PAUL Mackie and Ian Kielly staged a 20 kilometre breakaway to take out the Optus Nowra Velo Club’s division two road championship last Sunday.
Mackie and Kielly rode off the front of the field on the third lap up the Hames Road climb in the 83 kilometre event.
The following riders watched them go to a 100 metre lead and held them at that distance for five kilometres but when they made the final turn at Turpentine the pressure went on and the gap opened.
When the serious chasing began Mackie and Kielly had enough distance and were riding strongly.
Into the finish straight in Wugan Street, Mackie was strong enough to jump away from Kielly to win his second club championship in two weekends.
He won the club’s division two mountain championship the previous weekend.
Thirty seconds later Levi Johns sprinted into third place ahead of big brother Nick with Jade Colligan crossing the line in fifth position.
Then followed Phil Jones, Godfrey Green, Michael Crutch, Mel Kilby, Tarni Cunningham and Peter Kastelien.
There were further time gaps back to Dion Carter, Andrew Lowe and Tim Devlin.
This was an aggressive race where the first notable break went away after 10 kilometres.
Levi Johns and Kastelien were clear of the bunch for four kilometres until reeled in.
Then Lowe jumped away and almost got out of sight.
He remained off the front for 10 kilometres until Levi Johns was at it again and he chased across the gap along with Mel Kilby.
Three riders now had a 30 second gap on the second climb up Hames Road but this lead fell apart when Johns rode off alone.
There was now another lone race leader but he was caught with 30 kilometres to go.
The bunch now remained intact until that final time up the Hames Road climb where Mackie and Kielly rode off the front as some other riders were dropping off the back.
Paul Mackie’s race winning time was two hours, 14 minutes and 54 seconds.
Jo Chalain had his first win since joining the Optus Nowra Velo Club when he took out the club’s division four road championship on Sunday.
Chalian won the 54 kilometre event in a five rider sprint finish by a comfortable length from Dave Gray. Chalain launched his sprint 250 metres from the line.
Gray jumped after him and made contact and as hard as he tried he just could not get around.
Jo kept the pressure on all the way to the line to make sure of the win.
Greg Showell just got past John Cullity in the final 50 metres to grab third position, with Kate Darke crossing the line in fifth position.
Despite both Cullity and Darke putting the pressure on up every climb, these five were still together to decide the win with three kilometres remaining. Darke attacked and took them by surprise.
A gap was opened and four riders waited to see who would chase.
Darke was racing away with a win until Cullity chased for a kilometre and had the bunch intact for the finish.
Graham Johns finished in sixth position in his first start with the Nowra Velo Club while Britanee Schinella crossed the line seventh.
The second round of the Optus Nowra Velo Club road championship will be held on October 13.
The division three riders will race over 54 kilometres while the elite championship will be over 83 kilometres.
There is no local racing next weekend as some Nowra Velo riders will be starting in the Southern Highlands Cycle Club’s Interclub event at Bundanoon.
Local racing resumes on Flinders Industrial Complex for round 10 of the MacDonald International 2013 Teams Challenge series.
Graded scratch races will make up the program and the first event gets away at 9am.