Brisbane Kermesse powered by Tineli

Yesterday saw the running of the inaugural Brisbane Kermesse powered by Tineli. The event was run by the?Kangaroo Point Cycling Club, one of Queensland’s Premier cycling clubs. The 3.4km course located east of the city in a recently completed industrial area offered fast straights, sharp hairpins and a punchy rise, this combined with yesterdays heat and wind tested even the most elite of riders. Woman’s A By Rachel Edwards(KoiledTineli) IMG_0238   Women’s A was a fiercely contested race with a quality field of local hitters all out for a result. Brutal hot and windy conditions were a key factor with commissaries making a late call to allow elite men to feed and shortening the elite women’s race to 60 minutes plus one. The conditions made for a slow start as the peloton looked at each other wondering who would want to go early in the heat. It wasn’t long before the attacks started with Cat Newell (KoiledTineli), Laurelea Moss (CATS) and myself all active in the pace making. The selection of seven quickly formed as the riders took turns trying to break. Jess Toghill (Total Rush) was dominant in the prime taking her run from the climb while I chose that point to attack and try to slip off front. The bunch strung out but was unwilling to let anything get away. Skerritt (Holden) also tried a couple of times with her climbers strength up the hill, but the group was having none of it knowing the danger of a gap for Ellen. Coming into the final lap Jasmine Hurikino (campos) opened it up early and caught the girls by surprise. Toghill, Moss and myself chased hard and caught her after the final bend with Toghill using her unrivalled sprint to secure the win. Moss, Hurikino and myself rounded out the podium.   Men’s Elite A By Andrew MacFarlane(KoiledTineli) 20141109_130448-1   The Brisbane Kermesse, powered by Tineli Elite A race kicked off for the first time at the challenging TradeCoast Central circuit. The 3km course featured three hairpins, two 6% power climbs and plenty of crosswinds to help force selections and breakaway opportunities during the 90 min race. 16 starters rolled up to the start line for what was going to be a hot race – I checked my garmin on the start line and was slightly uneasy when it read 41 deg! Luckily an opportunity to grab a bottle was made available during the race. The race started with a relatively easy first lap before local breakaway strong man, Sam Volkers kicked and got a gap quickly with Kyle Bridgewood soon to join him. These two worked well, working a solid tempo which saw the gap go out to around 1:30 before the prime. Meanwhile in the bunch, a tempo was set with numerous attacks, shelling out riders as they struggled with the heat and crosswinds. I rolled a few turns at the front while trying not to exert too much energy in expectation of the attacks that would come if the breakaway got close. Volkers attacked Bridgewood to claim the prime and continued on solo while Kyle slowly drifted back into the reduced bunch. I was relieved to hear the bell 90 mins later, with Volkers still with a healthy lead, we were racing for the placing. A sensible pace was set during the last lap before the kick up the overpass and a downhill sprint to the finish with the wind at our backs. Ben Price powered to take the bunch sprint with now only 7 riders left. Chris Myatt held onto to 3rd with Reuben Donati settling for 4th. I was very happy to finish 6th, in my last race of my season. A thoroughly enjoyable race with challenging parcours and a great atmosphere – I sure hope this race is back next year! Photos: ESi Sports Photography

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