Mitch Comes of Age
Brunswick’s Mitch Cooper (now part of the Charter Mason / Drapac Development Team) has scored the biggest win of his M23/elite career with a great victory in A-grade at the Cycling Express Warburton Road Race. Typically misty conditions met competitors in what is fast becoming a favourite event on the CV Winter calendar. Blackburn should be congratulated for running such a well organised race over a sensational course.
By all reports Mitch spent pretty much the whole day in a break and attacked his remaining escapees to win solo just ahead of the chasing pack. In a strong A-grade field, Mitch put his European racing experiences to good use by getting in the break and worked hard all day over the 113km course to give himself the best chance of staying away. His late attack showed he was the strongest and it is a well deserved win.
James Pane continued his stella form to take 3rd in the Junior A race, while Riley Hart managed a good win in Junior B over the tough 53km course.
Other Brunswick riders to race included Stuart Grimsay and Conor Murtagh (A grade), Sean McIver and Anthony Ives (B Grade), Michael Sparke and Jarrod & Geoffrey Peck (C grade) and Emma Pane and Madeleine Cardillo (Women).
Well done to all in trying conditions over tough terrain.
Results here: http://www.vic.cycling.org.au/default.asp?Page=46440
Some Photos here: http://m.flickr.com/#/photos/blaze429/
While I wasn’t there, a number of members also competed in the Donna Buang ITT which bookended Blackburn’s Warburton weekend. Some more great results including a win to Sarah Gigante in JG13 and a strong 5th to Lewis Rattray in Men’s A-grade.