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AIR FORCE October 15, 2009
FIVE Air Force personnel were
among the top place-getters at the
recent ADF Cycling Club's national
Battling strong winds and steep
gradients, 20 contestants battled it out
over 64km of gruelling terrain in the
Royal National Park, Audley, NSW.
WGCDR Paul Connor took second
in the men's A grade event, while CPL
Rodger Michalanney and FSGT Leigh
Pridmore took first and second respec-
tively in the C grade events.
In the women's events, LACW
Belinda Althaus staved off strong
opposition to take first place.
The events were divided between a
road race and a criterium.
In the men's road race, a group of
six riders launched an early attack.
Air Force's CPL Damien Enderby
took advantage of the 10km climb out
of the turnaround point near the Lady
Wakehurst/McKell Avenue intersec-
tion to launch his attack and was soon
joined by WGCDR Paul Connor, CPL
Chris Holbert and six other riders.
The next 10km was a steep climb
which whittled the bunch down to six.
This phase of the race decided
the eventual winners. PO Dion Blair
increased the tempo with AB Liam
Sweeten and AB Jon Houston close
From back page
CPL Watts qualified for the Asia-Pacific
titles that were held in Sydney over the
weekend of October 10 and 11 and is hoping
to qualify for the World Titles to be held in
New York next month.
The Men's divisions were judged in four
classes. They were Short, Medium class 1
and 2, and Seniors classes.
Three men competed for top honours in
the Short division, which proved a hotly-
contested class. In the end, Air Force's CPL
Dale Richardson was too strong. His condi-
tion and symmetry were faultless and he
took home the Male Short class trophy.
The Men's Medium class 1 and 2 catego-
ries contained the bulk of the male entrants.
CPL Owen Batty, who was the Cerberus
Champion in 2007, won the Men's Medium
Both Air Force men then faced the criti-
cal eye of the judges with Men's Medium
class 2 winner, Army's SGT Jason Stafford,
and Navy's LCDR Dave Barnes (Men's
Senior) for the Men's overall champion.
After some tense judging moments, CPL
Richardson was awarded the undisputed
crown for 2009.
2009 was his first year of competition.
"[Cerberus] was a huge achievement for
me," CPL Richardson said.
"It is a very competitive event with high-
ly motivated individuals across the ADF
"To come away with both my division
and the overall is just mind blowing.
"I set the goal of competing in this year's
Cerberus Competition at the start of the year
and juggled my training and dieting with
work commitments and the birth of my son
He said that the key to his success was
goal-setting, dedication, patience and persist-
ence/consistency, taking one step at a time.
Air Force bodies top score
SUPER FIT WINNERS:
Above, SQNLDR Kay
Wiseman and right, CPL
Dale Richardson in top
behind. The final fight was up a blis-
tering 7.5 per cent gradient when, in a
final surge, AB Sweeten overtook PO
Blair in the final 50 metres to take a
The criterium event consisted of
50 minutes plus two laps, and was
conducted at Sutherland Shire Cycling
The technical circuit consisted of
three separate loops, which included
short climbs and fast descents.
Attacks started right from the gun
with CPL Holbert, SGT Martin Lewis
and LAC Tomas Szollosi all involved
At the 30 minute mark Army's
CAPT Gary Kristensen and Air
Force's CPL Dean Benedetti surged to
Within three laps they achieved a
gap of 22 seconds, which they main-
tained until the 45 minute mark.
With five minutes and two laps to
go, they worked well to take the mar-
gin out to 50 seconds.
With approximately a kilometre to
go, after 36km at an average speed of
38km/h, CAPT Kristensen passed CPL
Benedetti on the last climb and kept
the lead up to the finishing straight.
The ladies road race and criterium
were conducted at the Sutherland facil-
ities with some great head-to-head bat-
tles between LACW Belinda Althaus
and Linda Banks from the APS.
On a gradient-filled course and sub-
ject to side winds both women marked
each other heavily on the road race.
After a battle of attrition LACW
Althaus came out victorious with Ms
Banks close behind.
The criterium was a similar affair.
In the end, it came down to a bunch
sprint with LACW Althaus again prov-
ing the strongest, beating Ms Banks
home once more.
"In the road race I hung onto
the back of the guy's pack," LACW
"In the criterium I did a lot of work
at the front of the pack, but by the end
we were still in a bunch so I took off.
"I probably went a bit too early but
at the finish line I was still in front."
LACW Althaus completed her hat-
trick by winning the time-trials on the
The championships provided an
ideal break from training for WGCDR
Connor, CPL Benedetti, SGT Mick
Rand and CAPT Kristensen, who were
preparing for the World Masters Games
(currently under way in Sydney). They
are representing the ADF in the games,
which finish on October 28.
LEADERS OF THE PACK: In the A
grade criterium, CPL Dean Benedetti
(left) and CAPT Gary Kristensen set
a fast pace at the front of the pack
and maintained their lead to the end.
Photo: SQNLDR Tim Floyd
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