By Sam Young SA Early Season Report South Australia surely has the best crit racing in Australia at the moment. With the start of the Bowden Elite Teams Series on the weekend the racing has seen stellar line ups and packed fields in the last few weeks. What follows is a wrap up of the last four races, starting with the Hutt St Traders race. Hutt Street Traders A 1km hot-dog circuit up and down Hutt Street in the south west of the CBD was always going to see fireworks, and the A grade field didn?t disappoint. Mitchell Mulhern was active early, setting a fast tempo and quickly putting riders in the hurt box. Having scraped out an early gap with a couple of other riders he slipped out around the southern corner, but was back on his bike in time to join the bunch, without even taking a lap out. Leo Simmonds was the next rider to find some breathing space, and duly took the preme sprint to mark half way. Soon after that the remaining field split in two as Frederic Bonial tried to break free. Eventually Mulhern, Alex Porter, Jack Hogan and Callum Scotson would bridge across to form the winning break. Scotson took the win ahead of Mulhern and Porter in the sprint. Results for all grades: http://norwoodcc.com.au/results/2014_Hutt_St.pdf Victoria Park 21/10 One Hundred and Thirty Six riders lined up across four grades despite the heat, which at 5pm was still over 34 degrees. The Victoria Park course is a wide, fast track with few corners and a long finishing straight, lending itself to fast races and bunch finishes. In A grade there was a strong field of fifty riders, including a number of track world champions. The race ended up a straight-forward affair after six riders escaped early, and managed to take half a lap on the rest of the field. Despite Alex Edmonson?s heroics in attempting to drag the peloton back to the front of the race, he was not able to get a solid group working to bring the race together. Scott Sunderland was the quickest rider in the break, outsprinting Mitchell Hulhern who was second for the second time in two races, and Callum Scotson. Results: http://norwoodcc.com.au/results/crit_21-10-2014.pdf Bowden Elite Team Series Round One The Bowden Elite Team Series is raced over eight rounds during the summer. Round one saw almost one hundred riders take on a kermesse around North Adelaide. The five kilometre course ran along War Memorial Drive, up Montefiore Hill and through North Adelaide before sweeping back down along Robe Terrace for a downhill bunch finish. A nervous start saw a crash which took down twelve riders and split the bunch in the first lap. Team Bowden/Renewal SA?s Dan Fitter and Tirian McManus were both hospitalised, but neither were seriously injured. Glenn O?Shea (Cervelo) took the first KOM points for the series ahead of Russel Van Hout (Lightsview) and Justin Gassner (Swiss Wellness) before a break of about ten riders eventually escaped, eventually eking out 45 seconds on the bunch. On the second KOM Rhys Gillet (Bowden/Renewal SA) beat Callum Scotson(SASI) and Chris Harper (Swiss Wellness) for maximum points. As the race wore on the break was whittled down to four riders, who only had a ten second lead on the reduced peloton with one lap to go. The Quartet successfully held on and Joshua Harrison (SASI) beat team mate Scotson, Chris Jongewaard (Whippets-Seer)and Gillet to win the first race of the series. Sam Welsford (Bowden/Renewal SA) won the bunch sprint for fifth ahead of Russel Van Hout. Results: http://www.sa.cycling.org.au/Portals/15/Events/BETS/BETS%20Rd%201%20Results.pdf Victoria Park 28/10 Cooler weather than the week before saw an even bigger turn out to Tuesday night?s races with 158 riders across four grades. A south westerly wind saw single file racing in most grades, but that didn?t stop A grade averaging over 46km/hr. An early break of twelve riders looked promising and opened up a large gap by half way through the race. Miles Scotson took the preme sprint from the break, but soon after the gap began to close as the field tired of seeing so many breakaway victories in the past two weeks. In the final two laps it came back together, and Scott Sunderland took another win, beating Alex Edmonson and Callum Scotson. Results: http://norwoodcc.com.au/results/crit_28-10-2014.pdf Final two laps (courtesy Mark Chadwick) : The next week sees another race at Victoria Park on Tuesday night, before round two of the Bowden Elite Team Series in Port Adelaide on November 9th.