Friday, February 17, 2012

Time Apart - Recapping

Words by Dingus Dave

 She’s been a busy time at TDR headquarters lately. We finally got the kit sorted, and D’Alfonso showed it off in fine style by getting a win in B Grade at Hawthorn. A breakaway of 3 held off the pack, and D’Alfonso and his giant calves were too strong for the other breakaway lads. 

Hogan stepped up to C Grade at Hawthorn, and has shown the effects of time off after the Tour of Bright by being consistent pack fodder. Joining him in C Grade has been new TDR recruit, the former Fitzroy Rev man Kent. Having raced C Grade there all season, Kent has managed to podium about 72 times without quite having enough luck to take the win. Hogan tried desperately to lead him out for glory last week, with a burst down the back straight that was intended to put distance in to their rivals. But Hogan was gone by the corner, leaving Kent on his own for the final uphill sprint. Judging from the video, it looked to be about 10m too far (watch for Hogan in the red and white kit, crawling home at the end).


Mills’ crit season has been kept quiet due to a cracked frame (damn you second-hand carbon), but he’s been showing some fantastic form on the boards. Never afraid to attack too early, he’s had the crowd at DISC on his side as he launches for home 3, 4, hell even 5 laps out. A couple of stirring wins, particularly in sprints during the points races, have been well impressive. Duggan’s track momentum has been somewhat stalled by work commitments however has managed a couple of placings in A grade, while Hogan is getting his legs ripped off by 40 year olds in B Grade.

Duggan made a rare appearance at St Kilda crits a few Sundays ago, and was joined by Hogan and Kent in C Grade. D’Alfonso was spectating only, courtesy of a bucks night hangover. The race wasn’t too fast, but a crash on the back straight of the last lap put paid to any dreams of a win. Hogan used the crash as an excuse to sit up, Duggan did the same closer to the finish, while Kent pushed on for a hotly contested third place. The finish of A Grade a few minutes later was also marred by a pretty nasty crash on the final corner.

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