INDUSTRIAL PLASTICS AND PAINT CRITERIUM 150630

Written By on June 30, 2015

MIVA 41.4KM CRITERIUM 150630
Only eleven starters on a hot, windy evening, with two of the
starters showing for the first time this season and two more
participating for the first time ever. The scheduled race was
to have been a points criterium but we decided to make it a
straight race with no sprints to give the newbies a chance to
settle in.

Within a couple of laps, Angelina Landry‚Äč, who runs MIVA
Wednesday evening group rides, was having difficulty accel
-erating out of the corners and eased off to let the group lap her.
Once the organiser had given her a heads up on the strategy
to use, she got back in and was not dropped again.

The bunch stayed fast but quiet for half a dozen laps and then
Nick Kupiak (Broad Street Cycles), Brodie Hay (Dr. Walker),
Sean De Pol (MIVA) and Vinko Poldrugovic (VRC) established a
good break that gained ten seconds in two laps. Then Brodie
dropped back, leaving the trio to continue gaining time. He was
in turn joined by Tony Winter, one of the founders of MIVA and
they stayed in no man’s land for the next couple of laps until
Aaron |Milan (CVCC) and then the resat of the group caught them.

The break continued to gain five seconds a lap on the bunch and
seemed all set to lap the field until about fifteen laps to go when
it became obvious that not all were pulling through and their pace
dropped significantly. The bunch now started to catch them so
Sean De Pol tried a solo effort and for the next six laps he stayed
in the clear while Kupiak and Poldrugovic were finally absorbed by
the group. Eventually, with just eight laps left, he too was reeled in.

Then De Pol jumped yet again, taking Brodie Hay with him and,
with two laps to go, they were joined by Kupiak and Poldrugovic.
This quartette stayed away but on the final lap, having dropped
De Pol, the remaining three started dicing for lead-out position
and Brodie and Vinko almost came to a halt, giving Nick the
chance to take a well-earned win, with Brodie in second and
Vinko rounding out the top three. Sean came in fourth at twelve
seconds and Tony won the sprint for fifth place.