Recap: Orica Kermesse

Venue: Kurri Kurri, NSW


DIVISION 1 MEN
The Div 1 Orica Kermesse was set to be a hot affair with plenty of big name teams in attendance including Oliver’s Real Food Racing, Team Bridgelane, Team Novo Nordisk, Raulands and Team Nero Bianchi.
 
Dhuez Racing was also well represented with 6 riders including young Jonathan Farley who was keen to see if he could match it with the elites.
 
Nate Bonarius was very active in the early stages of the race and skilfully swept into an early break of four that established a sizeable margin over the peloton.
 
As the laps were counted off, 7 of the stronger riders in the bunch (including our own Chris Aitken) were able to bridge the gap and set up for a big showdown with the select group containing riders from all the major teams.
 
The final lap was fast and furious with several seemingly decisive mini-breaks shut down so that it ended in an uphill bunch sprint that was taken by a powerful William Hodges (Oliver’s Racing) and Chris Aitken finishing a creditable 7th for the tricolours.
 
The peloton came home a minute and a half later and also sprinted to the line with Jarrod Williams (Nero Bianchi) just getting the better of Jordan Ross and Jono Farley close behind.
 
A very pleasing effort from our small team against high-quality opposition. 
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DIVISION 1 WOMEN

The late inclusion of Simone Grounds and Melanie Breaden to the Dhuez Women’s team strengthened the line-up and they went into the Orica Kermesse ready to take the race head-on. Undaunted by the strong Sydney Uni-Staminade (SUS) squad, the tricolours countered all the early moves and took any opportunity they could to place the other teams under pressure with some determined attacks from Simone Grounds and Nadia Younan.

Unfortunately at the half-way point of the race, a 500m stretch of road claimed these two riders with simultaneous punctures as Gina Ricardo (SUS) made her race winning move with a sustained surge that left the bunch in her wake. Claire Dedden and Melanie Breaden chased doggedly and did the lion share of work in the peloton to reduce the advantage but as the line approached were unable to follow Gerogia Whitehouse (SUS) who also showed great speed to cross the gap to the leader.

Still a great success for our new team who showed plenty of strength and will certainly improve as the season progresses.

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DIVISION 2 MEN

Another solid race from the Dhuez guys in Div 2 with repeated attacks ensuring the team was well represented.

Guy Brown maintained his excellent form from B2B and proved to be a general irritant and instigator of moves throughout the race. A puncture put an end to his antics but as always, his presence was noted.

Brendan Buhagiar also had a frustrating race and though feeling strong, was similarly stopped in his tracks by a flat tyre that meant he is now zero from eight attempts at finishing the HEZ course.

Luke Deasey had another promising outing and continues to improve in race awareness and composure.

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UNDER 17 MEN

Aiden Sinclair continuing his strong form in his age category with a dominant win in the U17 race.

Aiden formed a 2-man break-away with Owen Tooley (HDCC) early in the race but in the closing stages was too powerful for his fellow Hunter District rider and held a 13 second margin to the line.

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Congratulations on a terrific day of racing! #tricolours #StrongerAsOne 💪

Gallery:

Gallery of photos from 2019 Orica Kermesse


Podium results:

1st Under 17 Division – Aiden Sinclair

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