Originally written by WAL SMITH
BRENDAN Schultz (19) made the Portland Aluminium Open Western Region Cycling Championships his own at the Hamilton cycling track at the weekend.
He was the reigning champion over the sprint and 16-kilometre distances and, after successfully defending both of these, he proceeded to add the time trial, pursuit and eight-kilometre events for a clean-sweep over all distances.
Not content with this, he then raced through the handicap field from the scratch mark to claim the carnivals major support race, the Frank McCarthy sponsored 1600m Des Smith Memorial wheelrace in the fast time of one minute 55.22 seconds.
Schultz dominated the series in a way that has rarely, if ever, been equalled in the 40-plus years history of the titles.
Hamilton won the premiership shield in the open competition by a big margin with good-placed rides from Garry Polack and Chris Eichler supporting the points tally of Schultz.
The club made it a double by also taking out the junior shield competition, but this time by a narrow two points from Ararat.
The junior win resulted from a good all-round performance from a number of lads.
Tobie Hunt successfully defended his under-17s sprint title and finished second in both the time trial and distance titles.
Jaidyn Eichler won the under-13s title for Hamilton with brother Brandan in second place.
The open team’s sprint title was also a Hamilton victory with Brendan Schultz, ably supported by Garry Polack and Mark Hermon, beating their opponents by just under two seconds over the 1200m distance to claim gold medals.
Other championship winners were doubles to Ararat pair Lewis Fulcher and Jaron Gardiner in the under-17s and under-15s juniors respectively and wins to Jayden Rippon (Camperdown) in the under-15s and to Adrian Reid (Stawell) in the under-11s.
In addition to the Brendan Schultz win in the wheelrace, other support event wins by Hamilton riders were recognised by Garry Polack, Darren Shelden, Chris Eichler and Jayden Eichler.
Ken Waldron, a former club member, returned from Castlemaine to compete. Waldron was a popular winner of the 800m handicap.
The major junior support races for the Ted Barker trophies were won by visitors Matthew Opdecoul (Horsham) and Dale Reid (Stawell).
Reid, the youngest and tiniest of the competing juniors, had the crowd right behind him in his win on the Ted Barker trophy race for the under-11s.
Despite oppressive heat and gusty winds throughout the two days, the 74-event program was race to finality free of accident or incident.
Hamilton Cycling Club extends thanks to all who assisted in the promotion.
Sprint: B. Schultz (Hamilton) 1, W. Draffen (Queensland) 2, C. Eichler (Hamilton) 3. Won two heats to one. Times (final 200m): 12.25, 12.05, 12.29.
Time trial (1000m): B. Schultz 1:13.60, G. Polack 1:17.61, M. Favaroni 1:17.91.
8kms: B. Schultz 1, M. Favaroni (Stawell) 2, C. Eichler 3. Time: 11:13.56.
Pursuit (3200m): B. Schultz 1, G. Polack (Hamilton) 2, P. Angus (Mt Gambier) 3. Winner caught opponent.
16 kilometres: Brendan Schultz 1, M. Favaroni 2, P. Angus 3. Winner lapped his opponents.
Open teams sprint: Hamilton (B. Schultz, G. Polack, M. Hermon) 1:29.96; W. Draffen, H. Vigor, A. Webb 1:31.94; M. Favaroni, M. Wood, M. Gstrein 1:33.94.
Sprint: T. Hunt (Hamilton) 1, A. Box (Geelong) 2, L. Fulcher (Horsham) 3. Won in straight heats. Time (final 200m) 12.28, 12.53.
Time trial (500m): L. Fulcher (39.05) 1, T. Hunt (39.75) 2, A. Box (41.47) 3.
5000m: L. Fulcher 1, T. Hunt 2, T. Hickey (Camperdown) 3. Time: 8:38.81.
Sprint: J. Gardiner (Ararat) 1, J. Rippon (Camperdown) 2, S. Wood (Ararat) 3. Won two shots to one. Times (final 200m) 14.12, 13.88, 13.59.
Time trial (500m): J. Rippon (41.93) 1, J. Gardiner (42.75) 2, S. Wood (43.44) 3.
4000m: J. Gardiner 1, X. Gstrein (Camperdown) 2, S. Wood 3. Time: 7:29.84.
3000m: J. Eichler (Hamilton) 1, Brandon Eichler (Hamilton) 2, D. Mansfield (Brunswick) 3. Time: 6:08.03.
2000m: A. Reid (Stawell) 1, Pierce Vigor (Brunswick) 2, J. Asplin (Bendigo) 3. 4:06.47.
Basil Clark Memorial Shield Premiership: Hamilton 52, Stawell 10, Mt Gambier 4, Townsville 4.
Younger Juniors Riders Shield Premiership: Hamilton 28, Ararat 26, Camperdown 18, Horsham 18, Stawell 8, Geelong 6, Brunswick 6, Bendigo 2.
Open section Saturday.
800m handicap: G. Polack (Hamilton 40m) 1, M. Gstrein (Camperdown 65m) 2, Hayden Vigor (Brunswick 50m) 3. Time: 56.47.
Scratch races (10 laps).
C grade : D. Shelden (Ham) 1, S. Mutch (Mt G) 2, C. Angus (Mt G) 3. Time: 6:30.06.
B grade: M. Wood (Ararat) 1, M. Taylor (Ham) 2, B. Hayes (Ham) 3. Time: 6:22.87.
A grade: C. Eichler 1, M. Faravoni (Ararat) 2, P. Angus (Mt Gambier) 3.Time: 6:02.78.
Open section Sunday.
800m handicap: number one – K. Waldron (Castlemaine 125m) 1, R. Box (Geelong 115m) 2, M. Faravoni (Stawell 25m) 3. Time: 55.72.
800m handicap: number two – P. Mayo (Stawell 125m) 1, M. Waldron (Castlemaine 130m) 2, W. Draffen (Qld 20m) 3. Time: 55.40.
1600m Des Smith Memorial Wheelrace: Brendan McCarthy (Ham scr) 1, Chris Eichler (Ham 20m) 2, M. Faravoni (Stawell 50m) 3. Time: 1:55.22.
B grade (10 laps): M. Gstrein (Camp) 1, C. Angus (Mt G) 2, P. Mayo (Stawell) 3. Time: 6:41.17.
A grade (10 laps): C. Eichler 1, G. Polack 2, M. Faravoni 3. Time: 5:47.56.
Under-15/17s on Saturday.
800m handicap: S. Wood (Ararat 60m) 1, T. Hunt (Hamilton scr) 2, I. Whennen (Hamilton 65m) 3. Time: 1:03.34.
1600m handicap: L. Fulcher (Horsham scr) 1, T. Hickey (Camperdown 20m) 2, X. Gstrein (Camperdown) 100m. Time: 2:11.63.
Opening scratch races.
A grade (8 laps): L. Fulcher 1, T. Hickey 2, T. Hunt (Hamilton) 3. Time: 5:32.56.
B grade (6 laps): S. Wood (Ara) 1, J. Gardiner (Ara) 2, X. Gstrein 3. Time: 4:17.81.
C grade (4 laps): C. Milne (Gee) 1. B. Asplin (Ben) 2, T. Hurley (Ham) 3. Time: 2:59.87.
Closing scratch races.
A grade (6 laps): L. Fulcher 1, T. Hickey 2, A. Box (Gee) 3. Time: 4:13.66.
B grade (6 laps): J. Gardiner 1, X. Gstrein 2, S. Wood 3. Time: 4:24.19.
C grade (6 laps): C. Milne 1, T. Hurley 2, B. Asplin 3. Time: 4:40.12.
Under-15/17s on Sunday.
800m handicap: C. Milne (Geelong 100m) 1, I. Whennen (Hamilton 65m), T. Hunt (Hamilton 65m) 3. Time: 1:02.44.
1600m handicap (Ted Barker Trophy): M. Opdecoul (Horsham 140m) 1, T. Hunt (Ham 130m) 2, B. Asplin (Bend 180m) 3. Time: 2:11.72.
Under-11/13s on Saturday.
400m handicap: A. Reid (Stawell 65m) 1, L. Nolte (Hamilton 40m) 2, J. Comtesse (Hamilton 30m) 3. Time: 34.59.
800m handicap: E. Asplin (Bend 160m) 1, A. Reid (Stawell 130m) 2, J. Asplin (Bend 110m) 3. Time: 1:10.12.
Opening scratch races.
B grade (2 laps): D. Mansfield (Brunswick) 1, P. Vigor (Brunswick) 2, J. Asplin 3. Time: 1:24.96.
A grade (4 laps): J. Eichler (Ham) 1, L. Nolte (Ham) 2, B. Eichler (Ham) 3. Time: 2:37.25.
Closing scratch races.
B grade (3 laps): A. Reid 1, P. Vigor 2, J. Asplin 3. Time: 1:24.96.
A grade (5 laps): J. Eichler 1, L. Nolte 2, B. Eichler 3. Time: 3:24.54.
Under-11-13s on Sunday.
400m handicap: A. Reid (Staw 65m) 1, E. Asplin (Bend 80m) 2, Dale Reid (Staw 120m) 3. Time: 33.00s.
800m handicap (Ted Barker Trophy): D. Reid (250m) 1, D. Mansfield (Bruns 60m) 2, A. Reid (110m) 3. Time: 1:08.81.