard (Brisbane Cycling Club / Entrago Racing) and Ric Baker (University of Queensland CC / Altitude Cycling Team p/b Allsports Physiotherapy) made an early break off the front of the main peloton. The duo worked well together, taking turns in the wind to ensure that their 30 second advantage wasn’t chased down. In a feat of admirable sportsmanship, when the pair came into the finishing straight Baker willed his companion across the finish line first. Pegard earned his crown, Baker was awarded his silver medal, and Scott Matheson (Redlands Cycling and Multisport Club) crossed the line in third position taking the bronze medal.
Men Masters 1
James Hepburn (Ipswich Cycling Club / Altitude Cycling Team p/b Allsports Physiotherapy) enjoyed racing at his home criterium track beat the reigning Criterium Champion Dan Logan (Intervelo p/b Fitzroy Island) on the finish line for first place. University of Queensland Cycling Club clubmates Logan and Kyle Godson (Taylor Cycles Racing) crossed the line in second and third positions in the bunch sprint for the finish line.
Lifecycle Cycling Club’s Jordan Carroll was the first Para-Cyclists across the finish line in the 20 minutes plus 2 laps criterium with an impressive time of 24:43 minutes. Carroll was crowned the 2020 State Criterium Tandem Champion.
Second across the finish line in the Para-Cyclists category was Lifecycle Cycling Club’s Cameron Kosmala. Kosmala rode strongly in the elements, securing a finish time of 25:17 minutes and the 2020 Criterium T2 Championship Crown.
Moreton Bay Cycling Club’s Kyle Willis (The Bel Squad) completed the Criterium Championships event in speedy time of 26:38 minutes, securing himself the 2020 State Criterium C3 Championship Crown.
Under 19 Men
The Under 9 Men’s peloton broke up into several smaller groups following multiple attacks. With a smaller group of riders putting the pressure on at the pointy end of the race, a group sprint surged towards the finish line. Balmoral Cycling Clubs Kurt Tozer (Altitude Cycling Team p/b Allsports Physiotherapy) crossed the line 2 seconds ahead of the breakaway group. Bundaberg Cycling Club’s Duncan Allen (Gear Shop Brisbane) crossed the line in second position securing a silver medal, whilst Mitchell Yarde (Hamilton Wheelers CC / Ride Indro) completed the podium in third position following a close finish in the chasing group.
Under 23 Men
The Under 23 Men’s peloton broke broke up into two main groups, with the lead group securing a significant gap that could not be brought back together. The quartet of riders who were in pursuit of the finish line saw a sprint finish, resulting in Sunshine Coast Cycling Clubs Matthew Rice (ACA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast) cross the line in first position. Launceston City Cycling Club’s Zack Gilmore (ACA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast) joined his teammate Rice on the podium in second position. Fraser Coast Cycling Club’s Bailey Walters (Memil Pro Cycling) crossed the line in third position, winning the bronze medal for the second year in a row at the State Criterium Championship event.
Under 19 Women
Under 19 Women’s Queensland criterium reining champion Stephanie Corset (Townsville Cycling Club / Team Scody p/b Galibier Partners) held onto her crown in a sprint finish that secured her win. The Under 19 Women’s podium saw a clean sweep from Team Scody powered by Galibier Partners, with Corset’s clubmate Briana McDonald and teammate Brooke Carnes (Balmoral CC) joining the podium in second and third positions respectively.
The Elite Women mostly held together in one main peloton, resulting in a finish line sprint with 8 riders. The 2019 Queensland State Criterium Champion Hayley Jones (Balmoral CC / Team Scody p/b Galibier Partners) knew the way across the finish line, securing herself the 2020 crown. Mercy Valley Deconport Cycling Club’s Anya Louw (ACA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast) followed Jones across the line securing the second step on the podium, whilst Brisbane Cycling Club’s Jemma Brown (Intervelo p/b Fitzroy Island) crossed the line in third position.
Breaking into two main groups, the Elite Men’s criterium race ended with a flurry of activity. Darling Downs Cycling Club’s Jared Graves (Yeti Cycles) crossed the line ahead of the 2019 Queensland State Criterium Champion Ryan Thomas (Brisbane CC / ACA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast), who placed second. Gold Coast Cycling Club’s Bradley Soden crossed the line in third position.
Cycling Queensland wishes to thank all the riders, the volunteers, officials, staff and Ipswich Cycling Club for all of their contributions in ensuring that the 2020 Queensland State Criterium Championships was a fantastic celebration of criterium racing.