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By Steve Ridgway
CAPT Gary Kristensen's victory in
the triservice criterium road race
wasn't just about muscle. A lot of
the military appreciation process
went into it too.
The race, part of the three-
day ADF Cycling Club (ADCC)
National Championships, was
held at the Sutherland Shire
Cycling Club facility.
Conditions were sunny and
about 26C with a slight wind.
"My tactic was to bide my time
for the first half, then attack as we
moved on to the slightly longer
-- and tougher -- second circuit,"
Capt Kristensen said.
"In the first half, one group
looked as if it would get away. I
was not going to lose the race on
"By the time we moved onto
the big circuit, I'd recovered and
put in a few steady but hard turns
of the pedals to get a 10m gap
and to see what the reaction
RAAF Cpl Dean Benedetti
reacted to ride across to Capt
Kristensen and they maintained a
steady increase in the pace. They
literally slipped off the front of the
pack, gaining a gap of around 20-
It stayed this way for several
laps until the elastic snapped in
the pursuers and the gap grew.
"This was mainly due to me
and Dean working well together,"
Capt Kristensen said.
"But I was conscious of the
time remaining and did my best
to conserve my energy as much
as possible, letting Dean take
the front into the wind and up the
rises, while I rode the downhill
sections where less power was
Capt Kristensen said his plan
was to put in a solid attack with
700m to go on the last lap, up the
hill and into the wind.
"As we took the bell for the last
lap, I stayed on his wheel until we
made the descent and started up
the rise," he said.
"Dropping back 4-5m, I clicked
down a gear and got out of the
saddle, putting maximum pres-
sure on the pedals and raising my
speed by a good 10km/h."
The tactic paid off. By the time
Cpl Benedetti could react, the gap
had widened to 15m and Capt
Kristensen was able to sustain his
lead to the line.
AB Liam Sweeten beat off
the rest of the bunch to take third
It's been a good year for Capt
Kristensen, who also won the
Masters State Individual Pursuit
Championships at Brisbane's
Chandler Velodrome in March,
setting a new Masters State
record in the process.
"Overall, the ADCC
Championships had great organi-
sation, great atmosphere, great
circuits, facilities, terrain -- and
the weather combined to make
this a memorable event," Capt
"The fact that Army almost
cleaned up on the competition
makes it even more so.
"If there are any other keen
Army riders out there who want to
give competitive cycling a go, the
ADCC Championships would be
the ideal place to start."
to road race win
Riding high: Capt Gary
Kristensen raises his arm
in victory as he wins the
triservice criterium road race.
Photo by Sqn-Ldr Tim Floyd
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